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The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education office offers personal interest programs that have a cultural appeal to the community. For example, our Film and Discussion series is offered each fall and spring. The series consists of five movies and includes pre-film lecture and stimulating post-film discussion. The film series is located at R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Penn State is an Act 48 approved provider. The Film & Discussion series is offered as a 1-credit course (30 Act 48 hours). The series is also offered as a noncredit course. Educators enrolling in the non-credit course will be issued a CEU Certificate. Professional educators are encouraged to confirm that the Film & Discussion series fits their school district's professional development plan for Act 48.

“I have found that both my film students and students who just like movies have enjoyed and benefitted from the Penn State Film Series. We were welcomed and included as active participants in the course. The professor, Mr. Bachman, has made my time in the classes both enjoyable and educational. Great fun!” — Mrs. Marianna Oplinger, Holy Redeemer High School teacher of literature and film, and Film Society Moderator


Fall 2015 Film & Discussion Series: Remembering Robin Williams 1951-2014

“Make your life spectacular. I know I did.” — Jack (1996)

This series is dedicated to Robin William’s memory, showing five of his most highly regarded works as an actor. The viewings will include pre- and post-film discussions with mental health professionals, covering topics including depression, suicide prevention, and other mental health conditions.

September 18: Patch Adams (1998/PG-13/115 Minutes)
The biographical story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, a medical student in the 70’s, treating patients, illegally, using humor. Guest Speakers will be Melisa Naylor, Rehabilitation & Human Services instructor and Sarah Luvender, Counselor, Health Services department. Basic facts and misconceptions about suicide will be discussed.

September 25: Jakob The Liar (1999/PG-13/120 Minutes)
Poland, 1944. A storekeeper, Jakob overhears a Nazi radio broadcast that indicates a Russian battle victory and passes the news on in the Jewish ghetto. Guest speaker will be Sarah Luvender. Topic to be discussed: LGBT population.

October 2: Dead Poet’s Society (1989/PG/128 Minutes)
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to embrace a love of poetry and to seize the day. Guest speakers will be Jackie Warnick-Piatt, Student Activities Coordinator and Denise Rowinski, Catholic Social Services. Discussion will be on their personal and professional experiences.

October 16: Awakenings (1990/PG-13/121 Minutes)
The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.  Guest speakers will be Melisa Naylor and Carolanne Jones-Leco, Director of Clinical Services at Children's Service Center. Topics will include bullying, substance use, and suicide.

October 23: Hook (1991/PG/144 Minutes)
When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. Guest speakers will be Mike Zimmerman, Executive Director of Family Services Association and Sara Grier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).

Movies will be held on Thursdays, 7:00 pm at R/C Movies 14 (24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre). Cost is $40 per person for the series; discounts may apply.

For more information or to register, contact our Continuing Education office at 570-675-9253 or 570-675-9219 or send an email to the address listed below. You may also download a registration form as a Word document.


To join our mailing list to receive details on future movie series, please send your contact information to wbce@outreach.psu.edu.

Please browse our course schedule to see the programs we are currently offering. If there is a topic you are interested in, please email us at wbce@outreach.psu.edu. Your input is very valuable to us and your ideas are always welcome.

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