Dean emeritus at WLU to be final speaker in center series

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center is hosting the final Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau program for the year at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8.

The West Virginia Humanities Council established its Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau in 2011 to help organizations across the state strengthen programs related to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the birth of the Mountain State. With the 150th anniversary of West Virginia statehood this year, the Humanities Council’s speakers bureau has focused on statehood topics.

The featured speaker on Oct. 8 is David T. Javersak, dean emeritus of the school of liberal arts at West Liberty University. Javersak’s talk, titled “Species of Legal Fiction: The Wheeling Conventions,” is free and open to the public.

The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center can be contacted at (304) 479-7266 for information.

Javersak grew up in Weirton and attended Hancock and Brooke public schools. As a student at Broadview Junior High, he won a Golden Horseshoe in 1959. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from West Liberty State College, his master’s in American history and Pacific Island history from the University of Hawaii and a doctorate from West Virginia University in American history and African history. In 1997, he was named a West Virginia History Hero in recognition of his research, writing, editorial work and lecturing about the state, especially his hometown, his alma mater, and his current home, Wheeling. He published “History of Weirton West Virginia” in 1999 and “West Liberty: Academy to University” in 2010. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, reviews, and booklets about the history of the Northern Panhandle.