Writer Seamus Kirst on Sh*tfaced

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The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the first event of our spring 2018 season, an afternoon with writer Seamus Kirst who will speak on his first book. The event will be held on Sunday, March 18th, at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

About Seamus Kirst

Seamus Kirst is an author and freelance writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. The Syracuse native grew up in the Strathmore neighborhood and attended Roberts Elementary School and Corcoran High School, where he was valedictorian of the Class of 2009.

His memoir, Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk, was published in early 2017. Seamus has also written about mental health and substance abuse issues for The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Upworthy, The Advocate, HuffPost and The Mighty.

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Seamus has covered entertainment, social justice and politics for The Guardian, Forbes, Vice, Them, Refinery29 and Mic. He has interviewed a range of people including Carmelo Anthony, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Emmylou Harris, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Dr. Jill Stein, Larry Wilmore, Janet Mock, Lisa Ling, Khloe Kardashian, Amber Rose, Gabrielle Union, Laura Prepon, Danielle Brooks, and Dr. Pimple Popper.

Seamus is the co-host of two podcasts, Mental Health Hangouts and Social Justice League, and has been a guest for a live recording of the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast. He has done Facebook Live about his own experiences for The Mighty, was a panelist for NEDA’s Twitter Chat about eating disorders in men and was also a panelist for Refinery29’s ‘Race in America’ dialogue.

Seamus earned his bachelor’s degree in history and ethnic studies from Brown University, and his master’s degree in arts journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

East Meets West!

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the fall 2017 season of the Eastside Neighbors Lecture Series! The Eastside Neighbors Lecture Series is held on Sunday afternoons throughout the spring and fall at the Westcott Community Center. Like the Strathmore Speaker Series, all Eastside Series events are free and open to the public.

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The 2017 Fall Season of the Eastside Neighbors Lecture Series will feature:

Sunday, September 10th, 3 pm – Tula Goenka: Behind the Scenes: Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Tula Goenka is Professor of Television, Radio and Film at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she teaches multimedia storytelling, film production and Indian cinema. She is the Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications for 2016-19. She is the founder and co-director of the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival. She is the author of Not Just Bollywood: Indian Directors Speak.
Discussion will touch on topics such as: How the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival started and why it is so important today. The roles films can play in human rights and social justice movements. The history and politics of film festivals and why they are important in today’s media ecology. She will also give a sneak peek at this year’s festival.

Sunday, October 15th, 3 pm – Paul Harvey: Morningside Cultural Trails: A Unique Community Treasure, Developed by the Community for the Community

Long time resident, community member, teacher, facilitator of community, school and Agency programs. Paul has been walking these trails with his family and friends, for over 6o years and working with local groups to develop them as a public resource for the last few years. He is available to lead walks along any of them.
Discussion will touch on topics such as: The history of the area and trails, specific description of the trails, interesting anecdotal tales and legends. How all of us, individuals and community groups, can keep developing these valued resources.

Sunday, November 5th, 3 pm – Vanessa Rose: (Re)discovering Syracuse

Vanessa grew up in Syracuse, NY, left for college in 1990, she returned with Ken Keech, 15 years later. They live in the Westcott neighborhood with their three kids and small, barky dog. Vanessa is an elementary school teacher and community activator.
Discussion will touch on topics such as: What has been wonderful about returning to Syracuse; family, our neighborhood, our school community and more. How they became active community organizers of The Salt Market, Syracuse Improv Collective, Super 8 Film Festival, Sherman Park Baseball, etc. Finally, the appreciation that we have for the city of Syracuse, and the many opportunities that we have here as a family.

Dr. David Rubin’s Presentation on Media in Democracy is Available Online

The Strathmore Speaker Series recently had its first visit from the media, fittingly for a presentation on the media by former Dean of the Newhouse School and host of WCNY’s Ivory Tower Half Hour, Dr. David Rubin. Independent Media CNY’s Frank Cetera was on hand at the event to record Dr. Rubin’s presentation on “The Impact of Media on Democracy”, the footage of which can be viewed here.

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Former Newhouse Dean and host of WCNY’s Ivory Tower David Rubin to Speak at the Firebarn

Dr. David Rubin, former dean of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and current host of WCNY’s “Ivory Tower Half-Hour,” will speak on “the Impact of Media on Democracy” at the Firebarn at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

About Dr. Rubin:

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Dr. David Rubin holds a B.A. from Columbia University in American History and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University. He served as Dean of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from 1990 to 2008, and is now a member of the full-time faculty at Newhouse, teaching more than 200 students each year. Prior to Syracuse, he was, for 19 years, a member of the faculty and chair of the Department of Journalism at New York University.

At Newhouse:

As Dean of the Newhouse School, Dr. Rubin oversaw the building of the award-winning Newhouse-III, a state-of-the-art experimental lab for new approaches to online news delivery, and the new home of the offices of student services, a research center, and the Newhouse career center.

Beyond the Classroom:

In addition to teaching, Dr. Rubin is also the host and co-creator of “The Ivory Tower Half Hour,” a regular round-table discussion of public affairs that airs on WCNY-TV every Friday at 8 pm. Ivory Tower has been on the air since September 2002 and is the highest rated public affairs show in Central New York with a weekly audience of 10,000 viewers.

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Dr. Rubin served as a Pulitzer Prize judge on journalism in 1998 and 1999 and writes a monthly column for the Syracuse Post-Standard and the Syracuse Media Group.

David Rubin is married to the former broadcast journalist Tina Press. They live in Fayetteville with their two Shelties, Bobby and Ace, both of whom are masters-level agility competition dogs, no thanks to Dr. Rubin.

Learn more about Dr. Rubin here.

The Strathmore Speaker Series Announces its Spring Lineup

The Strathmore Speaker Series is proud to announce its spring 2015 lineup. The season will kickoff on Thursday, March 19th at 7 pm with a panel discussion between neighbors who have chosen to live and work in the up-and-coming Near Westside (SALT District). Our second event will feature a lecture about the impact of media on democracy by former Dean of the Newhouse School and moderator of WCNY’s Ivory Tower Half Hour, David Rubin on Thursday, April 16th at 7 pm. The spring season will conclude with a presentation on income inequality in America by Maxwell School Economist Donald Dutkowsky on Sunday, May 17th at 3 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

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