SJC Announces Ninth Annual History Lecture

October 12, 2016

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – The Department of History at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce its ninth annual lecture featuring Barbara Ripel, Ph.D., professor emerita at Suffolk County Community College. Her lecture, “The African-American Experience on Long Island: The Heritage of Slavery” will be presented on Thursday, October 20 at 1 p.m. in the McGann Conference Center at SJC Long Island located in Patchogue, New York.

“For the past eight years, the history department at SJC has hosted a number of renowned historians who have spoken on a variety of topics,” said James Blakeley, Ph.D., chair of the Department of History at SJC. “The lecture series is designed not only to interest the College personnel, but the greater community as well.”

Dr. Ripel lectures on American history, western civilization, political science, anthropology and sociology. In 1998, she was honored with the New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Ripel received a B.A. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University, and an M.A. from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

SJC’s annual history lecture speakers have included: Susan C. Karant-Nunn, regents professor of history at the University of Arizona; Monica Brennan, professor emerita of history at St. Joseph's College; Joel Rosenthal, professor emeritus of history at Stony Brook University; and Frederick Nunn, professor emeritus of history and international studies at Portland State University. Previous lectures have discussed current Latin American politics, the Renaissance, the Reformations of the Church in the 16th Century, Medieval England and Irish immigration in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the annual history lecture, call Dr. Blakeley at 631.687.2627 or visit

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 49 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.