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Speakers Bureau

A resource for life-long learning.

Life-long learning is an Albright tradition, as is community service. We are delighted to be able to share the expertise of our faculty and staff as a resource with our community. The Albright College Speakers Bureau provides programs by Albright faculty and staff volunteer experts free of charge to nonprofit and civic organizations in Berks County. In this guide you will find speakers on a wide variety of topics ranging from the arts and sciences to computer technology, health, economics, spirituality, travel, politics, sports and more.

We are excited to share our experts with your organization. To request a speaker, please call the College Relations Office at 610-921-7526.

When you request a speaker, we will make every effort to accommodate your request. Please understand that acceptance of an invitation to speak may depend on the speaker’s teaching or work schedule. A request must be made at least one month prior to event.

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally recognized, four-year, liberal arts college with an interdisciplinary focus and pre-professional programs

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AEROSPACE and AVIATION

History of Aviation Technology
The Concorde
Do We Really Need a Space Program?
I’d Rather you Drank than Built those Airplanes: A look at Early Aviation Meetings
Why the Wright Brothers Made a Difference
Zeppelins (author of Zeppelin!: Germany and the Airship 1900-1939)
- Guillaume de Syon, Ph.D., Professor of History (on leave 2014-2015)


ANTHROPOLOGY

War and Violence: Why Humans Are So Mean!
Evolution and Natural Selection: What’s All the Fuss About?
The Confusion of Human Sexuality
Human Nature and Human Evolution: If Only We Had a Brain!
- Barton Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Cultural Ecology and Environmental Studies Program/Chair of Sociology & Anthropology (fall 2014)


ARTS AND LITERATURE

Shakespeare’s Plays
Milton’s Poems
Post Modern Aesthetics – “Men Have Named Her:” What Does the Mona Lisa Mean?
- Alberto Cacicedo, Ph.D., Professor of English and Chair of English

Poetry Reading: Painting God’s Portrait
- Paul E. Clark, M.Div., Chaplain and Director of the Multifaith Center/Lecturer in English

Magical Realism in Modern Art and Literature
Tradition and Revolution in “One Hundred Years of Solitude”
- John S. Incledon, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish (on sabbatical spring 2015)

Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop Culture
- Teresa Gilliams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

The History of Watercolor Painting
- Richard Hamwi, M.F.A., Ph.D., Professor of Art 

Totalitarianism and Art
German Literature
The World and Work of Marcel Proust
The Problems of Literary Culture in a Visually-Oriented Culture
History of Photography
Art History from 1700 to the present
- Newton A. Perrin, Ph.D., Professor of Art History/German
John Updike: John Updike’s Poetry
- Denise Greenwood, M.A., Instructor of English

Facing Reading: Stories from the “Faces of Reading” Portrait Project
- John R. Pankratz, Ph.D., Professor of History/Chair of History/Photographer

Rider (novel) and Other Works by Wolbers
- Marian Frances Wolbers, Degree Start Program Coordinator

The Banned Bible: Apocrypha and other Non-Canonical Literature
- Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of Religious Studies


ATHLETICS

Competitive Swimming
Lacrosse
Athletic Recruitment: Division III
- Gregory E. Eichhorn, M.B.A., Vice President of Enrollment Management/Dean of Admission


AUTOMOBILES

Car Culture: The Automobile’s Arrival as Seen in Early Postcards
The Beetle: How the Volkswagen Got its Start
- Guillaume de Syon, Ph.D., Professor of History (on leave 2014-2015)


BUSINESS AND MARKETING

What Rate of Return Did Your Portfolio Manager Earn? Methods of Calculating Average
Rates of Return
Introduction to Investing
- David A. Martin, C.F.A., Professor of Economics

Statistics: Use, Misuse and Abuse
- Stephen G. Mech, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of Biology  

Conference and Event Planning
- Lois A. Kubinak, CCEP, Director of Conferences


COMMUNICATION

History of Journalism: Chicago, Newsboys and Foreign Language Press
- Jon Bekken, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communications

Conference and Event Planning
- Lois A. Kubinak, CCEP, Director of Conferences


ECONOMICS

The European Union and Turkey: Is it a Clash of Civilization?
How Much do We Deserve: A Look at Income Inequality in the U.S.
European Union Expansion: Consequences and Opportunities
- Lisa Wilder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics


EDUCATION

College Admission Search: Nuts and Bolts on How to Find the Right College
Applying to College: Finding Your Way Through the Maze
Financial Aid: Making College Affordable
- Gregory E. Eichhorn, M.B.A., Vice President for Enrollment Management/Dean of Admission

Service Learning
- Richard P. Schott, M.B.A., Instructor of Economics and Business

Commuting to College
The Judicial Process: Disciplining the College Student
Transitions: First-Year College Students
- Gina-Lyn Crance, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


THE ENVIRONMENT

Environment: Against the Wind
- Barton Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Cultural Ecology and Environmental Studies Program/Chair of Sociology & Anthropology (fall 2014)


FAMOUS PEOPLE

Albert Einstein: The Human Side
Count Zeppelin
The Red Barron
The real Oskar Schindler
- Guillaume de Syon, Ph.D., Professor of History (on leave 2014-2015)

Thomas Mann
Franz Kafka
- Newton A. Perrin, Ph.D., Professor of Art History/German


FASHION

Merchandise Planning for Increasing Retail Productivity and Profit (forecasting
sales, inventories, reductions and the calculation of a monthly open to buy)
- Doreen Burdalski, M.B.A., Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Chair of Fashion Merchandising & Design


FILM, VIDEO AND DIGITAL MEDIA

Film & Video: History, Theory and Production
Experimental Media
- Gary L. Adlestein, M.A., Associate Professor of English and Art

“Kiss of the Spiderwoman:” The Spiderwoman as Psychoanalyst
- John S. Incledon, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish (on sabbatical spring 2015)

Digital Daydreams: A Look at Visual Arts and Digital Image Construction
- Matthew Garrison, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Digital Media

Film Culture
- Newton A. Perrin, Ph.D., Professor of Art History/German


FOOD
Our Stomach in Flight: An Irreverent Look at Airline Food
- Guillaume de Syon, Ph.D., Professor of History (on leave 2014-2015)


HISTORY

History of the Industrial Workers of the World
History of Journalism: Chicago, Newsboys and Foreign Language Press
- Jon Bekken, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communications

Wasn’t Nuclear Energy Wonderful? A look at the Atomic Age in the 50s and 60s
The Holocaust: Antisemitism in Historical Context
The Dreyfus Affair
Fearing the Drawing: Comics, Politics and Censorship
Why World War I Matters
- Guillaume de Syon, Ph.D., Professor of History (on leave 2014-2015)

Nazi Germany and the German Weimar Republic
European History Art History from 1700 to Present
- Newton A. Perrin, Ph.D., Professor of German and Art History

The African-American Experience
The Significance of Black History Month
- Teresa Gilliams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Legends in Irish History and Literature
Irish Language: The State of Modern Irish
- Lawrence Morris, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Religious Responses to the Holocaust
Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of Religious Studies


HUMAN RESOURCES

Conference and Event Planning
- Lois A. Kubinak, CCEP, Director of Conferences


MATHEMATICS

Voting Theory: Fairness is Impossible!
Apportionment Theory: Paradoxes are Unavoidable
- Christopher Catone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics (on sabbatical fall 2014)


MUSIC

Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop Culture
- Teresa Gilliams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English


POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Terrorism: Islam/Middle East
- Carla J. Abodalo, M.S., Instructor of Sociology/Crime & Justice  

Voting Theory: Fairness is Impossible!
- Christopher Catone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics (on sabbatical fall 2014)


PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

The Relationship of Crime to Neighborhoods
Issues in Race, Class and Gender Inequality
Juvenile Delinquency
Urban Crime
- Kennon Rice, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology  

Domestic Violence
Organized Crime
Serial Murder
Sexual Assault
Terrorism
- Carla J. Abodalo, M.S., Instructor of Sociology/Crime & Justice  

Boys’ Night Out: Dark Masculinity and its Wounds
Lonesome Boy Blues: The Dark Roots of Sexual Fantasy
- Paul E. Clark, M.Div., Chaplain and Director of the Multifaith Center

Transitions: First-Year College Students
- Gina-Lyn Crance, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Homelessness: How Individuals and Communities Can Work to End It
Homeless Veterans: How Individuals and Communities Can Assist
Reentry from Prison to Society
Mental Illness: Recovery, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Preventing Stigma
Mental Health and Addiction (multiple topics)
- Lindsay A. Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Accelerate Degree Program


RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

Binding the Strong Man: The Religious Imagination of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
Binding the Strong Man: The Biblical Basis for Nonviolent Resistance
- Paul E. Clark, M.Div., Chaplain and Director of the Multifaith Center

Religion in Cults: The Emergence of New Religious Movements
Selling Faith: Christian Mass Media and Popular Culture
- Charles M. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology  

Middle East and Islam
- Carla J. Abodalo, M.S., Instructor of Sociology/Crime & Justice  

Monsters in the Bible: The Monsters of Creation
Monsters in the Bible: Monsters at the End of the World
The Banned Bible: Apocrypha and other Non-Canonical Literature
Searching for Jesus in Scroll and Stone
Jesus and Judaism
Split at the Root: The Origins of Christian Antisemitism
Religious Responses to the Holocaust
- Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of Religious Studies

Religions of the East: Yogis, Buddha’s and Sages
- Victor Forte, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies

The Northern Gods
- Lawrence Morris, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English


SCIENCE AND NATURE

Going Batty: The Biology of Bats
Human Physiology
Learning about Science
- Karen A. Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and P. Kenneth Nase, M.D. ’55 Chair

Habitat Fragmentation: Human Impacts on Natural Systems & Possible Remedies
Conservation Genetics and Biology
Small Mammals
Statistics: Use, Misuse and Abuse
- Stephen G. Mech, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of Biology


WELLNESS

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) for Women
- Samantha Wesner, CRNP, RNC, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Gable Health Center

Domestic Violence
Sexual Assault
- Carla J. Abodalo, M.S., Instructor of Sociology/Crime & Justice  

Transitions: First-Year Students
- Gina-Lyn Crance, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Mental Illness: Recovery, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Preventing Stigma
Mental Health and Addiction (multiple topics)
- Lindsay A. Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Accelerate Degree Program


WRITING

Be a Writer (or Just Look Like One)
- Marian Frances Wolbers, Degree Start Program Coordinator


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August 2014