2003 program from Catskills Conferences
Joe Dorinson & Henry Foner
A noted authority in the field of popular culture, Dorinson's research specialties span sports history (in particular, the Brooklyn Dodgers and African American sports heros), humor studies, Russian immigration, Brooklyn and Jewish history, and World War II movies and music. His television appearances have included Fox News on Joe DiMaggio; NBC Morning News on Al Gore's acceptance speech; the WLIW-TV program, "Brooklyn: The Way It Was;" and New York 1 News. On radio, he has appeared several times on WNYC-AM's "New York and Company," hosted by Leonard Lopate. Dorinson has been quoted in major newspapers such as the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, the Christian Science Monitor and the Newark Star-Ledger on such topics as ill manners in sports, nostalgia TV, the use and abuse of cell phones, the crime wave in the National Football League, and Joe DiMaggio's death. His op-ed piece on Hank Greenberg, "My Hero, Hank," appeared in the New York Daily News on January 15, 2000, and op-ed pieces on Jackie Robinson, "Jackie's a Hero Now-But He Wasn't Always," and Paul Robeson, "Paul Robeson, All-American," appeared in the New York Daily News in 1997 and 1998, respectively. An authority on Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, Dorinson's comments on ethnic humor were syndicated in an article that originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
Henry Foner is a social activist and former president of the Joint Board of Fur, Leather and Machine Workers Union. A native of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as labor union leader and social activist, he worked on issues from promoting civil rights to protesting the Vietnam War. He served as vice-chairman of the Liberal Party of New York. In 1973, he went to Spain to observe a Carabanchel Ten trial.