Literary Festival at Alvernia

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Literary Festival at Alvernia University — 2009  “Life Between the Pages”

The 2009 Literary Festival at Alvernia University will kickoff October 12, with the National Slam Poetry team of Panama Soweto and Ken Arkind (7:30 p.m., Crusader Café) and will continue with three full weeks of events, from the annual inter-college poetry contest to an Alvernia tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.

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October 12—National Slam Poetry championship team The Dynamic Duo (Panama Soweto and Ken Arkind) will make you laugh, cry, and think of the world at large in a refreshingly new light. Sponsored by the Alvernia Campus Activities Board. [Crusader Café, 7:30 p.m.]

October 13—Jon Kukla, author of Mr. Jefferson’s Women will offer a lecture and booksigning. [Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center, 4 p.m.]

October 14—Wine and Cheese Social, sponsored by Alumni Relations. (A jazz musician will be performing.) [Student Center, 5:30 p.m.]

October 15—Berks Bards presents an evening of poetry and open mic. Come out and read your original or favorite poet’s work. [Crusader Café, 5 p.m.]

October 16—Alvernia University Book Club will review The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. Contact Victoria Williams for information (610) 796-5511. [Shander Room, 6 p.m.]

October 19—Berks County Poet Laureate, Dr. Heather Thomas, will be the keynote speaker for Alvernia’s Annual Poetry Contest. (Poetry contest winners will be announced.) [Franco Library, 1 p.m.]

October 20—New York Times Bestselling Author Lee Woodruff discusses In An Instant and Perfectly Imperfect. [Franco Library, 7 p.m.]

October 21—Ruth White, adolescent literary writer and Newbery Award Winner will give a lecture about writing for adolescents. [Franco Library, 1 p.m.]

October 22—Drs. Bongrae Seok, and Marc Lucht will present The Consciousness of Nothing, from Art to Zen. [Bernardine Lecture Hall, 12:30 p.m.]

October 23—Original readings and acts will be presented during the monthly meeting of the Alvernia Writers’ Series. [Franco Library, 1 p.m.]

October 26— Dave Silcox, founding member of John Updike Society, will present a documentary and share his experiences with Updike and his family. [Bernardine Lecture Hall, 10 a.m.]

October 26— Updike lecture with Jack DeBellis, founding member of John Updike Society. Also, Albright English professor, Richard Androne, Ph.D., and Alvernia English professor Richard Law, Ph.D., will present an analysis of Updike's works. [Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center, 2 p.m.]

October 27—Dr. Laurence Mazzeno, author, and past president of Alvernia University will present “A Writer’s Life.” [Bernardine Lecture Hall, 12:30 p.m.]

October 28—Drs. Donna Yarri and Spencer Stober will present “God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Exploration of Emerging Genetic Technologies.” [Bernardine Lecture Hall, 10 a.m.]

October 29—Socheata Poeuv’s award winning documentary, “New Year Baby” will be screened by the Office of Student Activities and Campus Ministry. [Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center, 6 p.m.]

October 30—Annual Halloween contest and reception with a Sigma Tau Delta tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. [Student Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.]

Start Date: 10/12/2009
End Date: 10/30/2009
Location: Alvernia University Main Campus
Price: All events are FREE and open to the public
Contact: Please contact: Sue Guay at (610) 796-8344 for details.
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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