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A former Professor of Communications and Public Speaking, Joe Laufer has been "practicing" what he preached by speaking in public since his college days in the early 1960s. His first public lecture was at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY while he was still a college student in Rensselaer, NY.

Between 1986 and 1993, as a part of the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary (1992), Joe delivered over 400 speeches to National, Regional and State Conferences, Colleges and Universities, High Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary Schools and a variety of clubs and organizations throughout the United States.

Joe's lectures fall into three basic categories: LOCAL HISTORY, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL HISTORY, AND TRAVEL & TOURISM:

  • As Burlington County Historian, the majority of Joe's current lecutre topics focus on subjects of local Burlington County History. This interest cristalized in 1994, during the Tercentenary Celebration of the establishment of Burlington County. From a generic lecture on the History of Burlington County, a series of spin-off lectures evolved, including Notable Women of Burlington County, Quaker Meeting Houses of Burlington County, Historic Smithville, Historic one-room Schoolhouses of Burlington County, Company Towns of Burlington County, and other related topics. Most recently, Joe has created a lecture on the role of William Penn in the history of West Jersey and Burlington County. For more detailed summaries of these lectures, click on the LOCAL HISTORY link.
  • Joe continues to lecture on National and International topics which are of special interest to him. These topics include Halley's Comet and Christopher Columbus, topics which occupied his research and interest at the time of their most historic significance: the return of Halley's Comet in 1985 and 1986, and the Columbus Quincentenary in 1992. His interest in historical subjects includes D-Day, 1944 and the controvercial Holy Shroud of Turin - both topics being in his repertoire. Click on NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL HISTORY for more information on these topics.
  • One of Joe's hobbies is international travel. Since 1984, he has visited 50 countries internationally. As a result, he has created several lectures based on these travels. He can tailor-make a talk on any one or all of his destinations, but has two "signature" travel lectures: one on Puerto Rico -- which he has visited several times and for which he has both slides and a mini museum exhibit. He has also put together a Travel Tips lecture based on his many travel expeirences over the past 20 years. For more details on these lectures, click on TRAVELOGUES
Because of the extensive research and technological resources that go into the preparation of these lectures, all of which are accompanied by visual technology, a nominal fee is charged for one of Joe's lectures.


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