(Special Book Release Event!) New Americans: Demographic Trends and Immigration Patterns in Erie, Pennsylvania

July 20th,2023 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Baher Ghosheh, Ph.D.

New Americans: Demographic Trends and Immigration Patterns in Erie, Pennsylvania


"New Americans" examines varying population and immigration patterns in the United States, Pennsylvania, and specifically Erie, Pennsylvania from 1960 to 2023 from the perspective of a scholar and new American himself, Dr. Baher Ghosheh. Perhaps the most enlightening and inspiring part of the book focuses on the stories of new Americans who, against all odds, made it to the United States and to Erie, Pennsylvania. Their stories are often heart-wrenching yet gripping and inspiring. Their stories are the stories of America over many decades and centuries. They are the future of Erie and the future of America. Their energy, determination, persistence, and optimism should make everyone feel more hopeful that America's best days are ahead of us.


Reception at 6:00 p.m.

Book sale & signing to follow this program!

  • Location: Jefferson Educational Society -- 3207 State St., Erie, PA 16508.
  • Date/TimeThursday, July 20 (reception at 6:00 p.m.; lecture at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Admission: $10/person or $15 with a guest

    Parking: lot behind building, State Street, 33rd Street, 32nd Street, French Street

Baher Ghosheh, Ph.D.

Dr. Baher Ghosheh, Ph.D., is a scholar-in-residence at the Jefferson Educational Society in Erie, Pennsylvania. An expert in Middle Eastern Studies, he holds a Ph.D. in Economic Development from SUNY-Buffalo and was a Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, cultural and economic Geography at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania until retiring in 2022. 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 59 countries, and has taught in Japan, China, Russia, Italy, and Morocco. 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.