Penn State schedules free programs

From a climate change scientist to a chamber orchestra, Penn State Great Valley’s free, fall community event schedule has something for everyone.

Kicking off the program is a presentation by Dr. Michael Mann, one of the key warriors in the battle over the causes of climate change. A professor of meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, Mann is best known for helping to develop the famous "hockey stick" graph, which reconstructed 1,000 years of global temperature data and showed the abrupt warming during the late 20th century, according to a university press release.

Mann will speak about his new book, “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy,” on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., author Bruce Grierson will reveal the top secrets on optimal aging and the limits of human potential when he discusses his bestseller, “What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives.”

Finally, guests will transition from spectators to participants as they interact with the Philadelphia-based Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Led by award-winning Artistic Director Jeri Johnson, the Black Pearl Orchestra will captivate audience members with the power and excitement of classical music and encourage their participation in creating music.

Since Penn State Great Valley developed an arts and culture program seven years ago, the campus has hosted a dazzling array of speakers, authors, documentary screenings, and art exhibits – all free of charge and open to the public.

“Service to the community is a vital part of Penn State’s mission as a land grant university,” Suzanne Cruit, director of community relations at Penn State Great Valley, said in the release. “We provide a variety of events and exhibits to raise the intellectual discourse in our area and encourage people see the world in a different way.”

All events will be held in the Warren V. Musser Auditorium on the Penn State Great Valley campus in Malvern. While admission is free, tickets are required. More information can be found at greatvalley.psu.edu/events.

 

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