The Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment 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 among 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!

Spring 2017 Lecture Schedule

Friday, March 3

Weapons of World War II

David Longenbach, Instructor in History, Penn State University

World War II required a massive outpouring of manufacturing capabilities, giving rise to one of the world's largest industrial producers in the U.S. With its roots planted firmly in The Great War, World War II was more or less an extension of the preceding conflict, seeing the growing fusion of man and machine into a more terrifying fighting force.

Friday, April 7

What's in that Cup O' Joe?

Dr. Karen E. Kackley, Instructor in Biology, Penn State University

Coffee is the lifeblood of most of our mornings, but do you know what is actually inside that cup of coffee you are drinking each day? You would be surprised.

Friday, May 12

Spirit and Society in 1550 and 2017: What the World Needs, Then an Now

Dr. Margaret Christian, Associate Professor of English, Penn State University

New diseases. Strange weather. Abroad, shifting alliances and terrifying new enemies. At home, a dangerously fragmented population, the gap between rich and poor widening.  While the elite fight to protect their power, a populist demagogue cultivates his influence by signaling to the angry and dispossessed that their grievances will finally be heard. Twenty-first century or perhaps not?  Dr. Christian will discuss the parallels between the sixteenth-century Europe and present day America.

Friday, June 2

Mud Angel: Dr. Kenneth Thigpen

Dr. Kenneth Thigpen, Director of Academic Affairs, Penn State University

Fifty years ago on November 4, 1966, Italy was hit by floods, devastating two of its most historic cities: Florence and Venice. They represented the greatest loss of art and architecture from a natural disaster in twentieth-century Europe. The international community quickly rendered assistance, dispatching "angeli del fango" (mud angels): volunteers who helped in the emergency rescue of works of art. Dr. Thigpen will share his personal story along with providing commentary on his return to Florence fifty years later.

Lecture Details

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 11:00 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.


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