Lawrence Kassan will speak at New York State Retired Teachers Association Conference. Kassan is Coordinator of Special Events and Theatre at the Rod Serling School of Fine Arts.
Lawrence Kassan, BCSD Coordinator of Special Events and Theatre at the Rod Serling School of Fine Arts will be a guest speaker at the 69th Annual New York State Retired Teachers Association Conference at the Turning Stone Resort October 9-11.
In a nod to the conference’s theme “A Journey through the Southern Tier” Mr. Kassan will speak about Binghamton’s very own Rod Serling.
The presentation entitled A Pioneering Mind of Television: The Life and Times of Rod Serling highlights Rod’s childhood, his war years, and the role he played in television’s “Golden Age.”
It will also explore the role of corporate interference and censorship that led to the creation of the iconic television series, The Twilight Zone.
Mr. Kassan is a frequent lecturer at The Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, where Serling’s archives are kept.
In October of 2009, Mr. Kassan coordinated a four day celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE and has spoken about Rod Serling’s legacy at The Paley Center (The Museum of Television and Radio in New York City) and as a featured guest on NPR for the nationally broadcast series “On The Media”
He may be reached at KassanL@BinghamtonSchools.org