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October 4th, 2022

JCLS to host a pair of October lectures

WVU’s Corio, FSU’s LaFemina will each present in GC’s PAC

Garrett College will offer a double dose of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series in October.

Greg Corio’s presentation – Leveraging Outdoor Recreation to Change a State – will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15th. Gerry LaFemina will be the month’s second lecturer, presenting The Pursuit: A Meditation on Happiness, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19th.

Both presentations will take place in the recital hall of the recently opened Performing Arts Center at Garrett College.

Corio, a graduate of Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Management program, currently serves as assistant vice president for outdoor youth advocacy and initiatives at West Virginia University. In this role, he oversees the Science Behind the Sport and Science Adventure School programs in addition to acting as liaison between the Youth Cycling Coalition and other associated partnerships.

Corio, who has spent 18 years at WVU, is the founder of Adventure WV, an outdoor orientation program for incoming freshmen. Under his leadership, the program has grown to be the nation’s largest outdoor orientation program.

LaFemina, a professor of English at Frostburg State University, will read from his latest book, The Pursuit. The book is an extended meditation on happiness that examines pop culture, history, philosophy, and autobiography.

LaFemina’s reading will be followed by a dialogue about how people think about happiness, and the differences between joy, pleasure and happiness. Garrett College’s faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford.

Crawford, who died in 2010, served the College community for more than 30 years, including serving as the head of the humanities division and director of enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge, and the public and community members are invited to attend.

All presentations from the Joan Crawford Lecture Series will be available to view online through the College's Facebook page. The lectures will be live streamed and recordings will be posted shortly after the event.

For more information, contact Jenny Meslener at