2012-02-09 / Local & State

Spring Lectures Of Retired Persons Opens At Wilson

Lectures on local history, the economy, the environment, religion and the arts will help shape the spring session of the Institute of Retired Persons, which opens March 13 at Wilson College in Chambersburg.

The spring program of 39 lectures and four bus trips draws on a diverse cast of speakers with experience ranging from academia, the military, the theater, and theology, to the legal profession, personal finance and physical fitness.

IRP’s “something for all” philosophy has been attracting member audiences since its founding in 1983 and it is a cherished institution for retirees, some of whom travel to lectures from Carlisle, Gettysburg, Hagerstown and Fulton County.

On opening day, March 13, Dr. Gene Wingert will preschambersburg

“A Forest Story," a discussion on the history, present and future of the forests of South Central Pennsylvania, and historian and author Debra McCauslin will tell of Sara Cook Myers, who met Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg, witnessed his famous address, and was around for the 70th anniversary of the occasion.

Some popular speakers will return for the IRP spring session, including Ray Ficca, Artistic Director of Totem Pole Playhouse, who will talk about “Famous 20th Century Stage Actors;” and Dr. Sara Grove, chairperson of the Department of Political Science, Shippensburg University, who will lecture on the U.S. Supreme Court and its 2010 ruling on campaign financing. Other lecture topics include global warming, nuclear terrorism, child abuse, local women in religion, military engagements in Iraq and Africa, retirement planning, massage, personal health and fitness, philosophy, the holocaust, the Civil War, Marcellus Shale, legal issues, art and literature, among others.

Fields trips will include visits to the National War Memorials and the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Center, Boiling Springs and Underground Railroad Sites and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, and the Winterthur Collection.

Single membership to the IRP costs $25 and $40 for a couple, with tour costs additional. Membership information can be obtained from Willa Kaal at 263 1754 or Pat Chickering at 264 7140.

Tuesday and Thursday lecture sessions start at 9 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. in Wilson's Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology. Wednesday sessions at 9 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. in Wilson's Laird Hall. Maps and directions, detailing parking lots open to IRP members, are included in registration literature.

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