Five Upcoming Talks by Noted Local College Faculty And Authors

January 30, 2015

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (JANUARY 30, 2015):  The public is invited to attend five upcoming free talks by noted Penn State Abington faculty members and local authors at Rydal Park, the non-profit, continuing care retirement community located in Abington Township, Montgomery County.

Rydal Park presents stimulating programming year-round, featuring a broad range of events, guests and topics. Through its partnership with Penn State Abington, free monthly presentations by faculty members offer continuing education opportunities. Other popular free events at Rydal Park feature noted authors, politicians, and experts in diverse subject areas.

All that is required to attend one of these Rydal Park events is an RSVP made via email to noting the date and event requested, along with contact information, or by calling 215-376-6292. All events take place at Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown PA 19046 (next to Whole Foods).

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MON., FEBRUARY 16 – 7:30 PM

KevinFarrisRydal Park Library presents Philadelphia Inquirer editor Kevin Ferris talking about his acclaimed first book, Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed (Skyhorse Publishing, Nov. 2014), co-authored with Dava Guerin and featuring a foreword by President George H.W. Bush. The book contains inspirational stories of mothers who spent years aiding the recovery of their children, US soldiers and Marines, who suffered severe injuries during the War on Terror. Ferris’ freelance work has appeared in the Weekly StandardWall Street Journal, and Christian Science Monitor. He served in the US Army from 1976 to 1979.

TUESDAY, FEB. 24 – 1:30 PM

Dr._Jacob_BenfieldThe monthly series “Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park” continues with an intriguing examination of the benefits of interacting with natural environments, when Dr. Jacob Benfield, Assistant Professor of Psychology, presents The Need for Nature: Research on the Health and Cognitive Benefits of Nature. Dr. Benfield will present an overview of research on the benefits of interacting with natural environments such as gardens, parks and wilderness areas, and a look at recent work at Penn State Abington highlighting the importance of sounds within nature related to health and wellbeing.

MON., MARCH 16 – 7:30 PM

Lynn_RosenRydal Park Library presents author Lynn Rosen discussing her popular book Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests (Clarkson Potter, 2007), a guide to table setting, dining etiquette, and the history of fine dining, in addition to her years of experience as an editor, literary agent and author. Formerly, Rosen was Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She is director of Open Book, a program of classes, workshops, and events for readers, writers, and thinkers, and recently opened the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania with her husband, Evan Schwartz.

TUES., MARCH 24 – 1:30 PM

This month’s “Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park” presentation is by Dr. Dolores Fidishun, Head Librarian, Penn State Abington, who will discuss the recent process of Digitizing the Herkness Real Estate Books: A Project of Penn State University Libraries. Part of the Penn State Abington collection and now available online as a result of Dr. Fidishun’s efforts, the books document the dealings and developments of Herkness & Stetson, Inc., and Wayne and Malcolm Herkness, who built, bought, and/or sold many homes throughout the Rydal, Jenkintown, Abington, Huntingdon Valley, Lower Moreland and Upper Moreland Townships, and Meadowbrook and Bethayres area between WWI and WWII. Dr. Fidishun teaches Information, Digital and Visual Literacy skills, and also recently supervised the Library and Instructional Design Department at Penn State Great Valley.

TUES., APRIL 21 – 7:30 PM

Nomi_EveRydal Park Library presents author Nomi Eve talking about writing and her latest book Henna House (Scribner, Aug. 2014), an evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of mid-20th century Yemenite Jews. Eve’s previous book, The Family Orchard, was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. She has worked as a freelance book reviewer for the Village Voice and Newsday, and is currently a lecturer in the creative writing program at Bryn Mawr

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(Note: Larger author and book photos, in addition to interviews, are available by contacting Elise Brown, phone 215-825-9644)

About Rydal Park

Opened in 1974 and located on a scenic 20-acre campus in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Rydal Park is a full continuing care retirement community that offers independent living across four contiguous apartment home buildings, as well as personal care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Known for its exceptional location and amenities, Rydal Park has become synonymous with healthy, elegant and quality retirement living. In total, Rydal Park offers 509 accommodations.

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