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Personal Enrichment

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education office offers personal interest programs that have an educational and cultural interest to the community. Examples include the Ladies’ Golf Clinic for Beginners and our Film & Discussion series, offered each fall and spring.

If there is a topic you are interested in or would like to join our mailing list to receive details on future personal enrichment topics, please send your contact information to wbce@outreach.psu.edu. Your input is very valuable to us, and your ideas are always welcome!

Please browse our course schedule to see the programs we are currently offering.


Film & Discussion Series

In celebration of Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s 100th Anniversary, the spring 2016 Film & Discussion Series consisted of movies with which Penn Staters have made their mark in the film industry. They included the following films:

National Treasure: Book of Secrets – The film is the second in the National Treasure franchise, and film/television actor Ty Burrell is cast in a prominent role. Mr. Burrell, a native Oregonian, came east and completed his M.F.A. at University Park. His additional film credits include Black Hawk Down, Dawn of the Dead and The Incredible Hulk.

Agnes of God – The Schubert Fellowship recipient, John Pielmeier, wrote the original Broadway play of the same name and then adapted it for film. Pielmeier is a native of Altoona, PA, who completed his M.F.A. at Penn State. Equally comfortable in film and on Broadway, Mr. Pielmeier’s work includes Courage, The Boys of Winter, and Voices in the Dark.

The Final Countdown – What if we could go back in time to just hours before a world-shattering event? Freeport, PA native Don Taylor studied speech and drama at Penn State University, where as a freshman he began taking part in college stage productions. Taylor wound up in Hollywood as a director with The Final Countdown to his credit, along with such films as Escape from the Planet of the Apes, and Damien: Omen II.

Star Trek: Nemesis – Jonathan Frakes is a native of Bellefont, PA, and a graduate of Penn State majoring in theatre. Following graduate school at Harvard and lots of auditions in New York, his career began to take off with the Star Trek franchise. He has not only acted in the film and TV series, but directed as well.

Casablanca – Incomparable, epoch film-making at its highest, and all the writing was done by twin brothers who graduated from Penn State. Julius and Philip Epstein became the first twins in the history of the Academy Awards© to win Oscars, for their writing of Casablanca. One of the top three motion pictures of all time.


For questions or to be added to our mailing list, call 570-675-9253 or email wbce@outreach.psu.edu.


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