Summer Programs Friday Nights
Friday Night Series
Hall of Philosophy
Fridays at 7:00 PM 
Friday, June 24, 2022 7:00 PM
Creating the Need to Censor: Popular Culture, Free Speech, and the Concept of Harm. Andrew Owen, PhD.
Friday, July 01, 2022 7:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua’s Sarah Tyson Rorer: America’s First Celebrity Foodie. Sarah “Sallie” Tyson Heston Rorer (1849 – 1937). Presented by Jean-Paul Benowitz, Elizabethtown College. President of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Women’s Auxiliary, Rorer founded the Philadelphia School of Cooking and the Pennsylvania Chautauqua School of Domestic Science. Internationally renowned as an authority on nutrition,  Rorer authored 54 cookbooks and booklets and 780 articles over 34 years. Rorer was editor of Household News and Table Talk Magazine (1893-1897), food editor of Ladies Home Journal (1883-2016), editor of the food section for Good Housekeeping Magazine (1897-1911). One of the founders of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, Rorer owned a cottage in Mt. Gretna and eventually sold her Center City residence in Philadelphia, retiring to a farm in Colebrook.
There will be a cooking demonstration of chocolate cake from Mrs. Rorer's recipe by a cooking historian specializing in Mrs. Rorer's culinary arts. The refreshments for the evening will feature Mrs. Rorer's chocolate cake. There will be a live performance of a song about Mrs. Rorer which appeared in a Broadway musical about her in the 1920s. Mt. Gretna's Jigger Shop is featuring a special (limited time) ice cream sundae, named for Mrs. Rorer, to honor her legacy and celebrate this event.
Friday, July 08, 2022 7:00 PM
Pictures Worth 1,000 Words: Myths in Greek Art. The Greeks painted and sculpted to tell an entire story in one image. These images preserve the myths as well as the various ways Greeks felt about the messages they contained. Join Jennifer Besse, who has had a lifelong love of everything ancient and Greek. She has taught classics, literature, religion, and history at several local colleges including Elizabethtown College, Franklin and Marshall College, and Millersville University.
NOTE: Thursday, July 21, 2022 7:00PM
Finance and Faith: Rabbi Sam Yolen will present the history of finance, beginning with lending, trade, commerce, and into the modern era and will address the role of religion and culture in finance within the social and ethical context of the modern era.
Friday, July 29, 2022 7:00 PM
Navajo Code Talkers: A member of CNH Americas Toastmaster Club, David Manuel explains, in a blending of historical fact and human interest stories, the history of the Navajo relationship with this country's government, their mistreatment in the 1800's, as well as their creation of a code that was never broken during World War II in the Pacific.
Friday, August 05, 2022 7:00 PM
Prisons and the Future of Communities: Lancaster County Prison Warden Cheryl Steberger began as a prison guard and dedicated herself to helping post-incarcerated individuals assimilate back in to society. She discusses her work with prison reforms and the design and construction of a new prison.
Friday, August 12, 2022 7:00 PM 
Mt. Gretna Architecture: Exploring the Past & Celebrating the Present. Architect Gregg Scott helps us dive into what makes the architecture of Mt. Gretna unique, compelling and timeless; the architects, the buildings and the setting. We will discuss why its charm never grows old despite its age - and ours! The speaker spearheaded and will explain the 2017 re-creation of Mt. Gretna Chautauqua using gingerbread.
Friday, August 26, 2022 6:00 PM
Original Plays written by members of the Playwrights Alliance of PA — read and discussed by actors, authors and audiences. and hosted by Kevin Pry.