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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.

Freakonomics imageFall 2021


Freakonomics is the term coined by coauthors Steven Levitt and Steven Dubner, scholars who have tried to "explore the hidden side of everything." In this book-club style offering, students will read selected chapters of “Freakonmics” prior to each week’s class. We will then gather with Elizabeth Moorhouse, Ph.D., for discussion on such questions as "What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?", "What is the upside of quitting?", "Why is 'I don't know' so hard to say?", and "What makes a perfect parent?" Using concepts from economics and other social sciences, we will seek answers to these and other important societal questions while also learning how to "think like a freak."

Instructor: Elizabeth A. Moorhouse, Ph.D., department chair and associate professor of economics and director of Lycoming’s Institute for Management Studies

Moorhouse, who has served on the faculty at Lycoming since 2007, teaches various courses, including the Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, History of Economic Thought, Labor Economics, and Econometrics. She also instructs the department’s first year seminar that highlights the economic, social, and moral advances as well as the challenges of continued global economic growth. In 2010, Moorhouse was recognized for her excellent teaching by earning the College’s Junior Faculty Teaching Award. She has published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, and the Forum for Social Economics.

Cost: $35 per person
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 2021
Trogner Presentation Room, Krapf Gateway Center, Lycoming College
Lycoming College will not be offering a streaming option this semester.

Register no later than Friday, October 22, 2021, with Lara Collins Breon ’04 in the alumni office at or 570-321-4376.

Stream anytime!

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Some people love poetry. Darby Lewes, Ph.D., is one of those people. But she knows not everyone feels the same, and she is here to change your mind! Lewes shares her reflections on her experiences teaching poetry over the years, with passion and humor, in this three-part online lecture series. And keep your eyes peeled for a special cameo appearance from Raven, one of her famous Lyco Dogs!

Lewes is an award-winning teacher at the local and national level who presents workshops on student motivation throughout the U.S. She has published five books and many journal articles, as well as book chapters and encyclopedia entries. She is the recipient of several major writing awards, including the University of Chicago's Ronald S. Crane Award and Snowday Memorial Prize for Criticism, and Northwestern University's Tri-Quarterly Prize. Her A Portrait of the Student as a Young Wolf: Motivating Undergraduates was nominated for a Frederick W. Ness Book Award, and Dream Revisionaries: Genre and Gender in Women's Utopian Fiction 1870-1920 was a finalist for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's Rosenhaupt Book Award and earned her a Litt.D. from Wilson College in Pennsylvania. She has been a featured and/or plenary presenter at several professional conferences in the U.S. and Europe.

Instructor: Darby Lewes, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
Cost: $50 per person for streaming courses online
Inquire with Lara Collins Breon ’04 in the alumni office at or 570-321-4376.

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.