Spring Film & Discussion Series Announced

The Department of Continuing Education at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and co-sponsor The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the spring personal enrichment film & discussion series schedule. Penn State Wilkes-Barre is partnering with R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 in Downtown Wilkes-Barre to host a film and discussion series exploring The Unconquerable Human Spirit: Five Degrees of Diversity through Sunrise At Campobello, Rising From The Rails, Farewell To Manzanar, A Class Divided, and Gandhi. Come celebrate the human spirit embodied in these extraordinary film offerings that examine triumph over adversity. A variety of guest speakers will be featured each week.

All film screenings will be held at R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 in Downtown Wilkes-Barre on Thursday evenings at 7pm beginning March 14th (Note: The first week, Sunrise At Campobello, will start at 7:30pm) and running through April 18th. Pre-film lecture notes and stimulating post-film discussion will accompany each screening in the series.

This film series is not only open to the public, but to educators as well. Penn State is an Act 48 approved provider. Professional educators are encouraged to confirm that this program fits their school district's professional development plan for Act 48. Earn 5 hours toward fulfilling Act 48 requirements by attending this entire program. Educators must attend all 5 films to receive the 5 Act 48 hours.

"I have found that both my film students and students who just like movies have enjoyed and benefited from the Penn State Film Series. We were welcomed and included as active participants in the course," explains Mrs. Marianna Oplinger, Holy Redeemer High-School Teacher. "The professor, Mr. Bachman, has made my time in the classes both enjoyable and educational. I, along with my Holy Redeemer students, will be back for the spring series. Great fun!"

Continuing Education is pleased to have Bill Bachman as the instructor for the spring movie series. Bill has taught a variety of communications course offerings on the Wilkes-Barre campus since 1986. He currently teaches basic public speaking, public speech writing, mass media and society, propaganda and persuasion, and media effects.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education, serving more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states, and 80 countries worldwide.