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Sept. 24, 2003


    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 community."

    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 communication studies.

    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, Bell added.

    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 encouraged.

    More information is available on the Web site speakerseries. Reservations can be made on the Web or by contacting Brenda Haley at 312-3554 or 312-4233 or

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