Programming at the Jefferson Educational Society

The Jefferson Educational Society offers different programs during the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall terms. Some of the past and current programs include the Global Summit, Metro 100, Brock Institute Lectures, Community Conversations, Jefferson Satellite programs, and other special programs.

Programming has been a cornerstone of the Jefferson Educational Society since its beginning. From the launch of the annual Global Summit, which itself grew from a two-and-half day series to one spread over six weeks, to the total of annual events to over 100, to the launch of the Satellite Programming initiative throughout Erie County, to the more than 200 digital programs livestreamed and broadcasted to the public during the pandemic and ongoing, JES programming continues to expand in an effort to make our events more accessible to the community in new ways.


Camille Busette 2021

"The Power of Policy Reform to Address Racial Justice in Erie", with Dr. Camille Busette 

Global Summit XIII, November 2021


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2023 Winter Program Schedule Announced for Erie’s Jefferson, ECAT, Corry, Fairview, Edinboro

Posted on January 20th, 2023 at 12:02 PM
2023 Winter Program Schedule Announced  for Erie’s Jefferson, ECAT, Corry, Fairview, Edinboro


 2023 Winter Program Schedule Announced for Erie’s Jefferson, ECAT, Corry, Fairview, Edinboro


Erie, Pennsylvania (January 20) – Brookings Institution senior fellow Mark Muro and his colleague Robert Maxim will kick off the 2023 winter term programming season by discussing state-level policy recommendations for Pennsylvania’s innovation sector. Muro provided counsel to the transition team of newly sworn-in Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro. The digital program will be livestreamed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. on the Jefferson’s Facebook page.

The first in-person event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, featuring Dr. Joseph Reese presenting the Age of Humans (Anthropocene) with the help of satellite views of human activity, climate, and environment.

In all, 27 programs are planned during the winter term, including 16 in-person presentations at the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State St.; two digital programs; and nine programs at Jefferson satellite sites at ECAT and in Corry, Fairview, and Edinboro through March 29. All events are open to the public.

“We are very excited to get the new season underway, and Mark Muro and Robert Maxim are the perfect speakers to get things started,” said Jefferson President Dr. Ferki Ferati. “We welcome back all Jefferson members and Erie area residents eager to attend some enlightening programs in the new year.” 

The events include a number of “lunch-and-learn” programs, including the “state of Erie County” from the Economic Research Institute of Erie (Ken Louie), neighborhood revitalization details from Our West Bayfront (Anna Frantz), representatives of the Jefferson’s Civic Leadership Academy presenting their research findings, the NWPA Innovation Beehive network and Millcreek Township School District (Ian Roberts), as well as exploring civic and national issues such as “brain drain” (Anjali Sahay), Robert Frost and John F. Kennedy (Robert Hass), the history of newspapers (Pat Cuneo and Kevin Cuneo), war in Ukraine (Lena Surzhko-Harned), Marquis de Lafayette (Judy Lynch and Richard Arthur), and mental health (Annette Franklin). 

On March 15 at 7 p.m., distinguished visiting speaker Paul Turner will present Frank Lloyd Wright’s San Francisco Office and the story of its remarkable travels. The event is held in partnership with the Hagen History Center and marks the end of the winter term at the Jefferson.

Among the term’s highlights will be presentations by several Jefferson scholars-in-residence, including Judith Lynch, Andrew Roth, and Parris Baker.

For more information about the programs, memberships, or to make reservations, call 814.459.8000 or visit 

Media coverageof all events is welcomed;Jefferson and Hagen History Center spokespersons and presenter Dr. Paul Turner will be available for comment at the special close-out event on Wednesday, March 15 


For comments in advance, please contact: 

 Angela Beaumont,  Director of Operations Jefferson Educational Society 



Following is a brief listing of the Jefferson’s Winter Term events. All programs are at the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State St., unless otherwise indicated. 



Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. - Commonwealth of innovation: A policy agenda for revitalizing Pennsylvania’s economic dynamism. Mark Muro, M.A. & Robert Maxim, M.A., Jefferson’s Facebook page 

Wednesday, Feb 1, 4 p.m. - Still Life A 40 – Longest Coffee Table in the World on a German Autobahn. Michael Schwarze-Rodrian, M.S., Jefferson’s Facebook page 

Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. - The Age of Humans (Anthropocene): Satellite View of Human Activity, Climate, and Environment. Joseph Reese, Ph.D., Lecture 

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.- America250PA: The 250th Anniversary of the United States and Pennsylvania's leading Role in the National Effort. Cassandra Coleman, B.A., Free Lecture 

Friday, Feb. 10, Noon - The State of Erie County’s Economy explained by Erie Leading Index (ELI). Kenneth Louie, Ph.D., Free Community Conversation, $5 lunch optional 

Monday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. - Brain Drain in the 21st Century: Current Trends in Developing and Developed Countries. Anjali Sahay, Ph.D., Lecture 

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. - Robert Frost, John F. Kennedy, and the Purpose of Poetry in a Democracy. Robert Hass, Ph.D., Lecture 

Friday, Feb. 17, noon - Bridging Erie County’s Urban and Rural Divide - Infrastructure, Resources, and Service. Representatives of the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy 2022. Free Community Conversation, $5 lunch optional 

Monday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. - Dr. Martin Luther King and America's Self-Evident Truth. Parris Baker, Ph.D., Lecture 

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. - The History of Newspapers and Newsmakers in Erie (and PA). Pat Cuneo, B.A., Kevin Cuneo, B.A., Free Lecture 

Friday, Feb. 24, noon - Neighborhood Revitalization in Erie’s West Bayfront: OWB (Our West Bayfront). Anna Frantz, M.C.P., Free Community Conversation, $5 lunch optional 

Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. - Russia’s War on Ukraine one Year later. Lena Surzhko-Harned, Ph.D., Lecture 

Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m. - Becoming American: Sports (“Games”) in The American Tapestry. Andrew Roth, Ph.D., Lecture 

Friday, March 3, noon - The NWPA Innovation Beehive Network: helping Entrepreneurs, boosting Business. Jake Marsh, M.P.M., Free Community Conversation, $5 lunch optional 

Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m. - Marquis de Lafayette’s visit to Northwestern PA 200 Years Ago. Judy Lynch, Ph.D., Richard Arthur, M.A., Lecture 

Friday, March 10, Noon - Dangerous Indifference: Leading in Times of Challenge, Crisis, and Controversy. Ian Roberts, Ph.D., Free Community Conversation, $5 lunch optional 

Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. - “That’s Personal…”: An invisible topic – The stigma of Mental Health today. Annette Franklin, Ph.D., Free Lecture 

Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m. - Frank Lloyd Wright’s San Francisco Office and the Story of its Remarkable Travel. Paul V. Turner, Ph.D., Lecture in partnership with the Hagen History Center 


Jefferson Satellite Programs: 

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. - Shadow Pandemic: Examining Erie’s Domestic Violence During Covid-19. Christopher N. Magno, Ph.D., Free Lecture at Erie Center for Arts and Technology 

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. - From Trash to Treasure - Maintaining Erie African American History. Johnny Johnson, M.Ed., Free Black History Month Lecture at Erie Center for Arts and Technology 

Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m. - Compton’s Table. Tyler Titus, Ph.D., Community Conversation at Erie Center for Arts and Technology 

Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m. - Erie Insurance African American Affinity Network. Lyn Twillie-Darby, B.A. and Regina Gaston, PMP, Community Conversation at Erie Center for Arts and Technology

Monday, Feb. 6, 6:00 p.m. - History and Healing: Spotlight on African American Heroes. A Shared Heritage, Free Black History Lecture at Fairview Lincoln Community Library 

Monday, March 6, 6:00 p.m. - Natural Wonders of Presque Isle. PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources, Free Lecture at Fairview Lincoln Community Library 

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:00 p.m. - Erie County Community College: Our Community, Your College! Christopher Gray, Ph.D., Free Community Conversation at Corry Higher Education Council 

Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. - Guide to Local Archaeology. John Sites, Free Lecture & Interactive Presentation at Corry Higher Education Council 

Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. - Sourdough Culture: A History of Bread Making from Ancient to Modern Bakers. Eric Pallant, Ph.D., Free Lecture at PennWest University Edinboro, William P. Alexander Music Center 

Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 p.m. - Abortion and Autonomy in Post-Roe America. James Fisher, Ph.D. and Rhonda Matthews, Ph.D., Free Women’s History Month Lecture at PennWest University Edinboro, William P. Alexander Music Center 


Courses and Conversation 

Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - Great Conversations Discussion Group. Corrine Egan, B.A. Eight sessions starting January 24


The Jefferson Educational Society of Erie is a nonprofit and nonpartisan institution founded to promote civic enlightenment and community progress for the Erie region through study, research, and discussion. The Jefferson offers courses, seminars, and lectures that explain the central ideas that have formed the past, assist in exploring the present, and offer guidance to enhance the civic future of the Erie region. As an Erie think tank, the Jefferson Educational Society promotes knowledge and civic pride through research, the publication of policy papers on public issues, essays, reports, and the sponsorship of civic forums. 

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