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Below, we've listed some of our favorite talks listed under CIVIC EVENTS and
LITERARY EVENTS (scroll down)
NOW ONLINE: "Harrisburg 7" and "Harrisburg 13" events
  Click here for PODCASTS of April programs on 1992's Hbg. 13 lawsuit & 1972's Hbg. 7 Trial


March 23, 2012: The Midtown Improvement District, in conjunction with the Harrisburg Police Department, will hire off-duty Harrisburg police officers to fight crime and increase public safety in neighborhoods from Front to Seventh Streets and Forster to Maclay Streets.  Listen here to the Press Conference.  Or, click here for a Podcast of the initial public meeting, April 9, 2012.

Dec. 16, 2011: Activist Bill Ayers addresses Occupy Harrisburg. Part 1 and Part 2.

Dec. 7, 2011: Community forum with Sen. Jeff Piccola, County Comm. Mike Pries and City Council Attorny Mark Schwartz. Part 1 and Part 2.

Harrisburg Hope a grassroots political organization that seeks to empower all voices within our community. We respect our neighbors’ concerns as much as our own, and seek to listen before we speak. We seek to facilitate civil discussion of our shared interests, and to translate those talks into practical policy recommendations. We may not always agree on the best way forward, but we will always seek to find common ground.

Jan. 7: Michael Barton discusses City Contented, City Discontented and the city of Harrisburg on WITF'S Radio Smart Talk. Listen.

The city has faced hurdles before as documented in the new book -- 
City Contented -- City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg.  The first book published by Harrisburg's Midtown Scholar Press, it is a compilation of columns the late Paul Beers wrote for the Patriot News and Evening News over a 25-year period.  The columns that describe Harrisburg and the region's rich history were edited by Penn State Harrisburg professor and author Michael Barton.


Nov. 11: Christine Goldbeck lecture on novelist John O'Hara's 'A Rage to Live.' Listen.

An award-winning writer and artist, Goldbeck is the author of a short-story collection entitled A Tribute to O’Hara and Other Stories (2000). She has lectured on how “All Writing is Regional” at centennial celebrations for John O’Hara, and she developed Pennsylvania high school curriculum materials on how “O’Hara Works Endure Time, Criticism.” She has extensively examined how living in Pennsylvania inspired John O’Hara’s stories: "O’Hara did for northeastern Pennsylvania, and particularly the hard coal region, what writers before him, such as Sherwood Anderson, who wrote “Winesburg, Ohio” had done; he recorded the social history of a place and time. In addition to Schuylkill County, he also wrote New York City, Hollywood, and Pennsylvania’s Dauphin County, home to Harrisburg, the state capital, which O’Hara named Fort Penn, into his novels. His stories are social history lessons that chronicle the lives and times of people in the early part of the 20th century. To read O’Hara is to know, beyond doubt, what people wore, where they worked and how much they earned, to which clubs they belonged, what kinds of automobiles they drove and what games they played."

Nov. 12: Panel discussion on "The Help." Listen.

On Saturday, Nov 13, as part of the 2nd Annual Harrisburg Book Festival, a panel assembled by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women presented a spectrum of literary, sociological and historical critiques of the popular book and film "The Help."

Nov. 12: Presentation by NPR's Joe Richman and John Biewen. Listen.

John Biewen and Joe Richman shared their own stories and led a wide-ranging, interactive discussion. Their multimedia presentation featured audio clips from the past fifteen years of “Radio Diaries,” a National Public Radio standout that works with teenagers, seniors, prison inmates and others whose voices are rarely heard to document their lives and share their powerful stories. The works of Ira Glass, Radio Lab, and other public radio storytellers were examined.

Nov. 13: Panel discussion on City Contented, City Discontented. Listen.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, as part of the 2nd Annual Harrisburg Book Festival, the newly-inaugurated Midtown Scholar Press celebrated the release of an exceptional book: City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg, in which award-winning journalist Paul Beers (1931-2011) reveals how contemporary Harrisburg came to be what it is.

In a masterful series of essays, Beers charts the capital’s development from a City Beautiful, with its celebrated public spaces and premier educational institutions, through the fractures of race riots and the catastrophic challenges of flood and near nuclear meltdown. Beers employs the well-honed skills of a veteran reporter to craft fascinating character sketches of prominent leaders and humble citizens alike – intertwining their dramatic personal stories with a compelling survey of the region’s society, politics, and culture in the twentieth century.


Nov. 13: Keynote lecture on Paul Beers by Michael Barton. Listen.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, Penn-State Harrisburg Professor Michael Barton, who transcribed and edited Beers’s original newspaper columns with his graduate students, offered a keynote lecture in tribute to Paul Beers and his extraordinary contributions to our understanding of past and present, through a lifetime of lively and provocative reporting.

June, 2010: Jackson Taylor, author of The Blue Orchard, speaks. Listen.
Taylor spoke as part of a panel discussion with Harrisburg's Calobe Jackson & Savannah celebrity chef Joe Randall (son of Harrisburg's Dr. Joseph Randall).  Mr. Taylor drew upon the Historical Society's library extensively in writing his book.
PODCAST HERE (November 2010)The authors are introduced and interviewed by Calobe Jackson. Mr.
Taylor also gave the keynote address at the first annual Harrisburg Book Festival in June 2010.  


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