From the recording studio of the Kelvin Smith Library's multimedia Freedman Center at Case Western Reserve University, Gladys Haddad may just become the "Diane Rehm of the Western Reserve."
In the spirit of Rehm's award-winning program on National Public Radio (NPR), the American studies professor launches a new talk show, Regionally Speaking, on Wednesday, May 2, that focuses on regional issues of "The Neighborhood" and "The Livable City." The half-hour programs will air on Case's blog at http://blog.case.edu/wrss/ with support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the library. A new show will be posted each week on Wednesday.
"The object of the show is to advance the exploration of the distinctive aspects of Ohio's Western Reserve over the past 200 years," said Haddad.
The show has evolved from her Western Reserve Studies Symposia, which she has been organizing and hosting for the past 20 years.
Haddad realized with the technology capabilities of the Freedman Center that she could go "virtual" and garner a greater impact with the wider—and possibly international—audience than the annual one- or two-day symposia.
Technical support for recording interviews has come from Jeffrey Verespej, a graduating senior who is The Observer columnist for "Cleveland on Fire," and Jared Bendis, creative director of new media for the Freedman Center at Case.
The springboard into Web broadcasting came after the 20th annual symposium called "Transformation of a Region: The Western Reserve and 'The Livable City'" in 2006 that created interest in how to move the region forward, said Haddad.
In April, Haddad started taping guest interviews for her show, set to begin airing May 2. Regionally Speaking's guests include Richard Baznik, University historian and director of the Institute for the Study of the University in Society; Margaret Carney, Case's architect and planner; Anne Helmreich, associate professor of art history and associate director of the Baker Nord Center for Humanities; Latisha James, director of Case's Center for Community Partnerships, Government and Community Relations; Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle, Inc.; Lillian Kuri, director of special projects at The Cleveland Foundation; and Peter Whiting, associate dean of College of Arts and Sciences and director of SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship).
For more information about Regionally Speaking and Northeast Ohio's regional history, visit the Western Reserve Symposium Web site. Listeners can also send questions or comments through the blog site.
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