The Experience


January 29
A Walk in a Victim’s Shoes

This event will give students insight about complex situations that victims of Human Trafficking face every day.
6-10 p.m. – Campus Center South Lounge - West

February 2
The Purity Myth

This is a screening & discussion of the Media Education Foundation’s documentary, “The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women”, based on the book by feminist blogger Jessica Valenti.
7-9:30 p.m. – Klein Lecture Hall

February 13
The Rise and Demise of Bella Yellah Prison; Liberia's Alcatraz of the Rainforest
Bella Yellah Prison operated as a military prison in a remote district of Northern Liberia from around 1910 until its demise at the beginning of the Liberian civil war in 1990. This presentation examines the history of the institution as a place to isolate and punish political prisoners, drawing numerous parallels to California's notorious Alcatraz Prison. It is based on both archival and oral history accounts and claims that for several decades in the mid-twentieth century, Belle Yellah prison represented the "most feared place" within the national polity.
4–5:30 p.m. – Klein Lecture Hall

February 13 - 22
Beauty and the Beast - A Domino Players production in collaboration with Children's Theatre of Albright, directed by Danny Campos 
Based on the legendary story, The Masque of Beauty and the Beast is a fanciful tapestry of theatrical enchantment, retelling the ageless fairy tale for audiences of all ages. Magic is created on all levels in this stunning verse play filled with sprightly dialog, delightful and varied characterizations.
Feb 13 - 7 p.m.
Feb 14 - 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Feb 21 - 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Feb 22 - 2:30 p.m.
Wachovia Theatre

February 14
3rd Annual Improv Festival Workshop  

Love is in My Hair- Improvisational comedy troupes from the area's regional colleges will join us for a day of laughter and learning to be followed by a performance of those troupes along with a headlining, professional troupe to be announced.
1-5 p.m. - Campus Center South Lounge

February 16
Miss Representation

This is a screening & discussion of the documentary “Miss Representation" by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, which examines how mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America.
7-9:30 p.m. – Klein Lecture Hall

February 17
Bertrand Tavernier’s Life and Nothing But

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures will screen Bertrand Tavernier’s award winning film. The film investigates the traumatic aftermath of World War I, as individuals grapple with the immensity of the war’s toll and attempt to put what remains of their lives back together. The film is in French with English subtitles. After the screening, there will be a discussion.
6-9 p.m. – Klein Lecture Hall

February 18
When Black Ain’t Beautiful: Hair, Skin Color, and the Politics of Black Beauty

In the historical climate of global White supremacy, “beauty” inasmuch as it is defined by hegemonic cultural ideals, is itself a political construct. For people of African descent, and more specifically women of African descent, there are negotiations of power at play in the naming and claiming of our beauty. With specific attention given to Black women’s relationships with our hair textures and skin tones, this lecture presentation examines the enduring impact of White supremacy on the aesthetics of Black beauty.
6-8:30 p.m. – Campus Center South Lounge

February 19
Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Activity
The development of new catalytic systems for small molecule transformations that employ non-precious metal complexes is a central challenge in chemistry. Aluminum is one of the most abundant elements in the earth’s crust.  Aluminum is, therefore, an attractive choice for catalyst development because it is readily available, inexpensive and non-toxic.
8-9:30 p.m. – Klein Lecture Hall

February 23
On Genocide and its Denial: A Conversation on the 1915 Armenian Genocide

Dr. Sylvia Alajaji, associate professor of music, and the Rev. Dr. Susan Minasian, college chaplain, both of Franklin & Marshall College, will explore the Armenian Genocide and its denial over the past 100 years. The Armenian massacres received international press in 1915 but today the genocide is rarely discussed and often forgotten.
7–8:30 pm – CFA 235

February 24
International Film Series #11
7:30 p.m.- Klein Lecture Hall

March 3
34th Black Maria Film & Video Festival

A traveling show of (juried) prize winning films & videos from one of America's oldest & most respected festivals showcasing recent works by non-commercial, independent, film & video artists.
7:30 – 9:30 pm – CFA 235

March 5
Killing Us Softly 4
This is a film screening/discussion of the Media Education Foundation documentary "Killing Us Softly 4," sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies program. The synopsis of the film is as follows: "Breaking down a staggering range of more than 160 print and television ads, media activist Jean Kilbourne uncovers a steady stream of sexist and misogynistic images and messages, laying bare a world of frighteningly thin women in positions of passivity, and a restrictive code of femininity that works to undermine girls and women in the real world. At once provocative and inspiring, Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge yet another generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, gender violence, and contemporary politics."
7–9:30 pm – CFA 235

March 6 - 7
Once again, this year's V-Day events will raise money to help end violence against women and young girls, both locally and globally. For information contact thespians@albright.edu or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ACThespianSociety.  Suggested donation $5 at door.
Mar 6 - 7 p.m.
Mar 7 - 2:30 p.m.
Wachovia Theatre

March 7
Choral Ensemble
7:30 p.m. - MPK Chapel

March 9
Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking
Albright College will host a panel discussion on human trafficking on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m., in Klein Lecture Hall. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will feature Kanani Titchen, M.D., pediatrics resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and Jordan Kirlin, director of Freedom and Restoration for Everyone Enslaved (FREE). The lecture will be moderated by Irene Langran, Ph.D., Albright associate professor of political science and international relations.
7 pm – Klein Lecture Hall

March 25
Sex, Lies & Salsa
Writer/Director Adrian Manzano (Albright Alum) will present his award-winning film, Sex, Lies & Salsa, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the director.
7–9 pm – Klein

March 26
Kristen Woodward: Hunter-Gatherer

Hunter-Gatherer, a new work started during Woodward's fall 2013 sabbatical, explores intuitive and symbolic predator-prey relationships. Throughout the exhibit found objects and decoys are used alongside more traditional encaustic paintings, as animals, fruits and figures intermingle with ancient weapons and technological wonders.
Artist lecture - March 26 - 4-5 pm Klein Lecture Hall
Reception - March 26 - 5-7 pm - Freedman Gallery

March 26
Protein Electrostatics through a Crystallographic Lens

Essential biochemical processes ranging from catalysis and redox reactions to ligand recognition and binding are governed by protein electrostatics. Gain, movement, and loss of charge in the protein, while energetically destabilizing remain essential for function. To identify determinants of protein electrostatics behavior, a collection of variants of Staphylococcal nuclease has been created and characterized using biophysical techniques that include fluorescence, circular dichroism and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies, X-ray crystallography, and molecular dynamics simulations.
4–5:30 pm – Science Lecture Hall – room 256

March 26
After Tiller

This is a film screening and discussion sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies program. According to the film synopsis, "Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions. After Tiller paints a complex compassionate portrait of these physicians, Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Susan Robinson and Dr. Shelley Sellac, who have become the new number-one targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients lives."
7–9:30 pm – CFA 235

March 26
Welcome Home, Tour Concert

Albright Angels and Mane Men Spring Tour Finale
7:30 p.m. - MPK Chapel

March 27
Alumni Panel
The Alumni Panel is an event where fashion alumni talk about their careers and successes and offer insight into the industry. For the past three years, this successful event has provided networking opportunities for students for potential internships and future careers.
6:30-7:30 pm – Klein

March 30
The Arab Influence on Spanish Culture

Spanish idiosyncrasy is very rich and unique, shaped by the many different people who once lived on the Peninsula. Come and experience the great impact that the Arabs made on the Spanish language, architecture, music, cuisine and other cultural aspects. You will be amazed at their legacy!
6–7:30 pm – Science Lecture Hall – room 256

March 31
11th Annual Richard J. Yashek Memorial Lecture

Musicologist James A. Grymes will discuss his new book, Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour.  A Stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.
7-8:30 p.m. – Wachovia Theatre

April 8
The Rise of Pop Culture Porn Chic: Media, Fashion, & Emerging Paths to Gender Justice on the College Campus
In this presentation, Dr. Anette Lynch discuses how the mainstreaming of pornographic imagery into fashion and popular culture at the turn of the millennium in the United States and Britain signaled a dramatic shift in the construction of femininity and masculinity. She shares research from her book Porn Chic: Exploring the Contours of Raunch Eroticism, focusing closely on film, campus culture, Facebook profiles, and marketing campaigns that promote "raunch as the new cool".
6:30 – 8 pm – Klein Lecture Hall

April 9
15th Annual Ellen S. Hurwitz Presidential Lecture
Understanding the (Surprisingly Religious) History of American Secularism

Jacques Berlinerblau, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University, has published numerous articles and five books on a wide variety of issues. In his lecture, Berlinerblau will trace the complex evolution of the American secular idea, from its pre-modern roots in Christian political philosophy to its impact on such issues as reproductive freedoms, gay marriage, prayer in public schools, freedom of religion and freedom from religion.
4 p.m. – Campus Center South Lounge

April 10
The Tempest Trio in Recital
A one-hour, on-campus concert/lecture preview of The Tempest Trio's evening concert at the WCR Center for the Arts.
2–3:30 pm – MPK

April 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 19
Brighton Beach Memoirs
A Domino Players production directed by Matt Fotis. The first play in Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy presents a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937, living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: a formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother, Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly-aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist, and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.
April 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 - 8 p.m.
April 19 - 2:30 pm
Wachovia Theatre

April 13
Octavia's Brood: Socially Engaged Science Fiction
Adrienne Maree Brown is co-editor of the newly released Octavia's Brood: an anthology of speculative fiction inspired by and in the tradition of Octavia Butler.  The 20 short stories in this collection explore the intersections of identity and imagination, addressing issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, inequality, oppression, resistance and most importantly, hope.
7–8:30 pm – Klein Lecture Hall

April 13
Whither 'Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects' - The Continued Relevance of the Fourth Amendment in the Post-Snowden Era

Jeffrey Vagle, executive director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, will deliver the second annual Berks County Bar Association Lecture in Contemporary Legal Issues, speaking about privacy issues in relation to technology and the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
7:30 – 9 pm – MPK

April 15
No, I'm Not Like Dr. Phil

Benjamin Le, associate professor of psychology at Haverford College, will discuss scientific approaches to understanding romantic relationships, including the various theoretical approaches that guide much of the research on relationships. He will then present data from his own research on predictors of commitment, how commitment is associated with various forms of relationship maintenance, and the factors that are associated with relationship termination.
7 – 8 pm – Klein

April 16
The Albright Origins and Global Impact of The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Fresh from last year's SXSW Festival, Brian Turtle '95, one of the co-creators of The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with documentary film crew in tow, will discuss the phenomenon's origins in the Albright Woods and its impact over the past 20 years.
8–10 pm – Campus Center Main Lounge

April 18
Step Afrika
Celebrate "Diversity Week," April 12-18 with one of the most highly0anticipated and energetic performances to grace our stage. Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
7 p.m. - MPK Chapel

April 21
Leo Camp Lecture: Art Spiegelman
7:30 p.m. - Wachovia Theatre

April 22
Melissa McGraw Professionalism Workshop

Melissa McGraw, founder and CEO of The Fashion Potential, will present an informative session to the Albright community on professionalism, resumes and interviews. This is a great opportunity for students to prepare themselves for the professional world and receive insight that will help them be more confident in pursuing a career after graduation.
4–5 pm – Alumni 103

April 22
An Introduction to Chaos Theory

Dr. S. Ryan Huddy's talk, "An Introduction to Chaos Theory," is about the development of chaos theory in mathematics. This talk is aimed at the general audience. No mathematical background is necessary to enjoy this visually-interactive exploration into chaos.
4–5 pm – C&M 101C

April 22
Queer Theater and Jack Smith's Hamlet In The Rented World

A history of queer theater, with particular attention to Jack Smith's films.
7–9 pm – Klein

April 23
Inside the Hotel Rwanda

"The Hotel Rwanda," the alleged true story of the refugees surviving the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda, is now the African film to which many high school and college students are exposed. Are the events portrayed in the film true? "Inside the Hotel Rwanda," by Kerry Zukus and Edouard Kayihura (published in 2014), calls into question many aspects of the story shown in the film. What is the true story?
7–9 pm – CFA 235

April 25
Sounds of Spring
Symphonic Band Concert
7:30 p.m. - MPK Chapel

April 26
String Chamber & Big Cat Jazz Concert
3 p.m. - MPK Chapel

April 29

Lisa Wilder will present her research the economic and social outcomes of the Russian minority in Estonia and Ukraine.
4 pm Group Study Room B - Library

April 29
Denim Day – Sexual Assault Awareness Advocacy

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Criminal Justice Society is teaming up with the Health center to raise awareness about this important issue. We have designated April 29th as "Denim Day," encouraging students and faculty across campus to wear denim to show advocacy for sexual assault awareness. We will also hand out teal ribbons in the Campus Center, as teal is the color for sexual assault awareness.
6–7:30 pm – Klein

April 30
The Ar to Xe of Adsorption at Air Products

This will be a scientific lecture presented by a member of the chemistry community. Air Products has been enabling its customers to become more productive, energy-efficient and sustainable for 75 years. With Air Product's atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment and technologies, the firm supplies innovative solutions to energy, environment, and emerging markets.
4:30-6 pm – Science Center Lecture Hall – 256

April 30
Grappling with Sustainability
Members of the Sustainability House will give a presentation on the projects they have studied since moving into the house in August.
7–9 pm – Science Center Lecture Hall – 256

April 30
Serial Killers: Who, How, and Why They Kill

Dr. Marissa Harrison, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, will present on her recent research on serial killers, particularly on female perpetrators. Harrison will also discuss data involving mass murder. She will address motives, crimes, victim characteristics, and perpetrator mental health, and will offer evolutionary psychological interpretations for these crimes.
7–8:30 pm – Klein

May 4 - May 7
Honors Week
May 4, May 5 & May 6 – Experience credit given on these days only
Honors students will be giving talks on their Senior Theses.  In addition, we will have posters up all week in the CFA mezzanine.
4-6 pm – Klein Hall

Thursday, May 7 is not an experience event but you might be interested in a poster session on Thursday, 4:00–5:00pm, where students will be with their posters to answer any questions you might have about their work.  You are also invited to the honors reception at 5:00pm on Thursday in the mezzanine. 

May 4 & May 6
Green & Growing
Student projects
7:30 pm - Wachovia Theatre

May 7
Juried Student Exhibition Awards & opening reception

5 p.m. - Freedman Gallery

May 7
Albright Student Film Showcase
7:30 p.m. - Wachovia Theatre

May 9
Annual Fashion Showcase & Runway Show
4 p.m. - Bollman Gym

May 9
Celebrate Spring
Choral ensemble
7:30 p.m. - MPK Chapel

May 11
Roar Like a Lion, Student Recitals
7 pm – Roop Hall