The Experience

View the Experience Events Calendar Here

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

Blackbird by David Harrower

Sat., March 2, 8 p.m. & Sun., March 3, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Mathematics Colloquium: “On John Conway’s Wizard Problem”

Consider the following riddle: Last night I sat behind two wizards on a bus and overheard the following: Blue Wizard: I have a positive integer number of children, whose ages are positive integers. The sum of their ages is the number of this bus, while the product is my own age. Red Wizard: How interesting! Perhaps if you told me your age and the number of your children, I could work out their individual ages? Blue Wizard: No, you could not. Red Wizard: Aha! At last, I know how old you are! Apparently the Red Wizard had been trying to determine the Blue Wizard’s age for some time. Now, what was the number of the bus? There are a lot of interesting mathematics behind this riddle. In this talk Dr. Wong will discuss the solution of this puzzle and uncover some of the mathematics behind this interesting riddle.

March 6, 2019
4 – 5 p.m., CCM 100C

Scottish Genes, African Tapestry: Creating Poetry From History

Dr. Artress Bethany White presents her poetry and archival research on personal ties to one of the largest slaveholding families in the U.S. Her project was funded by a 2018 Albright Summer Research Grant.

March 7, 2019
4:30 pm, CFA 235

The Dearden Entrepreneurship Panel

The Dearden Entrepreneurship Panel discussion will provide Albright College students with a real-world perspective of entrepreneurs. It will feature alumni and business owners from the local community who are entrepreneurs from various fields of study.

March 13 2019
6 – 8 p.m., CFA 235

Ideal Space / Painful Place: Emerging Writers Read Poetry & Prose

Five women from the Albright-Berks community share creative visualizations, poetry, journal entries and prose from a workshop that focuses closely on the need to unearth and express traumatic and pain-related episodes of life through writing.

March 13, 2019
6:30 p.m., Faculty Club

All the Feels: Point-Line-Plane

Where does a body begin? End? How does life emerge in the in-between? This quasi-interactive lecture-discussion will present an assemblage of arguments, quotations, artful moments, brief musical interludes, and a loose stringing-together of audience participation — all organized around the capacity of a collective feeling for what moves through points of contact, lines of connection and dis-connection, and an ever-present plane of ongoing composition. This lecture, a part of Albright’s ongoing series of Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholars in the Humanities, will offer a general introduction to the field of Affect Studies and will discuss its potential to spark interaction and conversation across divisions of the Arts and Humanities.

March 14, 2019

4 p.m., Klein Hall

Reflections on the Legacy of the Rwandan Genocide: International Laws, International Relations, and the Continuing Struggle to Say Never Again

As part of the World Affairs Club spring lecture series, Dr. Adam John, Dr. Irene Langran and Amanda Hornberger will examine efforts to prevent genocide and protect vulnerable populations around the globe with the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide looming on the horizon.

March 26, 2019
4:30 p.m., CFA 235

Soldier Stories

Three local writers will read and discuss original narratives of what it’s like to be deployed, to survive battle, and to process what happens in the mind after military engagement.

March 26, 2019
6:30 p.m., Faculty Club

Culturally Competent Leadership

This is an interactive workshop that provides hands-on learning about how the culture and life experiences of team members affect planning and execution of a group project through role-play.

March 27, 2019
5:30 p.m., CFA 235

Facul-tea: Dr. Susan Hughes “Do You Sound Attractive? What the Sound of Your Voice Can Reveal to Others”

Beyond the meaning of the words and language we speak, the sound of our voice appears to serve as a strong medium for the transmission of information that we may not otherwise realize or expect, especially to our potential mates. This talk will address how the sound of our voice can relay information about our physical appearance, our attractiveness, and even our sexual behavior and mating success, as well as a host of other traits. Data will be presented describing how we manipulate the sound of our voice when speaking to others, particularly toward those to whom we are attracted or in a romantic relationship. There will also be a discussion about vocal stereotypes and what we think about the sound of our own voice. This talk will be framed using an evolutionary psychology perspective and provide insight as to why the tonal qualities of voice is such an important vehicle of human communication, especially within mating contexts.

March 28, 2019
4-5 p.m., Group Study Rooms A/B, Gingrich Library

Next-Generation Personalized Immunotherapies for Treating Cancer

In this presentation, two new personalized immunotherapeutic approaches being developed to address shortcomings of recently approved cancer immunotherapies and boost clinical response rates will be introduced.

March 28, 2019
4:30 p.m., Science Center, Room 256

LunaFest Film Screening

LUNAFEST is making a mark in the film industry by creating a platform for women’s untold stories and working to increase opportunity for women filmmakers. All short films featured are for, by, and about women.

March 30 2019
4 – 5:30 p.m., CFA 235

Epidemiology of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections

Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection discovered in the 1970s, is now the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the US with an estimated 300,000 new cases each year. At lease five additional tick-borne infections have emerged since then. The origins of these epidemics and the reasons for their increasing impact upon public health have been the major topics of research for Dr. Durland Fish over the past 30 years.  He has published more than 150 articles and has appeared in many news and documentary programs, including ABC Nightline, The Discovery Channel and BBC. His interest in tick-borne disease began in Reading, where he was employed by the PA Dept of Health upon graduation from Albright.

This Experience Event is sponsored by the Experience and Albright’s Public Health Program.

Tuesday, April 2
4:30 p.m., McMillan Student Center South Lounge

The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: A Story of Spiritual Resistance During the Holocaust, 15th Annual Richard J. Yashek Memorial Lecture

A group of ghetto inmates risked their lives to rescue thousands of Jewish books, manuscripts and documents from the Nazis, who intended to loot, deport and destroy these cultural treasures. The rescue operation, which lasted 18 months, was an act of resistance, an affirmation of human dignity and an expression of faith that the Jewish people and their culture would survive. Some of the inmates survived the Holocaust and dug up the hidden treasures, many of which eventually made traveled to the United States and Israel.

April 3, 2019
7:30 p.m., CCSL

Facul-tea: “Why Do They Hate Wolves in the Wild West? An Investigation of the Underlying Psychology

This presentation by Dr. Barty Thompson, associate professor of Sociology, will provide some unexpected findings of human psychology that help to explain why some people develop negative attitudes to wolves.

April 4, 2019
4 p.m., Group Study Rooms A/B, Gingrich Library

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

Epsilon Nu Pre-Law Society: Alumni Law Panel

The Law Panel will have various practicing Attorneys who are young Albright Alumni that will discuss their journeys to law school and the legal field. Students will have the chance to listen to their professional experiences for the first part of the panel and then ask interactive questions during the latter half. The goal is to enlighten students to the challenges faced pursuing a professional legal education while providing expert opinion and advice on how to overcome potential obstacles they may face along the way.

April 4, 2019
7 p.m., Roessner Hall 100

Fashion Alumni Panel

Alumni of Albright College with varying careers in the fashion industry are invited back to share experiences and give advice about the fashion industry. After the discussion, the alumni will be available for networking.

April 5, 2019
7 p.m., Science 256

Career Path of an Actuary and Math in the Business World

Come and enjoy an amazing presentation by two actuaries that will open your eyes to all the possibilities of the actuarial career. They will explore the different types of actuary specialties, run through some mathematical models, and discuss math in the business world. Any and all majors are welcome, you might discover that this is a career interest for you.

April 8, 2019

5:30 p.m., CFA 235

Mending Masculinity

Mending masculinity is a collaborative spoken word tour featuring Kavi Ade & Vision. Through performance poetry, generative writing workshops, and critical dialogue the duo utilizes their separate lenses (as a transgender queer person and as a cisgender heterosexual person) to cultivate a conversation that encompasses all forms of masculinity, the performance of gender, and the inherent toxicity of gendered binaries in a patriarchal world.

April 8, 2019
7 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge

Now You Know

This event is a screening of the short film, “Now You Know” co-wrote and co-directed by Alma Felix, Albright Student, and Esther Verkouw. The film highlights the dangers of lead poisoning and the children who are permanently affected by it, while providing information on the health issue as well as preventative measures. The film will be followed by a panel discussion of faculty members, including Hillary Aquino. The event will end with a reception where attendees can have free discourse and interact with the panelist and directors of the film.

April 9, 2019
5 p.m., CFA 235

Shake, Rattle, & Roll: Capturing Snapshots of Metalloproteins in Action

In this talk, the conformational gymnastics involved in ribonucleotide reduction are considered. Ribonucleotide reductases (RNRs) are metalloenzymes that convert ribonucleotides (the building blocks of RNA) to deoxyribonucleotides (the building blocks of DNA). RNRs are targets for cancer chemotherapies and have been proposed to be candidates for antimicrobial therapies due to these key functions. In this talk, I will describe what we have learned about how RNRs shake, rattle, and roll to accomplish their critical cellular function.

April 10, 2019
7:30 p.m., CFA 235

Action Research: Working with Communities in the U.S. and India

Action Research is a research methodology that combines research with intervention of “action.” It is characterized by a collaborative relationship between the researcher and an organization or community that perceives an issue of concern. The research can help to further define or understand the problem, to intervene, or to advocate for specific solutions. Action Research is an important concept for researchers, social scientists, policy makers, and local and global leaders to understand and consider in their work. Marquisha Lawrence Scott will discuss the components of Action Research and how this methodology can be utilized from local community issues (e.g. Crisis in Ferguson, MO) to larger global economic concerns (e.g. Digital Banking in India).

April 11, 2019
4 p.m., CFA 235

Sinners, Saints, and Misfits: When Religious and Disabilities Studies Intersect

In this lecture, Darla Schumm unpacks the complex ways in which the sinner and saint controlling images of people with disabilities produce, reinforce, and perpetuate the ideological justification-whether intentionally or unintentionally- for designating people with disabilities as the inferior other within their religious communities. Schumm offers feminist disability studies scholar Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s conception of misfitting as a deliciously disruptive controlling image as well as an avenue for reorienting thinking about disability more generally, and for complicating the sinner and saint controlling images in particular.

April 11, 2019
4:30 p.m., Science 256

The Bystander Effect: Where do YOU Stand?

A deep dive into the bystander will be presented, from why people become bystanders, if you have ever been a bystander, to how to not be a bystander in important information. A panel will also be presented by Safe Berks. There will be two YouTube videos for educational purposes, A “snowball” survey and discussion, and a presentation covering what was discussed.

April 11, 2019
7 p.m., CFA 235

Sex and Excess: Surviving the Party with Elaine Pasqua

Elaine Pasqua will discuss the affects of alcohol on the body and explain the risks that come with alcohol consumption. Through her interactive presentation she will explain ways for partying responsibly, respecting one another, and keeping each other safe.

April 12, 2019
6 p.m., CFA 235

When Loss Isn’t Losing: Supporting Mental Health

Alfred North Whitehead’s metaphysics is known for providing an alternative theological response to the problem of evil. In fact, Whitehead redefines evil as loss–causing us to both redefine the prevalence of loss and creatively approach the ways we address loss. Dr. Coleman will consider Whitehead’s concept of loss in the context of mental health and draw from Whitehead’s vision of an ideal society to suggest spiritual practices for living with mental health challenges.

April 15, 2019
4:30 p.m., McMillan Student Center South Lounge

The Bristlecone Project

The emotional and informative 30-minute documentary is an inspiring introduction about men and their individual stories of healing and the narrative of how the Bristlecone Project has grown since its creation in 2013. After viewing this documentary, a local male speaker who participated in the film, will talk about his experiences as a survivor of sexual abuse. Following the presentation, a panel of professionals who are experts in dealing with sexual misconduct will talk about their role within the community and provide the opportunity to answer questions the audience may ask.

April 18, 2019
4 p.m., CFA 235

Cell phones, Wireless and 5G

This presentation will give a scientific and public policy review of the impacts of cell phones, wireless radiation and 5G on human health. Peer reviewed research has linked cell phone radiation to effects on sleep, brain development, the immune system, cancer and more. Several peer reviewed studies have reported that exposure to electromagnetic radiation results in oxidative stress which affects mitochondria and DNA. The recent groundswell of public concern about 5G that has resulted in new legislation and protective policies in several states will be discussed as well as policies in several European countries.

April 24, 2019
7 p.m., CFA 235

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Event includes a presentation from a sexual assault survivor, Brittany Piper, a march around Albright’s campus, anonymous readings of sexual assault victim’s stories, followed by a candlelight vigil and free food to end the night. The event is a protest against rape and other forms of sexual, relationship and domestic violence.

April 25, 2019
4 p.m., Science Field

2019 Annual Fashion Showcase

Celebrate the hard work of Albright’s student fashion designers and merchandisers through exhibition displays and a high-energy runway show.  This is one annual event you don’t want to miss!

Saturday, May 4
4 p.m., Wachovia Theater

Celebrate Spring, a Choral Concert

Say farewell to the graduating seniors in Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale in their final performance of the season.

Saturday, May 4
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel