Alvernia Lecture Series 2013
Expand your mind with inspirational, thought-provoking lectures at Alvernia University.
Alvernia Lecture Series Expand your mind with inspirational, thought-provoking lectures at Alvernia University Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 1 8/7/13 11:20 AM Updike Conference 2014 Save the date! October 3-5, 2014 The John Updike Society Conference will return to its original location at Alvernia University in October 2014. Updike, who often spoke of “the proud State of Pennsylvania from which I come,” was born in West Reading, raised in Shillington for the first 13 years of his life, and spent three summers working as a copy boy for the Reading Eagle. Updike novels that earned major awards (two Pulitzers, a National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award) were all written about life in Pennsylvania. Alvernia’s Franco Library is the home to the scholarly archives of The John Updike Society. For more information about the conference contact James Plath at 309-556-3352. Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 2 8/7/13 11:20 AM COVER ARTWORK FROM “CELLBLOCK VISIONS,” AUTHORED BY FEATURED LITERARY FESTIVAL SPEAKER PHYLLIS KORNFELD (PAGE 9). Alvernia Lecture Series Oâ€™Pake Lecture: Sen. Robert Casey Founders Day Lecture: Eboo Patel Laura Schroff Phyllis Kornfeld Literary Festival Calendar Chip Kidd Jessica Buchanan Vatican II Lecture Batdorf Lecture 4 6 8 9 10 12 13 14 16 Hesburgh Lecture: Rev. Daniel Groody 17 Performing Arts Series 18 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 3 8/7/13 11:20 AM O’Pake Lecture Annual Lecture The inaugural O’Pake Lecture will be delivered Sept. 5 by United States Sen. Robert Casey in the Francis Hall Theater. Sen. Casey’s talk will focus on compromise and civility, two timely topics given the nature of political dialogue, particularly in Washington and Harrisburg. There will also be a reception honoring the former staffers of the late Sen. Michael O’Pake. A bequest from Sen. O’Pake provides support for the O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service, which is sponsoring the lecture. Date: September 5 Event: O’Pake Lecture: Sen. Robert Casey Place: Francis Hall Theater Time: 1:30 p.m. Film Series The O’Pake Film Series continues with a new set of films that will focus on “Leadership.” Alvernia University’s O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service is collaborating with Albright College, Penn State Berks, and Reading Area Community College to bring a classic series of films and panel discussions to Berks County. All showings will be in the Bernardine Lecture Hall on Alvernia’s campus or at the Miller Center for the Arts on the Reading Area Community College campus, and are free and open to the public. 4 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 4 8/7/13 11:20 AM SPOTLIGHT: Alvernia’s Centers for Excellence Throughout its history, Alvernia University has aimed not only to develop students’ intellectual promise but also to foster their ethical and moral perspectives and emphasize their leadership potential. The O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service seeks to build on this tradition. The O’Pake Institute is an expansion of the university’s Center for Ethics and Leadership, launched in 2006. It is named for longtime Alvernia board member, Sen. Michael O’Pake, who passed away in December 2010. O’Pake served nearly four decades in the Pennsylvania State Senate as a champion for all those in need. The institute will continue to be a nucleus for dialogue on contemporary ethical and leadership issues with a focus on promoting interdisciplinary discourse around social justice and Franciscan values. www.alvernia.edu/ about/ethics-and-leadership In 2008, Alvernia received a generous gift from T. Jerome and Carolyn Holleran, a Berks County couple with a passion for community service and a personal record of meaningful community engagement. The gift of $3 million included capital to enhance the work of the center in the Reading community as well as provisions to permanently endow it. Rooted in the Franciscan identity of Alvernia University and its mission as a teaching and learning institution, the Holleran Center identifies, cultivates, and sustains strategic partnerships to strengthen both campus and community life. By making these community partnerships an essential part of the curriculum, the Holleran Center strives to foster the university mission and improve the quality of life in our community and to develop in its students a lifelong commitment to service as engaged citizens. Visit www.alvernia.edu/about/ holleran-center for more information. 5 8/7/13 11:20 AM Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 5 Eboo Patel Eboo Patel, author of award winning “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation” and “Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America,” will kick off both the Literary Festival and Alvernia’s Founders Day celebration on Sept. 18 (7 p.m., Physical Education Center). Patel is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on FaithBased Neighborhood Partnerships, and is the founder of Interfaith Youth Fo 6 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 6 8/7/13 11:20 AM el Founders Day Lecture Core. His messages about the need for interfaith cooperation are incredibly relevant in today’s world, and an often discussed topic at Alvernia University. “Acts of Faith” (2010) is an inspiring account read by all of Alvernia’s 2013 first-year students. “Sacred Ground” (2012) will be read by students in an Alvernia World Religions course. Patel is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, Huffington Post, and NPR. Date: September 18 Event: Founders Day Lecture: Eboo Patel Place: Physical Education Center Time: 7 p.m. 7 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 7 8/7/13 11:20 AM Laura Schroff Laura Schroff, author of “An Invisible Thread,” will discuss her book about the true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny. Date: October 7 Event: Lit Fest Highlight: Laura Schroff Place: Bernardine Lecture Hall Time: 6:30 p.m. 8 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 8 8/7/13 11:20 AM Phyllis Kornfeld Phyllis Kornfeld, author of “Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America,” has been conducting visual arts programs with incarcerated men and women for 25 years – from county jail to death row – in 18 institutions in seven states. Date: October 10 Event: Lit Fest Highlight: Phyllis Kornfeld Place: Franco Library Time: 1 p.m. 9 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 9 8/7/13 11:20 AM Calendar of Events October 5-25, 2013 Saturday, October 5 The Pagoda Writer’s Club presents an interactive workshop, Paris at the Pagoda, with featured speakers Dr. Harry Serio and Betsy Chapman. (The Reading Pagoda, 1 p.m.) Monday, October 7 Laura Schroff will discuss her book, “An Invisible Thread,” the true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny. (Bernardine Lecture Hall, 6:30 p.m.) Tuesday, October 8 Dr. Bongrae Seok, associate professor of philosophy at Alvernia University, will lecture on the body and its amazing contribution to the moral mind as featured in his book “Embodied Moral Psychology & Confucian Philosophy.” (Franco Library, 1 p.m.) Wednesday, October 9 Kyla Lacey, slam poet, who infuses comedy into her showcase of her real-life situations will perform. (Crusader Cafe, 7 p.m.) Thursday, October 10 Phyllis Kornfeld, author of “Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America,” has been conducting visual arts programs with incarcerated men and women for 25 years – from county jail to death row – in 18 institutions in seven states. (Franco Library, 1 p.m.) Tuesday, October 15 Co-authors of the play “Trumbo,” Chuck Gallagher and Kirk Lawrence-Howard will present their show based on the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. (Bernardine Lecture Hall, 1 p.m.) 10 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 10 8/7/13 11:20 AM Wednesday, October 16 Berks County native Chip Kidd will talk about his life as a graphic designer, including his classic creation for the “Jurassic Park” movie poster. (Bernardine Lecture Hall, 2 p.m.) Friday, October 18 Original readings and acts will be presented during the monthly meeting of the AU Writers’ Series, hosted by Dr. Tom Bierowski, associate professor of English at Alvernia University. (Franco Library, 2 p.m.) Monday, October 21 Somali “land pirates” kidnap victim Jessica Buchanan and her husband, Erik Landemalm, discuss her kidnapping and rescue as a defining spiritual experience as told in her book “Impossible Odds.” (McGlinn Center, 6:30 p.m.) Tuesday, October 22 Local outdoor writer Bob Ballantyne will give a presentation on his book “Woodlands Waterways.” (Franco Library, 6 p.m.) Wednesday, October 23 Join students, faculty and staff for the annual Inter-College Poetry Contest at Alvernia University, hosted by Dr. Richard Law, associate professor of English at Alvernia University. (Franco Library, 2 p.m.) Thursday, October 24 Award-winning author Gale Martin will be making an appearance to discuss her witty women’s fiction book “Grace Unexpected.” (Franco Library, 1 p.m.) Friday, October 25 Alvernia’s 4th Annual Masquerade Bash includes food, a costume contest and prizes as well as an Alumni VIP lounge. (Crusader Café, 7 p.m.) 11 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 11 8/7/13 11:20 AM Chip Kidd Nationally recognized designer/author and Berks County native Chip Kidd will talk about his life as a graphic designer, including his classic creation for the â€œJurassic Parkâ€? movie poster. His book cover designs helped create a revolution in the art of American book packaging. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well as the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography. Date: October 16 Event: Lit Fest Highlight: Chip Kidd Place: Bernardine Lecture Hall Time: 2 p.m. 12 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 12 8/7/13 11:20 AM Jessica Buchanan & Eric Landemalm Jessica Buchanan, kidnapped by Somali “land pirates” in 2011, will be joined by her husband Erik Landemalm to discuss the kidnapping, captivity, and rescue at the hands of Navy SEAL Team Six as documented in Buchanan’s book “Impossible Odds.” In recent months, Buchanan has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Fox News, NPR and the Colbert Report among other national and international media outlets. Date: October 21 Event: Lit Fest Highlight: Jessica Buchanan and Eric Landemalm Place: McGlinn Conference Center Time: 6:30 p.m. 13 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 13 8/7/13 11:20 AM Dr. Catherine Clifford â€œVatican II and Catholic Ecumenical Engagementâ€? 14 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 14 8/7/13 11:20 AM d Alvernia’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council will continue with a lecture by Dr. Catherine Clifford from the University of St. Paul, Ottawa. Dr. Clifford will present the Vatican II Series second lecture “Vatican II and Catholic Ecumenical Engagement,” addressing the impact of the council on dialogue among Christian churches. Dr. Clifford will speak to the idea that restoration of full, Date: October 29 Event: Vatican II Lecture: Dr. Catherine Clifford Place: McGlinn Conference Center Time: 7 p.m. will present their stories about the council opening opportunities and a call for lay ministry in the church. Panel members will explain the impact of the changes in each of their lives. On October 23, 2014 the series will continue with a presentation by Dr. Richard Gaillardetz of Boston College. Dr. Gaillardetz will speak about the theology of baptism, as shaped in the council. The series continues in the spring of 2015 with Dr. Massimo Faggioli from the University of St. Thomas, who will address the issues of interpreting Gaudium et Spes, one of the council’s most important apostolic constitutions. Concluding in fall, 2015 the lecture series will feature a presentation by Dr. Angela Camara of Seton Hall University, who will explain a half-century of work based on the council’s declaration of religious liberty. visible communion between the churches was one of the principal aims of the Second Vatican Council. Dr. Clifford is a professor of systematic and historical theology, and is the founding director of the Research Center on Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism. Her scholarly work is centered on topics in ecclesiology and interchurch dialogue. Next spring, a panel of those who entered adulthood in the years of the council and immediately following 15 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 15 8/7/13 11:20 AM Batdorf Lecture Spring 2014 The annual Batdorf Lecture, supported by the Berks Bar Association, promotes dialogue on contemporary ethical issues, important for both students and the local community. More details about the 2014 Batdorf Lecture will be available online at alvernia.edu/arts-culture. Seniors College The Alvernia Seniors College offers senior citizens (age 55 and over) the opportunity for lifelong learning. Alvernia University sponsors this program as part of its mission to be of service to the community. Each year, three semesters of Seniors College classes offer approximately 20-25 courses each session, running the gamut from computer classes to English literature. Visit Alvernia.edu/ academics/seniorscollege for an overview of our current offerings. Contact Sally Reading at 610-7968357 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information. 16 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 16 8/7/13 11:20 AM Hesburgh Lecture Rev. Daniel Groody “Dying to Live: Theological Perspectives on Undocumented Migration” and articles that have been translated into six languages, including “Border of Death,” “Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit, and Globalization, Spirituality,” and “Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace.” As a Catholic priest, a Holy Cross religious, a scholar, and an awardwinning teacher, author, and film producer, Groody has worked with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, and the Vatican on issues of theology, globalization, and immigraEach spring, Alvernia hosts a Hesburgh Lecture that both embodies the university’s core values and brings attention to topics that are relevant to today’s local and global communities. Drawing on years of work in Latin America, particularly along the U.SMexico border, Daniel Groody, CSC, Ph.D., has authored various books tion. He is an associate professor of theology and the director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Since 1986, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought a taste of Notre Dame’s academic excellence to Alvernia’s campus courtesy of the Notre Dame Club of Reading, which Date: March 26, 2014 Event: Hesburgh Lecture: Rev. Daniel Groody Place: McGlinn Conference Center Time: 7 p.m. supports the event. The lectures perpetuate the example of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh as a lifelong learner, and further the Alumni Association mission by providing meaningful opportunities to Notre Dame alumni, parents, and friends. Hesburgh lectures are presented by Notre Dame faculty members on topics related to art/architecture, business, communications, contemporary social issues, economics, environment, ethics, government, history, law, social concerns, and many more. Annually, almost 5,000 alumni, parents, and friends attend a Hesburgh Lecture. 17 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 17 8/7/13 11:20 AM Performing Arts Series The arts are alive at Alvernia with ﬁve major events scheduled for 2013-14. Visit Alvernia.edu/arts-culture for details and ticket information. BALL IN THE HOUSE September 22, 4 p.m. Francis Hall Amphitheatre The five-member vocal band, Ball in the House, brilliantly blends a wide range of inﬂuences, from classic R&B to pop, hip-hop and gospel. This Boston-based indie band has performed with such artists as The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, The Jonas Brothers and The Beach Boys to name a few. Bring your lawn chair and join us! CORE ENSEMBLE, “Los Valientes” October 13, 4 p.m. Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall Created by the acclaimed chamber music theatre group The Core Ensemble, “Los Valientes” is a production for a chamber music trio and solo actor that explores the art and politics of Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the social justice of Mexican-American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, aka Zorro. An Evening with DEANNA REUBEN November 24, 7 p.m. Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall Join international recording artist Deanna Reuben ’79 as she performs a very special holiday concert. As one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook working today, Reuben has shared the stage with artists such as Marvin Hamlisch, Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, and performed in venues such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Mann Center. 18 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 18 8/7/13 11:20 AM Calendar of Events 2013 - 2014 JONATHAN CARNEY, Violinist January 19, 2014, 4 p.m. Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall Mr. Carney takes the stage in a recital that will feature favorite works by Brahms, the Strauss sonata for violin and more. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Carney served as concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and currently serves as concertmaster for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. THE LOMAX PROJECT Friday, February 21 7:30 p.m. Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall Juno Award-winning banjo player Jayme Stone brings to stage a performance inspired by the legacy of famed folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. Joining Stone will be Bruce Molsky (vocals, fiddle), Julian Lage (guitar), Margaret Glaspy (vocals, guitar). Miller Gallery Located in historic Francis Hall, the Miller Gallery houses artwork by local artists and works created by current Alvernia students and faculty. An ongoing partnership with the Reading Public Museum also brings major works to the gallery. For information on the latest exhibits, visit alvernia.edu/arts-culture/miller_gallery. 19 Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 19 8/7/13 11:20 AM Contact Us: (1-888-258-3764) 1-888-ALVERNIA 400 Saint Bernardine St. Reading, PA 19607 Connect with us on Facebook: Alvernia University Follow us on Twitter: AlverniaUniv www.alvernia.edu/arts-culture Alvernia_Lecture_Booklet_2013.indd 20 8/7/13 11:20 AM