Lecture series for adults age 55 and older starts Sept. 18 at Lehigh Valley

September 09, 2015

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment (SAGE), an outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley for adults age 55 and older, has announced details about its first lecture on Sept. 18, as well as the rest of the fall 2015 schedule. Each SAGE session is held on a Friday and begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m., followed by the featured speaker at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. All SAGE lectures are held in Room 135 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, located at 2809 Saucon Valley Road in Center Valley.

On Sept. 18, Michael Krajsa, instructor in marketing and management at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will present a lecture titled “Lehigh Valley Enterprises — Then and Now: From rivers, canals, rail, highways, fiber optic, and ports to the world.”

Krajsa will cover the evolution, and in some cases extinction, of popular Lehigh Valley products and services, and will share his perspective on the future of business and industry in the area. Krajsa will provide a colorful history of the Lehigh Valley and the business evolution that has taken place to bring the region where it is today. It will be an interactive and lively discussion about the Lehigh Valley’s past and how it is tied to its future. While leading attendees on a trip down memory lane, Krajsa will remember the businesses that used to be here, review the changing media landscape, and recall the political leaders and entrepreneurs who made an impact on the region.

Krajsa has a diverse background in management, marketing, business strategy, development, event planning, publishing, public affairs, government and advertising. This background provides a rich foundation for an informative and interesting discussion about Lehigh Valley Enterprises.

Other upcoming SAGE lectures include:

  • Oct. 2: "The Evolution of Photography" presented by Christos Karfakis, a contemporary photo historian
  • Nov. 6: "Enacting Racism: Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, Character and the Constitution" presented by Michele Ramsey, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and women’s studies at Penn State Berks 
  • Dec. 4: "The Slinky and Other Human Powered Toys" presented by Bob Swaim, retired math teacher turned entertainer

The cost per lecture is $20, or attend all four for $60. Lunch is included. To register, contact Diane McAloon at 610-285-5066 or dmcaloon@psu.edu.

The mission of SAGE is to encourage intellectual and cultural enrichment for seniors, age 55 and older, by providing a stimulating college-level lecture, workshop and seminar environment through a self-funded, self-directed and member-driven program.

  • Professor in front of lion statue

    Michael Krajsa is an instructor in marketing and management at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

    IMAGE: Kate Morgan
Last Updated September 11, 2015