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 democracy.
– Ferki Ferati, Ed.D.
*This lecture is held at the satellite location at Edinboro University's William P. Alexander Music Center
at 110 Kiltie Rd.
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.