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Susan Schulman

Theatrical Press Agent
Backstage Pass to Broadway
October 11, 2017

Susan Schulman has been a theatrical press agent for over 40 years, handling Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance, film, special events, TV, books, and individual personalities. She is from New York, graduated from NYU and has a Masters in Theater Arts from Columbia University. After graduation, she worked as a Press Director at Lincoln Center. In 1978, she opened her own press office, but in 1984 she was offered a deal she couldn't refuse, Director of Press Information for CBS-TV Entertainment. After that she worked at USA NETWORK for 4 years supervising the growth of the cable network from 4 hours to a 24 hour schedule. In 1992, she returned to her first love, the theater, handling City of Angels, Death and the Maiden and A Streetcar Named Desire. After that, she re-opened her own theatrical press office back in New York. Her memoir BACKSTAGE TO BROADWAY was published in 2013.

Mike Boettcher

Veteran Network Journalist
and Terrorism Expert
November 8, 2017

Veteran network news correspondent, Mike Boettcher, has been recognized with journalism's top awards for his coverage of events that shaped the world since 1980. He helped launch the 24 hour live news coverage when on June 1, 1980, he performed the first live satellite report for a fledging network, CNN. He has been recognized for reporting on the world's most dangerous terrorist groups. He lectures on terrorism at the world's top institutions, in London, Sweden, Scotland, West Point, U.S. Army-Europe, U.S. War College, The Aerospace Industries Association and the General Dynamics Corporation. In three decades of reporting he was a victim of terrorism in El Salvador in 1985. He has also survived a suicide bomber attack and a roadside bombing in Baghdad. He is recognized as one of the world's most experienced foreign correspondents. In 2008, he left NBC to pursue the No Inquiring Project - he is embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and lectures weekly via satellite to University of Oklahoma's War and Media Class. He is writing a book, The Network, about the global threats of Al Qaeda.

Louis Masur

American Historian, Authority on Lincoln and the Civil War
Three Photographs that Changed America
April 11, 2018

Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. A graduate of Buffalo and Princeton Universities, he is a cultural historian who has written on a variety of topics. His most recent works are Lincoln's last speech: Wartime Reconstruction & The Crisis of Reunion (2015), Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (2012), and The Civil War: A Concise History (2011). Masur's essays and reviews have appeared in many newspapers; the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. He has also written for the American Scholar, Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, and Slate. He has been elected to membership of American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Society of American Historians and has received teaching prizes from Harvard University, New York, and Trinity Colleges. He lectures frequently for One Day University. His lecture is Three Photographs that Changed America.

Mary Norris

The New Yorker
Comma Queen
May 9, 2018

Mary Norris began working at the New Yorker in 1978 and has been a query proofreader since 1993. She has written for The Talk of the Town and for newyorker.com on topics from her cousin Dennis Kucinich to mudwrestling Rockaway. She has written the most helpful book on language - "Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen". It features laugh-out-loud descriptions of common vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage. She draws on examples from Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and the Lord's Prayer, as well as, from the Honeymooners, The Simpsons, David Foster Wallace, and Gillian Flynn. You will find Mary Norris neither a scold nor a softie but a wise witty friend in love with language and alive to the glories of its use in American, even in the age of autocorrect and spell-check. She writes, "The dictionary is a wonderful thing but you can't let it push you around."

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