Immigration: History, Challenges, and Opportunity in America, Pennsylvania, and Erie

March 15th,2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Baher Ghosheh,Ph.D.

The United States is a country of immigrants and has been built by the many waves of immigrants. In this presentation, Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence and Professor Baher Ghosheh draws from his research to develop a deeper understanding of the history, policies, and politics of immigration and refugees in the United States, our state and region. The talk also focuses on immigrants' impact on the economy, diversity, and population.


Covid-19 policies will be in effect throughout programming, please review the JES Covid-19 policy here. Patrons will need to show their vaccination cards or proof of a negative test. While Erie County remains on alert, masks will be required. Advanced registration is required for all JES events. Tickets will not be sold at or during events. This event is free to all with prior registration. 

Baher Ghosheh,Ph.D.

Dr. Baher Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in Economic Development from SUNY-Buffalo and has been a Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, cultural and economic Geography at Edinboro University since 1989. He has graduate degrees in International Relations/Middle Eastern Studies, International Trade, and Comparative Economic Development. A native of Jerusalem, Dr. Ghosheh has lived in eight countries, traveled to fifty-nine countries, and has taught in Japan, China, Russia, Italy, and Morocco. He has authored one book, book chapters on Russia and the Middle East, and 60+ articles on the Middle East, Asia, and Japan. He was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Malaysia and Singapore and was selected as the Pennsylvania Geographer of the Year and Edinboro University’s Educator of the Year. He serves on the JES Board of Trustees. As a scholar-in-residence at the Jefferson Educational Society, he is currently working on a book focusing on Demographic Trends and Immigration Patterns in Erie, Pennsylvania 1960-2020.