Spring 2023 Programming - Week of 5/8

Posted on May 4th, 2023 at 3:23 PM
Spring 2023 Programming - Week of 5/8

Impact of Social Media on the Capacity of Self-Government in a Democracy

Tuesday, May 9

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Jefferson Educational Society

Featuring Distinguished Visiting Speaker Wendy Schiller, Ph.D.

As our federal and state governments take on more responsibilities with larger budgets and expanded policy programs, voters have more to keep track of when assessing government performance.  The diverse and fragmented media environment makes that more difficult, and harder to find factual information that is not distorted.  Distorted social media information makes it more difficult for elected officials to do their jobs and discourages people from entering politics. This lecture by political analyst Wendy Schiller will include proposals to help voters assess their government, counter social media disinformation, and reflect on the future of the American democracy in the 21st century. 

Important to Note:

  • Location: Jefferson Educational Society -- 3207 State St., Erie, PA 16508.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Admission: $15/person or $25 with a guest

Click here to register!


You are More than a 'Break in Case of Emergency': Knowing the Value of Your Voice When Making Change in Your Community

Thursday, May 11

7 - 8:30 p.m. EST

Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) / Live-Stream Webinar 

Featuring Distinguished Visiting Speaker Precious McKesson

Distinguished Visiting Speaker Precious McKesson will draw from her experiences as a community organizer and leader to explain how one can become more involved in making positive change in their community. She will touch on topics such as organizing in Black and Brown communities year-round, power building on issues impacting the community, building leaders to be candidates and staffers, and building solid neighborhoods. Ms. McKesson is currently the national President of Neighborhoods USA and the Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party. She is concerned with increasing voter turnout, a timely topic as we near local primary elections. Finally, Ms. McKesson will share how to know and understand your role when it comes to politics and non-profits. Join us for an engaging discussion about community organizing and tips on how to create positive change in your community.  

Important to Note:

  • Location: Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) -- 650 East Ave., Suite 120, Erie, PA 16503 / Zoom live-stream webinar & JES Facebool Live
  • Date/Time: Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Admission: FREE

Click here to register for in-person or online!


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Is It Just a #Hashtag, or Is It Real?

Friday, May 12

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Jefferson Educational Society

Featuring Gary Lee, MBA

This session will focus on the true intent of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how communities can thrive and win in this space. The County of Erie must adopt a new mindset of abundance and not scarcity. The region's retention, growth and future of the economic development infrastructure depends on this new mindset. Diversity pays dividends. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives should be a launching point for all Erie residents because everyone should be living their best life. 

*Please note: the lecture is free, but we ask you to register 24 hours before the event if you are purchasing a lunch. There will not be extras available for purchase at the lecture. You are welcome to bring your own lunch as well. Thank you for understanding!

Important to Note:

  • Location: Jefferson Educational Society -- 3207 State Street, Erie, PA 16508.
  • Date/Time: Friday, May 12 at Noon
  • Admission: FREE, optional $5 lunch (must pre-register 24 hours in advance)

Click here to register!