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, and other special 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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JES Spring 2022 Program Schedule Announced

Posted on April 14th, 2022 at 12:00 PM
JES Spring 2022 Program Schedule Announced
2022 Spring Program Schedule Announced for Erie’s Jefferson and sites in Corry, Fairview
Erie, Pennsylvania (April 14) – Penn State Behrend Political Science Professor Robert Speel will kick off the 2022 spring term programming season at the Jefferson Educational Society by discussing a timely subject: gerrymandering in the United States.
Dr. Steel will talk about the origins of gerrymandering, why it has become more common, and the impact of the practice on American politics at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at the Jefferson, 3207 State St., in Erie, Pennsylvania. The program is free and open to the public.
In all, 23 programs are planned during the spring term, including 14 in-person presentations at the Jefferson, four digital programs, and five programs at Jefferson satellite sites in Corry and Fairview through June 1. All events are open to the public.
“We are excited to continue the Jefferson Satellite Program after some initial programs and success during our winter term programming,” said Jefferson President Ferki Ferati. “Our goal is to continue to sponsor excellent and thought-provoking programs at the Jefferson but also to take our programming to other parts of the Erie region.”
A number of interesting programs are on tap in April and May at the Jefferson, including a number of lunchtime “Community Conversations” with Jennifer Tompkins of PennFuture on Earth Day; Millcreek Township Supervisor Kim Clear; a GIS mapping event with Gannon Professor Chris Magno; and with Erie Mayor Joe Schember. On April 21, at 7 p.m., Penn State Professor Joseph Beilein explores “Guerilla Warfare in the American Civil War.” Local historian Richard Arthur will speak about the role of U.S. Monuments on May 5; Gannon Professor Aaron Kerr will address Global Warming and regional solutions on May 9; and Michael Fuhrman will discuss plans for national passenger rail in the United States on May 23 in Fairview. During four digital programs, Raimy Fellows Susannah Faulkner, Jake Marsh, and Jessica Taylor will present their research, and Andrew Roth will be in conversation with Ben Speggen and Phil Payne on the seeds of discontent in 1968 to today. The digital programs are livestreamed on Facebook.
A “distinguished visiting speaker” presentation on global affairs is also planned during the term – former Global Summit speaker and Erie native Lieutenant General James Dubik will explore the Ukraine crisis and its larger context on June 1.
Among the term’s highlights are presentations by several Jefferson scholars-in-residence, including David Frew, Baher Ghosheh, Judy Lynch, and Andrew Roth, as well as a lecture on the Cold War by Dr. Ferki Ferati.
For more information about the programs, memberships, or to make reservations, call 814.459.8000 or visit
Media coverage of the Distinguished Visiting Speaker program on June 1 is welcomed; Jefferson spokespersons and presenter Lt. Gen. Dubik will be available for comment at the event.
For comments in advance, please contact:
Angela Beaumont,
Director of Programming
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.
2022 Spring SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Gerrymandering: How It’s Done, Why It’s Done, Where It’s Done? Robert Speel, Ph.D. Free Lecture
Thursday, April 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Bushwhackers of Western Missouri: Guerrilla Warfare in the American Civil War, 1861-1863. Joseph Beilein, Ph.D. Lecture. $10/person; $15 with guest
Friday, April 22, Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Erie Earth Day 2022: Invest in Our Lake. Jennifer Tompkins, B.S. Community Conversation, Free Earth Day Program ($5 for brown bag lunch optional).
Thursday, April 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - More than just a Portrait – Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office. Rev. Charles Brock, M.Litt. Lecture. $10/person; $15 with guest
Friday, April 29, Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Building Community in Millcreek Township. Kim Clear, B.A. Community Conversation, Free Lecture ($5 for brown bag lunch optional).
Thursday, May 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Let’s Talk About U.S. Monuments. Richard Arthur, M.A. Lecture. $10/person; $15 with guest
Friday, May 6, Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Visualizing Erie and Pennsylvania through GIS map. Chris Magno, Ph.D. Community Conversation, Free Lecture ($5 for brown bag lunch optional).
Monday, May 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - The Earth Alive? Global Warming and Regional Adaptability. Aaron Kerr, Ph.D. Lecture. $10/person; $15 with guest
Wednesday, May 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Cold War: The Genesis. Ferki Ferati, Ed.D. Free Lecture
Thursday, May 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Take Me Out to the Ball Game’s ‘Feminist’ Origins. Andrew Roth, Ph.D. Lecture. $10/person; $15 with guest
Wednesday, May 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - “On the Waterfront”: Evolution of an Essay Series. David Frew, Ph.D. Lecture. $10/person; $15 with guest
Thursday, May 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Is Peace still Possible between Israelis and Palestinians? Baher Ghosheh, Ph.D. Lecture. $10/person; $15 with guest
Friday, May 27, Noon to 1:30 p.m. - How Mayor Joe Schember plans to transform Erie during his second term. Mayor Joe Schember. Community Conversation, Free Lecture ($5 for brown bag lunch optional).
Wednesday, June 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m. - The Ukraine Crisis in Context. Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, U.S. Army Retired. Distinguished Visiting Speaker. Lecture. $15/person; $25 with guest
Free Jefferson Digital Programming
Wednesday, April 13, 4 to 5 p.m. - Poverty Is a Policy Choice: A Framework for a Guaranteed Income Pilot in Erie, County, Pennsylvania.- Raimy Fellow Susannah Faulkner
Wednesday, April 27, 4 to 5 p.m. - Working with Generation Z in Projects and Organizations. Raimy Fellow Jake Marsh
Wednesday, May 4, 4 to 5 p.m. - Coworking in Erie: A Case Study of the Economic Impact of Radius CoWork and the Future of Erie County. Raimy Fellow Jessica Taylor
Thursday, May 26, noon to 1 p.m. - 1968/2022: The Seeds of Our Discontents*. Phil Payne, Ph.D., Ben Speggen, M.A., and Andrew Roth, Ph.D.
Note: All Raimy Ideas programs are moderated by Raimy Fellowship Coordinator Andrew Roth, Ph.D.
* In Partnership with Erie County Public Library, histERIE Week
Jefferson Satellite Programming
At Corry Higher Education Council and Lincoln Library in Fairview
Monday, April 25, 6-7:30 p.m. – The School-to-Prison Pipeline and Zero Tolerance Policies. Parris Baker, Ph.D. Free Lecture, Lincoln Library, 1255 Manchester Road, in Fairview.
Tuesday, April 26, 6-7:30 p.m. – American Holidays—Anna Jarvis, Mother’s Day, & Flowers, Flowers, Andrew Roth, Ph.D. Free lecture, Corry Higher Education Council, 221 North Center Street, in Corry.
Tuesday, May 10, noon-1:30 p.m. – Erie County Elected Women . Judith Lynch, Ph.D. Lunch-and-Learn, Corry Higher Education Council, 221 North Center Street, in Corry ($5 for brown bag lunch optional).
Monday, May 23, 6-7:30 p.m. – Is High Speed Rail a pipe dream in the US? Michael Fuhrman, M.A. Free Lecture, Lincoln Library, 1255 Manchester Road, in Fairview.
Tuesday, May 24, 6-7:30 p.m. – General George Washington, America’s First Spymaster. George Deutsch, B.A., Corry Higher Education Council, 221 North Center Street, in Corry
Monday, March 28, 6-7:30 p.m. – Erie County Elected Women. Judith Lynch, Ph.D. Free Lecture, Lincoln Library, 1255 Manchester Road, in Fairview.
Note: All Jefferson programming is free to all Erie County students with advanced registration and student ID. Please visit to register as a student.
For full program descriptions and lecturer biographies, please visit, where advanced registration can be made. Registrations can also be made by calling 814.459.8000 or by visiting the Jefferson at 3207 State St. in Erie.
The Jefferson Education Society requires that all patrons are vaccinated. If not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID test must be provided. Face masks will no longer be required for patrons but are encouraged. Please see our FULL policy here.
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.