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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The Human Immune System During COVID-19

Posted on April 1st, 2022 at 3:10 PM

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on our society and its impact has not been equally distributed across the population. The most vulnerable to experience severe disease and death are those of advancing age and those with one of many diseases of the modern world driven by low-grade inflammation. These common disorders include obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver, cardiovascular and renal disease among others that are growing rapidly in modern life and already collectively account for nearly 60 percent of all deaths prior to COVID-19. Given that our immune health is directly tied to our behaviors and environmental exposures, advances in the understanding of how to modify our behaviors and exposures (what we eat, how we sleep and exercise and how we handle our stress) as well as understanding the impact of factors such as pollution and global warming may offer hope for greater population-based immune health to prepare us for future pandemics and offer greater resistance to chronic diseases.

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