John C. Hartsock, Communication Studies Department, has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands in May for a conference on the subject of “Witnessing the 60s: A decade of change in journalism and literature.” The conference explores the rise of the “New Journalism” in the United States at that time, as well as parallel developments in what was then a divided Cold War Europe. Hartsock will speak on the causes of the New Journalism, how they were manifested in earlier periods, and how they are still with us today. The conference is May 19-20.
In other news, Hartsock spoke in Elmira on April 5 at the annual convention of the Public Historians of New York State about his new book, Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery, released in March by Cornell University Press. His talk focused on the importance of everyday life at wineries in the Finger Lakes as a basis for understanding that community’s history. He also appeared April 11 on “Bridge Street,” a news and information program on NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse, to discuss the book. In addition, to kick off this year’s Finger Lakes Literary Festival, he has been invited by host Bill Jaker to discuss the book on “Off the Page,” to be taped at the Finger Lakes Wine Center on May 6 and broadcast on May 10 on WSKG-FM Public Radio in Binghamton.