Fall 2015 Schedule Announced for Free “Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park” Series

August 12, 2015

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (AUGUST 12, 2015): The collaboration launched in fall 2014 between Penn State Abington and Rydal Park continuing care retirement community, both located in Abington Township, Montgomery County, continues this fall. “Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park” is a series of monthly presentations at Rydal Park on a variety of engaging and enlightening topics that are open to Rydal Park residents and the public.

Four Penn State professionals will present individual scholarly talks at 1:30 p.m. on September 22, October 27, November 25 and December 15. The series features stimulating topics designed to pique intellectual curiosity and discussion. The Penn State Abington faculty members draw from their professional careers conducting original research in the Arts & Humanities, Science & Engineering, and the Social Sciences, with each hour-long event including time for audience questions. All talks take place in the Performing Arts Center at Rydal Park, located at 1515 The Fairway in Jenkintown, PA 19046. They are free via RSVP by email to info@rydalpark.org  or by calling 215-376-6292.

“Our collaboration with Penn State Abington is a fascinating, free source of ongoing learning for both Rydal Park residents and local community members,” said Daniel Kaye, Rydal Park’s director of life enrichment. “Presenting our accomplished faculty to new audiences gives Rydal Park residents and the greater Abington community some unique programming that isn’t offered anywhere else in the area,” said Chuck Marsh, director of university relations, Penn State Abington.

The fall 2015 schedule for “Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park” is below:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (1:30 p.m.)

A “Downton Abbey” Back Story: Aristocratic Anxiety and Class in Britain in the Early Twentieth Century by Dr. Andrew August, Professor of History

This talk will examine the historical context around which the stories in the television drama Downton Abbey revolve. The aristocracy, unchallenged rulers of Britain for centuries, faced a variety of challenges to their lifestyle, power and position in the first decades of the 20th century. Economic changes, transformations in government, tax policies and the impact of working-class politics, all part of the shifting landscape which the fictional Crawley family navigate in the popular show, will be addressed.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (1:30 p.m.)

Fracking: The New American “Gold Rush” by Dr. Robert Bernoff, Professor Emeritus of Science and Chemistry

It’s been called the solution to America’s energy independence, but a nightmare for the environment. How does it work and what problems does it create? Why is it growing in Pennsylvania but banned in New York State? How long until the boom becomes a bust? Using a variety of visuals, Dr. Bernoff will communicate the basics of this new extracting technology and sort out its complicated impact on the environment. Bring your questions and comments for the discussion.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (1:30 p.m.)

The Exciting New Season: What to See at the Movies and on your Trip to Broadway by Moylan C. Mills, Professor Emeritus, Integrative Arts

Fall is always the start of the new season for films and theater. For the film industry especially, this is the most important time, because all the big movie awards are just around the corner, including, of course, the Oscars. Join in a discussion about this season’s best entertainment taking place in regional theaters and on New York’s Broadway.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (1:30 p.m.)

Digitizing the Herkness Real Estate Books: A Project of Penn State University Libraries by Dr. Dolores Fidishun, Head Librarian, Penn State Abington

The Herkness Real Estate Books document the dealings and developments of Herkness & Stetson Inc. and later Wayne and Malcolm Herkness who, more than any other people, charted the Rydal and Meadowbrook areas’ course between World Wars I and II. They chronicle the houses bought and sold–and sometimes built–by the Herknesses in Abington, Bethayres, Huntingdon Valley, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland Township, Meadowbrook, Rydal, and Upper Moreland Township. These books, part of the collection at Penn State Abington, were recently digitized and made available online through Penn State University Libraries. Dr. Fidishun will discuss the books and the digitization process.

For more information about Rydal Park, visit www.RydalPark.org. For more information about Penn State Abington, visit www.abington.psu.edu

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About Rydal Park

Opened in 1974 and located on a scenic 20-acre campus in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Rydal Park is a full continuing care retirement community that offers independent living across four contiguous apartment home buildings, as well as personal care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Known for its exceptional location and amenities, Rydal Park has become synonymous with healthy, elegant and quality retirement living. In total, Rydal Park offers 509 accommodations.

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington, a distinguished baccalaureate college within a world-class, land-grant research university, creates transformative educational experiences that empower students to forge their own success as productive, responsible, and discerning citizens of a global society. In a multicultural and student-centered setting, the Abington College provides multiple educational options for degree choice, campus location, learning strategies, disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, experiential and public scholarship, leadership, and civic commitment, culminating in the integration of academic learning with life experiences.

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