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Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, will be featured on WCNY’s “Ivory Tower” program on Friday, May 16.Ivory Tower Robert Spitzer This special one-hour program in honor of the show’s 500th episode will air at 8 p.m. on Central New York’s public television station, WCNY TV.

Spitzer, a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, is a panelist on the weekly public affairs program, which will begin its 13th year on the air this fall. Spitzer has served as a panelist since its initial broadcast.

“Ivory Tower” focuses on news and events from the perspective of academicians from across Central New York. The show is hosted by David Rubin, professor and dean emeritus of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The half-hour show, which airs weekly on Fridays at 8 p.m., has an estimated viewing audience of 11,000 people, up 3,000 from a year ago, according to the February 2014 Nielsen Report. “Ivory Tower” re-airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on WCNY’s World channel, and is available online at