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“25 years of the Television and Popular Culture series” with editor Robert Thompson

Thompson reflects back on the series’ 25-year history and bright future ahead. The series includes books about individual shows, specific genres, creators and producers, and the history of the medium and have won honors such as the Popular Culture Association Board of Governors Award and the Theatre Historical Society of America’s Outstanding Book of the Year Award.

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“Avant-Garde Nationalism at the Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1940” with Ruud van de Beuken

Ruud van de Beuken introduces readers to the lesser-known Gate Theatre productions from the 1930s and 1940s which still have social and cultural relevance today.

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“Reservoir Year” with Nina Shengold

Shengold talks about the differences between Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days and Thoreau’s Walden, the writers who inspired her, and how the experience of writing about the outside world each day affected her, giving her a better understanding of both the person she was and the person she wanted to be.

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“Moonfixer” a reading by Aarick Knighton; produced by Sean Kirst

While writing his autobiography in 2009, the late Earl Lloyd shared deeply personal thoughts on racism in America. This is an excerpt from Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd read by Syracuse poet and writer Aarick Knighton. Lloyd was the first African-American to play in the NBA.

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“Watermelon Democracy” with Josh Stacher

Watermelon Democracy, talks about his new book, revolutions, uprisings, and how to find a way to understand them with OpenDemocracy.

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“Forever Orange” with Scott Pitoniak and Rick Burton

Scott Pitoniak and Rick Burton authors of Forever Orange discuss the diverse people, places, and events that have helped Syracuse University become an internationally renowned research university.

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“Gaia, Queen of Ants” with Hamid Ismailov and Shelley Fairweather-Vega

Hamid Ismailov and Shelley Fairweather-Vega talk with Lisa Carter, founder of Intralingo, about their new release Gaia, Queen of Ants, the art and politics of translation, and the complexity of the Uzbek language. Intralingo’s SPOTLIGHT series shines a light on authors and translators from around the globe.

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“Harry Haft” with Alan Haft

Alan Haft discusses Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano. He vividly describes the powerful story of 16-year-old Harry Haft’s survival in the Nazi concentration camps, a survival dependent on his ability to fight and win concentration camp boxing matches.

Harry Haft’s story is coming soon as a major motion picture.

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“A Taste of Upstate New York” with Chuck D’Imperio

Find out about the foods that have made Upstate New York a foodie destination before you hit the road this summer! #pinkstripedcookie #spongecandy #tomatopie

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Take a virtual Upstate New York road trip! View Chuck D’Imperio’s other book talks:

“Open House”

“Unknown Museums of Upstate New York”

“Graves of Upstate New York”

“Monumental New York”

“The Ministers’ War” with Michael Doyle

Listen in as  Michael Doyle offers a riveting account of Presbyterian minister John W. Mears’s crusade against the Oneida Community. The Ministers’ War: John W. Mears, the Oneida Community, and the Crusade for Public Morality explores the ways in which Mears’s multipurpose zeal reflected the passions behind the nineteenth-century temperance movement, the fight against obscenity, and the public animus toward unconventional thought. As an author, political candidate, and controversialist, Mears was a prominent moralizer at a time when public morality seemed to be most at risk.

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