WCNY’s ‘Ivory Tower’ panelists host discussion after Red House Arts Center Performance

Panelists from WCNY’s popular weekly public affairs show “The Ivory Tower Half Hour” will host two discussions at the Red House Arts Center Oct. 12 and 13 following the performances of “Assassins.”

“Assassins” uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of men and women who attempted to assassinate, or successfully assassinate U.S. presidents. The music reflects the popular music of the eras depicted.

“These discussions will help examine the state of contemporary politics, especially during the election season,” said Stephen Svoboda, Red House Arts Center executive director. The “Ivory Tower” panelists will be sure to provide an interesting discussion and examination of the history of presidential assassinations in America, as well as how the musical investigates how society interprets the American Dream, marginalizes outsiders and rewrites and sanitizes its collective history.

The Oct. 12 discussion will be moderated by David Rubin, professor and Dean Emeritus of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and panelists Lisa Dolak, the Angela S. Cooney professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law, and Bob Greene, The Paul J. Schupf professor of history at Cazenovia College.

The Oct. 13 discussion also will be moderated by Rubin and will feature panelists Tara Ross, professor of history at Onondaga Community College, and Kristi Anderson, The Chapple Family professor of citizenship and democracy at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. and the cost is $15 for Red House members and $25 for non-members. The Red House Arts Center is located at 201 South West St. near Syracuse’s Near Westside.

To purchase tickets, please contact the Red House Arts Center at (315) 425-0405, or visit

For more information, please contact Haley Dubnoff, WCNY editor and public relations manager at (315) 453-2424, ext. 245 or

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