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Garth Fagan Dance, the Rochester City School District, and the City of Rochester’s Black Heritage Committee are all teaming up to offer a Black History Month celebration on Saturday, February 29.

The artistic program will give students an opportunity to experience live cultural performances and engage with artists. This hour, our guests preview the event and discuss the value of culturally-relevant entertainment and experiences for youth. In studio:

  • Garth Fagan, founder of Garth Fagan Dance
  • William Ferguson, executive artistic liaison for Garth Fagan Dance, and personal assistant to Garth Fagan
  • Jason Willis, director of African American Studies at the Rochester City School District
  • Dominic Pickard, director of arts at the Rochester City School District
  • Caroline Thomas, member of the Black Heritage Committee, and legislative aide to Rochester City Council President Loretta Scott. 

Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, says a lesson about anger his grandmother taught his grandfather helped shape the family’s philosophy of nonviolence. 

In a recent talk entitled “The Gift of Anger,” Arun Gandhi discussed the principles of truth, love, and peace, and how nonviolence can solve problems and seek justice. This year marks what would have been Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday.

To honor his life and work, several community partners have come together to offer celebratory events, including an exhibit called “Gandhi@150” at the Central Library of Rochester. Arun Gandhi and his colleagues join us to discuss his philosophy. In studio:

  • Arun Gandhi, author and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jonathan Jones, trainer with the Alternatives to Violence Project, and nonviolent communication trainer at the Gandhi Institute
  • Ashwin Shah, peace volunteer and organizer of the Gandhi@150 exhibit at the Central Library of Rochester


First hour: Arun Gandhi on "The Gift of Anger"

Second hour: Previewing African American heritage celebrations in Rochester

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Socialism, capitalism, and the 2020 presidential race, with Paychex founder Tom Golisano;
  • Disability pride, with Irish Tenor and Paralympian Ronan Tynan; 
  • Perceptions of Black masculinity and gender identity. 

This edition of Weekend Connections was produced by Connections intern, Emmarae Stein.

How do you measure authenticity online? In this hour, we explore how we present ourselves in various online spaces. What’s real? What’s the true measure of self? What’s performative?

The New Yorker recently explored the rise in “getting real” posts on Instagram, in which so-called “influencers” write self-flagellating posts about the lies they’ve been living, or the inauthentic and forced posts about happy travels and sunsets. But even the “getting real” posts can be inauthentic; they’ve become so popular that there is demand for ostensible authenticity. Who can tell what’s real anymore? Our guests debate it:

  • Elise Miklich, social media specialist, and owner of Light Within Candle Company
  • Emily Hessney Lynch, digital strategist, and founder of Serve Me the Sky Digital
  • Rashad Smith, creative strategist for WLGZ The Beat, and visionary of Power Hour
  • Kate Meyers Emery, manager for digital engagement at the George Eastman Museum, and Finger Lakes wine educator

Nate McMurray is running once again for the 27th Congressional District seat previously held by Chris Collins. He’s running against State Senator Chris Jacobs, a Republican recently endorsed by President Trump.McMurray is a Democrat who has not stopped campaigning his since his narrow 2018 defeat.

Connections has offered equal time; this is McMurray’s first appearance this year, and we expect to be joined soon by Jacobs.


First hour: Nate McMurray on his second run for the 27th Congressional District seat

Second hour: Discussing how to measure authenticity online

An exhibit set to open Friday at the Visual Studies Workshop is exploring perceptions of Black masculinity and gender identity.

We talk with artist Joshua Rashaad McFadden about “Evidence,” and our guests discuss what it means to be a Black man in America today. In studio:

  • Joshua Rashaad McFadden, visual artist
  • Gatekeeper Adrian, artist, activist, photographer, filmmaker, organizer, and founder and chair of Rochester Black Pride
  • Jonathan Ntheketha, performance educator with Impact Interactive
  • Brandon Stroud, yoga instructor, and residence coordinator at RIT

We're joined by philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano. He's written a new book, titled “Built, Not Born.” It's about the mechanics of building a successful business.

We talk to him about his strategies and what he thinks current and aspiring business owners can learn from his story and experiences.

  • Tom Golisano, philanthropist, and founder of Paychex

First hour: Tom Golisano on his new book, "Built, Not Born"

Second hour: Discussing perceptions of Black masculinity and gender identity