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The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education office offers personal interest programs that have an educational and cultural interest to the community. For example, Conversational Spanish, Ladies' Golf Clinic for Beginners, Retirement Planning, and our Film & Discussion series that is offered each fall and spring.

If there is a topic you are interested in or would like to join our mailing list to receive details on future personal enrichment topics, please send your contact information to wbce@outreach.psu.edu. Your input is very valuable to us and your ideas are always welcome.

Please browse our course schedule to see the programs we are currently offering.

Film & Discussion Series

Spring 2016 Series Announced
In Our Centennial Year, Celebrate “Penn Staters in Film” With Us!

For our popular public and student film series, we proudly present Penn Staters who have made their mark in the film industry. Join us on these special Thursday evenings this spring and help celebrate Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s 100th Anniversary! The Film & Discussion Series consists of five movies and includes pre-film lectures and stimulating post-film discussions. Participants earn continuing education credits upon series completion.

MARCH 24: National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007; PG; 131 Minutes)
The film is the second in the National Treasure franchise, and film/television actor Ty Burrell is cast in a prominent role. Mr. Burrell, a native Oregonian, came east and completed his M.F.A. at University Park. His additional film credits include Black Hawk Down, Dawn of the Dead and The Incredible Hulk.

MARCH 31: Agnes of God (1985; PG-13; 99 Minutes)
The Schubert Fellowship recipient, John Pielmeier, wrote the original Broadway play of the same name and then adapted it for film. Pielmeier is a native of Altoona, PA, who completed his M.F.A. at Penn State. Equally comfortable in film and on Broadway, Mr. Pielmeier’s work includes Courage, The Boys of Winter, and Voices in the Dark.

APRIL 7: The Final Countdown (1980; PG; 103 Minutes)
What if we could go back in time to just hours before a world-shattering event? Freeport, PA native Don Taylor studied speech and drama at Penn State University, where as a freshman he began taking part in college stage productions. Taylor wound up in Hollywood as a director with The Final Countdown to his credit, along with such films as Escape from the Planet of the Apes, and Damien: Omen II.

APRIL 14: Star Trek: Nemesis (2002; PG-13; 116 Minutes)
Jonathan Frakes is a native of Bellefont, PA, and a graduate of Penn State majoring in theatre. Following graduate school at Harvard and lots of auditions in New York, his career began to take off with the Star Trek franchise. He has not only acted in the film and TV series, but directed as well.

APRIL 21: Casablanca (1942; PG; 102 Minutes)
Incomparable, epoch film-making at its highest, and all the writing was done by twin brothers who graduated from Penn State! You won’t want to miss this grand finalé of the Spring Film & Discussion Series as we salute our 100th Anniversary as a Penn State campus. Twin brothers Julius and Philip Epstein became the first twins in the history of the Academy Awards© to win Oscars, for their writing of Casablanca. One of the top three motion pictures of all time, and to think it was penned by two Penn Staters!

Location: The Film Series will be held at R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 E Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Time: Each movie/discussion begins at 7:00 PM.

Cost: $40 per person (Discounts may apply).


To request a registration form, call our office at 570-675-9253, or email wbce@outreach.psu.edu.

  • By Fax: Complete the registration form (credit card information must be included on the form) and fax the form to 570-675-8308.
  • By Mail: Complete the registration form and mail it to the address at the top of the form.
  • By Phone: Call 570-675-9253 to register with a credit card.

For program-related questions or to be added to our mailing list, call 570-675-9253 or email wbce@outreach.psu.edu.

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Film & Discussion Series is brought to you by:

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