Jefferson Educational Society satellite lectures return to Edinboro


Jefferson, 2022

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

The “Satellite Campus Lectures,” hosted by Jefferson Educational Society, will feature three prominent local speakers – including a retired Edinboro professor – throughout the fall.

“PennWest and the Jefferson Educational Society share a commitment to robust public discussion of big ideas and concrete issues that impact our communities and Commonwealth,” said Dr. James Fisher, interim dean of PennWest’s College of Social Sciences & Human Services. “We are excited to have the JES's scholars and thought leaders back on the Edinboro campus to interact with our civic-minded and engaged students.”

Community agriculture 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 Edinboro’s campus. Admission and parking for the lectures are free for all attendees.

Raven Clark, an urban agriculture and food policy activist and the satellite program coordinator at JES, will kick off the satellite programming at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. 

Clark’s presentation, “Urban Agriculture and ‘Green’ Cities,” will cover the basics of urban agriculture in northwest 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 participating in independent and group research of urban agriculture and food policy.

Her undergraduate research examined the ways in which Erie and Meadville, Pa., have begun to embrace urban agriculture on a policy level – and ways that other cities in the region have made advancements in urban agriculture.

Register for Clark’s presentation here.

Retired Edinboro professor Dr. Baher Ghosheh will draw from his research to develop a deeper understanding of the history, policies and politics of immigration and refugees in the United States and our region – in his Wednesday, Sept. 28, presentation.

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

Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in Economic Development from SUNY – Buffalo and has been a professor of Middle Eastern studies, culture and economic geography at Edinboro since 1989.

He has graduate degrees in international relations/Middle Eastern studies, international trade and comparative economic development. A native of 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 wraps up at 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. on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

This program will highlight drug use in the U.S. from the colonial period to the present. Clark will cover culturally sanctioned and illegal drug use, ending with speculations about the future.

Clark teaches a variety of classes on behavioral and drug psychology. His research in behavioral pharmacology focuses on three primary areas – drug interactions and motivative variables; the behavioral pharmacology of the antimalarial drug Mefloquine; and the respondent condition of endogenous opioid systems in immune function.

Register for Clark’s presentation here.