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Edinboro University announces spring 2019 Al Stone Lecture Series

Posted on April 8th, 2019 at 10:54 AM
Edinboro University announces spring 2019 Al Stone Lecture Series

Renewable energy, teaching and living in Bhutan, Robert Frost and the Erie County Democratic Party are among the topics scheduled for this spring’s Al Stone Lecture Series at Edinboro University. 

This spring’s schedule includes current Edinboro University faculty and staff and religious leaders from the Erie County region. 

“Learning extends far beyond academic buildings at Edinboro University,” said Dr. Robert Rhodes, a retired Edinboro faculty member and organizer of the lecture series. “These lectures keep the academic dialogue alive as we discuss current events and familiar names in our culture.” 

During the spring session of the 2019 Al Stone Lecture Series, presenters with special expertise will discuss these topics and more in the 5-part series that begins Thursday in Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. The series will be featured Thursdays in April and May, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Featured in this spring’s series is Dr. Jim Wertz, associate dean of Edinboro University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, who also serves as the chairperson of the Erie County Democratic Party. On April 18, he will discuss the current state of politics in the region and demographic trends of Erie County. 

Spring 2019 Al Stone Lecture Series Schedule:

  • April 11: “Renewable Energy: A Sustainable Path Forward” – Presenter: Dr. Richard Lloyd, chairperson of the Physics and Technology Department, is also the designer of the 190 kilowatt solar array on campus.
  • April 18: “The Future of the Erie County Democratic Party: Demographic Trends” – Presenter: Dr. Jim Wertz, associate dean of Edinboro University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and chairperson of the Erie County Democratic Party.
  • April 25: “Teaching and Living in Bhutan” – Presenter: Dr. Andrea Wyman serves as librarian in Edinboro University’s Baron-Forness Library and has recently taught in south Asia.
  • May 2: “Making the Most of It: Nature and Meaning in Frost” – Presenter: Dr. Donald Sheehy is one of the premier scholars of the poet Robert Frost. His current project, “The Letters of Robert Frost,” is being widely published in five volumes
  • May 9: ’She Died in My Arms Tonight’ What the President, the Pope and the Ayatollah Have to Do With A Little Girl in Haiti” – Presenter: Rev. Chuck Cammarata was pastor at Fairview Presbyterian Church for 32 years and is still a sought-after speaker. He is active in various international programs and multi-cultural and interfaith organizations in Erie. 

The lecture environment is friendly, encourages dialogue and is free and open to the public. Parking is available for lecture attendees in the Reeder Hall parking lot behind the Diebold Center from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Additional parking will be available on surrounding streets. 

“The Al Stone series has become an essential program in our academic calendar, as it focuses on connecting faculty and experts to Edinboro and our community, said Beth Zewe, director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Edinboro University. 

The lecture series was named after the late Dr. Al Stone, professor of Psychology and Gerontology who established the intergenerational center at EU more than 30 years ago. Dr. Stone promoted the lecture series by asking retired colleagues to present a talk that could represent their “last great lecture.” 

Both the lecture series and intergenerational center, which is located in the lower level of Diebold, were renamed in Stone’s honor just months before he died. 

For more information about the Al Stone Lecture Series and academic offerings from the entire Edinboro University community, visit