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.”

2017-2018 Season


December 13, 2018


Grant Reeher, essor of Political Science and Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, will speak about the latest midterm elections and the effects of the results.


December 06, 2018

A Journalist’s First Hand Report – What’s Wrong with US Policy in Iran

Reese Erlich, journalist and author, will speak about his new book, The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story of US Policy and the Middle East Crisis. This is the 2019 Philip C. Pinsky lecture. **Special location: Goldstein Student Center at Skytop, 401 Skytop Rd, Syracuse, NY 13210**


November 29, 2018

Mayor Ben Walsh

Mayor Ben Walsh will discuss his time in office and his plans for the future of the City of Syracuse.


November 15, 2018

We Rise Above the Streets

Al-Amin Muhammad will discuss his experiences with homelessness and his agency, We Rise Above the Streets.


November 8, 2018


Grey Rolland, Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Longhouse Council, will discuss the changes to the Boy Scouts, including allowing girls to join.


November 1, 2018

Economic Development at the Grassroots Level

Panel: Mark Olson, Village of Fayetteville Mayor; Carolyn Evans-Dean, South Avenue Business Corridor Revitalization Project Manager; Mark Venesky, Cicero Town Supervisor; Mike LaFlair, Housing Visions Director of Marketing and Community Relations. This is a collaboration with FOCUS Greater Syracuse.


October 25, 2018

The Changing Landscape of Media

Professor Aileen Gallagher, Associate Professor and Program Review and Assessment Director for the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications, will speak about the changing world of the media, including “fake news” and the increasing role of social media.


October 18, 2018

Local Economic and Business Professionals and Economic Development

Local business and economic development experts will discuss the challenges in maintaining and growing businesses and community wealth and the tools they can use to compete in the marketplace. The session will tackle “self-inflicted” obstacles to success. This is a collaboration with FOCUS Greater Syracuse.


October 11, 2018

Redhouse Arts Center

Samara Hannah, Executive Director of the Redhouse Arts Center, will speak about the move to Salina Street and the upcoming season.


October 4, 2018

U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Okon will speak about his service in the U.S. Navy, including his experience with oceanography.


September 27, 2018

Community Involvement in Economic Development

Chris Steele, COO and President, North America of Investment Consulting Associates and Jim Damicis, Senior Vice President, Carmoin Associates, will discuss and present concepts and regional trends in economic development and community support, including examples of success stories achieved by similar communities in the northeast.


September 20, 2018

City of Syracuse Ongoing and Upcoming Projects

Stephanie Pasquale, Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, will talk about the current and upcoming projects of her department and the Mayor’s vision for the City of Syracuse.
September 13, 2018

The Vibrancy of Downtown Syracuse

Merike Treier, Executive Director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, will talk about the revitalization of downtown Syracuse and the upcoming projects.


April 26, 2018

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April 19, 2018

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April 12, 2018


Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR)

April 05, 2018


Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR)

March 29, 2018


The State of the County

County Executive Joanie Mahoney will outline her administration’s work from the previous year and announce her plans going forward.


March 22, 2018

Children’s Mental Health

Dr. James S Demer, a specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Upstate University Hospital, Elizabeth Nolan, executive director of Hillside Children’s Center, Central Region, and Karin Moscov, parent, will discuss children’s mental health.


March 08, 2018

Fair Housing Act: 50 Years Later

Sally Santangelo, executive director of CNY Fair Housing, will discuss the history of the Fair Housing Act, 50 years after it was established. She’ll talk about the legal rights of those renting or buying homes, common types of discrimination, and how they advocate for those being discriminated against.


March 01, 2018

Economic Impact of Tourism In Onondaga County

Danny Liedka, president and CEO of Visit Syracuse will give an overview of the current state of tourism in Syracuse and Onondaga County, upcoming events that will drive the economy and his plans for the future as Visit Syracuse’s new leader.


February 22, 2018

Conflict Styles and Reflective Listening

Professor Catherine Gerard, director of the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration Program at SU’s Maxwell School


February 15, 2018

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Pam Brunet, executive director of Leadership Greater Syracuse and graduate of Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders (NTL), will talk about the need for more in-depth leadership training that will expand the pool of effective nonprofit board members in our community.

NTL is grounded in an expansive interpretation of diversity (age, gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, physical abilities, etc.). Graduates of NTL will talk about the importance of a diverse population lending their voices and perspective to the non-profit world.


February 08, 2018

February is American Heart Month

Franklin G. Fry, executive director of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, will talk about how raising the legal age for buying tobacco products will improve heart health; how “food deserts”—i.e. the closing of Nojaims Market—take a toll on the health and welfare of the surrounding community; and how current cardiovascular research is having a local impact.

February 01, 2018

Green Healthy Homes Initiative 

Katie Bronson from Home Headquarters, Danielle Gillfrom CNY Community Foundation, Debra Lewis from Onondaga County Health Department, Stephanie Pasquale from the City of Syracuse Neighborhood and Business Development, Sally Ward from PEACE, Inc., and Martin Skahen from Onondaga County Community Development Division will talk about the Green Healthy Homes Initiative, lead paint, and environmental health hazards.

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