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July 21, 2013

NCCC hosting national Erie Canal workshop

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Tonawanda News — SUNY Distinguished Service Professor F. Daniel Larkin is coming from SUNY Oneonta to lecture on “New York’s Gift To The Nation.” Also from Oneonta, Roger Hecht, assistant professor of literature, will meet up with the scholars in Syracuse, where they’re touring the Erie Canal Museum on Tuesday, to talk with them about the canal in 19th century art and literature. Museum curator Daniel Ward will delve into the Irish experience on the canal.

Throughout the week, non-fiction writers Gerard Koeppel, Martha Kendall and Doug Farley, director of the Erie Canal Discovery Center, will make presentations on canal construction, music and folklore. Approaches to teaching the subject matter to elementary and secondary students will be suggested by Lorrei DiCamillo, associate professor of education at Canisius College.

On Saturday, the last day of the workshop, scholars will be treated to a visit to Niagara Falls State Park and an “Erie Canal meal” at the NCCC-run Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

Eighty summer scholars were selected from a field of 156 applicants for spots in the workshop. Applications came from all over the country, Bell said.

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