PSU W-B Instructor Named PA Humanities Council Speaker

Bill Bachman, Instructor at Penn State Wilkes-BarreBill Bachman, Communications Arts and Sciences Instructor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, was recently selected to serve as a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for the upcoming 2010-2011 years of the program.

The goal of this on-going program with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Bachman says, is to offer expert speakers to various non-profit organizations around the state and cultivate an interest in various aspects of the humanities such as film, art, dance, storytelling, music, and history.  According to the PHC Website,, the council also makes available book discussion groups as well as grants for public humanities programs.

Beginning in January of 2010, Bachman will tour Pennsylvania and offer an abbreviated version of his "Frances Slocum: Child of Two Americas" program, opening the floor to discussion and exchange with the audience.  The film, which Bachman wrote, directed and co-produced, highlights the life of the real Frances Slocum, a young Quaker girl abducted from her family in Wilkes-Barre on November 2, 1778.  Slocum eventually came to live with a family of Delaware Indians before marrying a Miami Indian chief.

Bachman, a long-time Arts and Sciences professor from Dallas, PA, has been teaching a variety of communications courses since 1982, including public speaking, mass media and society, propaganda and persuasion, and organizational communication.  Bachman holds both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in communications from New York Institute of Technology and is the recipient of several national Telley Awards for excellence in historic productions.  He is also a judge in the documentary category for National History Day which is held annually at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus.

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