Thursday Morning Roundtable

Thursday Morning Roundtable is broadcast on WCNY-HD3 Sundays at 11 a.m. It’s a weekly public service program, sponsored by Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement, 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.”

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2020-2021 Season

Dec 9, 2021

Syracuse Stage: Theatre in the COVID Era

Syracuse Stage Managing Director Jill Anderson and Artistic Director Bob Huff will speak about reopening after the pandemic.

Dec 2, 2021

The Center on Disability and Inclusion: Impact at Syracuse and Beyond

Syracuse University faculty members Christine Ashby, Ph.D., and Beth Myers, Ph.D., will speak about the Center on Disability and Inclusion’s initiatives, which promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of school and society—both locally and globally.

Nov 18, 2021

New York State Mentoring Program and Mentoring Initiative

Stephanie Parks, the CNY regional coordinator for the New York State Mentoring Program, will speak about the program.

Nov 11, 2021

Legalized Cannabis in New York

Allan Gandelman, president of the New York Cannabis Growers & Processors Association, will speak about legalized cannabis in New York.

Nov 4, 2021

Aging and Community-Based Care in Central New York

JoAnne Spoto Decker, commissioner and executive director, Onondaga County Office for Aging, and Claire Pendergrast of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will speak about aging and community-based care in Central New York.

Oct 28, 2021

Veteran Services

NYS Assembly Member Pamela Hunter and Maureen Casey Chief Operating Officer of IVMF

Oct 21, 2021

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon

Oct 14, 2021

Quantum Physics

Britton Plourde, Ph.D., will speak on the topic of quantum physics.
Oct 7, 2021

I-81 Plans and Impacts

Interstate 81 project director Mark Frechette will speak about the plans and impacts of this project.
Sept 30, 2021

Housing in Central New York

Panel members Sally Santangelo, executive director of CNY Fair Housing; Laurie Rolnick, director of the eviction defense program; and Palmer Harvey, co-founder of the Syracuse Tenants Union, will discuss the state of housing in Central New York.
Sept 23, 2021


Mark Jacobson, Ph.D., assistant dean of the Washington Programs at the Maxwell School, will present on the history, current situation and the future of Afghanistan.
Sept 16, 2021

Dean Michael Frasciello, Ph.D.

Michael Frasciello, Ph.D., dean of the College of Professional Studies (formally University College), will speak about the college’s past and current work in adult and continuing education, as well as plans for the future.
April 29, 2021

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will speak about his work as mayor and priorities for the city.
April 22, 2021

New York State Assemblymember Pamela J. Hunter

Pamela J. Hunter, New York State assemblymember, will speak about her work in the state Assembly.
April 15, 2021

Syracuse City School District Update

Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Jaime Alicea will speak about his work with the school district and how it has adapted to meet changing public health guidelines.

This is a collaboration with FOCUS Greater Syracuse.
April 08, 2021

Early Childhood Alliance of Onondaga

Laurie Black, director of the Early Childhood Alliance of Onondaga will speak about the organization and their work in Central New York.
April 01, 2021

Syracuse Surge

A panel of speakers will present about Syracuse Surge, the City of Syracuse’s strategy for economic growth: Jen Tift, deputy commissioner at the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development with the City of Syracuse; Laiza Semidey, Syracuse Surge workforce manager at CenterState CEO; and Caitlin Moriarty, director of operations at the Tech Garden.

March 25, 2021

Syracuse Blueprint 15

A panel of speakers will present about Syracuse Blueprint 15: Stephanie Pasquale, director of neighborhood advancement at the Allyn Family Foundation; Arlaina Harris, director of community partnerships at Blueprint 15; and Bill Simmons, executive director of the Syracuse Housing Authority.

March 18, 2021

Helio Health

A panel from Helio Health will provide an overview of the organization as well as their work to combat the opioid and mental health crises in Central New York.

March 11, 2021

Women’s History Month

Sally Roesch Wagner, founder and executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue, will speak about Women’s History Month.


March 04, 2021


Variations on a Theme: How Symphoria, the professional orchestra of Central New York, uses creativity, resilience and transparency to keep the music playing through COVID-19.
February 25, 2021

United Way of Central New York

Nancy Eaton, executive director of the United Way of Central New York, will speak about the agency’s history in the community and how it has adapted to the changing times.
February 18, 2021

“Black History Month”

Cedric Bolton, poet and adjunct professor at Syracuse University, will speak about Black History Month.
February 11, 2021

“U.S. Rep. John Katko”

John Katko, U.S. representative for New York’s 24th congressional district will discuss the new Congress, bipartisanship and his role as the Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation subcommittee.
February 04, 2021

“Ivory Tower U.S. Politics”

WCNY’s “Ivory Tower” panelists Luke Perry from Utica College, Kristi Andersen from Syracuse University, and Bob Spitzer from SUNY Cortland will discuss U.S. politics. Moderated by Barbara Fought from Syracuse University.

2019-20 Season

2018-19 Season

2017-18 Season

2016-17 Season

2015-16 Season

2014-15 Season

2013-14 Season

2012-13 Season