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Center for Lifelong Learning presentation in September at Sussex County Community College

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – The Center for Lifelong Learning at Sussex County Community College, a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services, and Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is hosting a free presentation in September.

On Friday, September 23, at 3:00 p.m., in the Atrium of the Performing Arts Center at SCCC, the Center for Lifelong Learning will host a free presentation with Jason Boehm titled Walking-Through History Series: How did the Civil War really start?

The US Civil War has long been thought to have started when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in April of 1861. While this moment still stands as the official start of what would become a devastating four-year-long war between the states, the events leading to Fort Sumter were precipitated by an amalgamation of various other events and misunderstandings.

Join Jason Boehm as he walks us through the raid on Harpers Ferry, led by radical abolitionist John Brown and his band of compatriots, which was one of the most impactful and well-documented events leading up to the battle at Fort Sumter.

Jason Boehm is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Sussex County Community College. He is a graduate of Sussex County Community College and Rutgers-Newark, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in US history before going on to the graduate program at Rutgers where he earned a master’s degree in US History. His studies there focused mainly on hegemony, labor, and cultural development in US history.

Jason is the recipient of the 2019 Sydney Zebel Award for Academic Excellence in US History, the Hazel Vera Dean Scholarship, as well as being a member of several academic honor societies most recently Phi Alpha Theta an honor society for undergraduate, graduate, and professors of history. Jason is the Administrative Coordinator for the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences-Newark (SASN) Philosophy Department, the Special Administrative Coordinator to the SASN Office of the Dean of Faculty, and an elected member of the RU-N Staff Council, an advisory body to the Chancellor of Rutgers Newark.

Living with his wife and two young children in Sussex County Jason is committed to contributing to the well-being and continued education of the community.

Pre-registration is requested and space is limited. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555, ext. 1277 or email at

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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