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For 200 years, Lycoming College has been proud to serve the region, providing cultural opportunities and learning experiences. openLYCOMING delivers non-credit educational seminars and courses designed to expand and enrich the lives of community members.

Taught by current and emeriti members of the Lycoming College faculty, the program offers a wide range of courses in the arts, humanities, philosophy, local history, sciences, and special topics related to faculty research and community interest. While the content and duration of each course will differ, Lycoming's dedication to providing lifelong educational opportunities will endure.

Spring 2021

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Exploring Urban Myths and Why We Fear Things

Have you ever explored a haunted place or tried conjuring ‘Bloody Mary’? Are you in the habit of checking the backseat of your car at night? Have you heard about poisoned trick-or-treat candy? Did you hear about the tourist who awoke in an icy bathtub with missing kidneys? A common reaction to urban legends is fear. Fear of the unknown and others is mostly based on fiction and embellished fact. Nonetheless, reactions to fear range from biological to social and from avoidance to thrill seeking. Fear can affect individuals and entire groups alike. This course is right for the season and explores the origins of popular urban legends to better understand the causes and consequences of fear.

Justin Lopez-Medina, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology. His research centers on the administration of criminal justice and how people learn to trust and distrust authority. His teaching topics range from understanding issues within probation, courts, and policing to the factors associated with preventing crime. He publishes on these topics and collaborates with local agencies. Dr. Lopez-Medina also is an avid haunted house attendee and horror movie fan who has spent considerable time trying to understand fear and why people enjoy thrills.

Instructor: Justin Lopez-Medina, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology
$50 per person for streaming courses online
Inquire with Lara Collins Breon ’04 in the alumni office at or 570-321-4376.

The Historian's Witchcraft: Salem Witches Fact and Fiction

Presented as part of our Fall 2019 openLYCOMING course, Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., associate professor of history, discussed the historian’s craft to upend popular lore about the witches of Salem using original sources from the Salem Witch Trials - differentiating fact from Hocus Pocus.

Dr. Pearl’s research and teaching interests center upon the political, religious, social, and legal history of America to 1877. His classes focus on many interesting facets of early American political and legal culture, from fascinating topics such as the Salem Witch Trials to the vigilante actions of Regulators in colonial North America. His latest book, “Crisis of Governance: The Revolutionary Creation of an American State,” was published in spring 2020 by the University of Virginia Press.

Instructor: Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., associate professor of history
Cost: $50 per person for streaming courses online
Inquire with Lara Collins Breon ’04 in the alumni office at or 570-321-4376.