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Bill Bachman, communications arts and sciences instructor at Penn State University, Lehman Township, has been selected to serve as a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for the 2010-201 1 program. The ongoing program offers expert speakers to various non-profit organizations across the state to cultivate an interest in various aspects of the humanities such as film, art, dance, storytelling, music, and history. According to the PHC Web site, www.pahumanities.org, the council also makes available book discussion groups as well as grants for public humanities programs. Beginning in January, Bachman will tour Pennsylvania and offer an abbreviated version of his “Frances Slocum: Child of Two Americas.” The film, which Bachman wrote, directed and co-produced, highlights the life of the Frances Slocum, a young Quaker girl abducted from her family in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 2, 1778. Slocum lived with a family of Delaware Indians before marrying a Miami Indian chief. Bachman, a Dallas resident, has been teaching a variety of communications courses since 1982, including public speaking, mass media and society, propaganda and persuasion, and organizational communication. He is the recipient of several national Telley Awards for excellence in historic productions and a judge in the documentary category for National History Day, which is held annually at the local Penn State campus.

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