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Jefferson Educational Society satellite lectures return to Edinboro

An Erie-based nonprofit institution that promotes civic enlightenment and drives community progress for the region will host a series of three satellite conferences at the PennWest Edinboro campus.

The “Satellite Campus Lectures”, led by Jefferson Educational Societywill feature three prominent local speakers – including a retired teacher from Edinboro – throughout the fall.

“PennWest and the Jefferson Educational Society share a commitment to robust public debate about big ideas and real-world issues that impact our communities and the Commonwealth,” said Dr. James Fisher, Acting Dean of the College. of Social Sciences and Social Services at PennWest. “We are excited to have JES scholars and thought leaders return to the Edinboro campus to interact with our civic and engaged students. »

Community agricultural activist Raven Clark, retired Edinboro geography professor Dr. Baher Ghosheh, and psychology and neuroscience professor Dr. Rodney Clark will present their topics at the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall, 110 Kiltie Road, on the Edinboro campus. Admission and parking for the conferences are free for all participants.

Raven Clark, urban agriculture and food policy activist and JES satellite program coordinator, will launch satellite programming at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14.

Clark’s presentation, “Urban Agriculture and ‘Green’ Cities, will cover the basics of urban agriculture in Northwestern Pennsylvania and the future of ‘green’ cities.

An Erie native who studied music, political science, law, public policy, economics, history, French, Arabic, math, geology and environmental science at ‘Allegheny College, Clark spent two years actively involved in independent and group research on urban agriculture and food policy. .

His undergraduate research examined the ways Erie and Meadville, Pennsylvania began to embrace urban agriculture at the policy level – and the ways other cities in the region have made progress in urban agriculture.

Register for Clark’s presentation here.

Edinboro’s retired professor, Dr. Baher Ghosheh, will draw on his research to deepen his understanding of immigration and refugee history, policies and politics in the United States and our region. – during his presentation on Wednesday 28 September.

“Immigration: History, Challenges, and Opportunities in America, Pennsylvania, and Erie,” scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will also focus on the impact of immigrants on the economy, diversity, and population.

Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in Economic Development from SUNY – Buffalo and has been Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Culture and Economic Geography at Edinboro since 1989.

He holds graduate degrees in International Relations/Middle Eastern Studies, International Business and Comparative Economic Development. Originally from Jerusalem, Ghosheh has lived in eight countries, traveled to 59 countries and taught in Japan, China, Russia, Italy and Morocco.

Register for Ghosheh’s presentation here.

Satellite programming concludes in Edinboro with Dr. Rodney Clark, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Allegheny College, who will present “Drugs in Society: A Brief History of Drug Use and Abuse in America” ​​at 6 p.m. Wednesday October 19.

This program will shed light on drug use in the United States from colonial times to the present day. Clark will cover illegal and culturally sanctioned drug use, ending with speculation about the future.

Clark teaches a variety of courses in behavioral psychology and addiction. His research in behavioral pharmacology focuses on three main areas: drug interactions and motivational variables; the behavioral pharmacology of the antimalarial drug Mefloquine; and the responsive state of endogenous opioid systems in immune function.

Register for Clark’s presentation here.