Campbell Conversations

Interview: Marsha Weissman

The founding executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)

This interview continues the recent Campbell Conversation theme of poverty in Syracuse. Weissman is the founding executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), headquartered in Syracuse and New York City. CCA is a research advocacy and service organization dedicated to alternatives to incarceration and supporting people in the criminal justice system.



Interview: Jeff Speck

The author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time.

Jeff Speck is a highly regarded city planner and architectural designer and the author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time. He's the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.



Interview: Francisco Altschul and Julio Liggoria

Francisco Altschul is El Salvador’s ambassador to the United States; Julio Ligorria is Guatemala’s ambassador.

Francisco Altschul is El Salvador's ambassador to the United States; Julio Ligorria is Guatemala's ambassador. Altschul was a spokesman for El Salvador's Democratic Revolutionary Front and a counselor for the city of San Salvador. Ligorria has a background in business and media.



Interview: Eleanor Powell

Eleanor Powell is a political science professor at Yale

Central New York has just experienced (or has it endured?) another extremely expensive congressional election. Eleanor Powell is a political science professor at Yale University who’s an expert on the role of money in politics, and in particular in Congress.



Interview: John Katko and Dan Maffei

Part II

This is the second half of a conversation with Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko, the candidates running to represent New York’s 24th District in the House of Representatives. Readers can find the first half HERE.



Interview: John Katko and Dan Maffei

The two candidates running for Congress

Incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko are seeking to represent New York’s 24th District in the House of Representatives. Last month, the New Times invited both candidates to a joint interview; Katko agreed within 24 hours, Maffei has yet to get back to us three weeks later. We’re no longer holding our breath waiting for his reply. However, they both participated in a Campbell Conversation, and this week and next the New Times will publish extended transcripts of that interview. The first part focuses on the campaign and international issues.



Interview: Gene Conway and Toby Shelley

The two candidates running for Onondaga County sheriff

This week’s Campbell Conversation is with the two candidates running for Onondaga County sheriff, Democrat Toby Shelley and Republican Gene Conway. Shelley has had a long career with the Air Force and the National Guard and worked in the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. He runs a family farm and an excavation business in Otisco. Conway is the DeWitt police chief. He worked in the Sheriff’s Department for 24 years and retired as captain of criminal investigations.



Interview: Pavel Baev

An expert on Russian foreign and security policy

Pavel Baev, an expert on Russian foreign and security policy, is a research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He spoke about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.



Interview: Peter Waite and Marsha Tait

(Campbell Conversations) Poverty in the Syracuse region

In a continuation of the Campbell Conversations’ series on poverty, this interview focuses on adult literacy. Peter Waite is the executive vice president of ProLiteracy, an international literacy organization in Syracuse. Marsha Tait is executive director of Literacy CNY, a local literacy organization offering services and expertise. Both have headed the National Coalition for Literacy.



Interview: Tom Buckel and Deborah O’Shea

(Campbell Conversations) Poverty in the Syracuse region

This interview continues the Campbell Conversations' autumn theme of poverty in the Syracuse region. The focus here is on access to civil legal representation. Tom Buckel is the regional managing attorney in the Utica office of the Legal Services Central New York. Deborah O’Shea is the pro-bono coordinator of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.