Cultural & Community Events

Cultural & Community Events

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Mark your calendars and join us for many exciting events including a fascinating speaker series moderated by engaging faculty and performances by our talented Penn State Abington students.

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Film Discussion: Birdman

September 1 and 9, 2015

Moderator: Bella Eve Friesel, MFA, communications lecturer

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 for a screening of this Oscar winning film starring Michael Keaton. Then return on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. for a discussion. Free admission. Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org

Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington 

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An Afternoon with the Arts - Opera Lecture: La Traviata

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts

A beautiful courtesan in 19th century Paris falls desperately in love with a young man whose wealthy family forces her to renounce him, an act of self-sacrifice that leads to many dramatic complications. This may be Verdi's most popular opera with his most scintillating score. Light refreshments served during intermission.

Admission: $15. 

2:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

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The "Downton Abbey" Back Story: Aristocratic Anxiety and Class in Britain

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Andrew August, professor of history

Dr. August reveals the historical context of the television drama "Downton Abbey" including economic changes, transformations in government, tax policies, and politics.

Free admission. Register: 877-933-6699 or info@rydalpark.org

1:30 p.m., Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown

 

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Book Discussion: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes, associate professor of English

The true account of the indiscriminate chemical dumping that left a New Jersey town plagued by childhood cancers. Free admission. Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org

7 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington 

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Friday Night Film Series: The Immigrant

Friday, October 16, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Moylan Mills, Professor Emeritus of Integrative Arts

A young naive immigrant woman is forced into appearing on the burlesque stage until a magician rescues her and helps her reunite with her sister who is being held on Ellis Island. Marion Cotillard and Joaqiun Phoenix star. 

Admission: $10.

7:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

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Fracking: The New American Gold Rush

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Robert Bernoff, professor emeritus of science and chemistry

It's been called the solution to America's energy independence and a nightmare for the environment. Dr. Bernoff explains the technology and sorts out its environmental impact.

Free admission. Register: 877-933-6699 or info@rydalpark.org

1:30 p.m., Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown

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Book Discussion: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Weekes

Explore this best-selling novel about a lonely bookstore owner compelled to make over his life after receiving a mysterious package. Free admission. Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org

7 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington 


Friday Night Film Series: The Homesman

Friday, November 20, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Moylan Mills, profesor emeritus of integrative arts

The pious, flinty Mary Bee Cuddy takes three pioneer women, driven mad by life on the frontier, back East. She enlists a disreputable drifter to help her. Suspense, romance, and drama ensue with Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones.

Admission: $10.

7:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building


The Exciting New Season at the Movies and on Broadway

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts

Find out this season’s best entertainment on the regional and New York stages and the films you don't want to miss with "The Expert," Dr. Mills.

Free admission. Register: 877-933-6699 or info@rydalpark.org

1:30 p.m., Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown

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Winter Concert

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Delight in the beautiful sounds and harmony of the Penn State Abington co-ed a capella group, The AbingTones and all-female vocal group, the Treblemakers.

Admission: $5.

7:30 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

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Digitizing the Herkness Real Estate Books: A Project of Penn State University Libraries

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Dolores Fidishun, head librarian

Discover the history behind the development of Rydal and Meadowbrook between World Wars I and II. The books are part of the Penn State Abington collection and are available online.

Free admission. Register: 877-933-6699 or info@rydalpark.org

1:30 p.m., Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown