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The "Public Matters" Series

The "Public Matters" Series

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association are partnering to present a new series, “The Public Matters,” which highlights research conducted by Pitt-Johnstown faculty.

     The Series will open with Dr. Paul Douglas Newman, Pitt-Johnstown professor of history, who will present a documentary film, We Never Got the Welcome Home: Western Pennsylvania Vets Remember Vietnam, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, at the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Avenue, Johnstown. 

     Dr. Newman’s film was produced by 14 students from Northern Cambria High School with a grant from the History Channel obtained by the Northern Cambria Coal County Youth Hangout and the Cambria County Historical Society.  Dr. Newman and Karen Bowman, Northern Cambria social studies teacher, coordinated the project, which includes interviews with more than 30 local veterans.  Dr. Newman and some of the student filmmakers will be available for questions and answers following the screening.

     According to Dr. Patty Wharton-Michael, Pitt-Johnstown assistant professor of communication and project coordinator, “The series embraces the idea that not only should scholarship be accessible to the general public, but that it should also be tested by the public.  Speakers for the event will be asked to present a topic from their scholarly work, discuss why the topic is timely, and make clear the relevancy of the scholarship to the interests of the community.”

     The Public Matters series will be held at the Heritage Discovery Center twice a year, once each fall and once in the spring.  Drs. Patty Wharton-Michael and Kristen L. Majocha, Pitt-Johnstown assistant professor of communication, are coordinating the events.

     Dr. Newman earned his bachelor’s degree at York College of Pennsylvania, and master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Kentucky.  He is the editor of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies and has published a book titled, Fries’s Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).  He began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1995 and teaches courses in Early American history.

     For additional information, contact Dr. Patty Wharton-Michael at 814-269-7983 or email at

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 10/26/2009 1:55:00 PM