The May 2 session of the Institute for Retired People (IRP) will feature Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. Thompson will provide a history of the television/film business from 1945 to present.
Thompson is the founding director of the Bleier Center and a Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture. He was a visiting professor for six summers at Cornell University and served for nine years as professor and director of the N.H.S.I. Television and Film Institute at Northwestern University.
Thompson received a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He is the general editor of an ongoing series of books about television published by Syracuse University Press and the author of five books.
IRP runs from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. Guests are welcome to attend.
IRP is a community program of University College of Syracuse University, dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning.