Penn State Wilkes-Barre instructor to speak for humanities council

August 20, 2009

Bill 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 in 2010 and 2011.

The goal of this ongoing program with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), Bachman said, is to offer expert speakers to various nonprofit 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 Web site,, 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 and then open the floor to discussion and exchange with the audience. The film, which Bachman wrote, directed and co-produced, highlights the life of Frances Slocum, a young Quaker girl abducted from her family in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 2, 1778. Slocum eventually came to live with a family of Delaware Indians before marrying a Miami Indian chief.

Bachman, a longtime 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 a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in communications from New York Institute of Technology and is the recipient of several national Telley Awards for excellence in historic productions. He also is a judge in the documentary category for National History Day which is held annually at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus.

For more information, contact Melissa Gunshannon, public information coordinator, at 570-675-9269 or

  • Bill Bachman, communications arts and sciences instructor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

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