ALTOONA, Pa. — John Eicher, associate professor of history at Penn State Altoona, will offer the lecture series “Modern Western Civilization (1500–Present): From Dawn, to Decadence, to Disillusionment” at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library.
The series will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from September 2023 through April 2024 at the library. It complements the library’s "History Hour" which is offered on the first Thursday of every month.
Throughout his career, Eicher has served as a park ranger and park guide at two U.S. National Parks, a research associate for a project on global farm cultures, a University of Iowa Dissertation Fellow, a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa, a postdoctoral fellow at the German Historical Institute, a Marie S. Curie Fellow at the University of Freiburg, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.
He has received numerous awards and honors and has published his research and writings in books, scholarly articles, book chapters, magazines and trade publications.
Eicher’s teaching emphasis spans from the mid 1700’s to the present with an emphasis on Western civilization, Europe, Germany, Latin America, nationalism, medicine and technology, the Holocaust, and migrants and refugees.
Those interested can attend any or all of the eight lectures. For more information, call 814-695-5961.