Dates have been set for two lectures in the Spring Faculty Library Lecture Series hosted by Cazenovia College, The Cazenovia Public Library, and the Manlius Library.

The first lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 24. The second takes place on Thursday, April 14. The presenters, Rachel Copland and Campbell Copland, are both associate lecturers at Cazenovia College, and are also husband and wife. Both lectures will take place as virtual events, and both begin at 7 p.m.


Thursday, March 24

‘Young Local Movements and the Influence on their Rural CNY Communities’

College Associate Lecturer Rachel Copland will explore the role of young local movements in rural Central New York communities and the positivity, encouragement, and visibility they are providing at a time of political, financial, and social unrest.

Her lecture will focus on four local groups. They are the Anti-Racism Coalition of Cazenovia (ARC-C), Common Thread CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm, the Rippleton Center (childcare center), and SAGA Kids of CNY (an organization created to serve the LGBTQIA+ youth community in rural areas of Central New York). Copland will discuss how as advocates, community leaders, and mentors, each of these organizations have made significant contributions to their communities.

Rachel Copland works full time in jail reform, re-entry programming, and community partnerships with the Center for Court Innovation in Madison County. She recently served as program manager of Adult & Continuing Education at Cazenovia College. In addition to her role as an associate lecturer at Cazenovia, she has also lectured at State University of New York, Onondaga Community College, Morrisville State College, and ITT Technical Institute.


Thursday, April 14

‘Where the Orenda is at its Fullest: Perspectives on the Iroquois Shaman’

On Thursday, April 14, College Associate Lecturer Campbell Copland will speak about the beliefs and practices of the Iroquois shaman, an oft-obscured and still-mysterious figure in the annals of archeological and anthropological research.

Campbell Copland works as an adjunct professor and writing coach for the REACH program at Cazenovia College.

He says that, while known more for their high-level politics and diplomacy skills, the Iroquois were also a magically potent people with a vast yet intricate cosmology and system of beliefs all their own. It was through the shaman that these aspects of the Iroquois culture were made functional, he adds. His lecture will look at the preparatory rites of the False Face Society, the initiatory and healing functions of the sweat lodge, the dreamways traveled by the Iroquois shaman, how they utilize the cosmic war between Orenda and Otgon as their energy source, and much more.


The 2021-2022 Lecture Series is sponsored by Helen Stacy and Patricia Stacy Healy ’62.

Information on how to log in online to participate in the lectures can be found at For more information, contact the Cazenovia Public Library at (315) 655-9322; The Manlius Library at (315) 682-6400; or the project director of the Cazenovia College Faculty Library Lecture Series, Professor Sarah Cross at (315) 655-7679.