SRU Good News Feb. 24, 2010
Sunday PCN book program features SRU history professor
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Paul Kahan, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of history, will be featured on the Pennsylvania Cable Network's "PA Books" program airing at 9 p.m. Sunday when he discusses his book "Eastern State Penitentiary: A History."
The weekly show features books about Pennsylvania or written by Pennsylvania authors. It can be seen on SRU's on-campus cable system's Channel 47. It may be available from other off-campus cable television providers.
Kahan, who joined the SRU faculty last fall, taped the hour-long interview last month in Philadelphia. He once served as a tour guide at the now-closed penitentiary and credits that job for getting him interested in possibly writing its history.
The upcoming show's promo notes, "The dark towers of Eastern State Penitentiary resemble a frightening castle more than the reformation prison that it once was; home to murders, thieves, and psychopaths alike�Kahan unearths the controversy, the legacy and the lessons learned at America's most historical prison."
Kahan said his book, published by The History Press, Charleston, S.C., in 2008, provides a comprehensive look at the inner workings of the prison and chronicles the lives of the wardens and guards that haunted the corridors and the prisoners that faced life alone in their cells.
At SRU, Kahan specializes in the history of Pennsylvania and is working on his a book about the history of West Virginia State Penitentiary at Moundsville tentatively titled "Penitence and Punishment."
The show has produced more than 500 episodes.
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