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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
History of Aviation Technology
The Concorde
Do We Really Need a Space Program?
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


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 Environmental Studies


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

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

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., Assistant 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 German and Art History

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/Photographer

Rider (novel) and Other Works by Wolbers
- Marian Frances Wolbers, Instructor of ESL and English

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

Images of Professors in Popular Film, 1985-2005
- Brent Harger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology


ATHLETICS

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

Athletics Recruiting
- Christopher Boehm, M.P.A., Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Director 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


AVIATION
History of Aviation Technology
The Concorde
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


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 and Business Administration

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

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

Gossip at Work: Unsanctioned Evaluative Talk about Other People
- Brent Harger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology


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

Gossip at Work: Unsanctioned Evaluative Talk about Other People
- Brent Harger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology


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
- Chris Boehm, M.PA., Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admission

Millennials: Changing Higher Education
- Chris Boehm, M.PA., Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admission

Service Learning
- Richard Schott, M.B.A., Instructor in 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

To Be a Bully: How Students Define and Perceive Bullying
Images of Professors in Popular Film, 1985-2005
- Brent Harger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology


THE ENVIRONMENT

Environment: Against the Wind
- Barton Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies


FAMOUS PEOPLE

Albert Einstein: The Human Side
Count Zeppelin
The Red Barron
The Real Oskar Schindler
- Guillaume de Syon, Ph.D., Professor of History

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


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


FILM, VIDEO AND DIGITAL MEDIA

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

“Kiss of the Spiderwoman”: The Spiderwoman as Psychoanalyst
- John S. Incledon, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish

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

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

Images of Professors in Popular Film 1985-2005
- Brent Harger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology


FOOD
Our Stomach in Flight: An Irreverent Look at Airline Food
- Guillaume de Syon, Ph.D., Professor of History


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 Drefus Affair
Fearing the Drawing: Comics, Politics and Censorship
Why World War I Matters
- Guillaume de Syon, Ph.D., Professor of History
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., Assistant Professor of English

Columbus and the Discovery of the “New World:” San Salvador Island today
- Phillip Lynn Dougherty, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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


HUMAN RESOURCES

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

Gossip at Work: Unsanctioned Evaluative Talk about Other People
- Brent Harger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology


MATHEMATICS

Voting Theory: Fairness is Impossible!
Apportionment Theory: Paradoxes are Unavoidable
- Christopher Catone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics


MUSIC

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


POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Local Governments in Berks County: Organization and Operation; Historical
Development; Current Issues; and Citizen Participation
- John Kramer, M.R.P., Director of the Center for Excellence in Local Government

Terrorism: Islam/Middle East
- Carla J. Abodalo, M.S., Instructor, Sociology and Criminology

Elections: How to Predict Presidential Election Results
- Thomas C. Brogan, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science

Voting Theory: Fairness is Impossible!
- Christopher Catone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics


PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

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

Domestic Violence
Organized Crime
Serial Murder
Sexual Assault
Terrorism
- Carla J. Abodalo, M.S., Instructor, Sociology and Criminology

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

Gossip at Work: Unsanctioned Evaluative Talk about Other People To Be a Bully: How Students Define and Perceive Bullying Images of Professors in Popular Film 1985-2005
- Brent Harger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

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, Degree Completion 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., Assistant Professor of Sociology  (on sabbatical spring 2010)

Middle East and Islam
- Carla J. Abodalo, M.S., Instructor, Sociology and Criminology

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., Assistant Professor and Chair of Religious Studies

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

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


SCIENCE AND NATURE

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

Understanding the Emergence of New Influenza Strains
- Gerald L. Kreider, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

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., Assistant Professor 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, Sociology and Criminology

Understanding the Emergence of New Influenza Strains
- Gerald L. Kreider, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
Transitions: First-Year Students
- Gina-Lyn Crance, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

To Be a Bully: How Students Define and Perceive Bullying
- Brent Harger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

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


WRITING

Be a Writer (or Just Look Like One)
- Marian Frances Wolbers, Instructor of ESL and English


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August 2012