Friday, February 22, 2013

OLLI to Offer Course on Main Campus at Widener University

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), headquartered on Widener University’s Exton campus, will offer a course for the first time this spring at the university’s main campus in Chester, PA.

“From the Other Side: Delaware Valley’s Ghosts and Hauntings” will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for three consecutive Saturdays beginning April 27 on Main Campus. The course, taught by Dr. J. Joseph Edgette, will explore the ghost tales and stories that are part of oral tradition, with illustrated accounts of actual cases in the Delaware Valley. Edgette will present the research and analysis that have led scholars to conclude there are ten specific reasons to explain the cause of a spirit’s return and its typical manifestations.

Edgette retired from Widener University in 2008 after completing 29 years of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he also had administrative responsibilities. He currently holds the academic rank of professor emeritus and folklorist at the university.

The course, which is open to the public, is a part of the OLLI program that is otherwise for those aged 50 and over. The program includes more than 50 courses on a wide variety of subjects at Widener’s Exton campus as well as several courses at the retirement communities of Maris Grove in Glen Mills, Kendal-Crosslands in Kennett Square, and Freedom Village in Coatesville.

A fee of $40 will cover the three-session course on Delaware Valley’s ghosts for non-OLLI members. OLLI members, who are enrolled in courses at the Exton campus, may include the ghost course as part of their membership fee.

For further information and to register for the course, contact the Exton Campus at 484-713-0088, or visit

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