'Scholar of popular culture' to address the Harpur Forum
Dr. Robert Thompson, founding director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University, will discuss “American Television: State of the Art” on Wednesday, November 15, at the Harpur Forum breakfast to be held at the Binghamton Club in downtown Binghamton.
Thompson whose expertise ranges from reality television to the cultural context of a Big Mac, is one of America’s most quoted experts on popular culture and has been called on by reporters from 60 Minutes, The Early Show, Dateline, Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and TV Guide.
Thompson, who is currently working on a history of television has also authored, Television’s Second Golden Age, Adventures on Prime Time and Television Studies. He is the former president of the National Popular Culture Association and lectures across the country on the subject of television and popular culture.
Thompson founded the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University in 1997. The center is dedicated to studying television’s place in our cultural history and includes an oral history archive of television featuring more than 250 taped interviews with legends such as Milton Berle, Steve Allen, Don Knotts and E.G. Marshall.
The Harpur Forum serves business, professional and community leaders by bringing nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year.
Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and Thompson’s discussion will commence at 8:00 a.m.