Arts & Culture
Visual and performing arts
Music and multicultural events
Lectures featuring experts on national and regional topics
Professional theatrical performances
The Art of Latin America.........................6 Watercolors of Regina Gouger Miller................6 CrĂŠches from Around the World.......................6 Women Artists...................6
Melodime...........................8 Steve Moakler...................9 Spoken Hand Percussion Ensemble with David Cullen...........................10 Jeffrey Gaines.................12 Christopher Collins Lee & Merynda Adams.....14
Founders Day Lecture........................16 Constitution Day Lecture........................18 Dr. Jim Plath....................21 Jonathan Kozol...............22 Tess Gerritsen.................24 Planning in Reverse.......26 Lauren Zuniga.................27 Brad Manard....................28 Ian Knauer.......................30 Media and Politics..........32 Roy Juarez, Jr.................33 Batdorf Lecture...............34 Hesburgh Lecture...........35
Catherine of Siena.........36 Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life.......38 Dana Tison.......................40
For more than 50 years, Alvernia has been providing a dynamic environment for young and old alike to experience arts and cultural events. Whether through student performances, visiting lecturers, featured faculty presentations or guest artists, the arts are alive at Alvernia! Everyone is invited to attend our theater performances, lectures and cultural events hosted throughout the year. Call 610-796-8322, see the calendar on the next page or visit www.alvernia.edu/arts-culture for full details and ticket information.
Visual and performing arts events are popular with patrons of all ages. The Miller Gallery showcases a mix of artwork from The Reading Public Museumâ€™s collection, as well as regional and Alvernia artists.
Theater performances bring the Francis Hall Theater and Recital Hall to life. Performances feature an eclectic mix of subjects and some of the top professionals in the nation.
Cultural experiences at Alvernia inspire audiences to dream and discover. Whether you like musical performances, live bands, or storytellers, cultural events have something for everyone.
The dynamic speakers and panel discussions in our line-up for the 201213 season highlight topics of national importance and regional interest. Our annual Lecture Series and Literary Festival feature world-class presenters, providing outstanding access to extraordinary learning experiences.
2012 – 2013
Arts & Culture at Alvernia Fall 2012 8/15-9/30 The Art of Latin America (Miller Gallery) 9/11 Founders Day Lecture with Rabbi Hirsch (McGlinn Conference Center) 4 PM 9/13 Melodime (Francis Hall Plaza) 7 PM 9/14 Spoken Hand Percussion Ensemble with David Cullen (Francis Hall Plaza) 7 PM 9/17 Judge Sprecher Constitution Day Lecture (Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall) 4 PM 10/4-11/22 Watercolors of Regina Gouger Miller (Miller Gallery) 10/8 “Teaching Updike” with Dr. Jim Plath (McGlinn Conference Center) 4 PM 10/10 Jonathan Kozol (Physical Education Center) 7 PM 10/15 Tess Gerritsen (McGlinn Conference Center) 6:30 PM 10/16 “Planning in Reverse” (Bernardine Lecture Hall) 2:30 PM
10/16 Catherine of Siena as performed by Sister Nancy Murray (Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall) 7:30 PM 10/17 Lauren Zuniga (Crusader Café) 7 PM 10/18 Brad Manard (McGlinn Conference Center) 6:30 PM 10/22 “Media and Politics” (Bernardine Lecture Hall) 2 PM 10/25 Ian Knauer The Farm (Bernardine Lecture Hall) 6 PM 10/26 Masquerade Bash (Crusader Café) 7 PM
Spring 2013 1/1-2/28 Women Artists (Miller Gallery) 1/31 Dana Tison (Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall) 7:30 PM 3/13 Batdorf Lecture (Bernardine Lecture Hall) 4 PM 3/19 Christopher Collins Lee & Merynda Adams (Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall) 7:30 PM TBA Hesburgh Lecture (McGlinn Conference Center)
10/30 Steve Moakler (Crusader Café) 9 PM 11/1-1/31 Créches from Around the World (Franco Library) 11/12 Roy Juarez, Jr. (Bernardine Lecture Hall) 7 PM 11/13 Jeffrey Gaines (Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall) 7:30 PM 12/14 It’s a Wonderful Life, Live from WVL Radio, North Carolina Stage Company (Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall) 4 PM
The Art of Latin America Presented in cooperation with the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Saint Bonaventure University, The Art of Latin America features creative works rendered in vivid colors and dramatic selections brought to life in the tradition of the Cuzco School style.
Water Colors of Regina Gouger Miller Featuring striking creations of flowers, landscapes and nature scenes, this exhibit spotlights the works of artist Regina Gouger Miller, nationally recognized for her creations in watercolor and needlecraft. A Berks County resident, she holds a bachelor’s degree in art and
Date: Aug. 15 - Sept. 30, 2012
design from Carnegie Mellon
Event: The Art of Latin America
University and a master’s
Place: Miller Gallery
degree in art education from Kutztown University.
Date: Oct. 4 - Nov. 22, 2012 Event: Watercolors of Regina Gouger Miller Place: Miller Gallery
Crèches from around the world Come feel the spirit of Christmas as you view a spectacular collection of nativities from all around the world. This special holiday exhibit is presented in cooperation with the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Saint Bonaventure University.
Date: Nov. 2012 - Jan. 2013 Event: Crèches from around the world Place: Franco Library
SPOTLIGHT: Arts at Alvernia
Miller Gallery Women Artists Outstanding works by more than 20 women artists from the 17th - 20th centuries are featured in this memorable exhibit, including drawings, watercolors, lithographs, etchings, and engravings. From the collection of the Reading Public Museum, this historical display includes works by such highly acclaimed artists as Elizabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Mary Cassatt, Käthe Kollwitz and Peggy Bacon, among others.
Date: Jan. - Feb. 2013 Event: Women Artist Place: Miller Gallery
The Miller Gallery contributes to the prominence of the arts at Alvernia University. Marlin Miller, Jr., and Regina “Ginger” Gouger Miller are committed to encouraging wideranging appreciation for artistic expression. The dynamic exhibition space in Francis Hall acknowledges and celebrates the Millers’ dedicated support of the arts. Marlin is co-founder of Norwich Ventures and has decades of experience as an entrepreneur and leader in
the medical device industry. Ginger is a nationally recognized water colorist and needlecraft artist. As collectors, philanthropists and artists, Marlin and Ginger have a keen sense of the transformational power of art. The Millers’ extensive community involvement is informed by their shared passion for arts and education. Alvernia hopes to enhance the creative experience of students and the regional community through art in the Miller Gallery.
Southern fusion at its best An award-winning touring band comprised of two brothers and a best friend, Melodime began their musical journey practicing in the hayloft of their farm outside of Washington, D.C. Having backgrounds in a wide variety of music, Melodime coined their music “Southern Fusion.” Their crossgenre southern sound comes from their energetic piano playing skills. Their rootsy, colorful and catchy music is frequented in some of the top live music venues on the east coast. Melodime’s sound has been compared to bands such as Train, Gin Blossoms, Hootie and the Blowfish, Nickelback and Tom Petty.
Date: Sept. 13, 2012, 7 PM Event: Melodime Place: Francis Hall Plaza www.melodime.com twitter.com/MELODIME
Nashville pop-rocker A Pittsburgh native, Steve Moakler has proven himself to be a master pop craftsman. Quickly emerging as one of the best of a new generation of poprock songwriters who call Nashville home, his music is artistic but accessible and pulls heavily from his indie roots. Moakler’s sweet melodies and moving narratives contain mass appeal that will linger in your head. Moakler’s show will benefit his organization, Free the Birds, which funds freedom and restoration for women and children who have been exploited by human sex-trafficking. When Moakler heard about human sex-trafficking at his church, he was shocked and heartbroken, which led him to start the organization. In addition to performing, he will be selling specially designed “Freedom Houses” (bird houses) to support his cause.
Date: Oct. 30, 2012, 9 PM Event: Steve Moakler Place: Crusader Café
Spoken Hand Percussion Ensemble with David Cullen
Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 7 PM Event: Spoken Hand Percussion Ensemble with David Cullen Place: Francis Hall Plaza Cost: Donation requested
David Cullen will open the evening with a dazzling array of classical, jazz and world music. David has performed throughout North America for classical guitar societies, jazz festivals, and performing arts series.
Established as one of the most unique and vibrant groups performing in the genre of world music, the Spoken Hand Percussion Ensemble will fill the night with high-energy polyphonic rhythms. The Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra unifies four percussion sets (North Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe) into one distinct voice. With symphonically textured fusion of traditional and contemporary drumming and choral compositions, the ensemble links the past and the present. They have earned a national reputation through concerts and residencies at festivals, theaters, art RIGHT: PAUL KOPICKI; LEFT: NATHEA LEE/PHOTOBRAVURA; BACK COVER: CHET PATEL
centers, and universities around the country. Spoken Hand Percussion Ensemble is a two-time winner of Philadelphia City Paper’s “Best World Music/Roots Performance” and is well-known for their collaboration with tabla master Zakir Hussain and hip-hop dance guru Rennie Harris.
Jeffrey Gaines Soulful, inspired blues and folk music at its best American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeffrey Gaines brings his raspy, soulful voice to Alvernia that has inspired audiences around the country. Gaines emerged in the 1990s with his unique and original voice, which made him a stand out among the sea of singer-songwriters. Presenting a mix of blues, folk and pop, he has built a rapport with his fans unlike any other in popular music today. Gaines’ first single “Hero In
Date: Nov. 13, 2012, 7:30 PM Event: Jeffrey Gaines Place: Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall General Public: $18/$20 Students: $15 Alvernia Students: $10 *$5 off Faculty/Staff, Seniors College, Alumni
Me” earned four stars from the Philadelphia Inquirer. His acoustic live version of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” reached #26 on the Hot 100 in 1986 and when re-recorded in 2001 it hit #22 on the U.S. Adult Top 40 chart. Touring with artists like Stevie Nicks, Paula Cole and Sting among many others, he continues to perform his www.jeffreygaines.com
soul-searching, gut-checking lyrics.
Christopher Collins Lee & Merynda Adams Classical strings, violin and harp Internationally renowned violinist
Ledger as having “played the harp
Christopher Collins Lee brings his
with color and great facility” she
talents to the Alvernia stage with
is in high demand as a soloist and
popular harpist Merynda Adams.
chamber musician throughout the
Currently a concert master of
metropolitan area. Ms. Adams is a
14 orchestras around the world,
graduate of the Manhattan School
Collins Lee has performed thousands
of Music where she was a merit
of concerts and is a past Official
scholarship student of Kathleen
Musical Ambassador of the U.S.
Bride. She attended the Hilversums
Department of State.
Conservatorium in the Netherlands
He has received top prizes in the
with Erika Waardenburg and studied
Carl Flesch International Competition,
with Sara Bullen, Gloria Agostini and
the Tibor Varga International
Competition and the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition. He has also received The Lion D’or of the French government, a Guggenheim
Date: March 19, 2013, 7:30 PM
Grant, the Belgian American Award,
Event: Christopher Collins Lee & Merynda Adams
and The Fritz Kreisler Prize. Adams is a harpist who made her New York debut to a sold-out Carnegie Recital Hall as a 1994 winner of the Artists International Competition. Described by the Newark Star
Place: Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall General Public: $18/$20 Students: $15 Alvernia Students: $10 *$5 off Faculty/Staff, Seniors College, Alumni
SPOTLIGHT: Multicultural Initiatives
Diversity, dignity & unity Alvernia University promotes understanding, unity, and appreciation of the growing diversity of its campus, affirming the inherent value and dignity of each person, regardless of race, gender differences, national origin or religion. The Multicultural Initiatives Office helps to welcome, celebrate, and support students from all backgrounds. Through the full use of institutional services and resources, Multicultural Initiatives works with all areas of the campus community to implement social and cultural events and other co-curricular activities designed to support the success of all students. The Multicultural Initiatives staff is available to students on both a formal and informal basis to discuss issues, implement ideas, and help problem-solve.
Founders Day Lecture with Rabbi Howard Hirsch Exploring the impact of Vatican II on Jewish-Christian relationships
Date: Sept. 11, 2012, 4 PM Event: Founders Day Lecture Place: McGlinn Conference Center
SPOTLIGHT: Alvernia’s Centers For Excellence
Launching Alvernia’s multiyear commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, and inaugurating a new university initiative on interfaith dialog, Rabbi Howard Abel Hirsch will share his perspective on the Second Vatican Council’s impact on JewishChristian relationships. Rabbi Hirsch is president and founder of the Center for ChristianJewish Dialogue and a professor of theology at Regis University. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple
In 2008, Alvernia received a generous gift from T. Jerome and Carolyn Holleran, a local 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.
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 long-time
Alvernia board member, Sen. Michael O’Pake, who died 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.
Shalom for all of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Educated at the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, he is an honors graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, where he earned a master’s degree in Hebrew literature, his rabbinic ordination, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He pursued post-graduate studies in religion and philosophy at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, California.
A Constitutional Trespass Thirty years have passed since
attorney, outlines the “out of control
the Pennsylvania Commission on
monster” that Pennsylvania’s
Sentencing was created.
sentencing guidelines have
Almost immediately, state prisons
become, and suggests eliminating
began to overflow. Just two years
mandatory sentences in favor of
later (1984), Pennsylvania suffered
returning those important decisions
a prison construction epidemic
to elected judges.
unparalleled in its history. In the
The Honorable Jeffrey K. Sprecher
next 14 years, 16 new state prisons
is a judge of the Court of Common
were opened compared to only 11
Pleas of Berks County. He holds
in the previous 160 years. During
degrees from Kutztown University,
this lecture, the Honorable Jeffrey
Marywood College and Delaware
K. Sprecher will review the situation
Law School. Judge Sprecher has
and related issues, and provide
taught eleven different law and
insights to new approaches to help
judicial management courses at the
address the situation.
undergraduate and graduate levels at
In his book Justice or Just This?: A
Albright College, Alvernia University,
Constitutional Trespass, Sprecher,
Reading Area Community College
an experienced judge, teacher, and
and St. Joseph’s University.
Date: Sept. 17, 2012, 4 PM Event: Justice or Just This? Place: Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall
10.8 Co-founder/president of the John Updike Society, Dr. Jim Plath will lecture on “Teaching Updike.” (see page 21)
National book award winner Jonathan Kozol presents Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation. (see page 22)
10.12 Join the Alvernia community for the annual Alvernia Book Club meeting. (Franco Library, 6 PM)
The 2012 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia University kicks off Oct. 8 with a presentation by John Updike Society co-founder and President Jim Plath. The festival continues for three weeks featuring events that range from the annual inter-college poetry contest to the always popular Masquerade Bash.
best-selling author and New York Times murdermystery writer Tess Gerritsen speaks about where ideas come from and why creativity is hard work. (see page 24)
10.19 Original readings and acts will be presented during the monthly meeting of the AU Writers’ Series hosted by Dr. Bierowski. (Franco Library, 2 PM)
10.20 The Pagoda
Writer’s Club presents an interactive workshop, “Paris at the Pagoda.” (The Reading Pagoda, 1 PM)
10.22 Drs. Radosh
and Williams discuss how the truth is displayed, distorted, uncovered, or covered up in contemporary political ads in their lecture “Media and Politics.” (see page 32)
10.24 Join students,
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AU’s business department professors discuss their book Planning in Reverse. (see page 26)
Nationally touring poet, teaching artist and activist Lauren Zuniga performs her version of slam poetry. (see page 27)
10.18 Key West author Brad Manard discusses Life Lessons, a book he co-authored with Captain Tony Tarracino. (see page 28)
faculty and staff for the annual inter-college poetry contest at Alvernia University hosted by Dr. Law. (Franco Library, 2 PM)
10.25 Former Gourmet
Magazine editor Ian Knauer presents his memoir and cookbook The Farm. (see page 30)
10.26 Alvernia’s 3rd
Annual Masquerade Bash includes food, a costume contest and prizes. (see page 33)
All Literary Festival events are free and open to the public. Please contact Sue Guay at email@example.com or call 610.796.8344 if you have questions about the Lit Fest.
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Dr. Jim Plath is professor of English
read in the context of any number
at Illinois Wesleyan University and
of allusions to pop culture, books,
co-founder and president of The
art, American presidents, and U.S.
John Updike Society. His essays on
history. The challenge, says Plath,
Updike have appeared in numerous
especially at the high school level, is
critical anthologies, including
to find ways to introduce his most
Critical Insights: John Updike (Salem
famous character Harry “Rabbit”
Press, 2011). His current project is a
Angstrom in ways that are audience-
collaboration called Native Son: John
Updike’s Pennsylvania Interviews, which will be published by Lehigh University Press. In 2004 he won his university’s highest award for teaching, scholarship, and campus service. Plath will discuss whether John Updike is a writer whose work will endure. According to Plath, much of that depends upon how he’s taught, at what levels he’s taught, and, most importantly, if he’s taught. Updike is blogs.iwu.edu/johnupdikesociety
a complex writer whose work can be
Date: Oct. 8, 2012, 4 PM Event: Dr. Jim Plath “Teaching Updike” Place: McGlinn Conference Center
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Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation In the heat of the civil rights campaigns in the 1960s, Jonathan
the Oprah Winfrey Show and received
Kozol gave up the prospect of a
the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1996
promising and secure career within
— an honor previously granted to the
the academic world, moved into a
works of Langston Hughes and Dr.
poor neighborhood of Boston, and
Martin Luther King.
became a fourth grade teacher.
Date: Oct. 10, 2012, 7 PM
of a Nation, which was featured on
He has since devoted nearly his
In 2005, Kozol wrote a powerful exposé of conditions he found in
entire life to the challenge of providing
nearly 60 public schools in 30 different
Event: Jonathan Kozol, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
equal opportunity within our public
districts, titled The Shame of the
schools to every child, regardless of
Nation. It was included on the New
racial origin or economic level.
York Times best-seller list the first
Place: Physical Education Center
provides a description of his first year
Jonathan Kozol’s appearance at Alvernia is made possible in part through the generous support of the United Way of Berks County and The Wyomissing Foundation.
His book, Death at an Early Age,
week of its publication. He recently published Fire in
as a teacher and received the 1968
the Ashes, a powerful and stirring
National Book Award in Science,
culmination of stories about the
Philosophy and Religion. It has sold
children of the poorest urban
more than two million copies since
neighborhoods in the United States.
first being published.
Fire in the Ashes follows these
His other major works include
children from infancy, through the
Rachel and Her Children, Savage
struggles of adolescence, and into
Inequalities, and Amazing Grace: The
young adulthood. Their stories are
Lives of Children and the Conscience
painful and heart-breaking at times,
but others are thrilling and dramatic tributes to the courage and audacity of fascinating children who refuse to be defeated by the gross inequalities of U.S. education and, arrive at last at gloriously unpredictable and triumphal victories.
â€œWhere do ideas come from?
Why creativity is hard work!â€?
International best-selling author
(2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The
Tess Gerritsen took an unusual
Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake
route to a writing career. A graduate
(2008), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The
of Stanford University, Gerritsen
Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011),
first went to medical school at the
and Last to Die (2012).
University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.
Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award
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Her books have been best-sellers
the Edgar Award (for Vanish.)
Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles
in the United States and abroad,
inspired the hit TNT television series
and have been translated into 37
“Rizzoli & Isles,” starring Angie
work as a physician, she began to
languages. More than 25 million
Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
write fiction. In 1987, her first novel
copies have been sold around the
was published. Call After Midnight, a
world. She has received the Nero Wolfe
While on maternity leave from her
romantic thriller, was followed up with
Now retired from medicine, Gerritsen writes full-time and lives in Maine.
eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”
which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Her first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times best-seller list. Her suspense novels since then have included: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish
Date: Oct. 15, 2012, 6:30 PM Event: Tess Gerritsen, “Where do ideas come from? Why creativity is hard work!” Place: McGlinn Conference Center
Planning in Reverse
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Improving strategic planning for non-profit and for-profit
An approach to organizational leadership
organizations is the focus of the Planning in Reverse lecture. It hopes to enhance communication between all stakeholders and build trust among administrators and employees. For the small business entrepreneur, this lecture, based on the book by the same name, will outline a process that could replace traditional strategic
Dr. Ballantyne has
Dr. Berret has
Dr. Wells currently
planning. The approach provides
held a host of positions
served on countless
serves as chair of the
an opportunity to take advantage of
at Alvernia, including
committees over the
short-term information to increase
chair of the business
last 21 years at Alvernia,
where she teaches
including a number
received the Christian
of strategic planning
masterâ€™s, and doctoral
Ellen Wells, and Beth Berret are all
R. & Mary F. Lindback
teams. She is currently
level classes. Her
award-winning, published professors
Foundation Award for
the coordinator of the
courses focus on
in the business department at Alvernia
Excellence in Teaching
Master in Business
specialized areas of the
from Alvernia, and the
law including business,
and a member of the
Award from the
faculty executive team.
Authors Scott D. Ballantyne, Mary
Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 2:30 PM Event: Faculty Panel â€œPlanning in Reverseâ€? Place: Bernardine Lecture Hall
law. In 2009, Wells
of Business Schools and
completed a yearlong
fellowship to become an EPFP Fellow through The Education Policy and Leadership Center in Harrisburg.
Slam Poet Lauren Zuniga is a nationally
touring poet, teaching artist and activist. In 2010, she challenged the Oklahoma legislature with an evocative video poem that received national attention and moved the state’s governor to tears. She was nominated for State Poet Laureate, performed at the prestigious TEDx
and on XM Radio, MoveOn.org, Daily
conference and has since shared
Kos, Crooks and Liars, Being Liberal
stages with top business leaders,
and RH Reality Check, among many
state officials and rock stars.
other media outlets. She was one of
Zuniga is the one of the top five
Publishing’s 2011 open submission
the 2012 Activist-in-Residence for
competition for her second poetry
the Center for Social Justice at the
collection, The Smell of Good Mud.
University of Oklahoma, and the Since 2009, she has toured from
seven winners chosen for Write Bloody
ranked female poets in the world,
founder of Oklahoma Young Writers.
Date: Oct. 17, 2012, 7 PM Event: Lauren Zuniga “Slam Poet”
A poetry workshop with Zuniga will be held from 2-3:30 pm, on Oct. 17.
Canada to New York to Texas offering
Please contact Robyn Stuart if you are
a fresh style of strong imagery and
interested in attending.
inspiring passion. Her work has been
Place: Crusader Café
featured in two independent films
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Lessons of leadership, life and understanding In 2001, Brad Manard was living
Captain Tony’s life lessons have
an ordinary life as an Iowa school
influenced Manard’s leadership
superintendent. Then he read Jimmy
style, understanding of compassion,
Buffett’s book A Pirate Looks at 50
and realized Buffet was having a lot
for the unique
more fun than he was, so he decided
to adopt his untamed spirit.
From there, he met Buffett’s
and the impact
friend, the legendary Captain Tony
Tarracino. Immortalized in Buffett’s
song Last Mango in Paris, the revered
Captain Tony has lived a Caribbean
life on the edge of free-wheeling spirit
highlighted with acoustic music and
visual effects, Manard guides others
Together, Manard and Captain Tony co-wrote Tarracino’s memoirs
in their understanding of Captain Tony’s lessons.
entitled Life Lessons of a Legend focusing on his ability to build strong, positive relationships with people.
Date: Oct. 18 2012, 6:30 PM Event: Brad Manard Place: McGlinn Conference Center
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Taking a bite out of life Ian Knauer spent close to a decade in the test kitchens of Gourmet Magazine where he developed recipes and co-hosted Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie and Adventures with Ruth, both on PBS. Today, he pours his love of food into his family’s Pennsylvania farm where he grows and cooks with his own vegetables. Each meal is grown, raised, hunted and cooked on the farm which results in a uniquely American kitchen — all from scratch. He recently released his first cookbook, The Farm, and writes for several publications including Bon Appetit, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, and Men’s Journal. He is a contributor to the
Date: Oct. 25, 2012, 6 PM
Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats and when
Event: Ian Knauer
not in the kitchen can be found searching
Place: Bernardine Lecture Hall
anywhere and everywhere for ingredients for his next meal. www.ianknauer.com twitter.com/iknauer
Knauer lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Knauertown, Pa.
Knau presen erâ€™s t will inc ation l a co ude demon oking stratio n!
Media & Politics
Political ads can contain helpful information for voters. But the purpose
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of political advertisement is to influence the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and ultimately behaviors of voters, not necessarily to help them gain the truth. This presentation, led by Dr. Jodi Radosh & Dr. Victoria Williams, will discuss how the truth is displayed, distorted, uncovered, or covered up in
Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 2 PM
contemporary political ads. It will focus
Event: Media & Politics, Dr. Jodi Radosh & Dr. Victoria Williams
on how a common thread in today’s
Place: Bernardine Lecture Hall
affects voters and influences how issues
Dr. Jodi Radosh
political advertising — fragmentation of the message, medium, and masses — and candidates are perceived. Dr. Jodi Radosh is a graduate from Rutgers University and received both her masters in journalism and Ph.D. in mass media and communications from Temple University. Prior to teaching at Alvernia, Dr. Radosh worked as a reporter for WGAL-TV, the NBC affiliate, in Lancaster. Dr. Victoria Williams is a graduate of Lynchburg College, Baylor University, and the University of Kentucky, where she received her Ph.D. in political science. She is the director of Alvernia’s Honors Program.
Dr. Victoria Williams
Roy Juarez, Jr.
Homeless by Choice Tour 2012 Once a homeless teenager, Roy
graduate and business owner. Come
Juarez, Jr. fought the battle to leave
hear what the power of dreaming,
the streets, only to return to them
mentoring and the desire for a better
after becoming a graduate of Hardin-
life can bring.
Simmons University. Now a successful
Featured on CNN, Juarezâ€™s
entrepreneur, Juarez lectures to
spellbinding story has caught the
thousands of youths, educators and
attention of many. His story was
parents each year in the United States
highlighted in the popular New York
and abroad to share his motivating
Times best-selling book Chicken Soup
for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens.
Kicking off Hunger and
Date: Nov. 12, 2012, 7 PM Event: Roy Juarez, Jr. Place: Bernardine Lecture Hall
His goal is to personally reach more
Homelessness Awareness Week,
than 100,000 people with his message
Juarez will share his journey as
of hope, perseverance and the
a homeless teenager to college
importance of higher education.
SPOTLIGHT: 3rd Annual Masquerade Bash The third annual Masquerade Bash is the finale of the 2012 Alvernia University Literary Festival. Join faculty, staff, students and alumni in a celebration of the arts. Dust off your old prom dress or wear that scary Halloween mask and enjoy an evening of festive food, costume contests, amazing prizes, ghostly entertainment and much more. Costumes are optional.
Date: Oct. 26, 2012, 7-10 PM Event: 3rd Annual Masquerade Bash Place: Crusader CafĂŠ
Batdorf Lecture Wrongful conviction: the Kenny Walters story Berks Bar Association representatives
Project to bring about his exoneration
discuss the implications of the Kenny
in 2001, relying on DNA evidence to
Walters case featured in the major
prove his innocence.
motion picture Conviction. Conviction is a film based on the
Sadly, Kenny passed away six months after his release. He was 47
true story of Betty Anne Waters, a
years old and had wrongfully spent
single mother who worked tirelessly
more than a third of his life in prison.
to free her wrongfully convicted brother Kenny. Released in October 2010, the
Members of the Berks Bar Association will serve on a panel to delve into the implications of the
movie chronicles the story of Kenny
Walters’ case, conviction, and eventual
who served 18 years in prison for a
Date: March 13, 2013, 4 PM
crime he didn’t commit, the murder
Event: Batdorf Lecture
of Katherina Reitz Brow on May
supported by the Berks Bar
Place: Bernardine Lecture Hall
21, 1980. His sister, Betty Anne, put
Association, promotes dialogue
herself through college and law school
on contemporary ethical issues,
in order to help with her brother’s
important for both students and the
case. She worked with the Innocence
The annual Batdorf Lecture,
For full speaker biographies, visit www.alvernia.edu/arts-culture
Annual Hesburgh Lecture Each spring, Alvernia hosts a Hesburgh Lecture that both embodies the university’s core values
Notre Dame alumni, parents, and friends. Hesburgh lectures are presented by Notre
and brings attention to topics that are relevant to
Dame faculty members on topics related to art/
today’s local and global communities.
architecture, business, communications, con-
Since 1986, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has
temporary social issues, economics, environ-
brought a taste of Notre Dame’s academic excel-
ment, ethics, government, history, law, social
lence to Alvernia’s campus courtesy of the Notre
concerns, and many more. Annually, almost
Dame Club of Reading, which supports the event.
5,000 alumni, parents, and friends attend a
The lectures perpetuate the example of President
Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, as a lifelong
All Hesbrugh Lectures are free and open to the
learner, and further the Alumni Association mis-
public. Visit www.alvernia.edu/arts-culture for
sion by providing meaningful opportunities to
the latest news on this year’s Hesburgh Lecture.
Date: Spring 2013 Event: Hesburgh Lecture Place: McGlinn Conference Center
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
Catherine of Siena Brought to life by Sister Nancy Murray
of the Dominican Order. Catherine
OP, is making
cared for terminally ill patients,
her mark on
ministered to those on death row,
and provided spiritual direction to
the country and
men and women in search of God.
Catherine is best remembered for
world, bringing to
“The Dialogue,” which contains the
life the Dominican
intimate conversations or prayers that
Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of
she and God shared with each other.
the Church. With simple props and
Catherine died in 1380 at age 33.
a fertile imagination, Sister Nancy portrays Catherine as the colorful, strong, passionate and enthusiastic personality that she was. Thanks to Sister Nancy’s gift of transforming herself into this 14th century saint and patroness of the Dominican
Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 7:30 PM Event: Catherine of Siena Place: Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall
Order, many from around the world have become acquainted with Catherine’s fierce devotion to and love for God.
General Public: $18/$20 Students: $15 Alvernia Students: $10 *$5 off Faculty/Staff, Seniors College, Alumni
Who is Catherine of Siena? Originally named Caterina Benincasa, she was the 24th child born into her family in Siena, Italy, in 1347. She later became a lay member
Itâ€™s A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre
It’s A Wonderful Life is a five-time Academy Award winning film that remains one of the most inspirational American movies of all time. This new adaptation of the classic story, set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, breathes new life into the timeless tale. Struggling to stay on air, professional voice actors are unable to travel in through the snowy, winter night. A small fearless group of employees manage to create more than 30 characters and scenes using their voices and a sound effects table. Taking you back to the Golden Age of Radio, the story — 60 years later — remains as relevant as ever, leaving messages of hope and optimism. The creative retelling of the uplifting story is the perfect remedy for today’s commercialized, stressfueled holiday season.
Date: Dec. 14, 2012, 4 PM Event: It’s A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre Place: Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall General Public: $18/$20 Students: $15 Alvernia Students: $10 *$5 off Faculty/Staff, Seniors College, Alumni
Dana Tison Juggler & Comedian Combining world-class juggling, fabulous comedy and rib-splitting shenanigans, Dana Tison creates a theater masterpiece. Performing an amazing symphony of innovative comedy, skill, and charisma he weaves in how he came to know Christ and the good news of the gospel. An internationally known juggler and native to Baltimore, now living in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tison has been juggling for almost 30 years. Known for his technical juggling abilities, Tison has earned seven gold medals in international competitions.
Date: Jan. 31, 2013, 7:30 PM Event: Dana Tison Place: Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall General Public: $18/$20 Students: $15 Alvernia Students: $10 *$5 off Faculty/Staff, Seniors College, Alumni
This brilliant blend of amazing jugglery and non-stop comedy is sure to fill Francis Hall Theater and Recital Hall with a program that is perfect for the entire family!
About the Venues Francis Hall Theater & Recital Hall/Miller Gallery Francis Hall, home to the Theater & Recital Hall and Miller Gallery, is the original building on Alvernia’s campus. It is a four-story structure of Pueblo red brick built in the California Mission style in 1926. The flexible space of the theater provides a first-class venue for many different styles of performances.
Bernardine Lecture Hall In 2010 the heavily-used lecture hall in Bernardine Hall was transformed into an impressive high-tech space that is an ideal venue for many uses. Classes, lectures, comedians, and movie nights keep the lecture hall filled on a daily basis.
Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Bonaventure Room The Bonaventure Room is located in the center of Alvernia’s beautiful library, and is normally home to scores of students researching projects in a group setting. The open space is often transformed to host events or exhibits, and can easily accommodate large groups for lectures and formal campus announcements.
McGlinn Conference Center The McGlinn Conference Center is located adjacent to the home of the university’s sponsoring congregation, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters. With a lovely view in every season, the conference center is a peaceful environment for retreats, lectures or seminars.
Crusader Café Located inside Alvernia University’s Student Center, the Crusader Café offers the ambiance of a small coffeehouse, complete with artistic lighting and a corner stage. Live musical and poetry performances and other events are regularly held here.
Campus Commons features fitness, fun and study The two latest additions to the Founders Village residence halls opened their doors in August. With room for 185 students, the new state-of-the-art facilities have fast become the most popular housing option on campus with apartments for upperclassmen and innovative suites ideal for small learning communities. But there is more to come! Construction is well underway on the new 18,500-square-foot Campus Commons attached to one of the units. It includes a large, two-story fitness center, a dance/aerobics studio and a gracious campus “living room,” complete with a fireplace, able to accommodate more than 100 students for leisure activities, study, and programs. “The opportunities this new facility will provide for our students are so exciting,” said Abby Swatchick, assistant dean of students and director of student activities. “New space for clubs and organizations, the fitness center, and the living room will enhance the experiences that students can have together.” Plans call for the Commons to open by January 2013 and several naming opportunities remain for interested donors. For more information, including how you can support the Campus Commons, contact Thomas C. Minick ‘98, director of development, at 610-790-2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published on Aug 15, 2012