The John Updike Society Conference

The John Updike Society Conference 2014
October 2-4, 2014
The John Updike Society Conference returns to its original location at Alvernia University in October 2014. Keynote speakers include Adam Begley, whose biography of Updike has been everywhere in the news, and Chip Kidd, the graphic designer responsible for many of John Updike’s dust jackets. An open lecture by David Updike, Alvernia's Updike Scholar in Residence will be Oct 2.
Alvernia is the home to the scholarly archives of The John Updike Society. For more information about the conference, visit the John Updike Society website or call James Plath at 309-556-3352.

Start Date: 10/2/2014 08:00 am
End Date: 10/4/2014 10:00 pm
Location: Alvernia Univeristy Main Campus
  • 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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