February 7, 2020
Civil War Letters
Imagine clearing out your family attic and discovering an enormous collection of letters written by two soldiers during the Civil War, but not knowing why the letters were there.
Faced with that situation, Carleton Young spent more than a decade visiting battlefields and researching the two Vermont soldiers. In Voices From the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War, he tells the story of two brothers who witnessed and made history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. They then preserved that history through their surprisingly detailed and insightful letters.
Carleton Young has undergraduate degrees in economics from Westminster College and in English from Point Park University, an MA in history from Ohio University, and his PhD in the history of education from the University of Pittsburgh. For 37 years he taught AP American history at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh. He has also taught classes as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny County, the University of Pittsburgh, Eastern Gateway Community College, and in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
February 14, 2020
State Senator Pam Iovino
Senator Pam Iovino was sworn in on April 29, 2019 to represent the 37th State Senatorial District, which includes parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
She has served 23 years in the U.S. Navy and representing veterans at the federal and local levels prior to her election to the Pennsylvania Senate.
After receiving a commission from Officer Candidate School and graduating with distinction in 1980, her Navy service included tours as a Missile Maintenance Officer, Manpower Analyst, Anti-terrorism Intelligence Watch Officer, Network Warfare Program Manager, Congressional Liaison, and four Commanding officer assignments, including the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center Pittsburgh. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Senator Iovino attained the rank of Captain and retired from the Navy in 2003 upon nomination by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve at the VA, where she was the chief advocate for all legislative matters on Capitol Hill for our Nation’s 25 million veterans.