University Consortium

Academic Support for the Lifelong Learning Institute is Provided by the University Consortium

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A formal relationship between LifeWorks Erie and local Universities.  This University Consortium was created for the purpose of offering the highest quality of Lifelong Learning in the region and to facilitate a relationship between older adults, faculty and students, for mutual benefit.

Sarah Bennett,  Lecturer of Biology, Mercyhurst University

Dr. Bernie Hattjar, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Gannon University

Dr. Victoria Kazmerski,  Associate Professor of Psychology, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College,

Beth A. Zewe,  Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development & Ombudsperson, Edinboro University


Upcoming Events 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • The Met:  Live in HD – Die Zauberflote
  • Saturday, October 21 at 12:55 p.m.
  • Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center
  • $18 adults; $15 senior/students

mercyhurst university logoMusic Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full length German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Sunday, October 22 at 12:55 p.m.
  • Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center
  • $18 adults; $15 senior/students; $10 youth

mercyhurst university logoAgainst the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • Nobuntu
  • Tuesday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m.
  • McGarvey Commons, Penn State Behrend
  • Free

PSB_Bl Blk 287The female a capella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel.  The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbia (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

  • Dorian Wind Quintet
  • Wednesday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m.
  • McGarvey Commons, Penn State Behrend
  • Free

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Recognized by critics, audiences, and professional musicians alike for its uniquely polished and passionate performances, The Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of the chamgbr music’s preeminent and longest continuously-active ensembles.  Since its formation at Tanglewood in 1961, the Quintet has collaborated with numerous well-known artists, commissioned nearly 40 new works of wind chamber music, and held residencies at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals and educational institutions.