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David Updike “Family Archaeology, in Pictures and Prose”

David Updike “Family Archaeology, in Pictures and Prose”
Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
Francis Hall Theater

This event is free and open to the public. If you'd like to learn more about John Updike - join the John Updike Society and register for the society's biennial conference, held October 2-4, 2014 at Alvernia University.
     
As the son of John Updike, David Updike is uniquely positioned to talk about his family's life and works. Combining photographs with prose from his father's stories and memoirs and excerpts from short story collections written by his grandmother, David hopes to reveal some of his family's "story" in Shillington and Plowville, Pa.,
     
Updike Scholar in Residence at Alvernia, David Updike is a professor of English at Roxbury Community College in Boston. He has written six children's books, a young adult novel called  "Ivy's Turn," and two collections of short stories: "Out on the Marsh," and "Old Girlfriends."

Start Date: 10/2/2014 2:00 pm
End Date: 10/2/2014 3:00 pm
Location: Francis Hall Theatre
 
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  • 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.