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Jefferson Educational Society kicks off spring series at Edinboro

Posted on January 7th, 2020 at 9:15 AM
Jefferson Educational Society kicks off spring series at Edinboro

A satellite lecture series from an Erie-based community think tank continues Jan. 14 at Edinboro University – with eight regional experts delivering educational presentations through June. 

Jefferson Educational Society, a nonprofit civic-engagement institution founded in 2008, launched the Edinboro Satellite Programming series in 2019 to offer Tuesday programming on campus through the summer and fall. 

“With the success of the summer and fall series, we are excited to host another round of skilled and knowledgeable experts to share their experience with the Edinboro campus,” said Dr. Jim Fisher, associate provost at Edinboro University. 

Program Schedule:

Jan. 14 – Nancy Agostine, “The 2020 Census: What You Should Expect and What You Need to Know.” Agostine is a partnership specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce at the Bureau of Census. She is currently located at the Philadelphia Regional Census Center. Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

Jan. 28 – David Hanes, “Life and Times of a Western PA Militia Musket and Its Erie Connection.” Hanes has spent many years in research and study of American military history and has acquired a historically significant firearms collection that depicts the advancement in technology and tactics through the 18th and 19th centuries. Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

Feb. 11 – Richard Arthur, “George Washington in Pennsylvania.” A 23-year veteran Army officer, Arthur has a lifelong interest in history with particular focus on the American Colonial period. He has given talks on the Founding Fathers and the Continental Army. Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

Feb. 25 – George Deutsch, “America’s Most Corrupt Presidential Election.” Historian and author George Deutsch has been involved in this region’s history for over 35 years, especially relating to the Civil War and the War of 1812. Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

March 10 – Dr. Andy Roth, “American Tapestry: The Stories We Tell Ourselves.”  As a Scholar-in-Residence at the Jefferson Educational Society (JES), Roth is working with his colleagues to enhance the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy by including an academically oriented research component to the program. Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

March 24 – Sabina Freeman, “Erie County Women in War Time.” Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Ohio State University, is a charter member of Erie Yesterday and served on the Perry 200 Commission. Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

April 14 – Dr. Baher Ghosheh, “Afghanistan: When and How Will America’s Longest War End?” Dr. Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in economic development from SUNY-Buffalo and has been a professor of cultural and economic geography and Middle Eastern studies at Edinboro University since 1989. He serves on the Jefferson Educational Society Board of Directors and on the Brock’s Institute Mega-issues Council. Location: Reeder Lecture Hall. 

April 28 – Dr. David Frew, “Erie’s Maritime History.” Dr. Frew is a visiting professor at Mercyhurst University in the Graduate Organizational Leadership (MSOL) Program and a professor emeritus at Gannon University, where he served on the faculty and held a variety of administrative positions. Location: Reeder Lecture Hall. 

May 12 – Sabina Freeman, “Barnstormers and Cloud Busters.” Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

May 26 – Dr. Ferki Ferati, “Spartacus and Hannibal: Underdog Enemies.” Ferati has been with the Jefferson Educational Society since its founding in 2008. Dr. Ferati began his work at the think tank by serving as its Director of Research and Operations but was quickly promoted to executive director in 2009 and then to Vice President in 2013. Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

June 9 – Richard Arthur, “Whiskey Rebellion: A Test for the New Nation.” Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall.

June 23 – George Deutsch, “Taps: 24 Notes of History and Erie County’s Oliver Norton.” Location: Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall. 

All lectures will begin at 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested and can be made by visiting the Jefferson’s website – www.JESErie.org – or by calling (814) 459-8000. Seating for those without prior reservations will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about Edinboro University’s award-winning academic programming, visit www.edinboro.edu.