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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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First hour: Discussing proposed state laws could affect what's taught at public universities

Second hour: Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman shares her story

In the Florida State Legislature, Bill 999 bars public universities from teaching any material that constitutes “identity politics.” Similar versions of this bill are appearing in more than a dozen state legislatures. Many professors in higher education have objected, but how would these laws actually work? How would, for example, history professors have to adjust what they teach? We find out from someone who has been teaching for many years:

  • Michael Oberg, distinguished professor of history and director of the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History at SUNY Geneseo

Then in our second hour, we sit down with Monroe County Legislator Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman. But we’re not talking politics. Delvecchio Hoffman has a remarkable story to share. Her background shaped much of her life and her values today. She’s also the niece of acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and has advocated for overdose prevention since his death. She shares her story with us on Connections.

  • Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman, community advocate and Monroe County Legislator
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.