Hazleton Oral History Project

The Hazleton Oral History Project is a joint effort between adult ESL learners taking adult ESL classes at the Hazleton One Community Center through the Concerned Parents of the Hazleton Area English as a second language program and first-year rhetoric and composition students at Penn State Hazleton Over the course of several weeks, adult ESL learners and Penn State Hazleton students met to co-author a story about the adult ESL learner coming to America and/or living in Hazleton.



Steven Accardi, Assistant Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton talking to part of the students who were involved in the project.


Here are some links below on articles written about the research!

1. Hazleton Professor Creates Online Presence for Immigrants' Voices

Study Examines City's changes in Immigration, Education

The Hazleton One Community center was part of research that was presented at a conference in Chicago.

Megan Hopkins, assistant professor of education at Penn State University’s main campus in State College, and Andrea Kolb, education coordinator at the community center, along with Bob Curry, founding president of Hazleton Integration Project (HIP), and Elaine Curry, HIP program director, presented the poster outlining the research.

The research examined the area’s dramatic increase in immigrant population and how educators adapted to the increase in multicultural students. Hopkins and Kolb chose to study Hazleton because it has had such great change in recent years........

For the full article Click Here!

research 1From left are Elaine Maddon- Curry, Hazleton Integration Project (HIP) Program Director; Andrea Kolb, Education Coordinator at the Hazleton One Community Center; Megan Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State University's main campus; and Bob Cury, Founding President of HIP, with the poster outlining the research they presented

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