Program Videos

Program Videos

Click links below to watch recorded lectures.

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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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS: S.T.O.P. AND TAKE A PAUSE

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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Practicing Meditation through 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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS- PART Thirteen

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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS- PART TWELVE

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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS- PART ELEVEN

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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS- PART TEN

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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS- PART NINE

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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Practicing meditation through mindfulness: Part eight

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On May 15, 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 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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THORUGH MINDFULNESS - PART SEVEN

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On May 8, 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 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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Practicing meditation thorugh mindfulness - part six

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On May 1, 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 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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS - PART Five

Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

On April 24, 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 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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS - PART FOUR

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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PRACTICING MEDITATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS - PART THREE

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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