WILKES-BARRE, PA. (Feb. 14, 2013) – Bill Bachman will discuss his radio play about the Lattimer Massacre, an important event in Luzerne County mining history, on Tues. Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in Marts 214 as a part of the Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner Educational Forum Series.
Bachman , an assistant professor of communications at Penn State University , Wilkes-Barre Campus, was awarded the Hayfield Award for Creative Excellence with his 2007 film documentary about the life of Frances Slocum. He is the recipient of multiple national Telly Awards for his documentaries “Historic Wyalusing: and “Round and Round”, a feature dealing with the art of hand-crafted antique carousels. His most recent research is on the Lattimer Massacre of 1897 near Hazelton, Pa.
The Lattimer massacre pitted coal companies, the sheriff of Luzerne County, and coal miners on strike against each other. In his speech, Bachman will discuss how he has turned four years of research on the event into a drama.
The Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner Educational Forum Series at Wilkes University highlights current issues in education. According to Robert S. Gardner, he and his wife started the series as an outgrowth of their classroom teaching. “It’s part of our philosophy of teaching that learning should not be confined to the classroom,” he explains. “We believe that these experiences offer opportunities to be other places and hear other voices. These are powerful experiences that help people understand what education can be.”