Alvernia University Announces 2015-16 Lecture Series Events

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The 2015-16 Lecture Series at Alvernia University is free and open to the public

Authors, public speakers, and thought-provoking topics at Alvernia University

Authors, public speakers, and thought-provoking topics at Alvernia University's 2015-16 Lecture Series

Alvernia University is offering a full slate of authors, public speakers, and thought-provoking topics for its 2015-16 Lecture Series on Main Campus. Events begin with a celebration of the university’s Founders Day on Sept. 17, and continue through April 2016. All Alvernia Lecture Series events are free and open to the public.

Fall 2015 Events:

Founders Day Lecture on “Declaration on Religious Liberty,” with Angela Carmella
Sept. 17, 7 p.m., McGlinn Conference and Spirituality Center

First-Year Seminar Lecture with Wes Moore — Author, youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and host of "Beyond Belief" on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Physical Education Center

Lit Fest Feature: Lisa Scottoline — Author of a dozen legal suspense novels, all of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Publisher’s Weekly. Oct. 6, Reception 5 p.m., Lecture 6:30 p.m., Francis Hall Theater

Faculty Authors Book Signing — Featuring Janae Sholtz, author of "The Invention of a People: Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political.” Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m., Frank A. Franco Library

O'Pake Lecture on "The Death Penalty: A Question of Justice and Mercy" Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Francis Hall Theater

Spring 2016 Events:

Interfaith Lecture on “Pope Francis & Interfaith Relations,” with Dr. Leo D. Lefebure
Jan. 25, 7 p.m., McGlinn Conference and Spirituality Center

Lit Fest Author: Maureen Corrigan — Book critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” columnist for the Washington Post, and author of “So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures.” Feb. 24, Reception 5 p.m., Lecture 6:30 p.m., Francis Hall Theater

Hesburgh Lecture on “Islam, the Catholic Church and the Future of the World,” with Gabriel S. Reynolds — Author of “The Qur’an and Its Biblical Subtext” and “The Emergence of Islam.” Apr. 5, 7 p.m., McGlinn Conference and Spirituality Center

Lit Fest Earth Day Lecture with Joseph Swope — Author of “Pleasant Valley Lost.” Apr. 20, Reception 4 p.m., Lecture 6:30 p.m., Francis Hall Theater

ALVERNIA is a thriving university that empowers students through real-world learning to discover their passion for life, while providing the education to turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment, helping them make the world a better place. Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pa., the university of more than 3,000 students is conveniently located near Philadelphia (60 miles) and within an easy drive of New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. With a College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Studies, Alvernia today offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors and a range of graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels through its School of Graduate and Adult Education. Satellite sites are located in Philadelphia and Schuylkill County. As one of only 22 Franciscan institutions in the country, Alvernia’s focus on caring for each other, the environment and the community are joined with a challenging educational experience to provide an unparalleled environment to grow, develop and mature as a person and professional.

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