Film & Discussion Series (Fall 2018)

The Film & Discussion Series, which is open to the public, consists of five movies, including pre-film lectures and stimulating post-film discussions. The series can be taken as a one-credit course or as a non-credit offering. Participants earn continuing education credits upon completion of the series.

Continuing Education is pleased to have Bill Bachman return as the instructor for the movie series. Bill has taught a variety of communications courses for Penn State Wilkes-Barre since 1986. He currently teaches introduction to public speaking, public speech writing, mass media and society, propaganda and persuasion, and media effects.

[Educators please note: the one-credit course is approved for thirty Act 48 hours. The non-credit offering may be be eligible for Act 48 hours pending the approval of your school district or intermediate unit; the process for each school district or intermediate unit may vary, so you may want to check with your district or unit prior to registering for the non-credit program.]

If you have a program-related question or would like to be added to our mailing list to receive information on the next Film & Discussion Series, please email [email protected] or call 570-675-9253.

Fall 2018 Series: “Pride vs. Prejudice: How Far Have We Come?”
A Jewish Film Series Exploring Universal Themes

The Movies

Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Temple Israel, Wilkes-Barre present:

  • September 27: Gentleman’s Agreement (1947/Not Rated)

    This Academy-award® winning film looks at discrimination against Jews in the United States following World War II. Guest Facilitator: Sister Carol Rittner

  • October 4: Norman (2016/R)

    Richard Gere stars as an aging Jewish businessman, Norman, looking to fulfill his life’s purpose, consulting in American-Israeli business and politics. But this exposes Norman for what he is, a fixer, and not a good fixer at that. Guest Facilitator: Rabbi Larry Kaplan, Temple Israel, Wilkes-Barre

  • October 11: The Invisibles (2017/Unknown)

    Nearly 7,000 Jews were in Berlin when World War II began. At the conclusion of the war, their numbers had dwindled to 1,700. This film follows the fate of four young people who chose to remain and be invisible. Guest Facilitator: Attorney David Schwager, child of German Jews

  • October 18: A Majority of One (1962/Approved)

    A Jewish widow from Brooklyn and an international Japanese businessman meet by chance on an ocean liner in this story of cultures and faith traditions. Facilitator: William Bachman, Penn State Assistant Teaching Professor and Corporate Communication Program Coordinator

  • October 25: Rosenwald (2015/Unknown)

    The real-life story of the owner of Sears-Roebuck, Julius Rosenwald. In paying forward his good fortune in business, he single-handedly funded construction of more than 5,000 schools for African American students. Guest Facilitator: Dr. Walteen Grady Truely, retired Penn State Wilkes-Barre faculty


Time: Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Location: R/C Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre

Cost: $25 for the series


Use one of the methods below to register for the series. Important! If you are registering someone other than yourself (e.g., a parent registering a child), you will be acting as that person during the registration process; enter their information, not your own.

  • Online Registration
  • Paper form. Call 570-675-9253 to request a paper form. Fill it out and then return it via:
    • Fax. Fax the form to 814-863-2765.
    • Mail. Send the form via U.S. mail to:

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education
P.O. Box 410
State College, PA 16804-0410

Registration question? Please call 814-867-4973 or email [email protected].


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