The Experience



Brian Glaze, Implements EE
Aug. 30–Dec. 17, Freedman Gallery – must attend lecture and reception for EE credit

New sculpture professor Brian Glaze will share a selection of his work in the Main Gallery and Foyer. This body of work stems from past and present themes concerning consumerism, technology and manufacturing. With these fleeting technologies, his work presents new meaning to found objects through viewer interaction and participation. 

  • Lecture, Thur., Sept. 1, 4 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
  • Reception, Thur., Sept. 1, 5-7 p.m. 

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #1: Hesse’s Hot Jazz with special guests The Reading Samba School
Wed., Sept. 7, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond

It’s musical jambalaya–enjoy an alfresco evening of gypsy jazz with Chris Heslop and company along with the added spice provided by The Reading Samba School. 

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #2: Rockman Blues Band
Wed., Sept. 14, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond

Take a trip to the bluesy South with a bit of rock, blues and New Orleans root music and unwind with friends after a long day of work and study. 

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #3: Sweet Plantain
Wed., Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond

Nobody bridges the gap between generations or musical genres like Sweet Plantain Quartet. Artfully fusing the western classical traditions in which they were trained with the hip-hop, jazz improv and Latin rhythms on which they were raised, their unique repertoire and live shows educate and entertain. Co-sponsored by the Reading Symphony Orchestra with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

America’s Second Founding: The Fourteenth Amendment at 150
September 21, 7–8:00 p.m., Science Hall 256
This year marks the 150th anniversary of congressional approval of the Fourteenth amendment, which, with the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, sought to promote racial equality in the US.  In celebration of Constitution Day, National Constitution Center Senior Fellow Tom Donnelly will discuss the importance of these Reconstruction Amendments, talk about some of the forgotten figures behind them and explain why we should think of these Amendments collectively as our nation’s “Second Founding.”

Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar
Thursday, September 22, 4:30-5:30 pm, Science Room 256
A presentation by Professor Stefan Bernhard on "Beyond Water Splitting: Novel Approaches to Solar Fuels"   

Hispanic Heritage Night
Thursday, September 22,  6-8 pm, Sylvan Chapel Pond 
This night will be dedicated to celebrate Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures and to educate the student body in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in the fall. This free event will have hispanic influences present in the music, dancing, food, and much more

Dennis Ross Lecture
September 25, 3–4:30 p.m., CCSL
Ambassador Ross will speak on current events in the Middle East, the upcoming U.S. general election and themes from his recent book "Doomed to Succeed: The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama".

WXAC’s Concert Series at the Pond #4:
Albright’s Got Chops
Wed., Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Sylvan Pond

Features performances by the Albright Angels, Mane Men and Big Cat Jazz Ensemble.

The Bold Writers Read Short Stories
September 29, 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 share short story readings and answer questions about inspiration; words on page to words read aloud; and the art of getting work published.

Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley*
Thur.–Sat., Sept. 29–Oct. 1, 8 p.m., & Sun., Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
A Domino Players production directed by Alexis Jenofsky ’17.

Bronx, NY, 1964. The winds of change are sweeping through St. Nicholas Church School as Father Flynn, a young and charismatic priest, begins advocating progressive reform of the school's strict customs and doctrine, much to the chagrin of Sister Aloysius Beauvier, Saint Nicholas's rigid and self-righteous principal. Looking for wrongdoing in every corner, Sister Aloysius believes she's uncovered the ultimate sin when she hears Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled boy. Without a shred of evidence except her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius begins a crusade to both unearth the truth and expunge Father Flynn from the school, igniting a battle that threatens to tear apart the church and school with devastating consequences. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Sept. 29, follows show
  • Improv Show by Less Than or Equal To, Fri., Sept. 30, follows performance, Roop Hall

The Journey from Albright College to the Snow-Capped Mountains of Hawaii: Scientific Explorations of Conserving Biodiversity in Tropical Alpine Ecosystems
September 30, 3–4:30 p.m., Science 256
Dr. Jesse Eiben, Albright class of 2001, will share his experiences after graduating from Albright to his current activities as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management. In addition to his journey, Dr. Eiben will explore how Hawaii’s unique biological and cultural landscapes interplay in conservation science and management.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar
Friday, September 30, 4:30-5:30 pm, Science room 256
A presentation by Professor Deborah Johnson on "Unexpected roles for RNA polymerase III-transcribed RNAs in cancer and development"


Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley*
Thur.–Sat., Sept. 29–Oct. 1, 8 p.m., & Sun., Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

A Domino Players production directed by Alexis Jenofsky ’17.

ACRE Presentations
Tuesday, October 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Science Hall 256

Films buy the Kuchars
October 4, 7:30-10 p.m., CFA 235
A program of films curated and presented by Mike Kuchar, the twin brother of Geroge Kuchar who passed away in 2011.  The Kuchar brothers were two of the most notable and influential filmmakers of the New York Underground film scene of the 1960’s.  Their  early comic/camp collaborations have become legendary.  Mike, who currently teaches at the San francisco Art Institute will also be presenting some of his own most recent no-budget creations.

ACRE Presentations
Wednesday, October 5, 6–8 p.m., Science Hall 256

FaculTEA: Translating Latin American Literature
October 6, 4–5 pm, Library Group Study Rooms A & B

Dr. John Incledon, Professor of Spanish. This talk is aimed especially at student writers or aspiring writers. Translating is every bit as much an art as creative writing. With lots of examples, Dr. Incledon will talk about some of the challenges of translating and what goes into a good translation. He’ll also talk about film subtitling, and will show some examples of subtitled film done by Albright students.

ACRE Presentations
Thursday, October 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Quantifying biodiversity in tropical rain forests and reefs – how can I help?
October 6, 6–7 pm, Science 256

This presentation will cover how teams of academics, field biologists and college students have been completing biodiversity assessments in a series of sites around the world each summer since 1995 and some of the results from these long term studies. Modern technology methods for quantifying some taxa such as bar coding for arthropods, soundscaping for amphibians, birds and bats, stereo video surveys of reef fish and 3D mapping of reefs will be described. In addition how the data from the surveys can be used to lever conservation funds using carbon trading based schemes for forests and fishing license buy out schemes for reefs.

Race & Class in Philadelphia’s Transit Industry
October 7, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., CCSL
A lecture by James Wolfinger, author of Running the Rails Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry.  The general strike that year was a notable point, but not a unique one, in a generations-long history of conflict between the workers and management at one of the nation’s largest privately owned transit systems.  In Running the Rails, Wolfinger uses the history of Philadelphia’s sprawling public transportation system to explore how labor relations shifted from the 1880s to the 1960s.  As transit workers adapted to fast-paced technological innovation to keep the city’s people and commerce on the move, management sought to limit its employees rights.

Choral Pops
Sat., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Mane Men, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale—deliver unforgettable interpretations of popular songs from across the ages. Adlai Binger, conductor.

Film: Burning Patience
October 10, 7–8:30 pm, CFA 256

Burning Patience (1983, directed by Antonio Skarmeta) A brief Q/A session will follow the film. Mario is the postman for a small seaside village in Chile. It’s not much of a job until famed poet, Pablo Neruda, arrives for an extended stay. Though his later work has a more social and political bent, Neruda’s first book of loves poems is still his most popular in Chile. Mario enlists Neruda’s help is writing a poem for his sweetheart, the beautiful barmaid, Beatriz. In the midst of the courtship, Chile elects a Marxist president, Salvador Allende, who is overthrown in a violent coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. A charming, funny, and moving film.

Presidential Debate
October 19, 9–11 p.m., CCSL
Join Political Science faculty Drs. Michael Armato, Irene Langran, and Carrie Skulley to watch and analyze the final debate of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mothers on the Market: Employer Hiring Practices and Motherhood Penalties
October 20, 4–5 p.m., Library Study Room B
Recent scholars have identified a phenomenon known as the motherhood wage penalty with research demonstrating that women with children face wage discrepancies beyond those associated with being female.  This project adds to our understanding of non-wage related penalties by investigating two distinct gatekeeping stages; screening and interviewing.

Ethical Management and Corporate Culture
October 20, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Robert Audi
John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Management
University of Notre Dame

Every business faces both internal problems connected with management and external problems concerning its relations to customers. This presentation will explore both kinds of problem in the context of universally respected ethical standards. Internally, businesses must determine what for them are the proper kinds and limits of affirmative action—roughly, the policy of preference for female or minority candidates. Affirmative action tends to be mainly a lower-level challenge to management. Problems of fairness vs. profit also arise in determining executive compensation, a top-level challenge. Here economic freedom may be in tension with fairness and democratic ideals of equality. How should business ethics guide resolution of this tension? On the external side, marketing raises different ethical problems. Here advertising stands out as one of the most culturally influential forms of business activity in our time. What should be marketed, to whom, and how?

Stereospecific, Nickel-Catalyzed Cross Couplings of Alkyl Electrophiles
October 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Science 256
Transition metal-catalyzed cross coupling reactions have revolutionized organic synthesis, particularly the construction of bonds to sp2-hybridized carbons. However, the discovery of analogous reactions of carbon sp3-hybridized electrophiles have lagged behind, despite their potential to deliver a range of important targets, including chiral molecules in high enantio-purity.

37th Annual Leo Camp Lecture
October 20, 7:30-9 pm, CCSL

The Middle East is one of the world's most water scarce regions. It also has one of the world's fastest growing populations. This means water demand is fast outstripping water supply and climate change impacts on water supplies is only going to make things worse. Yet, despite this dire reality, Israel today has a water surplus and has successfully decoupled itself from the vagaries of diminishing freshwater supplies.

The David Trio in Concert
October 21 - 3–4:30 pm – Roop Hall

The David Trio – Adrej Bielow, violin; David Cohen, cello; and Claudio Trovajoli, piano – will perform and discuss works by Scubert, Arensky, and Tchaikovsky. This will be an ideal introduction to this intimate combination of instruments.

Music Faculty Showcase
Sun., Oct. 23, 3 p.m., Roop Hall

Includes performances by Jeffrey Lentz, tenor; Tamara Black, soprano; A.J. Merlino, percussion; Lars Potteiger, piano; Jesse Clark, cello; John Pankratz, cello; Brian Levering, guitar; Dana Weiderhold; and a jazz ensemble that includes Mike Eben and Tim Gross.

Immigration in Latin America: The Syrian Lebanese of Argentina
October 24, 7–9 pm, CFA 235  

A presentation of the adaptation and integration of Syrian and Lebanese into Argentina. The presenter, Dr. Steven Hyland, reminds us that these processes are not only recent phenomena but are part of a much longer history of global migration to, within, and from Latin America.

International Film Series #2: Reading 1974 (1975, 1 hour, 2 min.) by Gary Adlestein, Costa Mantas & Jerry Orr *
Tues., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

This documentary captures the essence of Reading, Pa., in 1974 at the height of the urban renewal era, when the centers of many mid-sized American cities were gutted and redesigned to make way for the "the future." The film captures its subject at exactly the point when what seemed unique and special about this rather old-fashioned, Pennsylvania Dutch, urban center was rapidly disappearing. This 16mm portrait was the first film to receive a production grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and was shown at film venues and festivals throughout the country, including the Museum of Modern Art’s "What's Happening" series. As the years have passed, the filmmakers have observed it evolve into both a fascinating 1970's time capsule and a poignant cinematic elegy. Filmmakers Adlestein and Orr will join us for a lively Q&A following the screening.

ASL Workshop
October 26, 6–8 p.m., CCSL
This will be a workshop where students can learn parts of the ASL language including the alphabet and some phrases as well.

The Cultural Significance of Women Playing Soccer in Columbia
October 27, 6–7:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
Join Andrea Olivares, visiting instructor of Spanish and experienced soccer player, for an intriguing presentation on cultural shifts occurring in her native Colombia as the women’s national team gains more prominence.

AAS Presents Philadelphia
October 27, 6–8 p.m., CCML
AAS will be putting on a poetry night where we have poets from Philadelphia to perform. Their pieces are about the African American culture, what it means to be an African American, and how the race as a whole struggles.

Fundamental Organometallic Reactions Mediated by Low-Valent Uranium
October 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Science 256
Currently, first row transition metals are being heavily explored as alternatives to precious metals for catalytic processes. Like the 3d metals, uranium is inexpensive, readily available, and performs one-electron chemistry. Our studies center around the synthesis and reactivity of trivalent uranium alkyls.


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.

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.

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 


Green & Growing: Student Projects in Theatre
Mon., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Join us as students in this semester's theatre department courses showcase their burgeoning talents in the first of two "Fringe Style" performances of monologues, scenes and devised projects. 

Green & Growing: Student Projects in Theatre
Wed., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Join us as students in this semester's theatre department courses showcase their burgeoning talents in the second of two "Fringe Style" performances of monologues, scenes and devised projects. 

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.