SPRINGVILLE — Springville Concord Elder Network Program Chair Jackie Shaw announced that educator, journalist and lawyer Lee Coppola will be the kick-off lecturer for SCENe’s fall speaker series. Coppola’s topic will be “The Mafia: Organized Crime Syndicate” and will be presented Thursday Sept. 27 from 1–2 p.m. in the Concord Town Hall auditorium, 84 Franklin Street, Springville.
Shaw heard Coppola lecture at another community senior center and invited him to offer his presentation in Springville. He offered to present his newest lecture on the secret society of syndicated crime, the Mafia. “We will be one of the first audiences to hear this lecture and I know it will be one of the highlights of SCENe programming this season,” Shaw said.
Coppola retired in August 2012 after serving for 15 years as the dean of the Russell J. Jandoli school of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University. Prior to his position at St. Bonaventure Coppola was a newspaper reporter for 16 years, a television investigative reporter for nine years and a federal prosecutor for five years. As a journalist, he won more than 30 local, New York state and national awards, including the George Polk Award, the National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award and the Investigative Editors and Reporters Award. Coppola won the New York State Associated Press Investigative Reporting Award both as a print and broadcast journalist.
Coppola earned his jurisprudence degree from the State University of Buffalo in 1983, while working full-time as a reporter at The Buffalo News. He covered organized crime as a journalist. His work as a reporter about the witness protection of a government informant was the basis for a book and movie, “Hide in Plain Sight.”
There is no cost to attend the speaker series presentations, which are open to all area seniors. For more information, call the SCENe Resource Line, at 592-7599.