Thursday Morning Roundtable

Thursday Morning Roundtable is broadcast on WCNY-FM Sundays at 8 p.m. during the academic year. It’s a weekly public service program, sponsored by Syracuse University’s University College, which features experts speaking on local, state and national issues of concern to the community.

“TMR brings together a variety of business, social agency, educational and civic leaders to learn about and discuss issues of importance to area citizens,” said Sandra Barrett, director of community programs at University College. “Bringing this program to the local public broadcasting station is a perfect partnership in our shared goal to spur discussion of issues and ideas in the community.”

2014-2015 Season

April 30
“Ivory Tower Hour”
Tim Byrnes, Professor of Political Science, Colgate University
Lisa Dolak, Professor, SU College of Law
Bob Greene, Professor of History and Government, Cazenovia College
Tara Ross, Professor of History, Onondaga Community College
David Rubin, Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Bob Spitzer, Professor of Political Science, SUNY Cortland

April 23
“Public Health in Onondaga County”
Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, Onondaga County Commissioner of Health

April 16
“Civil Rights in Syracuse: Then and Now”
Panel Discussion

April 9
“The CNY Regional Transportation Authority”
Frank Kobliski, Executive Director, Centro

April 2
“Get On Board with the Syracuse Chiefs”
Jason Smorol, General Manager, Syracuse Chiefs

March 26
“The Dilemma of Public Welfare”
Ann Rooney, Deputy County Executive for Human Services

March 19
“The Meaning of ‘Social Action’ in Syracuse”
Walt Dixie, Jubilee Homes; Andy Mager, Syracuse Cultural Workers; Ursula Rozum, Syracuse Peace Council; Peter Sarver, Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS)

March 12
“How Big is Home Base?” (12-county region)
Robert Simpson, President, CenterState CEO

March 5
“Our Major Strengths and Weaknesses, As Seen From City Hall”
Mayor Stephanie Miner, City of Syracuse

February 26
“Work Train: Job Training for Low-income Syracuse Residents”
Meg O’ Connell, Executive Director, The Allyn Foundation, Chair of Work Train Collaborative; Dominic Robinson, Centerstate CEO, Director of Work Train Collaborative; Frank Lazarski, President, United Way of Central New York

February 19
“Creating Housing Opportunities, Revitalizing Neighborhoods”
Katelyn Wright, Executive Director, Greater Syracuse Land Bank; Kerry Quaglia, Executive Director, Home HeadQuarters

February 12
“Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century and SUNY ESF”
Quentin Wheeler, President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

February 5
“Creative Philanthropy: Entrepreneurial Perspectives on Social Responsibility”
Matt Godard, owner, Café Kubal; Jim Barr, co-chair, SADA Charity Preview; Laura Serway, Cindy Seymour, owners, Laci’s Tapas Bar; Nancy Marshall, founder, InKind

December 4
“Consensus CNY Update – Baseline Data Report”
Neil Murphy, PhD., co-chair, Commission on Local Government Modernization; Joseph Stefko, PhD., CEO, Center for Governmental Research

November 20
“A Conversation with the Onondaga County Executive”
Joanne Mahoney, County Executive

November 13
“An Assessment of Fair Housing for Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse”
Sally Santangelo, Executive Director, CNY Fair Housing

November 6
“Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter: the Future of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo”
Janet Agostini, President, Friends of the Zoo
Ted Fox, Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo

October 30
“24th Congressional District Election”
Rep. Dan Maffei, Democratic Candidate
John Katko, Republican Candidate
Prof. Grant Reeher, Moderator

October 23
“Onondaga County Sheriff’s Race”
Gene Conway, Republican Candidate
Toby Shelley, Democratic Candidate
Prof. Grant Reeher, Moderator

October 16
“Fair Elections and the Redistricting Ballot Proposition”
Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause, New York

October 9
“Engage CNY Cultural Plan”
Stephen Butler, Executive Director, CNY Arts
Jeffrey Woodward, Managing Director, Syracuse Stage
Carol Eaton, Vice President of Marketing, Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau
Barbara Bartlett, Director, Lorenzo Historic Site

October 2
“A Conversation with Chancellor Syverud”
Kent Syverud, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University

September 25
A Regional Vision: College, Career and Citizenship Readiness in CNY
Jody Manning, District Superintendent, OCM BOCES; Jeffrey Craig, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Support Services, OCM BOCES; Colleen Viggiano, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, OCM BOCES

September 18
Social Entrepreneurship in Syracuse: 4 Models
Dominic Robinson, Northside UP; Janie Mills, Salt Works; Mike Melara, Catholic Charities Project Joseph; Adam Sudmann, My Lucky Tummy; Seth Mulligan, UP Start Syracuse

September 11
Global Security Challenges and Issues for the U.S.
Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, (Ret.) Deputy Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), Syracuse University

2013-14 Season

April 17

WCNY’s weekly public affairs program Ivory Tower Hour
Barbara Fought, Professor, Newhouse School, SU
Kristi Andersen, Professor, Maxwell School
Lisa Dolak, Professor, SU College of Law
Tara Ross, Professor of History, Onondaga Community College
David Rubin, Professor, Newhouse School
Bob Spitzer, Professor of Political Science, SUNY Cortland

April 10

Religious Opposition and Marriage Equality: Game Over?
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Gender, and Culture, Le Moyne College

April 3

The Onondaga County Justice Center and the State of Corrections in America
Esteban Gonzalez, Chief Custody Deputy, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office; president, American Jail Association

March 27

The Minimum Wage Debate” with Frederick Floss
Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute

March 20

Vision CNY: A Central New York Regional Sustainability Plan
David Bottar, Executive Director of the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board

March 13

The Onondaga County Legislature: Current Agenda and Future Plans
Ryan McMahon, Chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature

March 6

A Conversation with Mayor Stephanie Miner

Feb. 27

Creating a New Waste Management Policy for Onondaga County
Mark Donnelly, Executive Director, OCRRA
Khristopher Dodson, Associate Director, Environmental Finance Center, Syracuse Center of Excellence

Feb. 20

Mideast Peace Talks, Syrian Refugees, and the Syracuse University Connection
Charles Benjamin, President, Near East Foundation

Feb. 13

“Rethinking the Structure of Local Government”
Neil Murphy, Cathy Richardson and Jim Walsh, Co-chairs, Government Modernization Commission

New Faces On the CNY Art Scene: What Does the future Hold for Our Community’s Arts Institutions?
Tom Kazmierczak, Executive Director, Landmark Theatre
Lisa Smith, Managing Director, Syracuse Opera
Catherine Underhill, Managing Director, Symphoria

Jan. 30
A Conversation with Congressman Dan Maffei
Featuring Congressman Dan Maffei

Dec. 12
What’s New at the Community’s College
Featuring Onondaga Community College President Dr. Casey Crabill.

Dec. 5
Great Expectations: Update on the SCSD Strategic Plan
Featuring Sharon Contreras, Syracuse City School District superintendent.

Nov. 21
Greater Syracuse Land Bank
Featuring Katelyn Wright, executive director of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank; and Vito Sciscioli, chairman of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank board.

Nov. 14
ALT-81: Reimagining Urban Expressways
Featuring Jonathan Solomon, associate dean of the Syracuse University School of Architecture; andMarc Norman, director of UPSTATE at the Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Nov. 7
Onondaga County’s Human Services Reorganization and What it Means to the Delivery of Human Services to County Residents
Featuring Ann Rooney, deputy county executive for human services; David Sutkowy, commissioner of the county’s Department of Social Services.

Oct. 31
Regional Economic Development Update
Featuring Robert Simpson, president and CEO of CenterState CEO.

Oct. 24
Ensuring a Safe City
Featuring Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank L. Fowler.

Oct. 17
The Affordable Health Care Act and the new state Health Exchanges
Featuring Sara Wall Bollinger, executive director for Health Planning, HealtheConnections.

Oct. 10
Our Mental Health Service Delivery System: Where Do We Stand?
Featuring Robert Long, commissioner of the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health; Dr. Mark Cattalani, clinical director of Hutchings Psychiatric Center; Dr. Robert Gregory, professor and interim Chair of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University; Dr. Narayana Reddy, department chair of mental health services at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.

Oct. 3
Seeds of Peace: Reducing racial tension and violence in our schools and community
Jose Cossa, Seeds of Peace coordinator, InterFaith Works of CNY and teen panel

Sept. 26
Assessing Community Needs, Priorities, and Trends
Frank Lazarski, President, United Way

Sept. 19
Onondaga County Budget: Maintaining a Healthy Balance
Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive

Sept. 12
Intelligence, Surveillance and National Security
Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, (Ret.) Deputy Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), Syracuse University

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April 25
Building Success for Children, Ensuring Success for New York
Featuring Robert Frawley, deputy director of the New York State Council on Children and Families and co-chair of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council, and Patty Persell, director of the New York State Head Start Collaboration Project.

April 18
Downtown Developments
Featuring Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, and David Nutting, chairman and CEO of VIP Structures.

April 11
The World at Our Doorstep — Embracing Refugee Resettlement
Heidi Holtz and Kristen Mucitelli-Heath, OCL board members and study co-chairs

April 4
Unprecedented Challenges for Cities
Stephanie Miner, Mayor of the City of Syracuse

March 28
A Conversation with the New York State Comptroller
Thomas P. DiNapoli

March 21
Politics 101: Navigating the Political Process
Kevin Tampone, coordinator of the CNY Political Leadership Institute. Also featuring Lisa Dell, Michael Meath and David Reed

March 14
Paying it Forward: Ithaca’s Millennial Mayor
Svante Myrick, Mayor of the City of Ithaca

March 7
Is Gun Policy at a Crossroads in America?
Robert Spitzer, Distringuished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at SUNY Cortland

Feb. 28
The Syracuse New Times: CNY’s locally-owned newsweekly
Bill Brod, Publisher, Syracuse New Times and Family Times

Feb. 21
An Update on New York State’s Medicaid Redesign
Nirav Shah, MD, MPH, NYS Health Commissioner

Feb. 14
OHA at 150: New Exhibits, New Products and a New Museum on the Lake
Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director, Onondaga Historical Association

Feb. 7
A Conversation with Senator Valesky
David J. Valesky, NYS Senator, 53rd Senate District

Dec. 13
A Conversation with Senator DeFrancisco
Featuring John DeFrancisco, New York State Senator

Dec. 6
Destiny USA
Featuring Destiny USA executive David Aitken

Nov. 29
Onondaga County Sustainable Development Plan
Featuring Joanne Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive, and Megan Costa, Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

Nov. 22
Happy Thanksgiving

Nov. 15
How Corporate Socialism is Devastating America
Featuring David Cay Johnston, Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management

Nov. 8
2012 Elections
Featuring WCNY’s Ivory Tower Panelists

Nov. 1
On the Election
Featuring Robert McClure, professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School

Oct. 25
Cyber Security
Featuring Dr. Kamal Jabbour, ST, a USAF Senior Scientist for Information Assurance

Oct. 18
Changes at The Post-Standard
Featuring Stephen A. Rogers, Editor and Publisher of The Post-Standard, and Tim Kennedy, President of the Syracuse Media Group

Oct. 11
Great Expectations
Featuring Sharon Contreras, Superintendent of the Syracuse City School District

Oct. 4
Two Row Wampum Renewal
Featuring Andy Mager of the Syracuse Peace Council and Jake Edwards, Onondaga Nation

Sept. 27
Onondaga County Budget
Featuring Joanne Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive

Sept. 20
125 Years of Changing Lives
Featuring Alan Thornton, executive director and CEO of the Syracuse Rescue Mission

Sept. 13
Two Bold Ideas Four Years Later: The Connective Corridor and Near Westside Initiative
Featuring Marilyn Higgins, vice president for Community Engagement and Economic Development at Syracuse University; Linda Hartsock, Syracuse University’s director of the Connective Corridor; and Maarten Jacobs, director of the Near Westside Initiative.