Luzerne County Community College will hold its 28th annual history conference, "The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania" on Friday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the College's Campus Center. The theme of this year's conference is "Immigration and the American Dream."
The program will begin with a welcome at 9 a.m. by Thomas P. Leary, president, LCCC and Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., executive director, Luzerne County Historical Society. Opening remarks will be provided by William C. Kashatus, Ph.D., professor, history, LCCC.
The first session, "Slavic, Italian, and Irish Immigration, 1870-1920" will begin at 9:30 a.m. Presenter will be Paul Zbiek, professor of history and geography, King's College. At 10:45 a.m., Jamie Longazel, professor of law and society, John Jay College/City University of New York will present "Undocumented Fears: Latino Immigration, 1980-present." The afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation on "Speaking Easy: A Lithuanian's Search for the American Dream - Living History" by Dr. William C. Kashatus, professor, history, LCCC. At 2 p.m., a panel discussion titled, "A Historical Perspective of Today's Immigration Crisis" will be held. Panelists include Lou Barletta, former Mayor of Hazleton and U.S. Congressman and Representative Joseph Hohenstein, PA House of Representatives, District 177.
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, contact Dr. William C. Kashatus at LCCC at 570-740-0508 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 7508.