O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service

Upcoming Events

The O’Pake Film Series continues with a new set of films that will focus on ethical leadership. Alvernia University’s O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service is collaborating with community partners to bring a classic series of films and panel discussions to Berks County. All showings are free and open to the public, and will be held 6-9 p.m., in the Bernardine Lecture Hall on Alvernia’s main campus.

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O'Pake Lecture: Rep. Jim Gerlach
The annual O’Pake Lecture will be delivered by United States Representative Jim Gerlach, discussing "Civility, Compromise and Public Service."
Event Details: Nov. 10, 2014, McGlinn Conference Center, 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. >Learn more

Batdorf Lecture
The annual Batdorf Lecture, supported by the Berks Bar Association, promotes dialogue on contemporary ethical issues, important for both students and the local community. The 2015 lecture will focus on "Social Justice & Sentencing Reform."
Event Details: March 10, 2015, McGlinn Conference Center, 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. >Learn more

Past Events

  • 2012-2013 Citizenship Film Series.  During the 2012-2013 Academic Year the Institute screened a series of films relating to issues of citizenship.  These films included:  Iron Jawed Angels; It’s a Wonderful Life; Do the Right Thing; Philadelphia; Network; Norma Rae and To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • 2013-2014 Leadership Film Series.  During the 2103-2014 Academic Year, the film series focused on Leadership, screening Lincoln; Silkwoo; 42 and Henry V.


The Institute also partnered in several other programs including:

  • Leadership Berks program on Legends, Leaders and Visionaries, featuring Albert Boscov
  • The Greater Reading Immigration Program’s Immigration Summit
  • The Junior League of Reading’s Young Leaders Summit and screening of “Girl Rising”
  • The Berks County Crime Summit
  • Study trip to Detroit sponsored by the Berks County Community Foundation


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O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service

O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service

David Myers

Phone: 610.790.2961


o'pake institute for ethics, leadership, and public service

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