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October SAGE Lecture Announced

9/24/2008 —

Allentown native Edward Ryan, AARP appointed volunteer United Nations representative, will serve as guest lecturer for the SAGE October session on Friday, October 3, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Corporate Learning Center. 

In his lecture, “Positive Social Change: A World of Opportunity,” Ryan will review selected advocacy efforts of AARP to improve the quality of life for people of all ages throughout the world.  In addition, he will discuss the interactions undertaken with individuals and governments to express concerns for vulnerable populations and strengthen policies to make a difference.

Edward Ryan is a United Nations Representative as an appointed volunteer with the AARP Office of International Affairs in New York City, and a member of AARP Pennsylvania’s Executive Council, serving the organizations 1.9 million members in that state.  He is an active legislative advocate and a member of the state’s Long-Term Care Task Force.  He also represents AARP in the Lehigh Valley and has received AARP Pennsylvania’s highest award for volunteerism.

Ryan’s representation at the United Nations includes participation in conferences to facilitate dialogue and advocate for recognition of vital issues of aging with governments and non-governmental organizations.  He is also a member of the NGO Committee on Aging at the UN in New York and has co-chaired its observance of the International Day of Older Persons.

Ryan retired from Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1986 and has since held jobs in sales and marketing as well as directing community relations for several companies including assisted living facilities and the Center for Healthy Aging at Lehigh Valley Hospital.  For the last two years, he has devoted himself exclusively to volunteering to improve the quality of life for people of all ages including serving with the Lehigh Valley Alliance on Aging and RSVP/Senior Corps.

SAGE (Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment) is a community outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley designed to encourage intellectual and cultural enrichment for adults age 55 and older.  In the fall and spring, the group offers a new, college-level lecture each month.

This event is open to adults age 55+, but reservations are required.  This lecture is the second in the Fall Series. The cost for the series is $35.  To reserve a space, contact Diane Lewis at 610-285-5066 or email dlewis@psu.edu.  The Penn State Lehigh Valley Corporate Learning Center is located at 100 Brodhead Road, Suite 120, Bethlehem, PA, 18017.

For media inquiries, please contact Allison Goodin at 610-285-5067.

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