Written by Lynn Bishop  |  18. November 2011

Thomas Jefferson described the foundation of American society as the consent of free individuals to be united together in a higher community which comprises their common ideals and interests. In the latest program of the award-winning Exploring Critical Issues produced by Telecare Studios and hosted by Adelphi University President Dr. Robert A. Scott, a distinguished group of panelists looks at American society, our private and public values, expectations and ethics, and the changing definition of community as it relates to today's online social interaction. Joined by Adelphi University Department of Sociology Professors Melanie Bush and Salvatore Primeggia, Adelphi University Department of Anthropology Professor Hanna H. Kim, and Mr. David Kapell, the former Mayor of the Village of Greenport, Long Island, NY, Dr. Scott leads the one-hour discussion that begins airing Saturday, November 26th. Americans have long debated individualism vs. the collective good in our politics, economy and sense of community, stated Dr. Scott. My guests are astute observers of society and share their thoughts on whether community today still means a commonality of purpose once defined by terms such as 'neighborhood' or 'religious affiliation'. The one-hour "Community" broadcast will air over two weeks as follows: Saturday, November 26 and December 3 at 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 27 and December 4 at 7:00 a.m.; Monday, November 28 and December 5 at 10:30 p.m.; and Friday, December 2 and December 9 at 1:00 p.m. "Community" can be viewed on Cablevision channels 29 (Long Island) and 137 (Connecticut and NY area outside of Long Island), Verizon FiOS channel 296 and simultaneously online at www.telecaretv.org. Seen by over seven million households, Exploring Critical Issues has earned three Telly Awards, the cable equivalent of the Emmy. As the engaged University, Adelphi is proud to sponsor Exploring Critical Issues to provide scholars, advocates, and other distinguished guests with a forum in which to explore critical local, regional, national, and global topics, such as the environment, health, business, the arts, politics, law, and government regulations. For more information, visit www.telecaretv.org. About Dr. Robert A. Scott: Inaugurated as Adelphi's ninth president in July 2000, Dr. Scott has built on the University's rich traditions in undergraduate and graduate education and continues to link the liberal arts and sciences with professional programs. Since his appointment, Adelphi University has enjoyed new levels of academic growth and excellence, increased student enrollment, and an enriched campus life supported by alumni, faculty and administration. Dr. Scott's philosophy of an "engaged" university is apparent in his dedication to the community, including undertaking the televised series, Exploring Critical Issues. For more on Dr. Scott, see: http://administration.adelphi.edu/president/index.php About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs-The College of Arts and Sciences, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work-the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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