The Spring 2019 semester will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, and will end on April 25.

We have no plans to alter the location of our lecture meetings at Wilson College for the Spring 2019 semester.

We are in the process of developing the program for the next semester; we plan to publish the complete schedule by the first week of February.  While we recognize that the IRP program is subject to a rare change, we are planning to include the following topics, excursions and other events, on the dates shown:

Supreme Court Appointments: Fifty Years of Controversy,  March 5

A Veteran of Vietnam and the College Campus Looks Back at the 1960s,  March 5

An Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls (two sessions),  March 6

Foundations of Christianity, Religion and Violence, Part 1,  March 7

Hannah Patterson and the 100th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage,  March 7

The Future of War,  March 12

Radiation: Facts & Fiction,  March 12

Fun Facts and Figures about Nancy Drew,  March 13

Medicare & Medicaid Planning,  March 13

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program,  March 14

Great Decisions: Refugees and Global Migration,  March 14

Faces of Heroes, Warriors, Angels, and Survivors,  March 19

First Start Partnerships for Children & Families: Growing Hearts & Minds,  March 19

Bus Trip to Philadelphia Area:  Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
–   and QVC Tour and Shopping, West Chester, PA,  March 20

A Walk up the Continental Divide Trail,  March 21

Interactive Mapping and the Science of Location,  March 21

Foundations of Christianity, Religion and Violence, Part 2,  March 26

Ona Judge and the Lure of Freedom,  March 26

Bus Trip to Washington, DC:  The Newseum,  March 27

The U.S. Marine Corps: America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness,  March 28

The Evolving Role of Women in International Security,  March 28

Palliative Care: What It Is and How It Differs from Hospice,  April 2

The Lost Collection of the Pine Grove Furnace Prisoner of War Camp,  April 2

Franklin Together Reentry Coalition,  April 3

Stories the Monuments Tell: A Photo Tour of Gettysburg,  April 3

Vaccines & You: Do the Immunological Safety Dance, and LIVE!!,  April 4

Heroic Women of Gettysburg,  April 4

Soldiering With a Vengeance,  April 9

Antietam Shadows: Mystery, Myth & Machination,  April 9

Bus Trip to Gettysburg:  Seminary Ridge Museum,  Gettysburg Heritage Center,
—-and The Daniel Lady Farm Confederate Hospital,  April 10

Eisenhower in Gettysburg,  April 11

Army National Guard,  April 11

Bicycle Adventures,  April 16

The Dying President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944-1945,  April 16

The Facts of Life (without sex): What College Students Need to Know
–   to Navigate the Real World,  April 17

James Smith: Pennsylvania Frontier Leader,  April 17

Alcatraz: The Attack & Defense of San Francisco Bay and
–   Alta California in the American Civil War (two sessions),  April 18

Special Event: IRP 35th Anniversary Dinner,  Monday, April 22
–   Time and Location to be determined

Vietnam Culture and Birds,  April 23

SisterCare in Vietnam,  April 23

Bus Trip to Philadelphia.  Spirit of Philadelphia: River Cruise with Lunch
–   and Elferth’s Alley Walking Tour,  April 24

The Emirates: What They Are, Why I Went, and What I Found,  April 25



The enrollment form for the Spring 2019 semester is now available for download on the Enrollment page of this website.

Enrollment for one semester is $25 for one person, or $40 per couple, which covers attendance at any or all of the 39 lectures.  It does not include the cost for bus trips or special events.

If members choose to do so, each spring we accept enrollment for the entire year if the members pay $50 for one person or $80 for a couple.  While there is no discount for the enrollment fee, it does save members time and postage cost to enroll for two semesters at one time.

We do not accept payment for enrollment in future calendar years.



The Fall 2018 semester ended on November 1.

We had 398 members enrolled.

The average attendance at IRP lectures was 82.


In looking to the future, we are exploring alternative venues, but we hope to remain at Wilson College in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.



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:


There is a major construction project ongoing on the west side (Conococheague side) of the Science Center.

Parking at Wilson College will remain very limited, probably through the Spring 2019 semester.

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 or other emergency.

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.

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


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