WJU Political Science professor Dr. John Poffenbarger will discuss the effect of religion on politics in Nicaragua, namely how new evangelical movements and changes in the Catholic Church are affecting the political environment. Dr. Poffenbarger lived in Nicaragua in 2003, studying civil society through survey research.
Aug 26 Bridge Building in WV
Terry Lively of the WVDOT will discuss the documentary film, Crossings: Bridge Building in WV and the new companion coffee table book. Both the Elm Grove stone arch bridge and the Wheeling suspension bridge are featured in the film, which shows the formidable terrain our forebears faced and how they overcame these transportation barriers with innovative, award-winning structures. Lively was the writer and executive producer for the film.
Sept 2 WWII Veteran Melvin Salter
Melvin Salter, who joined the U.S. Army in 1943 at the age of 18, will discuss A Life Well Lived: the Mel Salter Story, the memoir he has written with his daughter, Barbara Salter Gurian. Salter’s story has been placed in The Library of Congress as a part of the Veterans History Project. Salter was a rifleman for Company K, 15th Infantry, 3rd Division which served in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theaters from 1943-45. He was wounded three times during his service, and was awarded the Purple Heart with two Clusters and the Bronze Star for bravery.
Sept 9 Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s
Actor Gregory Gibson Kenney performs as Tank Sreleets, a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tank shares the story of a team that went from losing to winning in more ways than one. Experience how they accomplished their goal by working hard, refusing to quit, doing whatever it took and believing in each other to become a team that was the first to win four Super Bowl trophies. Take a journey back in time and experience how they captured the heart of a city by bringing diverse cultures together making Pittsburgh the City of Champions.