Program Videos

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ERIE COUNTY ELECTED WOMEN: PART VII

Dr. Judith Lynch

From the passing of the 19th Amendment to the formation of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, to Annette Young becoming the first woman elected in Erie County, Dr. Judith Lynch, Jefferson Scholar in Residence (and an elected Erie County woman herself!), will cover the history of elected Erie County women, reviewing the positions they held and the impacts they made. From municipal offices to state-level positions, you'll find out about the women who made – and are still making – history throughout Erie County in this multi-part series hosted by JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

This is the seventh installment of the Elected Women Series, "Savocchio Broke One Glass Ceiling After Another".

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Dealing with your ants #2: Overgeneralizing

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 36 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

Understanding and challenging your Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) can help you feel happier and more peaceful. Join Penny for a dive into Overgeneralizing. After this session you’ll notice this tendency and challenge your thinking!

To watch this video, click HERE

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MINDFULNESS: Dealing with your ANTs #1: all-or-nothing (polarized) thinking

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 35 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

Understanding and challenging your Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) can help you feel happier and more peaceful. Join Penny for a dive into All-or-Nothing thinking. After this session, you’ll notice this tendency and challenge your thinking!

To watch this video, click HERE

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Civil War on Film, Behind the Scenes of ‘Gettysburg’ and ‘Cold Mountain

Michael Kraus and George Deutsch

With the Civil War in the rearview mirror American stage was set to bring romanticized versions of the conflict to theaters, the best-known production being "Shenandoah" in 1889. Civil War-themed moving pictures became extremely popular with over 200 newsreels produced between 1907 and 1916. These early plays and films shaped most American's view of the conflict and how it would be portrayed. Michael Kraus, Curator of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh, has had an insider's view in the production as a historical consultant to 2 Hollywood productions, "Gettysburg" and "Cold Mountain", as well as being lead writer for the series "Civil War Minutes". Kraus will discuss how the Civil War was presented in early film and then discuss his behind the scenes experience as a consultant. Ever wonder how some of the Gettysburg scenes were captured? This program is being co-hosted with the Erie County Historical Society.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: mindful eating

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 34 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

We often rush through our meals, and eat ‘absently’, without really noticing or enjoying our food. It can lead to overeating and being out of touch with our ‘hunger cues.’ Join Penny and reconnect with the pleasure & joy of eating via this mindfulness exercise. BRING a small amount of food and be ready to experience it in a new way.

To watch this video, click HERE

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ERIE COUNTY ELECTED WOMEN: PART VI

Dr. Judith Lynch

From the passing of the 19th Amendment to the formation of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, to Annette Young becoming the first woman elected in Erie County, Dr. Judith Lynch, Jefferson Scholar in Residence (and an elected Erie County woman herself!), will cover the history of elected Erie County women, reviewing the positions they held and the impacts they made. From municipal offices to state-level positions, you'll find out about the women who made – and are still making – history throughout Erie County in this multi-part series hosted by JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

This is the sixth installment of the Elected Women Series, "Domitrovich Broke Judicial Glass Ceiling".

To watch this video, click HERE!

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AMERICAN TAPESTRY LUNCHTIME SERIES: PART six - The Fusion Thread and Talking Tapestry

Dr. Andrew Roth

If 1968 was the year of 'the far side of the moon & the birth of the culture wars', it was also the year, according to Smithsonian magazine, "The American Story" shattered. - Dr. Andrew Roth

In this 5 part lunchtime series, you will learn about the post-1968 shattering of the American story by asking:

  • What is the 'story of America'?
  • Is there such a thing?
  • Is there only one story, or are there many stories?
  • If there are many stories, how are they woven, can they be woven, together to tell the story of America?

To watch this video, click HERE!

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the 2020 elections: where are we? where are we headed?

Post Election Analysis with Ganon University

Watch a program livestreamed on November 5th at 7 p.m. following the Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 Election Day in partnership with Gannon University and the Jefferson Education Society. Drs. Jeffrey Bloodworth and Stephen Tootle will offer an analysis of election results as they stand, voter turnout, and the Electoral College count, as well as what the results mean for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Students also weighed in, offering their reactions to the 2020 election. The discussion was moderated by JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

To watch this video, click HERE

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MINDFULNESS: Living with Uncertainty

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 33 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

h part 33 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series. We are living in a time of great uncertainty, but our minds naturally want answers. When will the Covid pandemic be over? Will political divisions ever heal? Why is all of this happening? Practice with Penny to find more peace within, so you can live more peacefully with all of this uncertainty part 33 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series. We are living in a time of great uncertainty, but our minds naturally want answers. When will the Covid pandemic be over? Will political divisions ever heal? Why is all of this happening? Practice with Penny to find more peace within, so you can live more peacefully with all of this uncertainty.

To watch this video, click HERE

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ERIE COUNTY ELECTED WOMEN: PART V

Dr. Judith Lynch

From the passing of the 19th Amendment to the formation of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, to Annette Young becoming the first woman elected in Erie County, Dr. Judith Lynch, Jefferson Scholar in Residence (and an elected Erie County woman herself!), will cover the history of elected Erie County women, reviewing the positions they held and the impacts they made. From municipal offices to state-level positions, you'll find out about the women who made – and are still making – history throughout Erie County in this multi-part series hosted by JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

This is the fifth installment of the Elected Women Series, "More Barriers Tumbled as Savocchio Became Erie Mayor".

To watch this video, click HERE!

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road to the white house 2020: examining polls, examining victory, and the electoral college

David Kozak, Ph.D.

With the 2020 Presidential Election just days away, what are the paths to victory for the Republican and Democratic candidates – incumbent President Donald J. Trump, and his challenger – and former Vice President and Senator – Joe Biden? How can each get to the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to be inaugurated as President of the United States of America in January 2021? What do the polls tell us? How reliable are they? In this special Jefferson Educational Society digital program, JES Vice President Ben Speggen interviews Dr. David Kozak, professor emeritus at Gannon University and political scientist who’s studied and taught through 16 presidential elections.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: SEEING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR THOUGHTS, EMOTIONS, AND BEHAVIORS

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 32 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

Though we don’t need to figure out which comes first, it’s super helpful to raise our awareness of the interconnectedness of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

To watch this video, click HERE

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america's most corrupt presidential election: 1876

George Deutsch

America’s Most Corrupt Presidential Election: 1876, featuring Mr. George Deutsch, Executive Director of the Hagen History Center

To watch this video, click HERE

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Pre-Election Discussion – What are the Hidden Issues in the 2020 Elections

Panel Discussion

A special joint program by the Public Policy Fund at Penn State Behrend, the Institute of the American Dream at Penn State Behrend, the Brock Institute for Mega Issues Education, and the Jefferson Educational Society
From foreign affairs to the Affordable Care Act, from militias to authoritarianism, moderator Rev. Charles Brock discusses these issues and more with panelists Mr. Paul Gambill, Dr. Lena Harned-Surzhko, and Dr. Robert Speel.
To watch this video, click HERE

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ERIE COUNTY ELECTED WOMEN: PART IV

Dr. Judith Lynch

From the passing of the 19th Amendment to the formation of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, to Annette Young becoming the first woman elected in Erie County, Dr. Judith Lynch, Jefferson Scholar in Residence (and an elected Erie County woman herself!), will cover the history of elected Erie County women, reviewing the positions they held and the impacts they made. From municipal offices to state-level positions, you'll find out about the women who made – and are still making – history throughout Erie County in this multi-part series hosted by JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

This is the fourth installment of the Elected Women Series, "Major Reforms Led to New County Government".

To watch this video, click HERE

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AMERICAN TAPESTRY LUNCHTIME SERIES: PART Five - The Immigrant’s Tale

Dr. Andrew Roth

If 1968 was the year of 'the far side of the moon & the birth of the culture wars', it was also the year, according to Smithsonian magazine, "The American Story" shattered. - Dr. Andrew Roth

In this 5 part lunchtime series, you will learn about the post-1968 shattering of the American story by asking:

  • What is the 'story of America'?
  • Is there such a thing?
  • Is there only one story, or are there many stories?
  • If there are many stories, how are they woven, can they be woven, together to tell the story of America?

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Understanding and Changing ANTS!

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 31 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

Understanding and Changing ANTS - Automatic Negative Thoughts!

To watch this video, click HERE

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Paths to Renewed Prosperity for Great Lakes Communities

John Austin, MPA

Despite lingering popular misconceptions, the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest region is not an economic monolith of struggling older industrial cities and rural hinterlands. Many communities have shed their agricultural and industrial shells and found new economic success in a globalized, knowledge and technology-driven economy. Austin will share findings from A Vital Midwest: The Path to New Prosperity, his 2020 report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. It provides a fresh analysis of the Great Lakes economy and the varied paths by which the region's older industrial communities, similarly situated to Erie, have turned an economic corner. Austin will also discuss the new challenges and opportunities for economic growth in a Covid-19 reshaped economy.

John Austin is the Director of the Michigan Economic Center; a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution & Chicago Council of Global Affairs; a Research Fellow, W.E. Upjohn Institute; and a Lecturer on the Economy, University of Michigan.

To watch this video, click HERE

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ERIE COUNTY ELECTED WOMEN: PART III

Dr. Judith Lynch

From the passing of the 19th Amendment to the formation of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, to Annette Young becoming the first woman elected in Erie County, Dr. Judith Lynch, Jefferson Scholar in Residence (and an elected Erie County woman herself!), will cover the history of elected Erie County women, reviewing the positions they held and the impacts they made. From municipal offices to state-level positions, you'll find out about the women who made – and are still making – history throughout Erie County in this multi-part series hosted by JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

Dr. Judith Lynch continues her Elected Women series with "Women’s Political Strength Grows in Three Movements."

To watch this video, click HERE

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Recruitment of Black Soldiers in U.S. Military in Northwest Pennsylvania During the Civil War

Brian Graff and George Deutsch

Watch a brief history of raising Union black regiments during the Civil War. The focus will be on the several USCT (United States Colored Troop) regiments that were partially recruited in Northwestern Pennsylvania, specifically in the Erie area. This program was being co-hosted with the Erie County Historical Society and the Erie Civil War Roundtable!

To watch this video, click HERE!

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AMERICAN TAPESTRY LUNCHTIME SERIES: PART Four

Dr. Andrew Roth

If 1968 was the year of 'the far side of the moon & the birth of the culture wars', it was also the year, according to Smithsonian magazine, "The American Story" shattered. - Dr. Andrew Roth

In this 5 part lunchtime series, you will learn about the post-1968 shattering of the American story by asking:

  • What is the 'story of America'?
  • Is there such a thing?
  • Is there only one story, or are there many stories?
  • If there are many stories, how are they woven, can they be woven, together to tell the story of America?

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: A very basic focus on the breath

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 30 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

Let’s get back to the basics: focusing on the breath as a pathway to present moment awareness.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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The Urban Digital Divide Define

Matt Wiertel

The broadband and technology skills gap that exists in U.S. urban areas often decides whether individuals can become part of the connected digital economy and education. Due to Erie's demographics, broadband adoption in urban areas trails national averages and creates a larger challenge for the community at large. Raimy Fellow Matt Wiertel dives into this multi-faceted issue, presents possible solutions, and forms a call to action to assist a technologically marginalized population in Erie.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Erie County Elected Women: Part II

Dr. Judith Lynch

From the passing of the 19th Amendment to the formation of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, to Annette Young becoming the first woman elected in Erie County, Dr. Judith Lynch, Jefferson Scholar in Residence (and an elected Erie County woman herself!), will cover the history of elected Erie County women, reviewing the positions they held and the impacts they made. From municipal offices to state-level positions, you'll find out about the women who made – and are still making – history throughout Erie County in this multi-part series hosted by JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

Dr. Judith Lynch continues her Elected Women series with "Helen Schluraff: State’s First Female County Commissioner Led by Example as she Broke Barriers."

To watch this video, click HERE

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Unexpected Connections: Statistical Physics, Physics and Philosophy, and Diversity and Equity in STEM

Dr. Noah Charles

Physics promises to deliver for us leaps forward in our technological capabilities. Dr. Charles' time in the field has shown him that physics shares unexpected connections with many other areas of thought, from philosophy to social science. In this talk, he explained how his interest in statistics led him down the rabbit hole to questions of the evolution of the universe and our expectations about its future and simultaneously to work to understand why people of non-traditional backgrounds sometimes choose to leave the field.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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AMERICAN TAPESTRY LUNCHTIME SERIES: PART three

Dr. Andrew Roth

If 1968 was the year of 'the far side of the moon & the birth of the culture wars', it was also the year, according to Smithsonian magazine, "The American Story" shattered. - Dr. Andrew Roth

In this 5 part lunchtime series, you will learn about the post-1968 shattering of the American story by asking:

  • What is the 'story of America'?
  • Is there such a thing?
  • Is there only one story, or are there many stories?
  • If there are many stories, how are they woven, can they be woven, together to tell the story of America?

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: mindful body scan for sleep

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 29 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

A valuable tool any time of day: Mindful Body Scan. A quick scan at work helps you recognize and release tension, a longer scan in bed has the added benefit of occupying your mind and helping you gently release worries and concerns. Try it now, whether seated or lying down, and you’ll want to try it again tonight once you’re in bed.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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ERIE COUNTY ELECTED WOMEN: PART I

From the passing of the 19th Amendment to the formation of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, to Annette Young becoming the first woman elected in Erie County, Dr. Judith Lynch, Jefferson Scholar in Residence (and an elected Erie County woman herself!), will cover the history of elected Erie County women, reviewing the positions they held and the impacts they made. From municipal offices to state-level positions, you'll find out about the women who made – and are still making – history throughout Erie County in this multi-part series hosted by JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Israel-U.A.E.-Bahrain Accord: One More Step for Peace in the Middle East?

Dr. Baher Ghosheh

With much fanfare, the Trump administration hosted leaders from Israel, the UAE and Bahrain at the White House to sign this "historic" peace agreement, called the Abraham Accords. President Trump insists 6-9 other Arab/Muslim countries will normalize relations and sign peace agreements with Israel before the November elections.

What is the significance of the agreement? Does it advance the cause of Peace in the region – or, will it result in more polarization and conflict in this highly unstable region?

To watch this video, click HERE!

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AMERICAN TAPESTRY LUNCHTIME SERIES: PART Two

Dr. Andrew Roth

If 1968 was the year of 'the far side of the moon & the birth of the culture wars', it was also the year, according to Smithsonian magazine, "The American Story" shattered.

  • - Dr. Andrew Roth
  • In this 5 part lunchtime series, you will learn about the post-1968 shattering of the American story by asking:

    • What is the 'story of America'?
    • Is there such a thing?
    • Is there only one story, or are there many stories?
    • If there are many stories, how are they woven, can they be woven, together to tell the story of America?

    To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Walking through a favorite home

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 28 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

 

We can access peace by returning to our memories of a peaceful place. In this mindfulness session, Penny will help you connect with a Favorite Home, possibly from your childhood, and spend time walking through the rooms.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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A Shared Heritage: People and Places of African American Heritage in Erie COunty

Mr. Johnny Johnson and Dr. Chris Magoc

This presentation, A Shared Heritage: People and Places of African American Heritage in Erie County, offers an overview of a newly launched community history project.   The centerpiece of A Shared Heritage is a driving and walking tour of 29 sites of significance related to African American history in Erie County from slavery through the Civil Rights era.  Along with the tour is a website featuring a number of other supplemental educational resources that will be previewed in the presentation. 

To watch this video, click HERE!

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American tapestry Lunchtime Series: Part one

Dr. Andrew Roth

If 1968 was the year of 'the far side of the moon & the birth of the culture wars', it was also the year, according to Smithsonian magazine, "The American Story" shattered.

  • - Dr. Andrew Roth

In this 5 part lunchtime series, you will learn about the post-1968 shattering of the American story by asking:

  • What is the 'story of America'?
  • Is there such a thing?
  • Is there only one story, or are there many stories?
  • If there are many stories, how are they woven, can they be woven, together to tell the story of America?

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Mystics for skeptics: How to tackle mystical thinking of saints, prophets, philosophers, and statesmen

Rev. Charles Brock, M.Litt

A working definition of mysticism is "a direct and transformative presence of God." Mystics insist that this must be followed by good works as either by-product or its ultimate purpose. As William Blake wrote, "Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell, there God is dwelling too." From Jacob tangibly wrestling with God to Martin Luther King, Jr. struggling with human rights, the mystical variety through the centuries and in all nations is superb and enormous. In his talk, posted on September 29, 2020, the Rev. Charles Brock tackles mystical thinking for the highly skeptical. Learn about the greatest mystics and get a sampling of historically inspiring words and deeds. 

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Mountain Meditation

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 27 of our "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

 

Mountains are majestic and able to withstand centuries of stormy weather. Though the seasons change, and the weather changes, the mountain remains strong and stable. In this mindfulness session, Penny will help you recognize the strength and stability within yourself, even when your internal 'weather' (aka emotions) shift

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Lake erie: A Call to action

Dr. Judith Lynch

Outbreaks of Harmful Algal Blooms and E. coli contamination have been documented for years in Lake Erie. Despite proof of their injurious impact on animal life, human life, and our economy, they continue.

 

After the recent release of her latest report on these growingly severe threats, Jefferson Scholar in Residence Dr. Judith Lynch argues that it is time to stop talking and start acting.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Lincoln Assassination: An American Tragedy

Jeff Sherry, M.A.T

On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States was assassinated while watching a play in Washington, D.C.. Most Americans know that about the assassination but few know of the extensive plot involved or of the assassin's 12 days on the run. This talk by Hagen History Center Museum Educator Jeff Sherry looks at the murder of the President in great detail.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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From 1619 Virginia to 16503 Erie: The Constitutional path to black lives matter

Dr. Parris Baker 

Dr. Parris Baker, longtime Gannon University faculty member and author of the Jefferson report "A Pain-filled, Polarized America: Reflections, Recommendations on Racism in U.S., Erie," will discuss this presentation, debuted on Aug. 25, 2020 at Gannon, as he examines how racism was ingrained in the founding of the United States and the historical events that have led to the current Black Lives Matter movement. The focus on making reflective and reflexive change and the desire to re-evaluate processes at the micro and macro level are two areas Dr. Baker believes can result in significant change.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: RELEASING REGRET ABOUT. . . (SPECIFIC THINGS)

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 26 of our"Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

"I do have regrets, but I’d like to make peace with them.”  In this mindfulness session, Penny will help you see your past ‘failures’ through the lenses of acceptance and learning.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Releasing Worries About. . . (so many things)

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 25 of our"Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

“People tell me not to worry so much, but I don’t know how!”  In this mindfulness session, you will learn how to drop your worries, as the leaves drop from trees in the fall.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: BREATHE YOUR WAY TO MINDFULNESS

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 24 of our"Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

Though the surface of a lake can be turbulent, the water down below is calm and serene. In this mindfulness session, Penny will guide your imagination towards a beautiful lake with a sometimes calm and sometimes choppy surface.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: BREATHE YOUR WAY TO MINDFULNESS

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 23 of our"Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

Most of us struggle with an inner sense of inadequacy and a frustration at self for not doing better. We ‘should’ ourselves: “I should be better,” “I should have done that differently.” In today’s mindfulness session, Penny will guide you towards compassion for yourself and less self judgement.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Election 2020: Voting Habits of Generation Z

Audrey Henson, Founder and CEO of College to Congress

Join College to Congress CEO and Founder, Audrey Henson, for a lively discussion on the importance of voting through the eyes of her demographic group of young people born in the late 1990s through early 2010s.

 

She will also address estimations of where #civicengagement stands now, provide a snapshot of how Generation Z has voted in the past, and predictions for the 2020 presidential election. Generation Z is the demographic group succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha.

 

Henson founded College to Congress to provide low-income students with pathways to public service. She has spearheaded the recruitment and training of hundreds of students who are passionate about our government through her online platform, C2C-U, registered dozens to vote, and has placed nearly 40 students directly into congressional offices.

 

You can visit the College to Congress web page by clicking HERE!

To watch the program, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: bREATHE yOUR wAY TO mINDFULNESS

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch as Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space guides you through part 22 of our"Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" series.

B R E A T H E your way to mindfulness, as you will practice different approaches to breathing, so you can identify your favorite. These breathing exercises will include: 4-7-8 breathing, abdominal breathing, alternate nostril breathing and more!

For more information, click the links below.

 

4-7-8 breathing: https://www.cordem.org/globalassets/files/academic-assembly/2017-aa/handouts/day-three/biofeedback-exercises-for-stress-2---fernances-j.pdf

 

Abdominal/Diaphragmatic breathing: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9445-diaphragmatic-breathing

 

Alternate nostril breathing: 

https://www.doyou.com/a-basic-intro-to-alternate-nostril-breathing/

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Reverse Mortgages: What Seniors and Policy Makers Need to Know and How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Impacting the Housing Market

Dr. Ira Goldstein, Dr. Mike Norton, and Atty. Colin Weidig

In this program, originally aired on Wednesday, August 19, Erie-specific data and maps on reverse-mortgage lending will be discussed. This data was designed to help seniors better understand the complexities, risks, and advantages of reverse mortgages. This program will also look at new rules that protect seniors with a reverse mortgage from foreclosure and show data about who borrowed with reverse mortgages in the last recession and where many reverse mortgage eligible seniors live today.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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Mindfulness: Understanding What's Behind Your Anger Part Two

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

In our next "Practicing Meditation though Mindfulness" session, Penny Mechley-Porter of Thrive Therapy Space is exploring Part Two of her popular "Understanding What's Behind Your Anger" mindfulness session.

 

In part one, Penny helped you explore what’s going on in addition to your anger (such as fear, disappointment, sadness. . .) By tuning in, we understand ourselves better, we can learn to ‘respond’ more than ‘react’, and we can communicate more effectively.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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The Sedition Act of 1798: Source of Domestic Turmoil and Runaway Partisanship

Richard Arthur, M.A.

Watch Richard Arthur, M.A., 23-year Army Veteran and lifelong history enthusiast, discuss the Sedition and Alien Acts of 1798.

 

In the last two years of the 18th Century, the new country of America faced threats to its shipping by pirates, threats to its trade from tariffs, occupied forts on its frontier, and the possibility of a war with revolutionary France. 

 

President John Adams wanted to be prepared to fight but preferred a diplomatic approach. War hawks in his emerging Federalist Party were eager for war and seemed equally intent on crushing domestic opposition from Jefferson's Republicans. 

 

In 1798, the Federalist Congress passed four laws that became to be called The Alien and Sedition Acts. These measures became a source of domestic turmoil and an example of runaway partisanship. They eventually changed the course of history. 

Watch this program, originally aired on August 12, 2020, by clicking HERE!

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American Tapestry: THe Stories we tell ourselves

Andrew Roth, Ph.D.

What is the "story of America?" Is there such a thing? Is there only one story, or are there many stories? Find out by watching this program, originally aired on August 11, 2020.

 

In this summary program, Andrew Roth, Ph.D., Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence, continues his exploration of the post-1968 shattering of the American story by drawing from his mini-part series to offer an overview of his American Tapestry experience.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Guided Imagery Forest WALk

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch part 20, posted on August 7 2020, of the Jefferson's meditation exercises taught by founder of Thrive Therapy Space, Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Take an imagined walk in an old-growth forest: It’s a perfect day, the forest is serene, and the sounds, smells and sensations help you to recharge and   r e l a x . . .

To watch this program, click HERE!

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On the Waterfront: Exploring Lake Erie's Wildlife, Ships, and History

David Frew, Ph.D.

Presented on August 5, Dr. David Frew gave us an exclusive look into his "On the Waterfront" series. David Frew, Ph.D., is a prolific writer, author, and speaker who grew up on Erie's lower west side as a proud "Bay Rat," joining neighborhood kids playing and marauding along the west bayfront. He has written for years about his beloved Presque Isle and his adventures on the Great Lakes. In a new series of articles for the Jefferson, the retired professor takes note of life in and around the water, which he'll review in conversation with Jefferson Vice President Ben Speggen.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: MINDFULness during covid

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch part 19, posted on July 31, 2020, of the Jefferson's meditation exercises taught by founder of Thrive Therapy Space, Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

There are extra challenges to mindfulness during this time of COVID. We are living with more uncertainty and more anxiety/fear. Penny will help you tune into your own wisdom about what helps you feel more centered. We will also practice letting go of and ‘accepting’ the things we can’t control.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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Baseball Past and Present: The Stories of Arky Vaughan and Willie Stargell and America's Pastime Admist a Pandemic

Frank Garland, M.S.

Biographer Frank Garland will explore his latest book that details the life and times of Pittsburgh Pirate great Arky Vaughan while also reflecting on his previous book on another Pirates’ standout, Willie Stargell: A Life in Baseball, to discuss the players’ lives and the times in which they played. Garland, who brings decades of reporting experience, will also lend his insights and observations to weigh in on how America’s pastime is playing out amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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A Clear Vision: Looking at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion- A Conversation with Author Preston Love Jr.

Preston Love, Jr.

Acclaimed author, professor, and long-term activist Preston Love, Jr. will discuss Clear Vision, the follow-up book to his groundbreaking Economic Cataracts: A Chronicle of Efforts to Remove the Obstacles of Urban Community Engagement and Economic, Inclusion. On July 28, 2020, we explored his unique approach to building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the nonprofit he founded, the Institute for Urban Development (4urban.org), including a look at community engagement, economic and leadership growth, and his other organization, Black Votes Matter. The manager for Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign, Love will also reflect on his recently published Jackson Papers, his children's book Your Bridge to History, and his annual Black History Tour, all in conversation with Jefferson Educational Society Vice President Ben Speggen.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Mindful, Peaceful Stretching

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch part 18, posted on July 24, 2020, of the Jefferson's mediation exercises taught by founder of Thrive Therapy Space, Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Nope, this isn’t exercise! Our goal is to use gentle stretching as a pathway to increased mindfulness and relaxation.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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Food Security during the COVID-19 Pandemic: U.S. and Global Perspectives

Caitlin Welsh, M.P.A.

From food security in the United States broadly to the impact on specific communities, to a look at global conditions, international supply chains, potential famines, and food shortages, Erie native Caitlin Welsh, Director of the Global Food Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., offered a tour d'horizon of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, looking back to her Jefferson Digital Programming presentation in April 2020 to where conditions stand now to estimations of where we are headed through the summer into the fall. This event premiered on July 21, 2020.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Walking Mindfulness Exercise

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Watch part 17 of the Jefferson's mediation exercises taught by founder of Thrive Therapy Space, Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

 

Penny will lead you through a walking mindfulness exercise, also called a ‘walking meditation.’ Mindful walking is the most commonly taught moving practice, and requires no equipment or skills--just a space in which you can take some rather slow steps. Some people prefer to try this practice outside in nature, others walk in a hallway or even in a small room. If you have physical limitations, no worries, Penny will offer a modified practice.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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A Conversation with Andre Perry, Author of Know Your Price, on His Latest Book, Racism in America, and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Andre Perry, Ph.D.

Dr. Perry is a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a scholar-in-residence at American University, a columnist for the Hechinger Report, and is the author of the recently published book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry's research has included: documenting the underlying causes for the outsized number of coronavirus-related deaths in Black communities; illuminating how certain forms of social distancing historically accelerated economic and social disparities between Black people and the rest of the country; mapping racial inequities in housing, income, and health to underscore how policy discrimination makes Black Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19; and spotlighting the struggles of Black businesses as they await federal relief from COVID-19’s economic impact. These topics and more will be explored in a conversation with Jefferson Vice President, Ben Speggen.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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Taps: 24 Notes of History and Erie County's Oliver Norton

George Deutsch, B.A.

On a sultry July evening in 1862, a battered Union army lay in camp along the James River, downstream from Richmond, after the failed attempt to capture the Confederate capital. General Daniel Butterfield called in his young bugler, Oliver Norton, from Erie's 83rd Pennsylvania regiment. That night, they created a new "Lights Out" for Butterfield's brigade. By the next morning, dozens of other buglers from nearby units flocked to see Norton to get copies of the new tune. The iconic TAPS was born. Now, TAPS is the most famous bugle call in American history, being played at military funerals across the country. In later years, Norton would become a multimillionaire industrialist, summered at the Chautauqua Institution, and his widow left a legacy to her husband by funding Chautauqua's opera center: Norton Hall.

To watch this program, originally aired on July 14, 2020, click HERE!

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What History Stands to Teach Us and Why We Need to Learn Its Lessons

Jonathan Burdick, M.Ed., M.A.

History isn't simply learning what happened in the past, but how what happened affected individuals. Understanding our shared collective history helps us contextualize the present: from current events to our own lives. To discuss history – and its role and our understanding of it – Jonathan Burdick, public school history teacher, founder of the public history project Rust & Dirt, and contributing writer at the Erie Reader, will discuss what drew him to history as a discipline, how he teaches and writes about it, and why and how he launched a public history project.

Watch this program, which aired on July 13, 2020, by clicking HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Understanding What's Behind Your Anger

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Using mindfulness, Penny will help you explore what’s going on in addition to your anger (such as fear, disappointment, sadness. . .) By tuning in, we understand ourselves better, we can learn to ‘respond’ more than ‘react’, and we can communicate more effectively.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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A Conversation with Steve Scully: A Look at 2020, from the Presidential Election to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Steve Scully, C-SPAN Senior Executive

In this program, presented on July 9, 2020, the interviewer becomes the interviewee. The renowned host of the Washington Journal and C-SPAN Senior Executive Producer and Political Editor Steve Scully joined Jefferson Vice President Ben Speggen to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact, the 2020 Presidential Election, and the role Mr. Scully’s hometown of Erie will likely play in the election outcome. 

To watch this video, click HERE!

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1968: The Far Side of the Moon and the Birth of the Culture Wars

Andrew Roth, Ph.D.

2018 marked the 50th Anniversary of 1968 – the cusp year of "The '60s": the Cultural Revolution whose repercussions redefined America reverberating down today. "The '60s" refers to that period between the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in 1964 to the last American helicopter leaving Saigon in 1975.

 

1968 was the hinge year, the year everything changed. From the Tet Offensive to President Johnson's resignation; from the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; from Miami and the Siege of Chicago;; from the women's march on Atlantic City to Apollo 8's Christmas Eve lunar orbit when humans first saw the far side of the moon and 'Earth-rise', 1968 changed everything.

 

This presentation, given by Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Andrew Roth on July 7, 2020, traces those events, their antecedents and their consequences. 

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Guided Beach Imagery

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

In part 15 of this mindfulness series, hosted on July 3, 2020, Penny will guide you in using your imagination to place yourself on a beautiful, and relaxing beach: The perfect temperature, the sounds you love, the smells and sensations that help you to    r-e-l-e-a-s-e   tension. . .

To watch this program, click HERE!

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A Conversation with Rev Jeffrey Brown: Race in America and Today's Black Lives Matter Movement

Rev. Jeffrey Brown

Heralded as "the architect of the Boston Miracle," Rev. Jeffrey Brown led the way to curb youth-involved violent crime in Boston by 79 percent over a decade. Working with faith groups, cities, government, and police to stop gang violence, Rev. Brown serves as president of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace) and co-founder of My City at Peace.

To discuss race in America, today's Black Lives Matter Movement, and more, Rev. Brown, who presented in Erie at Global Summit VIII, joined Jefferson Vice President Ben Speggen on June 30 in conversation to review our country's history, unpack its present, and explore its future.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Mindfulness: S.T.O.P. and Take a Pause

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

In part 14 of this mindfulness series, hosted on June 26, 2020, Penny will teach you how to pause during the day, so you won't feel as stressed or reactive by the end of the day!

Stand

Tune in

Observe

Ponder Possibilities

To watch this program, click HERE!

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Flashpoint! How Colonial Western Pennsylvania Ignited a Global War

Larry Flatley, J.D.

In 1700, western Pennsylvania was an uninhabited wilderness. Fifty years later, a world war stared here. What happened?

 

Join historian and author Larry Flatley in conversation with Jefferson's Ben Speggen as they explore the events that led to war, including a pivotal 1753 confrontation at Erie between the French commander of Fort Presque Isle and a Native American leader.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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Normandy Invasion

Mark Squeglia, B.A.

Mark Squeglia, B.A. discusses the immense battle plans, invasion strategy and major players from June 6th to September 1944. What mistakes were made by both the German Army and Allied Forces and why was it imperative that the invasion succeed.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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A Pain-filled, Polarized America: Reflections, Recommendations on Racism in U.S., Erie

Dr. Parris Baker

In a recently released Jefferson report, "A Pain-filled, Polarized America: Reflections, Recommendations on Racism in U.S., Erie," author Dr. Parris Baker examines America's history and grappling with racism in the context of George Floyd's violent death while in police custody, the rise of global protests, and the ongoing pervasion of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

While reviewing the country's history rooted in racism and the centuries-long impacts it's had, Baker highlights current initiatives, such as Campaign Zero, and outlines key recommendations to drive equitable progress through policy.

 

Dr. Baker's report was published Friday, June 19. To discuss his work, Jefferson Vice President Ben Speggen hosted a livestreamed conversation with Baker on June 22.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Tapping on Stress

Penny Mechley Porter, NCC, LPC

On June 19, the Jefferson featured it's 13th mediation excercise with Penny Mechley-Porter.

This program will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on 1) EFT/Tapping on Stress 2) Releasing Stress with the Breath.

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.
Watch this video by clicking HERE!

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A Conversation with Kristen Zeiber: Pedestrian, Bike Links to Bayfront Needed More than Ever

Kristen Zeiber, M.S.

The master plan for the Bayfront Parkway Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was released in April, highlighting more consideration for bike and pedestrian connections along the Bayfront.

Kristen Zeiber, Project Manager for the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, responded to the PennDOT plan in the report recently released by the Jefferson Educational Society headlined, “Pedestrian, Bicycle Links to Bayfront ‘Needed More Than Ever.’”

In a program featured on June 17, 2020, Zeiber discussed her new report as well as the PennDOT plan, including the challenges and opportunities of rethinking the parkway, the context of the parkway project in this age of the coronavirus, its special challenges, and the desire of bicyclists and pedestrians to better use of bayfront amenities.

To watch this program, click HERE!

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Jefferson Conversation with Yvonne Caputo, Author of Flying with Dad

Yvonne Caputo

On June 16, the Jefferson hosted a conversation with Yvonne Caputo, teacher, psychotherapist, corporate trainer, and consultant.

Caputos debut book is both a memoir and a WWII history. The book is the result of two years of long-distance phone calls with Caputo's father. His stories of being a B-24 navigator in World War II became the bridge between father and daughter. They deepened their relationship in a way Caputo never dreamed possible, and they were responsible for their no regrets final goodbye.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Noticing Emotions and Breath

Penny Mechley Porter, NCC, LPC

On June 12, the Jefferson featured it's 12th mediation excercise with Penny Mechley-Porter. 

This program will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on 1) Noticing Emotions and 2) Breath Awareness.
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.
Watch this video by clicking HERE!
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Evaluating the Economic Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Kenneth Louie

The Economic Research Institute of Erie (ERIE) issued a Special Issue of the Erie Leading Index (ELI) on May 1, 2020 to analyze the local economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic January through March. 

 

With the Bureau of Labor and Statistics' April data set for local, Metropolitan Statistical Employment and Unemployment being released on June 3, Dr. Kenneth Louie, ERIE director, offered insight on June 9, 2020 to the updated numbers and the effects of COVID-19 on the local and national economies. 

 

What's changed? Where does Erie stand compared to the rest of the country? Find out in this conversation as we unpack the new developments.

To watch this video, Click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Tension Release and Garden Guided Imagery

Penny Mechley Porter, NCC, LPC

On June 5, the Jefferson featured it's 11th mediation excercise with Penny Mechley-Porter. 

This program will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on 1) Tense and Release and 2) Garden Guided Imagery.
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.
Watch this video by clicking HERE!
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President Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: The Great Antagonists

George Deutsch, B.A.

On June 3, 2020, the Jefferson featured a program on the history of President Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney.

Roger Taney was the product of privilege and formal education, which stands in stark contrast to Abraham Lincoln, his impoverished youth and self-education. Their antagonism began in the 1840s when Taney ruled against Lincoln in a split decision in the only case that Lincoln as lawyer ever argued before the Supreme Court. Lincoln spoke out sharply against the Dred Scott decision in 1857. The two clashed repeatedly during Lincoln's presidency. The feud continued until Taney's death in 1864.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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Years of horror: 1968 and 2020

Andrew Roth, Ph.D.

In a recently published essay for The Atlantic, “Is This the Worst Year in Modern American History? Comparing 2020 to 1968 offers some disquieting lessons for the present,” James Fallows examines the two years, the history of 1968 and the unfolding of today's events. You can also take a look at the Fallows' presentation with the Jefferson from April 21, 2020 by clicking HERE.

Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Andrew Roth has spent the last two years unpacking 1968's historical importance in the American narrative.

In this event, hosted on June 2, 2020, he'll discuss the roles of pandemics, media, leadership, and more as we continue to analyze 1968's impact on history then and today.

You can watch this video by clicking HERE!

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MINDFULNESs: Mindful stretching

Penny Mechley Porter, NCC, LPC

On May 29, the Jefferson featured it's tenth mediation excercise with Penny Mechley-Porter. 

This program will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on 1) Mindful Stretching and 2) Meditating on a Word.
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.
Watch this video by clicking HERE!
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MINDFULNESS: Passing Thoughts and Mindful Moments

Penny Mechley Porter, NCC, LPC

On May 22, the Jefferson featured it's nineth mediation excercise with Penny Mechley-Porter. 

This program will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on 1) Allow thoughts to pass through and 2) Choose mindful moments during the day.
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.
Watch this video by clicking HERE!
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PA SENATE DEBATE: aNDRÉ HORTON AND jULIE SLOMSKI

Democratic Candidates

On Thursday, May 21 the Jefferson featured a debate with Democratic Candidates for PA State Senate District 49. Watch to find out these candidates' platforms and goals as we all prepare for election day on June 2, 2020.
Click HERE to watch!
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Coworking: Communities of Professional and Personal Interest

Sean Fedorko

Coworking has become a popular subject of discussion with the rise of the freelance economy, remote work, entrepreneurship, and as people seek new ways to feel connected to one another.
On May 20, 2020, Sean Fedorko, Co-founder and Managing Director of Radius CoWork, provides insights into the history of Erie’s coworking community, Radius CoWork, and its role in Erie’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We’ll also cover how the pandemic is effecting changes in coworking communities and the industry.
To watch this video, click HERE
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mindfulness: First Sip, First Bite

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On May 15, 2020, we livestreamed part eight of "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" on Facebook.
This program is a follow-up by popular demand from previous Friday lectures and will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on 1) First Sip, First Bite and 2) "It shouldn't be this way" Release.
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.
Watch this video by clicking HERE!

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A CONVERSATION WITH CAMILLE BUSETTE, DIRECTOR OF THE RACE, PROSPERITY, AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE AND SENIOR FELLOW AT BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

Camille Busette, Ph.D.

The Federal Reserve took the unprecedented step of establishing a Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF), providing up to $500 billion in lending to states, cities, and counties, but the "MLF's proposed eligibility criteria unintentionally deepen what are becoming disturbing and obviously racial disparities of COVID-19," writes Camille Busette with Brookings colleague Aaron Klein in their recent report "Improving the Equity Impact of the Fed's Municipal Lending Facility.

 

To discuss that report and more, Busette, speaker at Global Summit X, joined Jefferson Vice President Ben Speggen in conversation for the Jefferson's Digital Programming on May 14, 2020.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT ON NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY

Larry Flatley, J.D.

What can we learn during the COVID-19 pandemic from and about Native American History?

 

On May 13, 2020, Larry Flatley, the author of the recently published report, "COVID-19 Pandemic is a Teachable Moment on Native American History," explored and unpacked history's lessons and what they mean to use today in a conversation with Jefferson Vice President Ben Speggen.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF OAK ISLAND

James McQuiston

On May 11, 2020, we posted the video "Unlock the Mysteries of Oak Island." 

In 1795, a treasure hunt began on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, lasting 225 years. In 2007, a new group purchased the island and were approached by the History Channel to have their treasure hunting efforts filmed. The resulting show, Curse of Oak Island, is typically the number one show on cable TV. In 2016, James McQuiston approached the show with a theory, based on old, still existing documents, which resulted in four books on Oak Island and a few appearances on the show, plus the #6 rated theory. McQuiston presents a story of Oak Island no one else has ever revealed.

 

James McQuiston, a local historian, has written four books on the mystery of Oak Island, Nova Scotia. While researching and writing a few earlier books, he became particularly interested in Scottish connections to North America, and his work eventually earned him a fellowship with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a group of top Scottish historians. Since 2016, McQuiston has worked with the current treasure hunters on Oak Island and has appeared on History Channel's top show, "Curse of Oak Island." He has visited the island on 10 occasions, presenting the No. 6-rated theory in the Oak Island war room.

To watch the video, click HERE

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MINDFULNESS: Five Finger Breathing

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On May 8, 2020, we livestreamed part seven of "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" on Facebook.

This program is a follow-up by popular demand from previous Friday lectures and will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused mindfulness for kids: 1) Relax with a Lemon, Cat, Turtle... 2) 5 finger breathing

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.

Watch this video by clicking HERE!

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LEADERSHIP IN TIMES OF CRISES: LEARNING FROM ERIE'S LAW AND BATTLES

Dr. Judith Lynch

What can Erie learn today, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, from studying the past, specifically the tuberculous crisis of the 19th century and the Great Depression of the 20th century? What lessons do Dr. Katherine Law and banker Charlottes Elizabeth Battles teach us in leadership in times of crises? 

On May 7, 2020, Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Judy Lynch was in conversation with Ben Speggen, Jefferson Vice President, for this discussion on two reports she's recently written for the Jefferson.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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THE FUTURE OF RURAL AMERICA: HOW DAKOTA RESOURCES IS PLANNING FOR TOMORROW IN A TIME OF CRISIS

Dakota Resources' Paula Jensen and Mike Knutson

How are mindsets shifting about the rural narrative in the 21st century? What is the heartland doing when it comes to brain gain and talent attraction?

On May 5, 2020, Dakota Resources' Paula Jensen and Mike Knutson in conversation with Jefferson Vice President Ben Speggen, who explored answers to those questions and more and will talk about why networking matters and how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the future of rural America.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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mindfulness: Squeezing Out Stress

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On May 1, 2020, we livestreamed part six of "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" on Facebook.

This program is a follow-up by popular demand from previous Friday lectures and will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on 1) squeezing out stress and 2) observing self as a part of the wider world.

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.

Watch this video by clicking HERE!

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The ukraine-russia conflict in times of covid-19

Dr. Lena Surzhko-Harned

The conflict in the Donbas region in Ukraine's east is still very much alive. COVID-19 has not spared this war-torn region and it adds extra hardship to an already vulnerable and underserved population.

 

Prof. Lena Surzhko-Harned explains the mechanics of this conflict, and the challenges of managing the coronavirus crisis properly because of migration, difficult access to healthcare, and armed conflict. Dr. Surzhko-Harned is an Assistant Teaching Professor of  Political Science and a Faculty Affiliate of the Public Policy Fund at Penn State Behrend. Her primary research interests are in the field of comparative politics.

To watch this video, click HERE

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Effectively working with and managing remote workers

Mark Squeglia

While more work has been migrating to the digital arena, many suddenly found themselves working from the kitchen table, the den, a makeshift basement desk, or the couch, as the COVID-19 outbreak forced social distancing when at all possible, driving many workers to the remote realm for the first time.

Mark Squeglia has been working and managing remote workers for numerous years. He has plenty of experience, stories to tell, and a framework for success to share. Learn from him how to better cope with challenges, find solutions, manage the work, and improve communications, whether your work-remote status is temporary or permanent; or, pre-, during-, or post-crisis.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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HOW TO BE HAPPY: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF LIFE SATISFACTION

David Frew, Ph.D.

Previously scheduled as a Satellite Program in Fairview with the Erie County Public Library on April 13, Dr. Frew leads a journey into the history of and the modern science of happiness, including psychology, economics, medicine, and religion on Monday, April 27, 2020

Returning to his organizational psychology roots, David Frew, Ph.D., explores the science and art of experiencing happiness. Dr. Frew was an early leader in the fields of job satisfaction and self-esteem.

His early research suggested that both of these work-related metrics were directly connected to personal happiness and he has further developed his understanding of the components of happiness.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS:Emotions of the Body

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On April 24, 2020, we livestreamed part five of "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" on Facebook.

This program is a follow-up by popular demand from previous Friday lectures and will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on feeling emotions of the body and appreciation towards the body. 

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.

Watch this video by clicking HERE!

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Necessary Interruptions: Encounters in the Convergence of Ecological and Public Health

Dr. Aaron Kerr

Regions have consented to social distancing in an effort to procure a future public health. This has involved radical interruptions to conventional living, interruptions which will result in pronounced adaptations in modern existence in the very near future.

The machinations of global carbon civilization have persistently resisted these sorts of interruptions on the grounds of economic development. The diseased inanimate earth has not evoked the urgency that diseased humanity has. The interruptions that now befall all of us can be creatively assessed and leveraged in the service of ecological awareness and a deeper solidarity with both nature and culture; a healthy convergence promoting inter-generational cooperation.

Healthy intellectual responses to interruptions involve openness, wonder, receptivity, and contemplation. Dr. Kerr explains how these resources are the indispensable intellectual equipment necessary for our common future of health.

Click HERE to watch the video!

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A Conversation with Avi Loeb:Scientists Shining a Light in a Time of Crisis

Dr. Avi Loeb and Ben Speggen

On April 21, 2020, the Jefferson livestreamed a conversation between Dr. Avi Loeb and Jefferson Vice President, Ben Speggen. 

Dr. Avi Loeb is the chair of the astronomy department at Harvard University; founding director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative; director of the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies and the advisory board for the Breakthrough Starshot project; and author of the forthcoming Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.

 

Avi Loeb and Ben Speggen discussed the role of scientists in the time of COVID-19, Avi Loeb's recent appointment to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and more.

 

No stranger to Erie, Pennsylvania, Loeb presented “Extraterrestrial Life: Are We Alone?” at the Jefferson’s Global Summit in November 2019 in front of sold-out crowd at Penn State Behrend.

To watch the program, click HERE!

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A Conversation with James and Deborah Fallows

James & Deborah Fallows and Ben Speggen

On April 21, 2020, we livestreamed a conversation between Jefferson Vice President, Ben Speggen, and writers James and Deborah Fallows.

James and Deborah Fallows, the husband-wife co-author duo of the critically acclaimed bestselling book "Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America" discussed the towns and cities they visited throughout their multi-year journey (including Erie, Pennsylvania) and to learn about their travels and reporting since.

 

No strangers to Erie, the Fallows presented at Global Summit X, and were honored with the Thomas B. Hagen Dignitas Award and received keys to the city from Erie Mayor Joe Schember. The Fallows also discussed how they're observing local responses in the wake of COVID-19 to examine how regions can learn from each other. 

To watch this video, click HERE!

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MINDFULNESS: Mindful Body Scan

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On April 17, 2020, we livestreamed part four of "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" on Facebook.

This program is a follow-up by popular demand from previous Friday lectures and will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on mindful body scans with release and a loving kindness meditation. 

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.

Watch this video by clicking HERE!

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FROM PEACEABLE KINGDOM TO SLAUGHTERHOUSE: COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA AND NATIVE AMERICANS

Larry Flatley, J.D.

William Penn sincerely wanted to deal fairly with the Native American people who had long lived on the land he called Pennsylvania. The early years of Penn's colony are remembered by many as the Peaceable Kingdom. For seven decades, there was relative peace between the colony and Native Americans. However, William Penn had sowed the seeds of a disaster that his heirs eventually brought to fruition. Between 1755 and 1783, Pennsylvania and its Native inhabitants fought each other in three  brutal, terroristic wars. Penn's Peaceable Kingdom became what has been called a slaughterhouse. This lecture will examine how and why that happened.

Wednesday's lecture was previously scheduled to be presented at the Corry Higher Education Council on Thursday, April 16, but due to state regulations prohibiting live audiences at public events, we posted a pre-recorded video on this topic  on Wednesday, April 15 on our Facebook page. This pre-recorded video was taped by Pennsylvania Cable Network on November 5, 2019 at Edinboro University as a part of the Jefferson's Satellite Programming.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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AFGHANISTAN: WHEN AND HOW WILL AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR END?

Dr. Baher Ghosheh

Livestreamed on Facebook on March 18, 2020 and reposted on April 14, 2020.

Afghanistan has been dubbed the graveyard of empires. Many have tried to conquer but all have retreated in defeat. How will our longest war end? What does the future hold for Afghanistan and her long-suffering people?  

Find out by watching the lecture HERE.

Take a look at the PowerPoint presentation included in the lecture HERE.

This lecture was originally scheduled to be presented at the Edinboro University as a part of the Jefferson's Satellite Programming. This event had to be modified as state regulations currently prohibit live audiences at public events.

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MINDFULNESS: Snow Globe of the Mind

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On April 10, 2020, we livestreamed part three of "Practicing Meditation through Mindfulness" on Facebook.

This program is a follow-up by popular demand from previous Friday lectures and will walk viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness. During this mediation, we focused on mindful body scans and calming the "snow globe" of one's mind. 

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.

Watch this video by clicking HERE!

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EXPLORING THE REPORT: "WHY ERIE'S DOWNTOWN IS A PROXY FOR THE NATION: THE FUTURE OF MAIN STREET BUSINESSES AMIDST THE COVID-19 CRISIS"

Bruce Katz and Ben Speggen

This presentation was livestreamed on Facebook on April 9, 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 on small businesses and the places where they co-locate and concentrate — downtown, Main Streets, commercial corridors — has been immediate and devastating. In their recent report, "Why Erie’s Downtown is a Proxy for the Nation: The Future of Main Street Businesses amidst the Covid-19 Crisis,” Bruce Katz, the Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University and a Partner with Accelerator for America, and Jefferson Vice President Ben Speggen, examine COVID-19's impact on businesses in Erie and make the case for how Erie serves as a model for the country in examining the impact and planning the recovery.

Click HERE to watch the lecture!

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METRO 100 REVISITED

The Jefferson revisited lectures from "Metro100: Erie at a Crossroads" on April 8, 2020. Take a look at the video so you can watch, remember, and learn all you can about what we accomplished during the Metro100 in 2016.

In 2016, the Jefferson hosted czb, LLC. Planning Firm Founding President Charles Buki and czb Associate Planner Peter Lombardi along with James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, for a discussion of the City of Erie’s recent comprehensive plan: Erie Refocused.

At the unveiling of the plan, Buki wrote an open letter to Erie civic leaders, calling for community wide discussion of the plan to best consider adoption and implementation strategies. To ensure that the plan was discussed and that leaders could connect to its authors, the Jefferson hosted the czb, LLC. Planners. Adding James Fallows helped the plan garner national attention, as he wrote about the day’s happenings in The Atlantic.

Video was recorded by MenajErie Studio.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS - PART TWO

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

Part two of the Jefferson's mediation exercises was given on Friday, April 3.

This program taught viewers different meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, nonjudgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your Awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.

To watch this video, click HERE!

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COVID-19 AND FOOD SECURITY

Catlin Welsh, M.P.A.

This presentation was livestreamed on Facebook on April 2, 2020

Caitlin Welsh, Erie native and Director of the Global Food Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, gave a tour d’horizon of food security issues during the COVID-19 pandemic: from global agricultural trade to protecting the vulnerable in our communities to best practices for shopping at your own grocery store.

Caitlin Welsh was a presenter in the Jefferson's Global Summit IX Speaker Series, as she gave a lecture on "Feeding the World in the 21st Century".

To watch this presentation, click HERE!

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COVID-19 AND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

LECOM Health

On Wednesday, April 1, the Jefferson is hosted an update on the Coronavirus with a panel of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine doctors:

 

  • Meghan McCarthy, D.O., director of MCH’s psychiatric residency program; and child/adolescent psychiatrists
  • Gianpiero Martone, D.O., child/adolescent psychiatrist
  • Prianka Sinha, D.O., child/adolescent psychiatrist

 

This presentation is the third of its kind between the Jefferson and LECOM regarding COVID-19 and Erie County. During this presentation, these medical experts will provide insights and advice on how to best cope with stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will field viewers’ questions.  

To watch this presentation, click HERE!

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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS - PART ONE

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

This program, livestreamed on Facebook on March 27, 2020, is a follow-up by popular demand from the lecture on March 20 and walked viewers through some meditation exercises that they can then implement in their everyday lives to promote mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.

To learn and practice these mediation exercises, click HERE!

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THE BLACK DEATH AND COVID-19: ARE THERE SIMILARITIES?

Dr. Judith Lynch and Anita Rogowski

Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Judith Lynch and Anita Rogowski, who taught alongside Dr. Lynch at Villa High School and Mercyhurst NE, presented a Facebook Live lecture on the topic “The Black Death and COVID-19: Are There Similarities?” on March 26, 2020.

These two scholars discussed the similarity of factors between the two diseases including the origin of disease, connectivity across continents, globalization, climate change, biological warfare, symptoms, and the necessity of human contact.

To watch the video, click HERE!

To view the PowerPoint associated with the video, click HERE!

To read up on the history of the Spanish Flu from 1918, click HERE!

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FOLLOW UP ON CORONAVIRUS-COVID 19 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

LECOM Health

LECOM medical specialists discussed the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and its regional implications in a special live video broadcast on March 24, 2020 on the Jefferson's Facebook page.

In partnership with LECOM, the Jefferson will present a “Follow-up on Coronavirus Conversation” featuring three medical specialists:

Dr. Monika Murillo, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases;
Dr. Melanie Dunbar, Director of Behavioral Health;
and Dr. James Lin, President of LECOM’s Institute for Successful Aging.

Dr. Murillo’s office is at LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center. A graduate of the University El Bosque, she completed her residency from the University of Illinois at Chicago/Christ Medical Center.

Dr. Dunbar, an Erie native, is a psychologist and licensed professional counselor. With 15 years in behavioral health, her expertise includes mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, personality disorders, and dialectical therapy.

Dr. Lin, an expert in senior care, is a veteran practitioner and administrator at LECOM. He emigrated from Taiwan with his family as a youngster and went on to study at New York University and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

To watch the video, click HERE!

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ERIE COUNTY WOMEN IN WAR TIME

Sabina Freeman, B.A.

Livestreamed on Facebook on March 24, 2020.

During wartime the bravery and dedication of Erie County women became most obvious. They contributed to every war, in small and large ways. Some
on the front lines, some on the home front. When their help was needed they gave it, for their country and for their loved ones. These are some of their
stories.

To view the presentation, click HERE!

To view the video, click HERE!

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THE BENEFITS OF PRACTICING MINDFULNESS: KEEPING CALM AND COPING DURING COVID-19

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

The Jefferson presented a Facebook live stream a lecture by Penny Mechley-Porter on March 20, 2020. The lecture explained the necessity of staying mindful during these times as well as some mindfulness tips and tricks.

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you be the most amazing you. How? By helping expand your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Without self-awareness, we struggle with our actions: getting too angry, procrastination, addictive behaviors, resisting change. By increasing self-awareness, we see our patterns more clearly and can develop skills to address these behaviors.

Learn all about it by clicking HERE!

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AFGHANISTAN: WHEN AND HOW WILL AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR END?

Dr. Baher Ghosheh

Livestreamed on Facebook on March 18, 2020 and reposted on April 14, 2020.

Afghanistan has been dubbed the graveyard of empires. Many have tried to conquer but all have retreated in defeat. How will our longest war end? What does the future hold for Afghanistan and her long-suffering people?  

Find out by watching the lecture HERE.

Take a look at the PowerPint presentation included in the lecture HERE.

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CORONAVIRUS: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

LECOM Health and Erie County Department of Health

While the Jefferson Educational Society has suspended its live-audience public events as its team continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, the Jefferson livestreamed "Coronavirus/COVID-19: A Community Conversation" on March 13.

The public is encouraged to tune in on the Jefferson Facebook page for this event, which is co-sponsored by LECOM Health.

Representing the Erie County Health Department will be Rich Knecht, the department’s former Public Health Preparedness director, who has been contracted to assist the Health Department with the COVID-19 outbreak. Before retiring in 2013, Knecht led the Health Department’s response through white powder incidents, monkeypox, smallpox, swine flu, H1N1, SARS, bird flu, and several other incidents and potential outbreaks.

Medical professionals scheduled to speak include Monika Murillo, M.D., clinical assistant professor of Infectious Diseases at LECOM; Danielle Hansen, D.O., vice president of Acute Care Services at Millcreek Community Hospital and associate director of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging; and James Lin, D.O., president of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging.

To watch this lecture, click HERE!

To take a look at the PowerPoint Presentation affiliated with the lecture, click HERE!

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HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY'S RESPONSIBILITY OF THE POOR

Dr. Judith Lynch

On March 12, 2020, the Jefferson livestreamed and recorded Dr. Judy Lynch's "History of Erie County's Responsibility of the Poor."

Erie County was created by the State in 1800. One of the first responsibilities it was given was the care of the poor, a state-imposed responsibility that the County still carries. This lecture traces the evolution of the County's care of the poor, from the creation of the Overseers of the Poor, to Institution Districts, to workhouses, almshouses, and tuberculosis sanitariums. It notes the changing attitudes about the treatment of subsections of the poor. It describes the impact of the Great Depression and the Roosevelt policies, in addition to chronicling the impact of Lyndon Johnson's 1960s programs of Medicaid and Medicare and the scope of the current human service budget.

Click HERE to watch the video!

Click HERE to download the PowerPoint Presentation from the lecture!

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