Five @ Five Lecture Series

Five @ Five Lecture Series

The Five @ Five Lecture Series features five one-and-a-half-hour lectures on a given subject in order to provide an in-depth look at the topic. This educational program highlights the research and talent of Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty members, and is open to the community.

Fall 2017 Lecture Topic

The Evolution of Photography: A Contextual Approach

Local photo historian Christos Karfakis will explore photography as a medium to record history and human emotion from daguerreotype to modern day “selfie.” We will explore turning points in world events and how they have been documented by photography.


October 12: Travel back to the mid-1800’s and meet Lehigh Valley’s first professional photographer.

October 19: Discover the dynamic relationship between photography and business growth.

October 26: How does the relationship between the photographer and his/her subject relate to the perspective of the photograph? How are we impacted by color vs. black and white? What drives the “selfie,” and more!

November 2: Explore the role of film in the evolution of photography. From roll film invention to the era of silent movies to video and Avant Garde photography, film has played a prominent role in how we see the world.

November 9: Photography and War:  From the Crimean War to the Middle East and how we report on war today, photography has played a significant role on how we experience living on a daily basis.

Schedule & Cost


Lectures will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on the following Thursday evenings: October 12 to November 9. 


$59 per person, $89 for two people of the same household.

Registration is required for all of these lifetime learning opportunities.
Contact Diane McAloon at 610-285-5066 or