Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Politico editor, Emmy-winning actor join Canandaigua speaker series

John F. Harris
John F. Harris, the editor-in-chief of Politico.com, and Michael Park, winner of two daytime Emmy Awards, have joined the first season lineup of the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum, a speaker series to be held at Finger Lakes Community College’s main campus.
Tickets are on sale now for the forum, which will launch Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. with the previously announced inaugural speaker, Michael O’Hanlon, an expert in U.S. defense and foreign policy.
John Harris will speak on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m., and Michael Park is scheduled for Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m.
Tickets are available by phone at (585) 785-1386 or online at gmeforum.org. Single event tickets are $29 to $39. Season tickets are $79 to $99. Patron tickets for the season, which include a reception with the speakers, are $175.
Pittsford native John F. Harris is cofounder of Politico, a publication specializing in national politics and the workings of the federal government. Since its launch in January 2007, Politico has become one of the country’s most-trafficked news sites and has drawn widespread attention nationally and internationally for its efforts to create a new editorial and business model to sustain robust journalism in an era of radical change for the media industry.
Harris began his newspaper career in 1985 as a summer intern at the Washington Post. The summer ended with a job offer, and Harris spent the next 21 years at the paper in a succession of beats that began in Virginia politics.
Harris will join Brian Williams of NBC News to moderate the Republican presidential debate tomorrow (Sept. 7). Pre-debate commentary starts at 7:30 p.m., the debate begins at 8 p.m. For details, visit Politico.com.
Michael Park
Michael Park is best known for his 1997-2010 role as Jack Snyder on “As the World Turns,” for which he won the daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2010, and again in 2011. He has appeared in numerous stage productions, both on and off-Broadway, including the Grammy-winning “Smokey Joe’s CafĂ©.” He can currently be seen in the Broadway revival, “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. Park is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and Nazareth College. He is a 2011 Canandaigua Academy Graduate of Distinction.
The George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum is a new initiative by a group of volunteers to bring high-profile artists, speakers and other celebrities to Canandaigua three times a year.
“We see it as a wide range of quality programs that will appeal to the intellectual and cultural interests of the community,” said Caroline Delavan of Canandaigua, one of the organizers behind the effort.
The speaker series is named after the late George M. Ewing Sr., who passed away in September 2009 at the age of 87. Ewing was the long-time editor and publisher of the Daily Messenger, later to become Messenger Post Media. He and his late wife, M.M. Ewing, were philanthropic leaders in Canandaigua for many years, and that tradition has continued through his son, George M. Ewing Jr., and his family.
George Ewing Jr., who took over from his father as publisher of Messenger Post Media in 1992, heard about the initiative and offered financial support to launch the series.
The events will be held at Finger Lakes Community College, which welcomed the speaker series as a natural fit with the college’s mission to support the cultural and economic vitality of the region. FLCC is in the midst of a major expansion and renovation of its main campus in Canandaigua to accommodate rising enrollment and new academic programs.
For more information, visit gmeforum.org, e-mail to hudsoncj@flcc.edu or call (585) 785-1386.

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