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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 It’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 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 Museum’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


Steve Moakler

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

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

Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche.

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.

10.15 International

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 or call 610.796.8344 if you have questions about the Lit Fest.

Jim Plath

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“Teaching Updike”

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

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.


Tess Gerritsen

“Where do ideas come from?


Why creativity is hard work!�

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

(for The Surgeon) and was a finalist for -25 will take it back

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

business department,

short-term information to increase

chair of the business

last 21 years at Alvernia,

where she teaches

long-term viability.

department. He

including a number


received the Christian

of strategic planning

master’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

Administration program

law including business,

Teaching Excellence

and a member of the

school, employment,

Award from the

faculty executive team.

and environmental

Authors Scott D. Ballantyne, Mary

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 2:30 PM Event: Faculty Panel “Planning in Reverse� Place: Bernardine Lecture Hall

Accreditation Council

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.


Lauren Zuniga

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,, 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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Brad Manard

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

qualities of

to adopt his untamed spirit.

each individual,

From there, he met Buffett’s

and the impact

friend, the legendary Captain Tony

of kindness.

Tarracino. Immortalized in Buffett’s

Through a

song Last Mango in Paris, the revered


Captain Tony has lived a Caribbean

motivational presentation

life on the edge of free-wheeling spirit

highlighted with acoustic music and

and adventure.

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.


Knauer lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Knauertown, Pa.

Knau presen er’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, Juarez’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

local community.


The annual Batdorf Lecture,

For full speaker biographies, visit

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

Hesburgh Lecture.

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 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

Nancy Murray,

of the Dominican Order. Catherine

OP, is making

cared for terminally ill patients,

her mark on

ministered to those on death row,

audiences across

and provided spiritual direction to

the country and

men and women in search of God.

throughout the

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


It’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


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