Many people in Erie respect the Chautauqua Institution as a great educational
asset in our region. Its history is that of an organization that started a movement
that took the world by storm. The Chautauqua Movement began in 1874 in nearby
Western New York and quickly spread to more than 500 locations in the U.S. and
Canada, reaching nearly 50 million people a year with its programming. President
Theodore Roosevelt called it "the most American thing in America." This movement
– with a mission to bridge the educational gap among adults – left many lessons
for the 21st century and how civic adult education can be used to strengthen
– Ferki Ferati, Ed.D.
This event will be held at the Corry Higher Education Council, which is located on
221 N. Center Street, Corry, PA 16407
To register for this event, please call the Corry Higher Education Center at 814.664.9405
Dr. Ferki 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. He was named President in 2017 shortly after completing his doctoral work in Social and Comparative Analysis at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. He received his Master Degree in Public Administration from Gannon University in 2012 and earned his bachelor’s degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University in 2007 where he also minored in Russian Studies.