Office of Public Affairs
Sept. 24, 2003
SPEAKER SERIES WELCOMES COMMUNITY
TO SOON-TO-OPEN PENFIELD LIBRARY CAFE
OSWEGO -- A weekly discussion series will open the
new cafe in Penfield Library at SUNY Oswego to a wide range of topics
for the campus and community this fall, beginning Oct. 15.
The series will run five consecutive Wednesdays in
the renovated space slated to open in mid-October, with talks beginning
at 3 p.m. The speakers cover a wide variety of expertise, Director of
Libraries Mary Beth Bell said.
"With five speakers already on board for programs in
October and November, this series is ready to take flight," she said.
"We hope this will provide a nice link between the college and the
The series will commence on Oct. 15 with Dorothy
Shedlock of the psychology department discussing "Wisdom: What Is It?"
On Oct. 22, biology Professor Peter Rosenbaum will
talk about the bog turtle in a session titled "North America's Smallest
and Rarest Turtle."
"Who Should Own the Media?" will be the key question
posed in the Oct. 29 talk by Fritz Messere, professor and chair of
Award-winning author and SUNY Oswego alumnus Bruce
Coville will discuss "Audiobooks: Literature Returns to its Roots in
the Spoken Word" on Nov. 5.
The series will wrap up for the fall semester on
Nov. 12 with Jim Molinari, professor of marketing and management,
presenting "The School of Business: Moving Forward."
"It is a good way to bring people from the community
onto campus and into the library and give them a sense of what the
faculty are working on," Bell said. "For example, this could provide
retired people an interesting way to spend an afternoon, something a
little different than the average day."
Bell credits the idea for the afternoon
Campus/Community Speaker Series to Interim Provost David King, who saw
a similar program, Mornings With the Professors, that has been popular
for many years at SUNY Brockport. "He asked me if I thought the cafe
would be a good venue for a series like that, and I thought it was the
perfect idea," Bell said.
Special visitor parking will be set aside Wednesday
afternoons during the series for community members who want to attend,
Admission is $5, which includes the cost of light
refreshments and carafe coffee. Attendees may purchase other
refreshments separately. A $20 discounted season registration -- for
all five sessions -- is available in advance. Advance reservations are
More information is available on the Web site
oswego.edu/library/ speakerseries. Reservations can be made on the Web
or by contacting Brenda Haley at 312-3554 or 312-4233 or
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