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openLycoming: Community Seminars

I am Learning for a Lifetime. I am Lycoming.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.

Fall 2019

The Historian's Witchcraft: Salem Witches Fact and Fiction

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Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., associate professor of history, discusses the historian’s craft to upend popular lore about the witches of Salem using original sources from the Salem Witch Trials. A perfect course for this time of year, join us as we differentiate 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,” will be published in spring 2020 by the University of Virginia Press.

Instructor: Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., associate professor of history
Cost: $35 per person (classroom participation); $50 per person (online participation)
Register by: September 20
Dates: 4-Week Course: Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lycoming College - Lynn Science Center, Room 153

Lycoming College is pleased to announce this openLYCOMING Community Seminar will be available to stream online. Each week’s lecture will be available to stream the following day at 6 p.m. You will be able to stream for one week on a secure URL. You can submit questions to the alumni office via email, which Dr. Pearl will answer at the beginning of the following week’s lecture.

Inquire and register with Lara Collins Breon ’04 in the alumni office by September 20 at or 570-321-4376.