The Experience



Film Screening and Discussion of Fatima
November 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
The French Division of the Department of Modern Foreign Language and Literatures will screen the critically acclaimed film Fatima. An award-winning film based on the autobiographical writings of Fatima Elayoubi, Fatima explores life front he perspective of an immigrant mother doing all that she can to enable her daughters to follow their dreams and realize their potential.

Does Everything Really Give You Cancer? Truths, half-truths, and misconceptions of a complex disease
November 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Science 256
Cancer is a disease that can be generally characterized as uncontrolled cellular growth. Interestingly, this simple definition encompasses over 100 different types of cancer, with each type often having their own subtypes. Recent advances in scientific technology have given researchers powerful tools to characterize this complex disease and, much to their surprise, they found that different cancer types are often supported by highly similar and often redundant mechanisms.

Make Democracy Great Again, or, The Most Important Election of Our Lifetime…That Is Until the Next One by Matt Fotis *
Fri.–Sat., Nov. 4–5, 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 6, 2:30 p.m., & Mon., Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

A Domino Players production directed by Matt Fotis. Enjoy this sketch comedy revue that explores the 2016 U.S. presidential election in all of its grandeur, glory and absurdity. It’s not just Trump v. Clinton, American Democracy is on the line. So join us for a trip that promises to be three parts hilarious, two parts poignant, and approximately three-quarters of a part weird. Make Democracy Great Again will bring you back to the halcyon days of your first election…unless this is your first election. Then, it won’t. Democracy!

  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., Nov. 4, follows performance, Roop Hall
  • Talkback & Reception, Sat., Nov. 5, follows show
  • Political Science Panel, Mon., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Lecture by Elizabeth Cline, author of “Overdressed”
Saturday, November 5, 2:30-4 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Ms. Cline is the keynote for the annual “Business of Fashion Forum.” Because of the popularity of her book and its relation to business in general as well as ecology, her lecture will have a broad appeal beyond fashion students and faculty. There is no charge for the lecture.

Business of Fashion Forum *
Sat., Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall, $10

Join us for a day of informative sessions and networking with alumni and regional industry leaders in design, merchandising and marketing. Includes lunch and additional break-out sessions in the morning and afternoon with a closing keynote by Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed: the Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. Keynote is free and open to all.

Film: Breathe
November 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Science 256
This compelling film explores the complexities of female friendships and teenage infatuations. A discussion of the film follows the screening. In french with English subtitles.

The Challenges & Opportunities for Change: Leadership in a Change Environments
November 9, 7:30-9 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
The amount of significant change happening in organizations has grown significantly over the past two decades. There is every reason to believe this trend will continue in the coming decades, forcing businesses to reduce costs, improve the quality of their products and service, identify growth opportunities and increase productivity – not to mention requiring different skills and abilities for navigating change.

Andrew DelBanco – What is College For
November 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m., MPK

What is College For, which echoes the concerns addressed in DelBanco’s book – College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be. As described by the publisher, DelBanco argues that “As the commercialization of American higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential. The traditional four-year college experience – an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the ell of teachers and peers – is in danger of becoming a thing of the past...

Bold Writers Read Short Stories: Part Two
November 10, 6:30-8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
The Bold Writers, a group of creative writers who meet monthly at the Bold Café in West Reading, will read a fresh set of short stories, primarily creative nonfiction. An hour-long reading session will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A about writing dialogue and developing character; the inherent challenges of writing nonfiction; catharsis; and getting published.

Dynasty Fashion Show
November 11, 8–10 p.m., CCML
This fashion show will showcase various garments that are traditional to different African countries. Some garments will also be a bit more urban and modern to show the merging and growth of the cultures.

An admission charge of $5 advance & $7 at the door for the show. All proceeds will go to the Sankofa Project, and effort that gets school supplies for children in Africa.

Philosophy Forum/Facul-tea: Is the U.S. Constitution Just to Future Generations?
November 14, 4:00-5:30pm in the CCSL
Dr. Bruce Auerbach,Ph.D - Associate professor of Political Science

Africa’s World War: Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo
November 16, 4–5:30 p.m., Science 256
The conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed more than five million lives over the past two decades. While rich in natural resources, the country has one of the lowest levels of human development in the world. This event will explore the challenges of finding peace in the DRC.

Facul–Tea: The History of Aviation Dress
November 17, 4–5 p.m., Library Group Study Room B

The History of Aviation Dress will provide an introduction to the world of historical flight dress. It will discuss the trends of flight dress of yesteryear, the reason, meaning, principles and practice of flying clothing, and the chronological development in the universal context.

Screening of The Return
November 17, 7–9:30 pm, CFA 235  

Screening of the documentary "The Return". With no access to their heritage, four women are forging a new sense of self. In the country that was once the epicenter of the Jewish world, and now regarded as “the Jewish graveyard,” they are figuring out how to be Jewish in today’s Poland. Following the screening there will be a discussion and Q&A with the director Adam Zucker. This is a joint event from the Lakin Holocaust Library & Resource Center and Albright Hillel.

Big Cat Jazz Concert EE
Fri., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

Symphonic Band Concert EE
Sat., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College
Sun., Nov. 20, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Forgiving the Sins of the Father?Cocaine Taking in Sires Elicits Memory Deficits in Male progeny
November 28,  6-7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

The concept that parental experiences can influence behavior and physiology of their offspring was once controversial. However, over the last 15 years scientists have begun to untangle the mechanisms underlying this fascinating phenomenon and the idea of epigenetic inheritance is now widely accepted. Epigenetic inheritance is often defined as inherited changes in phenotype that cannot be explained by alterations to the DNA sequence.

Understanding the Political and Social Ramifications of Hate Speech in the 2016 Presidential Election
November 30, 7:00-8:30 pm in the CCSL

The 2016 Presidential Campaign was more toxic than any other in recent memory. The vitriol was not only aimed at the other opponent, but at the general population. Examples include framing Mexican immigrants as rapists, murders, and drug lords and both Muslims and Syrian refugees as terrorists. Women were treated as second-class citizens and their worth measured by their attractiveness. African Americans were characterized as gun-wielding, lawless thugs living in inner cities. Advocates of these labels suggest that they are tired of being constrained by "political correctness" and appreciate the honesty brought forth during this campaign season and the ability to speak their minds. So where do we go from here? The 2016 Election demonstrated that racism, sexism, and xenophobia are alive and well in the US. Will people return to the civility of "political correctness" or will this new found freedom of speech prevail? Are there limits to free speech? What are the political and social ramifications of hate speech especially at the national level? Come find out!

Presenters: Michael Armato, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Science Beth Kiester, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology Carrie Skulley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Science


Targeting altered cancer cell metabolism: Mitochondrial glutaminase regulation and inhibition by small molecules
Thursday, December 1, 4:30 p.m., Science Center - Room 256 Lecture Hall

Cancer cells have been historically characterized as having hijacked normal cellular machinery in order to convey a significant growth advantage, thus posing the fundamental challenge in the treatment of cancer. Therefore, a good deal of effort has been devoted toward identifying the unique differences between normal cells and cancerous cells in order to develop new therapeutic strategies. One adaptation that cancer cells develop that sets them apart from normal cells is their remodeling of cellular metabolism. More specifically, cancer cells have been found to import glucose and glutamine at high rates to provide building blocks for the increased demand for the biosynthesis of lipids, proteins, and DNA required for cancer cell growth. As a result, transformation of normal cells to cancerous cells is often accompanied by a dramatic increase in the consumption of glucose to produce pyruvate through glycolysis. However, in cancer cells this pyruvate is diverted from entering the respiratory TCA cycle, which is the typical fate of glucose carbons in normal cells, and instead, secreted from the cell as lactate. In order to compensate for the decrease in glucose-derived pyruvate entering the TCA cycle, glutamine is taken up and converted to glutamate by the mitochondrial enzyme glutaminase. The increased flux of glutamine and its role in providing biosynthetic precursors for proliferation represents a critical step in the metabolic remodeling of cancer cells and an attractive therapeutic target. The motivation for my research is to systematically investigate the newly discovered reprogramming of glutamine metabolism that occurs specifically in cancer cells and to advance therapeutics aimed at targeting the gate-keeper enzyme, mitochondrial glutaminase.

Speaker information:
Clint Stalnecker is a 2009 biochemistry graduate of Albright. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Biology at Cornell University where he did research on cancer metabolomics and small molecule inhibition of enzymes that are implicated in the proliferation of cancer. He has been teaching in the biochemistry curriculum at Albright since spring 2016. In 2017, he will start postdoctoral research at UNC Chapel Hill joining the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in the group of Professor Channing Der.

Club Vogue Presents: Dazed and Confused
Friday, December 2,  7:00 p.m., CCSL

The event is Club Vogue's annual student run fashion show. There is a reception with refreshments and time to mingle with the designers and models at 6pm in the Campus Center Main Lounge and the show is at 7pm in the Campus Center South Lounge (both sides). This year's theme is a new take on vintage looks from the 70s through the late 90s. All designers, models and production crew are Albright students. This show takes a look at how old trends and styles continually recycle themselves in our culture in new and different ways. This event brings together students from more than just the fashion department to work together to produce a fashion show that is open to students, faculty and the community to enjoy. The show will display our diverse student body and how students with different interests and areas of expertise can work together to create an artistic experience for everyone. This show will also feature songs from past decades from artists such as Pink Floyd, The Who, Janis Joplin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and more.

Albright College Dance Team Winter Showcase
Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

On December 3rd, join the dance team in their 2nd annual Winter Showcase. The team has created dances both individually and collaboratively in various styles to showcase their talent. The event is centered on Toys for Tots. Information and testimonials regarding Toys for Tots will be given by a member of the Marine Corps Reserves throughout the show. Gifts are recommended and will be collected for donations for Toys for Tots following the show.

Xion Step Event
Friday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m, Wachovia Theatre
There is a $1 ticket fee for this event.

This year's 2016 theme will be Xion’s Untold College Stories. We will be going on a journey through college. An upcoming, eager student is going on a tour throughout Xion University. This student wants to know all about college life, and what Xion University has to offer. We will show this eager college student all about college life through stepping and dancing. We will show all the diversity this University has to offer such as African and Caribbean dancing, and we will also have guest steppers perform for our audience! Also, we will be discussing some important social issues, such as the horrific shooting at the nightclub in Orlando with a piece dedicated to the LGBTQ community. We cannot wait to show this zealous student, as well as the audience all that Xion has to offer!

Sounds of the Season, a Choral Concert
Sat., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Celebrate the music of Christmas with Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale. 


This Is the Freedman at 40
Jan. 26–April 23, Freedman Gallery – must attend lecture and reception for EE credit

Curated by CFA director, David Tanner, and gallery curator, Erin Riley-Lopez along with students from ARA 390 – Project Management, the exhibition will use the Gallery’s permanent collection and vast collection of related print material to tell the 40-year story of the Freedman Gallery’s history, highlighting the artwork, major exhibitions, events and people who have contributed to 40 years of showcasing the best contemporary American art.

  • Panel Discussion, Thur., Jan. 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
  • Opening Reception, Thur., Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m. 


5th Annual Albright Improv Festival
Sat., Feb. 4

Improvisational comedy troupes from the area’s regional colleges including West Chester University, Drexel University and the University of Maryland, join Albright groups Soviet Purgatory and Less Than or Equal To, along with additional regional groups and a professional headliner, for a day of laughter and learning.

  • Workshops, noon–4 p.m., Roop Hall, Green Room, Alumni Hall

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage*
Thur.–Sat., Feb. 23–25, 8 p.m., & Sun., Feb. 26, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
A Domino Players production directed by Julia Matthews.

In 1905, Esther, an independent but lonely African-American seamstress, earns her living making beautiful corsets for other women. When a Caribbean stranger starts a long-distance correspondence with her, Esther begins dreaming of an intimate life of her own. Against the background of a rapidly changing New York City, Esther and the other migrant characters pull against the social constraints that lace them even more tightly than corset strings. Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage chronicles the hopes and heartbreaks of ordinary people in this haunting drama.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Feb. 23, follows show
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., Feb. 24, follows Talkback, Roop Hall
  • Panel co-hosted by the local chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW), Mon., Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge

MARCH 2017

Movie Music, a Choral Concert
Sat., March 4, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

The Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale will perform well-known works connected to movies.

APRIL 2017

5th Annual Music Business Forum
Sat., April 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall

The fifth annual Music Business Forum will feature presentations with current music industry professionals along with special performances. FREE with advance registration required; contact amerlino@albright.edu. 

Big Cat Jazz Concert
Fri., April 21, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

Symphonic Band Concert
Sat., April 22, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College
Sun., April 23, 3 p.m., Memorial Chapel 

The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan*
Thur.–Sat., April 27–29, 8 p.m. & Sun., April 30, 1 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
A Domino Players and Music Department co-production directed by Jeffrey Lentz ’85.

Lock up your daughters, the pirates are coming to town! As the curtain rises on this swashbuckling and mellifluous romance, we meet Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates' way of life and searches for the maiden of his dreams. Frederic's melodious tones win over the heart of Major General Stanley's songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters—mayhem ensues. This sparklingly witty operetta on the subject of romance and duty in the age of Queen Victoria makes for a perfect final act to our season.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., April 27, follows performance
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., April 28, follows performance, Roop Hall

MAY 2017

Green & Growing: Student Projects in Theatre
Mon., May 1, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre 

Emerging Voices from Domino Players Studio
Wed., May 3, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Domino Players’ Studio hosts the second of two short play festivals featuring original plays and projects that are written, acted, directed, designed and stage-managed by Albright students. 

Albright’s Annual Fashion Showcase*
Sat., May 6, $5/$10 students advance/door, $10/$15 adult advance/door, $25 VIP advance only/reserved seating and private reception

Celebrate the hard work of Albright’s student fashion designers and merchandisers through exhibition displays and a high-energy runway show.

  • Runway Show #1, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
  • Exhibition, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
  • Runway Show #2, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
  • VIP Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freedman Gallery

Celebrate Spring, a Choral Concert
Sat., May 6, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Say farewell to the graduating seniors in Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale in their final performance of the season.