"Retro Report" Series Sneak Peek Screening & Discussion

"Retro Report" Series Sneak Peek Screening & Discussion

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Take a sneak peek at a new PBS series that provides historical context to today's headlines, followed by a panel discussion.

This fall WXXI-TV brings you Retro Report, a new one-hour magazine format series hosted by journalist Celeste Headlee and artist Masud Olufani and featuring New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz. The series offers viewers a fresh perspective on current headlines, revealing their unknown — and often surprising — connections to the past. You can check out the series before the television premiere as WXXI presents a special preview followed by a panel discussion moderated by Connections' Evan Dawson on Monday, September 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre. Panelists include: David Andreatta, CITY Newspaper editor and Matthew Wright, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity at Rochester Institute of Technology and a Professor of Computing Security.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Click here to reserve your seat.

This event is part of RETRO LOCAL initiative fund, which is made possible by PBS.

More about the series:
In today’s 24-hour news cycle, with breaking headlines, all-news networks and online outlets constantly competing for attention, Retro Report aims to widen the discussion, revealing the story behind the story, providing new insights into how today’s events have been shaped by the past. Each episode will explore four distinct stories, closing with “Now It All Makes Sense,” a special segment featuring the wit and wisdom of author and comedian Andy Borowitz.

More about the panelists:

  • David Andreatta has nearly 20 years of experience as an investigative journalist and columnist for a variety of newspapers, most recently with the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. His reporting has earned national and state honors for depth and beat coverage. In September, he will succeed CITY Newspaper co-founder and co-publisher Mary Anna Towler, who is retiring.

  • Matt Wright is the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity at RIT and a Professor of Computing Security. He graduated with his PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts in May, 2005, where he earned his MS in 2002. His dissertation work examined attacks and defenses for systems that provide anonymity online. His other interests include adversarial machine learning and understanding the human element of security. Previously, he earned his BS degree in Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College. He has been the lead investigator on over $5.7 million in funded projects, including an NSF CAREER award, and he has published 92 peer-reviewed papers, including numerous contributions in the most prestigious venues focused on computer security and privacy.