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The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education office offers personal interest programs that have a cultural appeal to the community. For example, our Film and Discussion series is offered each fall and spring. The series consists of five movies and includes pre-film lecture and stimulating post-film discussion. The film series is located at R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  

Penn State is an Act 48 approved provider. The Film & Discussion series is offered as a 1-credit course (30 Act 48 hours). The series is also offered as a noncredit course. Educators enrolling in the non-credit course will be issued a CEU Certificate. Professional educators are encouraged to confirm that the Film & Discussion series fits their school district's professional development plan for Act 48.

Our Spring 2014 Film & Discussion Series:
“Five Great Books, Five Great Films”

Remember the thrill of reading a great book? Remember when that book became a great movie? Penn State Wilkes-Barre continues the success of our long-running movie series at Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre with five great books turned into five great films!

Casino Royale (2006/PG-13/144 Minutes) Casino Royale, the setting for Secret Agent James Bond’s first mission, opens week one of our Spring 2014 film series. The screenplay, adapted from author Ian Fleming’s book, will keep you on the edge of your seat through the last scene.

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962/Not Rated/129 Minutes) Harper Lee’s monumental tale of a white attorney representing a young black man in the south during the Great Depression stars Gregory Peck in his Academy Award © winning role as Atticus Finch.

The Great Gatsby (1974/PG/144 Minutes) This 1974 film version brings Gatsby, Daisy, Myrtle, George Wilson, Nick Carraway, and a cast of unforgettable characters to life in this F. Scott Fitzgerald must-see.

The African Queen (1951/PG/105 Minutes) The African Queen pits hard-drinking Captain Charlie Allnut and missionary Miss Rose Sayer in a boat in the African jungle as World War I gets underway. Rose and Charlie find themselves in a fight for survival in the film adaptation based on C.S.Forester’s novel.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001/PG/152 Minutes) J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter appears before our eyes in our final film in the Spring 2014 series. Relive all of Harry’s adventures at Hogwarts with Professors Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall and more.

“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. 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!”  — Mrs. Marianna Oplinger, Holy Redeemer High School Teacher of Literature & Film

To join our mailing list to receive details on future movie series, please send your contact information to wbce@outreach.psu.edu.

Please browse our course schedule to see the programs we are currently offering.  If there is a topic you are interested in learning about, please email us at wbce@outreach.psu.edu. Your input is very valuable to us and your ideas are welcome.



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