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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Ghosheh's Long-Awaited Book on Immigration Featured in Program, Reception on Thursday

Posted on July 18th, 2023 at 10:08 AM
Ghosheh's Long-Awaited Book on Immigration Featured in Program, Reception on Thursday


Ghosheh’s Long-Awaited Book on Immigration Featured in Program, Reception on Thursday  

Erie, Pennsylvania (July 17, 2023) – Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence Baher Ghosheh will discuss his newly published book on immigration in a special reception and program Thursday, July 20, at the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State St.


Dr. Ghosheh’s talk will begin at 7 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. for those who pre-register. The events are free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will also be held afterward.


The book, “New Americans: Demographic Trends and Immigration Patterns in Erie, Pennsylvania (1960-2023),” examines population patterns in America, Pennsylvania, and Erie. It also features the moving personal stories and insights of several former refugees who settled in Erie.


“They are the future of Erie and the future of America,” Ghosheh writes. “Their energy, determination, persistence, and optimism should make everyone feel more hopeful that America's best days are ahead of us.”


For more information about the program or to make reservations, visit the Jefferson website at or call 814.459.8000. 


Media coverage of the Ghosheh event is welcomed; Jefferson spokespersons and Dr. Ghosheh will be available for comment at the event. For comments in advance, please contact:


Angela Beaumont Director of Programming   Jefferson Educational Society 814.459.8000