The Fall 2019 semester will begin on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, and will end on October 31.

We are in the process of developing the program for the Fall semester; it should be completed by the second week of August.  When the schedule and synopses are completed, they will be available for download on the appropriate pages of this website.

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:

WellSpan Health Care System and What It Means for the Patient,  September 10

On Beyond Pluto,  September 10 

Frank Feather, Itinerant Folk Artist,  September 11

Be Your Own Hero: Violence Prevention Solutions,  September 11

Local Government,  September 12

Soldiers, Sisters, Spies: Women of the Civil War,  September 12

Community Nursing: How Can It Impact Me?,  September 17

Fake News? … Alternative Facts? … or American Mythology?,  September 17

Beekeeping and Some of the Challenges Bees Face Today,  September 18

A Photographic Tour of South Africa and Nambia,  September 18

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program: Update,  September 19,

The Normandy Diary of Marie Louise Osmont,  September 19

Stress in Your Life The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,  September 24,

Jean Craighead George: The First 100 Years,  September 24,

Imprisonment, Trial & Execution of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators,  September 25,

The Chambersburg Kiwanis Club,  September 25

Bus Trip: Jennerstown, PA, Mountain Playhouse Theater, Performance: 5/31/1889: The Flood,  September 26

Great Decisions: The Rise of Populism in Europe,  October 1

Member Speakers: Best Advice or Best Place Visited and Why,  October 1

Judaism, Religion and Violence,  October 3

911: What Happens When You Call?,  October 3

Wee Willie Sherdel: The Cardinals’ Winningest Left-Hander,  October 8

Radical Jihad: Analysis & Current Status,  October 8

Weapons of Mass Destruction: World-Wide Update,  October 9

Meditation for the Busy Mind,  October 9

Conserving Endangered Rhinos in South Africa,  October 10

Lifestyle Decisions that Matter,  October 10

Wounded Houses, Shattered Lives: What Was It Like for the Gettysburg Citizens of 1863?,  October 15

From John Brown to James Brown,  October 15

The Development of the Bible,  October 17

Dennis Hart Mahan: Military Tactics Instructor at West Point During the 1800s,  October 17

The Tuscarora Wildlife Education Program (TWEP),  October 22

Political Polarization: Separation Anxiety,  October 23

75 Years Later: A Combat Engineer and the Fight Across Europe with Patton’s Army in WWII,  October 23

Islam, Religion & Violence,  October 24

The Venona Secrets,  October 24

Women in American Politics: New Voices, New Choices,  October 29

The Expressive Art of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald,  October 29

Bus Trip: Manassas National Battlefield & Chatham Manor, Fredericksburg, VA,  October 30

Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum in Shippensburg,  October 31



The enrollment form for the Fall 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.

We had 394 members enrolled for the Spring semester, and 135 of them are already enrolled for the Fall semester.  Our average attendance for the Spring semester was 87.

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


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 is very 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 or other emergencies.

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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