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.


2023 Spring Term Programs

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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Environmental Programs for Spring 2023

Posted on April 19th, 2023 at 1:25 PM
Environmental Programs for Spring 2023

Invasive Species in the Great Lakes: A Brief History of the World's Most Invaded Freshwater System

Friday, April 21

12-1:30 p.m.EST

Jefferson Educational Society / JES Facebook Live / Zoom Live Stream Webinar

Featuring James Grazio, Ph.D.

The history of biological invasions in the North American Great Lakes basin spans two centuries and involves multiple vectors of spread including shipping, canals, aquarium release, bait release, aquaculture escapes, and intentional stocking. More than 180 non-native species have become established in the basin since the arrival of European settlers. The vast majority have little or no known adverse impacts. A subset of these non-native species known as Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), however, have had adverse effects on the ecology and economy of the region, and some of these problems have been profound. Dr. Jim Grazio, Ph.D., has worked as Pennsylvania's Great Lakes Biologist for most of his career and has a unique first-hand knowledge of the problems caused by invasive species in the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie. Jim's presentation will cover the history of biological invasions in the Great Lakes, highlighting some of the most interesting and destructive invaders. Jim will also discuss ongoing challenges and opportunities related to AIS management in one of the world's most valuable freshwater ecosystems. 

*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 / JES Facebook Live / Zoom Live Stream Webinar
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Admission: FREE, optional $5 lunch (must pre-register 24 hours in advance)

Click here to register for the in-person event!

Click here to register for the Zoom Live Stream Webinar!


Conserving Our Greatest Regional Asset: Local Perspectives on Erie's Water Quality

Wednesday, April 26

4 - 5:00 p.m. EST

Zoom Live-Stream Webinar and JES Facebook Live

Panel Discussion Featuring Panelists: Jim Head, Sarah Peelman, and Amber Stilwell; Moderators: Jenny Tompkins, B.A. and Sarah Bennett, M.S.

Water is the Erie Region's greatest asset. Protecting the abundant freshwater resources in our backyards remains a complex challenge. Asbury Woods and PennFuture are teaming up to host a panel discussion featuring representatives from Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association, Master Watershed Stewards, Lake Erie Region Conservancy, and Trout Unlimited. This panel discussion will highlight the experiences of these organizations focused on protecting, conserving, and restoring our local waterways. Questions will explore local challenges to water quality, initiatives that were undertaken to address these challenges, and additional work to be done. Actions that individuals can take to promote clean water will also be discussed. 

Important to Note:

  • Location: Zoom Live-Stream Webinar / JES Facebook Live
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Admission: FREE

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Environmental Justice: Exploring Urban Agriculture and Green Cities

Thursday, April 27

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT)

Featuring Raven Clark, B.A.

In this presentation, JES Satellite Program Coordinator Raven Clark will draw on her experiences working with and researching urban agriculture. She will share how food and other products can be grown in cities, urban agriculture in northwestern Pennsylvania, the future of "green" cities, and how it all ties into environmental and social justice. 

Important to Note:

  • Location: Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) -- 650 East Ave., Suite 120, Erie, Pa 16503.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Admission: FREE

Click here to register!