ERIE, Pa. — The Jefferson Educational Society’s eighth annual Global Summit lecture series kicks off Monday.
The two-week lecture series is expected to bring in 3,500 people to hear impact lectures from nationally known speakers.
Speaking Monday is Maura O’Connor, who will lecture on climate change and the 21st Century. That lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Education Society, 3207 State St.
Other speakers are former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, world-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and executive editor of the Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes.
“We expect about 3,500 people to be at this year’s Global Summit,” executive director of the Jefferson Educational Society Ferki Ferati said. “Which is quite a growth considering in 2009 we started with 500, so it’s a big growth and Erie was underestimated for their intellectual thirst.”
7:30 p.m. — Maura O’Connor: Unnatural Selection: Does Wilderness Have A Place in the 21st Century?
7:30 p.m. – Dr. Andres Lozano: Deep Brain Stimulation: Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Depression, and the Switch to Turn Them Off
7:30 p.m. – Robert Frost Symposium, featuring David Orr, Lesley Lee Francis and Don Sheehy: When Roads Diverge: Robert Frost and Belief in the Future
7:30 p.m. – Fred Barnes: An Evening with Fred Barnes, Executive Editor and co-founder of The Weekly Standard
7:30 p.m. – Doris Kearns Goodwin: An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
7:30 p.m. – Rev. Jeffrey Brown: The RECAP Initiative: Reducing Youth and Gang Violence by 79 percent in Boston
7:30 p.m. – Antoine van Agtmael: Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation
7:30 p.m. – Tom Ridge: The Digital Forevermore: Are We Ready?