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The Experience

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Frequently Asked Questions About “The Experience”

A full-time day student is required to complete sixteen credits before the end of the sophomore year.
Transfers who come in as sophomores are required to complete eight credits by the end of the sophomore year.
Transfers who come in as juniors are not required to complete the experience (but we encourage you to attend events anyway!)

You must arrive at the event before it begins and get a card from an experience monitor. Experience monitors WILL NOT hand out cards after the event has begun. After the event is finished, you hand the filled-out card back to the monitor. Monitors will NOT accept cards before the end of the event.

You will NOT get credit for an event if you arrive after it begins or leave before it ends.

You will only receive experience for seeing a show or performance once, even if it is the next year.

Students MAY NOT get Experience Credit for events that they participate in (Domino Players cannot get credit for a performance in which they act, direct, or work, orchestra members cannot get credit for events in which they play, etc.).

Students who complete the events by the end of their sophomore year will receive a “Q” on their transcript.

Students who do NOT complete their Experience requirement by the end of the sophomore year will receive an “I” (incomplete) on their transcript.

Students who complete the Experience requirements by the end of their junior year will have the “I” replaced by a “Q.”

Students who do NOT complete the Experience by the end of the junior year will have the “I” replaced by an “F.” The “F” will not be calculated into the GPA, but will remain permanently on the student’s record.

Students who complete the Experience events by the end of their senior year will have Experience listed a second time (as if they took the course a second time) with a “Q.”

Students who do not complete the Experience events will not graduate.

Students are able to access a list of their completed Experience Events by logging into the Identity System and expanding the “Experience Events” section.”

Students are rarely (almost never) given exemptions from the experience. If for some reason you feel you must try, you must make a written request by email to the chair of the Experience Committee (Melissa Katz, explaining and justifying your request. The email must also be copied to your advisor or it will not be considered. Then, your letter will be distributed to the Experience Committee and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision of the committee within two weeks.

In order to become a monitor you must have completed the required number of experience events, then talk to the CFA secretary. It is a paid position.

Calendar of Events

*For tickets/prices, call the Box Office at 610-921-7547

The Albright News Half-hour Hour ReportThe culmination of a summer ACRE on satiric news, join Dr. Matt Fotis and Joey Hamburger Love as they give a fresh take on the week’s news and current events.

September 1, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Wachovia Theater

WXAC Presents 2018 Concert @ The Pond #1: Bobby Newton Band

An introduction to music and culture that is not on the student’s usual iPod play list.

September 5, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Sylvan Pond

Summer 2018 Student ACRE Presentations

Students will present their ACRE projects from summer 2018

September 10, 11, 13, 4-6 p.m.
Science 256

The World Affairs Club Lecture Series: Dangerous Neighborhood – A Historical Background of the India-Pakistan Tensions

The Albright College World Affairs Club invites you to hear Dr. Shreeyash Palshikar discuss the deeply rooted historical tensions between India and Pakistan.  These tensions are perhaps the grounds for the world’s largest threat of nuclear war.

September 10, 2018, 4-5 p.m.

Roessner Hall, Room 205

Step Afrika!

Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The Step Afrika cast during this program show their appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people.

September 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is 150 Years Old and Still Kicking

In celebration of Constitution Day, Berks County Bar Association Executive Director Donald F. Smith Jr., Esquire will speak on the history of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

September 17, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
McMillan Student Center, South Lounge, West

Afro-Spain: Music, Fashion and Hair

We often think of Spanish culture as racially homogeneous despite Spain having the fourth highest percentage of foreign-born residents of the European Union. In fact, Spain has an ethnic minority, commonly known as gypsies, and several subcultures cultures based on African, Asian, and Latin American diasporas. In this talk, Dr. Lennie Amores will discuss how Afro-Spanish subcultures (Afro-Caribbean, West African, and Maghrebian) have influenced the Spanish mainstream through music, fashion, and hair.

September 18, 2018,  4-5:30 p.m.
Science 256

WXAC Presents 2018 Concert @ The Pond #3: Los Fantasticos

A 7 piece orchestra featuring the music of Cuba and Puerto Rico. An introduction to music and culture that is not on the student’s usual iPod play list. Band Director Eli Velazquez will also enhance the performance with a short discussion on the historical and cultural significance of the music.

September 19, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Sylvan Pond

Julio Cepeda’s Art & Process

Cuban artist Julio Cepeda will be coming to Reading from Trinidad in September 2018 to exhibit his assemblage works at GoggleWorks and interface with artists in the community. The Art Department has invited him to campus to talk about his artwork with our students. This should be of interest to students studying sculpture, international business and modern foreign language.

September 25, 2018, 12-1 p.m.
CFA Sculpture Studio

A basic solution to activate the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway: Did renal physiology find what neuroscience had overlooked?

The cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway is thought to be a part of a neural immune circuit (termed the inflammatory reflex) that regulates systemic inflammation primarily via efferent neural signals to the spleen. First identified approximately 20 years ago, activation of this innate physiological pathway via electrical stimulation of the vagal nerve, has been shown to promote an anti-inflammatory state, and therefore holds enormous promise for the treatment of a host of inflammatory diseases. Importantly, a wealth of animal studies have demonstrated that activation of this pathway protects from a wide range of inflammatory diseases. The success of these pre-clinical studies has led to the initiation of a number of ongoing clinical trials utilizing electrical stimulation of the vagal nerves to treat patients with inflammatory disease. While holding enormous potential for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, much controversy remains regarding the underlying physiological pathways mediating this response. This controversy is anchored in fact that the vagal nerve itself does not innervate the spleen, so some inter-mediatory pathway must transmit the stimulatory signal to the spleen itself. Recent studies by our own group provide evidence that oral intake of sodium bicarbonate may stimulate the anti-inflammatory pathway in both rats and humans. Further, data from our group indicates that cell to cell connections between the splenic capsular mesothelium and mesothelial cells in the peritoneal cavity maybe required for the anti-inflammatory response to oral sodium bicarbonate to be observed. These novel findings not only provide a potentially practical method to activate the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway that does not require surgical intervention, but may also challenge the currently accepted model of the anti-inflammatory pathway as a neural immune interface

September 27, 2018,  4:30 p.m.
Science Center, Lecture Hall 256

New Birth of Freedom: the 14th and 15th Amendment and today’s fight for voting rights
Sixth Annual Berks County Bar Association Lecture in Contemporary Legal Issues

As a constitutional lawyer and writer, Michael Waldman is an expert on the presidency and American democracy.  Since 2005, he has been president of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving systems of democracy and justice.  The Brennan center is a leading national voice on voting rights, money in politics, criminal justice reform and constitutional law.  Waldman is the author of “The Fight to Vote,” a history of the struggle to win voting rights for all citizens.  In naming the work a notable nonfiction book for 2016, the Washington Post said, “Waldman’s important and engaging account demonstrates that over the long term, the power of the democratic ideal prevails – as long as the people so demand.”

October 2, 2018 / 7:30 p.m.
Wachovia Theatre

COCO is an Academy award winning animated Disney feature film. Critics Consensus: Coco’s rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly — and deeply affecting — approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.

October 3, 2018,  6-9 p.m.
Science Hall, Room 256

Mike Kuchar in person with recent videos

One of the original (NYC) Underground film & video legends, Mike Kuchar now living & working in San Francisco, will introduce, screen & conduct a post-screening Q&A with our audience.

October 9, 2018,  7:30-9:30 p.m.
Science Hall, Room 256

The Science of Violence and Compassion: Being Human(e)

Jeremy Richman, one of the founders of the Avielle Foundation and the journal Gender and Violence, will present a lecture on the neuroscience’s latest research on brain health. Brain science is the least explored of all our sciences. As a result, there is a lot of fear, trepidation, and stigma associated with the invisible world of brain illnesses (referred to as mental illnesses. People are afraid to advocate for themselves and their loved ones to get appropriate help in times of need. But the brain is just another organ, and as such, can be healthy or unhealthy. In this presentation, we will discuss what is known and what is not known when it comes to the risk factors for engaging in violent behavior and protective factors that build connection, compassion, and resilience.

October 4, 2018 / 7:00 p.m.
McMillan Student Center South Lounge, Fireside

Chemistry with Computers: Fighting Climate Change and Advancing Energy Storage One CPU at a Time

Combating global warming requires fundamental changes to our energy habits, especially with regard to the transportation sector. Cars and light commercial vehicles present a unique challenge to renewable energy as a result of their demands for portability and minimal design footprint. Electrochemical energy storage provides a solution that can be energized by a renewable source, while also relying on devices that are sufficiently small. Unfortunately, practical issues remain that hinder the development of metal-ion and metal-air batteries of sufficient energy density and capacity to effectively compete with gasoline engines. These practical issues persist in part due to a lack of understanding the chemical processes and dynamics occurring at the electrode/electrolyte interface. Ambiguity surrounding the electrode surface arises in part from the lack of experimental methods for investigating the surface during battery operation with atomic resolution. Computational modeling, on the other hand, allows for detailed studies of the interface, but relies on the accuracy of the underlying models and assumptions. In this talk, recent efforts to understand the dynamics of ions and solvent at electrochemical interfaces will be discussed. In particular, the general theme of how the interface changes structure and dynamics will be applied to a prototypical lithium ion electrolyte. It shall be shown that the presence of an interface can alter solvent residence times by orders of magnitude and make ionic surfaces extra salty. Both of these observations have implications for the mechanisms of chemical reaction at the electrode surface and the computational methods used to model them.

October 18, 2018,  4:30 p.m.
Science Center Lecture Hall 256

The Dearden Honor Society Presents: Making Yourself Go Viral in the Digital Marketspace

Hear what a panel of industry experts have to say about the current landscape of digital media and marketing. The Dearden Digital Panel discussion will provide Albright College students with a real-world perspective of those involved in the fields of digital marketing and digital media The Panel discussion will be followed by a networking opportunity where students can mingle with panelists and interact one on one with them. There will be light refreshments provided.

October 18, 2018,  6:00 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Atrium

Community Engagement Through the Arts: Three years of work at El Barrio

Art performance is one of the community building tools that allow individuals to honor the potentially conflicted relationships inside themselves, reacquainting themselves with their disavowed parts, and bridging relationships with others who they might consider “external” to their respective communities. Barrio Alegria seeks to widen the consultation, participation, and impact of art programming in relation to sustainability initiatives and issues as identified by the STAR assessment of the city of Reading. Our projects predominantly engage young Latinx persons from 16-35 in intergenerational experiences exposing them to multiple aspects of Latinx culture and inviting them to investigate the distinct immigration experience and the various social justice issues Latinx face. In 2016, Barrio launched its community theater program, engaging local young persons in the development, choreography, and production of locally written pieces using diverse dance forms. The first pilot was Odyssey, which included dance numbers and focused on immigrant identity issues. In addition, Barrio artists engage residents in a number of other artistic media including: 1. Ojos Photography Project, a photography workshop that helps recruit participants to document their lives for a week. Artists pictures are then displayed at an art show. 2. Plein Air Painting Days, open-air drawing and painting workshops that focus on neighborhood renderings. 3. Cancer Warrior Project, engaging survivors in restorative choreographies that address the issues of sickness, struggle, and healing. 4. In 2017, Barrio started offering it’s Explorations in the Art Form series that help community members get involved in art creation rather than the art product.

October 18, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.
Science Center, Lecture hall 256

Spain’s Old Wounds: The Impact of Memory on National Identity

This interactive talk examines recent developments related to a divisive issue in Spain and the effect this issue is having on today’s society. The issue involves the exhumation of the dictator Francisco Franco’s remains, which is seen by some as a desire to repair the past. However, many Spanish people debate whether digging up the past can prove to be beneficial or not. This talk will provide the historical and cultural context of this debate and provide insight into the current meaning of national identity in Spain.

October 22, 2018,  6:30 p.m.
McMillan Student Center, South Lounge West

Spancake Lecture on Political Discourse in America

Daniel Gillion, Ph.D. will be presenting his book, Governing With Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy, and Inequality in America. His work does the following: “Governing with Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy, and Inequality in America (Cambridge University Press) demonstrates that the political dialogue on race offered by presidents and congressional members alters the public policy process and shapes societal and cultural norms to improve the lives of racial and ethnic minorities, illustrating that mere words are a powerful tool for combating racial inequality in America.”

October 24, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
McMillan Student Center, South Lounge

Mathematics Colloquium: “Spying on cages, generalized quadrangles, and Moore!”

This event will be an academic presentation in the areas of combinatorics and graph theory.

October 24, 2018
4-5 p.m., Science 351

The path from college to a profession

In connection with Hispanic Heritage Month, Gabriela Raful will discuss her career path and the importance of volunteer and pro bono activities.

October 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
McMillan Student Center, South Lounge

39th Annual Leo Camp Memorial Lecture America and the Crisis of World Order: Back to the 19th Century and War?

Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, will discuss international relations in the Trump Era. What are the biggest challenges and threats in the world today?

October 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

Art with Impact: Movies for Mental Health Workshops

Discussion to create brave space for talking about mental health; viewing of 3 short films from the OLIVE Film Collection with facilitated reflection and discussion with participants; and panel discussion with student speakers, campus and community resources. A pre- and post-workshop evaluation administered to participants by AWI at the end of the event.

October 29, 2018,  4-6:30 p.m.
Science Lecture Hall 256

Kinsey Sicks

For over 20 years America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet has served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals in every kind of town you can imagine! Their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned the Kinsey Sicks a diverse and devoted following.

October 29, 2018,  7:30-9 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

Reading by The Bold Writers I – Short Stories & Memoirs

Members of The Bold Writers I will share short story and memoir readings. Their fiction and nonfiction readings in 2016 and 2017 on Albright’s campus were received enthusiastically, with their presence inspiring students and community alike. These 4 lively writers love bringing voice to their words. They also share their experiences about the art of getting literary work published.

October 30, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m.
Faculty Club, Alumni Hall

Facul-Tea: Dr. Jennifer Koosed “Reading Judith in the Age of #MeToo”

Artemisia Gentileschi painted Judith and Holofernes in 1612-1613, long before the New York Times expose on Harvey Weinstein inaugurated the latest round of the #MeToo movement. Yet, the image of a woman cutting off the head of her would-be attacker as he lay drunk on his bed is a potent expression of the rage many feel in this cultural moment. This talk will read the book of Judith (written around 100 B.C.E. and part of the Bibles Apocrypha) through the #MeToo movement, which was begun by Tarana Burke (2006) and re-ignited by Alyssa Milano (2017) in order to draw attention to the pervasiveness of sexual violence. As a part of this exploration, we will also look at a number of paintings of Judith including the two that Gentileschi painted of the books most dramatic scene.

November 1, 2018
4-5 p.m., Gingrich Library Group Study Room A/B

Spotted Lanternfly: Identification, Control and Education

Session includes information on the introduction and biology of this invasive insect, as well as, potential hazardous effects this species can have on our environment, economy, and quality of life. Biosecurity measures and methods of control will also be covered along with ways we can help to teach the public, students, and our colleagues about the previously mentioned topics.

November 1, 2018
6-7:30 p.m., Science Center, Room 255

Origins and Evolutions of Hip-Hop and Rap in France

As part of Albright’s celebration of National French Week, Benoit Boutruche, visiting instructor of French, will present a historical, cultural, and musical analysis of Hip-Hop and Rap in France from the 1980s to today.

November 1, 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m., Science Center, Room 256

Digital Humanities/Digital Cultures

Miriam Posner of UCLA will be our latest Mellon Foundation-funded speaker and will discuss digital humanities in an open forum moderated by Prof. Kate Lehman to discuss what the digital humanities are and how they intersect a variety of cultural and educational issues.

November 5, 2018
4:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Women in Leadership

The Dearden Society Panel Series Presents: Women in Leadership An Albright Alumni Panel. . The Albright College Women Leader Alumni panel will share with all students their experiences of being a woman leader, what key elements attributed to their success, advice for future women leaders, and their thoughts on the future for women in leadership. This speaker panel will also enlighten the Dearden Honor Society students that participate in the Dearden Leadership Academy Mentor training and then assist in the Reading High School Dearden Leadership Academy training

November 7, 2018,  4-5 p.m.
Science Center, Room 256

Dynasty Fashion Show

The Fall fashion show is hosted by AAS. Our Dynasty fashion show is usually where the designers will embrace their culture and share it through their amazing designs. Performers as well are able to showcase their talents to other albright students.

This event will not just have fashion but also performances from, poets, singers, rappers and many more.

November 10, 2018
8 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge

French-Speaking World through Film: Screening and Discussion of “La Guerre est déclarée” by Valérie Donzelli

As part of Albright College’s National French Week, the French Division of the Department of World Languages and Cultures will screen Valarie Donzelli’s critically acclaimed film “La Guerre est declaree” (Declaration of War) on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Science 256. Based on actual events, the film showcases the power of love in the face of adversity, as a couple cares for their dangerously ill son. After the screening, professor Arcana Albright, Ph.D. of the French Division will lead a discussion. The film is in French and will be shown with English subtitles

November 12, 2018,  5:30-7:30 p.m.
Science Center, Room 256

Not So Sweet Revenge: Revenge Porn and its Implications

Revenge pornography is a devious tool of blackmail in our age of social media and smartphones in which lewd photos exchanged between two parties are leaked in order to ruin the lives of others. Please join Captain Paul Reilly of the Reading Police Department, Assistant District Attorney Meg McCallum of Reading, Grant Project Coordinator Macy Lengle, Campus Advocate for Safe Berks/Paralegal Stacey Jordan, and the Peer to Peer Educators for an evening of enlightened discussion.

November 13, 2018
7 p.m., Roessner 205

Facul-Tea with Dr. Thompson: The Psychology of Wolf Hatred

Dr Thompson will be speaking on the following topic: In states where wolves have been reintroduced or where they are protected by law, certain segments of the population have developed an openly hateful attitude about wolves in which they appear to want them to be eradicated from the areas that they identify with. They don’t exhibit the same types of attitudes towards other predators such as bears and mountain lions even though these animals can and do cause far more damage to livestock and human livelihood in some of these same places. So, what is it about wolves and humans that has in the past and continues in the present to cause some humans to vilify them? This presentation will provide some unexpected findings about human psychology that help to explain why some people develop such negative attitudes about wolves.

November 15, 2018,  4 p.m.
Gingrich Library

Protein solvation site-specifically surveyed by unnatural amino acids

The ability to incorporate unnatural amino acids (UAAs) site specifically in proteins greatly enhances the biochemists toolbox. New UAAs with various functions have been developed to study protein structure and tune protein function. UAAs, containing a small functional group

November 15, 2018, 8 p.m.
Science Center lecture hall, room 256

Curbside Chic

Curbside Chic is a fashion runway show presented by Club Vogue. The theme is streetwear to high fashion, showcasing the trends prevalent from New York City to Reading and every other city. The garments shown on the runway are hand made or upcycled in some way from thrift stores. The show is accompanied by a DJ and a performance by XION Step and Dance Team.

November 16, 2018
6-8 p.m., LifeSports Center

A Liberal Arts Education as Foundation: A Thank You Note to Albright College

by Mukoma wa Ngugi ’94

This lecture is given in memory of Gerald and Helen Androne by Mary Jane Androne, who taught in the Albright College English Department from 1972 to 2016 and Richard Androne, who taught in the Albright College English Department from 1973 to 2017.

November 19, 2018

6-8 p.m., McMillan Student Center, South Lounge

Pedro Rivera: Pennsylvania Secretary of Education

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Mr. Pedro Rivera, will share stories of his experiences in education and address current issues facing our Pennsylvania education system. Q&A session with refreshments will follow the presentation.

November 27, 2018,  4 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Room 100


Di you ever wonder about the impact of trophy hunting on big game populations? Can trophy hunting actually be successful in conserving wildlife? The movie Trophy! follows a big-game hunter in his quest for Africa’s “Big 5” and addresses the relationship between trophy hunting and conservation. After the movie, Dr. Stephen Mech will discuss some of the conservation issues from the film in more depth and answer questions from the audience. This event is co-sponsored by ACES and the Sustainability House

November 27, 2018
6-8:30 p.m., Science 256

Eating Animals: A Documentary Viewing

Directed and produced by Christopher Quinn (Sundance award winner God Grew Tired of Us), Eating Animals tells the story of the beginning of the end of factory farming. Produced with Academy Award winner Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer, the film is the feature-length adaptation of Foer’s critically acclaimed book of the same name that starts out with a simple question ”where do our eggs, dairy and meat come from?” Through the intimate narratives of several farmers dedicated to bringing their trade and the way we eat back to its roots, the film explores the notion of stepping away from the practices of the past 40 years that have polluted our environment, endangered our health, and caused us all to be complicit in the inhumane treatment of animals. Looking at the costs we’ve incurred as our country has become dominated by massive industrial complexes designed to feed the masses, Eating Animals paints a picture of a future where traditional farming is no longer a distant memory, but is instead the only way forward.

November 28, 2018
4-6 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Sociology of Star Wars: Presenting Character Arcs in a Galaxy Not So Far Away

Join the students from Dr. Kiester’s FYS, Star Wars: The Good, The Bad, and The Sociology, who will be presenting their 4th hour projects on Character Arcs in the Star Wars Saga. Each of the 5 presentations will discuss the character they followed over a series of 3+ films over the course of the semester. As a means of demonstrating social interaction, they will also discuss the ways in which each character was acted upon by forces external to themselves as well as who/what they acted upon. Listen to fellow students demonstrate their newfound sociological perspectives and expertise on a galaxy far, far, away and learn about the “Students as Partners” approach to learning that shaped this class.

November 29, 2018
7 p.m., Science Center, Room 256

Rationally Designed Coordination Complexes as Catalysts and Reagents for Small Molecule Transformations

Base metals or the abundant and inexpensive transition metals such as cobalt, copper, and nickel are prime candidates for use in catalysts that can transform hydrocarbons and other small molecules into value-added products. The relative abundance of these metals means that their mining and extraction is typically greener than that of conventional choices of precious metals such as palladium, rhodium, and iridium. The challenges to using these metals comes from being able to control and direct their reactivity. This talk will focus on Dr. Piro’s work with Albright students on the design and synthesis of organic ligands to hold base metal ions in a defined geometry, to direct their reactivity toward classically unreactive substrates while avoiding unwanted side-reactions, and to understand the pathways by which these reactions occur to allow for better design opportunities in the future.

December 6, 2018
4:30 p.m., Science 256

V-day MMRP

The understanding of the female body and equality for all persons. Opening a conversation for taboo topics including sexual assault and abuse, rape, ignorance and many more experiences.

February 9, 2019
8-9:15 p.m., Wachovia Theater

Reading and Book Signing by poet Willie Perdomo

Puerto Rican poet Willie Perdomo shares his Latin-infused poetry and discusses his work on raising funds to assist post-Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

April 4, 2019
4:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall