Luzerne County Community College will hold its 23rd annual history conference, "The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Last 200 Years" on Friday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the College's Educational Conference Center. The theme of this year's conference is "Crime and Punishment."
Opening remarks will be provided by Dr. William C. Kashatus, associate professor of history at LCCC and Mark J. Riccetti, Jr., member of the Luzerne County Historical Society.
The keynote address, "The Honorable Max Rosenn," will begin at 9:30 a.m. Presenters will be Mollie Marti, Ph.D., JD, author of "Walking with Justice: Servant Leadership Lessons from Judge Max Rosenn" and Anthony Mussari, Ph.D., professor emeritus of political science, King's College and producer of "Judge Max Rosenn: A Man for All Seasons."
Robert P. Wolensky, Ph.D., professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and co-author of "A Man for All Seasons" and William Hastie, co-author of "Anthracite Labor Wars" will continue the morning session with a presentation on "Organized Crime's Corrupt Influence on the Anthracite Industry" beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. featuring a showing of the movie ""Kids for Cash"" produced by Robert May. Following the movie, a panel discussion, "Luzerne County's Juvenile Justice System" will feature panelists William Amesbury, Justice, Luzerne County Court; Robert May, producer, "Kids for Cash;" William Ecenbarger, author, "Kids for Cash;" and Terrie Morgan-Besecker, journalist, Scranton Times-Tribune.
The conference is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the LCCC social science/history department and the Luzerne County Historical Society.
For more information on the history conference, call Dr. William Kashatus at LCCC at 570-740-0508 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 7508.