SAGE lectures for fall 2017 announced

August 15, 2017

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment (SAGE), an outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley for adults age 55 and older, has announced the schedule for its fall 2017 four-part lecture series. Each SAGE session is held on the first Friday of the month (with the exception of September) and begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m., 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.

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

Friday, Sept. 15

"Picture This – The Evolution of Photography 1980-present"

Christos Karfakis, contemporary photo-historian will return to SAGE to focus on the evolution of photography from 1980 to the present. The demise of Kodak, the Space/Spy program, “a camera in every pocket,” and modern day photographers and their works will be covered.

Friday, Oct. 6

"Engaging Workplace Wisdom – Tapping Your Experience"

Sybil Stershic, local author and respected thought leader in employee and volunteer engagement, will lead a dynamic discussion on what is important in taking care of those who mean the most to people in the workplace and in daily relationships. Penn State students will join SAGE attendees to learn from everyone’s collective wisdom and gain advice they can use from SAGE scholars. 

Friday, Nov. 3

"Unraveling Medicare and Medicaid"

Anita Yuskauskas, Program Coordinator for the Health Policy and Administration Degree, will share her experience as a former Technical Director with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She will explain the general benefits of these public programs, and decode the language and activities surrounding proposed legislative and policy changes to health care funding.

Friday, Dec. 1

"Practicing Our Civic Values: Re-Imagining 20th Century Writing for the Purpose of Peace"

Maryann P. DiEdwardo will share her newest research which involves identifying key images, values, beliefs and social structures that point toward a particular cultural movement. She will share her own healing and transformative experiences based upon her reading of the work of Thomas Merton. For those who wish to go deeper with the topic, read “The Seven Storey Mountain” by Thomas Merton.

The cost per lecture is $20, or attend all four for $60. Lunch is included. For more information or to register, contact Diane McAloon at 610-285-5066 or

Last Updated August 15, 2017