Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park

Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park

Each month this program brings accomplished faculty from the college to present on topics drawn from their careers conducting original research in the arts and humanities, science and engineering, and the social sciences. Open to the public.

Rydal Park

1515 The Fairway

Rydal, PA 19046

Fourth Tuesday of the month, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Free admission.


The Joy of Writing: An Author's Odyssey

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Presenter: Frank Quattrone, lecturer in English

Frank Quattrone's anecdotes and writing samples — from adolescent journals, wild and wonderful interviews with celebrities, chefs and child actors to the lengthy process of birthing a book and bringing it to the public — will illuminate the writing process and entertain guests. He is the former editor of Ticket, the arts and entertainment publication, and the author of several books on local history.


Aboard the Trans-Siberian Express with National Geographic

speaker series

Explore Russia through the eyes of an expert.

Image: Penn State

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Presenter: Roy Robson, Division Head, Arts and Humanities; Professor of History

Dr. Robson twice served as the expert-in-residence on the National Geographic Expeditions tour on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The author of more than 60 books, articles, and reviews, Robson studied Russian history for 25 years and traveled extensively in Russia as a Fulbright scholar. 


Researching Your Family History

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Presenter: Dolores Fidishun, Head Librarian

Discover resources that will help the new and experienced researcher learn more about their family from census records, military histories, and local newspaper access among others. In the process you will find out how to use free resources from the internet and the public library. 


Age of Love: Documentary and Discussion

Friday, April 8, 2016

Presenter: Beth Montemuroo, professor of sociology

A first-of-its-kind Speed Dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds compels a diverse group of seniors to take stock of aging bodies and still-hopeful hearts - and discover how the search for love changes over a lifetime. It's never too late to date.

Second screening: 4 p.m., 112 Woodland Building, Penn State Abington


What I Learned in College

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Presenter: Karen Wiley Sandler, Chancellor

Dr. Sandler, retiring Chancellor of Penn State Abington, spent 21 years transforming Penn State Abington into the four-year residential college that we know today. She has reimagined virtually every aspect of the college from academics and athletics to facilities and diversity. Learn about her journey and what the future of the institution looks like for our community.

The Good News about Aging and Staying Fit

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Presenter: Steven Bloomer, Assistant Professor of Biology

There are many things we can do to improve our health including exercise — no matter when you start. Learn the basics about skeletal muscle metabolism and adaptation as well as beneficial exercise interventions in adults aged 60 and up.