Tune into WRVO’s Campbell Conversations Sunday to listen as Maxwell Professor Grant Reeher interviews University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes
With the current focus on democratic protest movements in the Middle East, it’s worth noting that since the 1970s, more than 70 nations around the world have moved from dictatorship to democracy. Why the historical wave? This week on the Campbell Conversations, University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes argues that it’s largely due to strategic non-violent movements. Zunes also specializes in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and there he argues that the U.S. enables Israeli policies that give it little incentive to compromise, making the peace process difficult. He also asserts that anti-American extremism is generated not so much because of our democratic values, but when we stray from those values.
One of Syracuse’s most intriguing mayors is Democrat James McGuire, who in 1896 bucked a Republican establishment to be elected into office, at just 26 years of age. This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with his biographer, Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey, about the mayor’s times, his legacy, and his controversial activism on behalf of Irish independence. In his six years in office, McGuire built 38 schools, initiated extensive street paving, and was a key figure in the creation of the first Everson Museum and the Carnegie Library, among other landmarks. Joseph Fahey also discusses his own experiences as a judge. The new book is titled James K. McGuire: Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist.
Every week Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, leads a conversation with a notable guest. Guests include people from central New York – writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals whose work affects the public life of the community – as well as nationally-prominent figures visiting the region to talk about their work.
The Campbell Conversations are longer interviews which encourage the character of the interviewee to be exposed. This allows you to learn more about the person, how they got to where they are, and where they plan to go. Grant attempts to go beyond the usual press conference questions and sound bites, which usually accompany a discussion about his guests.
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