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The SAGE program is one designed for adults over 55 years of age who are interested in expanding life's experiences. SAGE offers an opportunity to enrich one's life through learning in a relaxed and accepting environment amongst peers. We cover a wide range of subjects in our college level lectures including social and cultural trends, evolving technologies, the arts, food and wine, politics, religion, economics, health and wellness, and many more!

The SAGE program was recently featured on an episode of FOCUS on PBS39. Watch the video for an indepth look into all that SAGE has to offer!

Fall 2016 Schedule

Friday, September 16

Unconscious Bias
Bart Bailey, Cook Ross Associates

Buried prejudice and biases have surprisingly influential underpinnings to all the decisions we make, affecting our feelings and consequently actions. We will explore a few methods to learn how to discover and overcome unconscious and hidden biases.

Friday, October 7

Women and the U.S. Presidency: Looking Back and Toward the Future
Dr. Nichola Gutgold, Penn State University

From the 1964 race of Margaret Chase Smith to the 2016 race, which includes Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, we will consider the obstacles and opportunities women who run for the presidency face. This lively talk looks at the role of the media and the perceptions of women in power. As interest in the 2016 election heats up, more and more people wonder: is this when America elects a woman president?

Friday, November 4

A Review of the Recent Discoveries in Astronomy and What They Mean to Us
Dr. Daniel K. Jackson, Penn State University

Astronomy is the first science, and still the source of wonder and amazement. Everyday there are new discoveries announced and new missions proposed. What is this all about and why do we care? This talk will survey and explain some of the recent scientific discoveries including Pluto, LIGO, Juno, SDO, the Sloan Sky Dark Matter Survey and much more!

Friday, December 2

Flying Pots, Fire, and the Serenity of Chives: The Social Dynamics of Professional Kitchems
Dr. David Livert, Penn State University

The professional kitchen may not seem like a typical workplace. It is well known for chefs who yell and throw pots; open flames and sharp knives; and the crush of service that throws cooks, waiters and other staff into a mad struggle to get the plate out on time. Stress, conflict, and substance abuse are endemic to the profession. Nonetheless, there are striking moments of peace and camaraderie in the kitchen. As a social psychologist, Dr. Livert studies how people’s behavior is shaped by strong social settings; his work has focused on the unique setting of the professional kitchen. He is one of a few social psychologists looking at this topic and will share his findings with us.

All lectures take place on the first Friday of the month in room 135 at the Lehigh Valley campus, which is located at 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for coffee, the lecture will begin at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12 p.m.

Registration, Pricing, and Additional Information

The cost of each lecture (including lunch) is $20, or attend all four lectures for $60.

For more information or to register for SAGE, contact Diane McAloon at 610-285-5066 or dmcaloon@psu.edu.