The Institute for Lifelong Learning hosts a series of lectures and luncheons for seniors to promote fellowship and continued lifelong learning.

Over the years, speakers have included philosophers, theologians, scientists, photographers, an Olympic athlete, an atomic submariner, a Holocaust survivor, pilots, world travelers, jurists, reporters, business owners and authors.

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Three levels of membership are available. They are:

  • Basic: This includes five lectures and pre-session gatherings. Cost: $45 per person.
  • Premium: This includes five lectures, pre-session gatherings and lunches. Cost: $95 per person.

Please complete the form and send a check for the total amount to Jayme Long, Office of Event Management, 514 University Ave., Selinsgrove, PA 17870.

For further details, please contact: Joe Herb at or phone 570-374-9911 or Jayme Long at or phone 570-372-4354.


The institute features a series of 11 presentations throughout the year. Members gather in Susquehanna University’s campus center on Wednesdays to enjoy:

  • Social hour—10:30–11 a.m.
  • Lecture—11 a.m.–noon
  • Served lunch—Noon


The Institute for Lifelong Learning (IFLL) held its first series of programs during the 1990-91 academic year and included among its distinguished speakers that first year Jane Constance Shields Freeman, Ph.D., former president of the Girl Scouts of America and wife of the governor of Minnesota, and Fredrick Krause, Ph.D., head of the White House Staff for Health Issues.

The IFLL was started by the Rev. Raymond Shaheen, affectionately known to all as Padre, as a place for ideas of compelling interest and people who wished to remain intellectually and socially active to come together on campus.

Speakers who have made presentations to the Institute For Lifelong Learning have included Garcia Gensel, Ph.D., preacher to the New York city jazz community; Joseph Wiebush, Ph.D. (many programs); Robert Weis, president of Weis Markets Corp.; Charles Hostler, Ph.D., meteorologist from Penn State and provost of PSU; Ed Pope (imprisoned in Moscow in the early 2000’s as a spy); Rick Benjamin, musician and now responsible for the first complete recording of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha; Brian Balthazar, producer on NBC’s Today Show; Bud Knoebel of Knoebel’s Grove; Dick Yuengling of the brewery that bears his family’s name; and Dick Boak of Martin Guitars. Pianist Galen Deibler has played for the group almost every December since the group’s beginnings.

Even after Padre’s passing, director Joe Herb has been able to increase memberships and continue to bring people together for social and intellectual fulfillment.

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