The Fall 2018 semester will begin on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 and will end on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

We have 126 members already enrolled.

We are accepting enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester.
The enrollment form is available for download on the Enrollment page of this website.

We are planning to have the schedule and synopses distributed by email by August 22.
Paper brochures should be mailed by the end of August.

While there can be a rare change to the planned IRP program, we are planning for the following lectures and trips for the Fall semester:

Terrorism: Domestic versus International Leading up to 9/11,  September 11

McNeill’s Rangers in the Gettysburg Campaign,  September 11

The Journey of English in America,  September 12

The Life and Work of Gaudi: Genius or Madman?,  September 12

Physics of the Human Body,  September 13

Hunting Killer Asteroids,  September 13

The Walk Unabowed Project: Slavery in Franklin County,  September 18

Wilson College and the Rescue of Science and Learning,  September 18

Exercise for Seniors,  September 19

Southern Oasis at Gettysburg,  September 19

Al Qaeda & ISIL: Overview and Update,  September 20

Iran & North Korea: Current Status and Issues,  September 20

Rock, Water, Air,  September 25

Tourism in Franklin County,  September 25

Bus Trip:  Jennerstown, PA  Mountain Playhouse,  Performance of
—-One Slight Hitch  and The National Museum of the American Coverlet,
—-September 26

Bicycling Across America,  September 27

The Spanish Civil War: Prelude to World War II?,  September 27

Dairy: Past, Present and Future  October 2

The Current State of Rooftop Solar,  October 2

Bus Trip:  Southwestern Pennsylvania and Western Maryland,
—-Penn Alps Craft Shop, Grantsville, MD,  Mt. Davis (highest point in PA),
—-Deer Valley YMCA Camp, Fort Hill, PA,  October 3

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Cases and Controversies,  October 4

An Introduction to the Anabaptists and Their Descendants in the
—-Cumberland Valley,  October 4

Plants and Flowers that Attract Birds to Your Backyard,  October 9

Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) to Building Design,  October 9

The Bill of Rights and You,  October 10

Lyme Disease: Treatment and Management,  October 10

Crafting the Perfect Representative: A Global Comparison of Constitutional
—-Requirements for National Office,  October 11

The Opioid Crisis and Law Enforcement’s Response in Ben’s County,  October 11

Average People in South Central Pennsylvania: Estate Planning,  October 16

Community Colleges,  October 16

Bus Trip:  Historical and Industrial York, PA,  October 17

Great Decisions:  Turkey – Partner in Crisis,  October 18

Franklin County Certified Tourism Ambassador Program,  October 18

Wedge: How Polarized Media Foster Our Political Disunion,  October 23

Mercy in Motion: The Gift of Mobility, African Initiative,  October 23

The Joy of Writing Your Own Story,  October 24

A Philosophical Sampler,  October 24

Theatre Performance and the Acting Process,  October 25

PTSD: The Continual War Within,  October 25

Disney, Bambi, and an Austrian Jew: A Story of Art and Politics,  October 30

Tales From the Old Jail,  October 30

Bus Trip:  Philadelphia, PA  Vikings Exhibit, Franklin Institute,
—-and the Museum of the American Revolution,  October 31

A Tour Through the Dobbin House, Gettysburg, PA,  November 1

We have no plans to alter the location of our lecture meetings at Wilson College for the Fall 2018 semester.

In looking to the future, we are exploring alternative venues, but we hope to remain at Wilson College through the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.

Our final enrollment count for the Spring 2018 semester was 388.

For the second straight semester, the average attendance was almost 100 per lecture.
Attendance varied between 51 (low) and 199 (high).


The Past Semesters page of this website is operational and current.



Any computer capable of receiving and downloading IRP attachments
should be able to download IRP documents from this website.

Last year, we experienced IRP messages sent to multiple addressees with attachments being blocked by some email servers, and some other recipients’ computers putting these messages into SPAM or JUNK-Mail folders.

If you are on the IRP email list and you do not receive expected IRP emails, please check your spam or junk-mail folder.

If IRP emails are not reaching your computer, or if you have any questions, please call John Ricca, 717-352-8996.

Thanks for your cooperation.

NOTE:  Most members’ computers will not print from email attachments.  For almost all members, it will print correctly if the attachment is first downloaded to the computer (Documents or My Documents folder), then opened from within the Documents folder and printed from the computer without the interference of the email program.


In keeping with our policy of cooperation with Wilson College, we will include information about Wilson College Common Hour lectures in the IRP weekly bulletins – unless they conflict with IRP scheduled lectures.  Additional information about Common Hour lectures can be seen at:


Parking at Wilson College remains limited.

We encourage IRP members to car-pool as much as possible.

Directions and roadmaps to/of the Wilson College campus, which has been simplified for IRP members, is available on the About IRP page of this website.



Please turn in any found personal property to
John Ricca, 717-352-8996.

Persons who have lost personal property should contact
John Ricca, 717-352-8996.



IRP sessions will not meet if Chambersburg schools are
closed or delayed due to bad weather.

Call 717-261-5680 for updates.


The IRP does NOT sell or share personal information (address, phone number, email, etc. of members or volunteer speakers) with other persons or organizations.


Members may pick up a schedule or synopses at any lecture.

Wilson College.
Please do not smoke anywhere on the Wilson College campus.
Members may purchase lunch in the Wilson College cafeteria.
Please do not bring food or drink into the Science Center Auditorium.
Please park only in the places shown on the Wilson College map.

Scotland Campus.
Please do not bring food or drink into the Auditorium.
Please park only in the places shown on the Scotland Campus map.

Questions??   Complaints??   Compliments??
Please call John Ricca: 717-352-8996


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