A scientist isn’t the typical headliner for the Performing Arts Center at Richard Stockton College.

But Jeff Goldstein, director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, will be the first guest lecturer 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in a new free lecture series coordinated by the Stockton PAC to generate community interest and partnerships in the PAC and Stockton.

Goldstein’s program, “A Voyage that will Forever Change Your Perspective of Home,” will be held at Ocean City High School’s Bill Hughes Performing Arts Center and help promote the new observatory at the school.

Suze DiPietro, interim director of the PAC, said the lectures are an effort to integrate the PAC more with the college and community.

“I’ve been here eight years,” said DiPietro, who also served as marketing director. “Some people think we are just a regional theater. But we want to do more than just mainstream theatre.”

She said the lecture at Ocean City High School expands the PAC’s mission beyond the college and is also a recruiting tool to show residents what the college offers.

Other planned speakers include arts consultant Howard Sherman, former director of the American Theatre Wing, who will speak 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. Sherman will explore the marketing and branding challenges and opportunities for communities that want to include arts in their image.

Emmy award-winning set-designer Ray Klausen will speak 6 p.m. March 4 at the Stockton Campus Center Theatre. A graduate of the Drama School at Yale University, Klausen has designed sets for Cher, Elton John, Lisa Minelli and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as the Academy Awards and The Miss America Pageant.

Singer/songwriter Ruth Wyand will cover 150 years of American music from the Civil War to the present in a program at the Campus Center Theatre at 5 p.m. April 10. The multimedia concert is designed to be both entertaining and educational.

All lectures are free, but tickets must be reserved by calling the Stockton PAC Box Office at 609-652-9000.

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