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February 2020

Fulbright Scholarship Program with Waldo Alvarado

February 19 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Fulbright Scholarship The Fulbright Scholarship program was established in 1946 under the leadership of then Senator J. William Fulbright. Administered by the Department of State, it is one of several United States cultural exchange programs whose goal is to promote intercultural relations, cultural diplomacy, and intercultural competence between citizens of the United States and other countries. The program has awarded approximately 370,000 scholarships to American and foreign students since the inception. Mr. Waldo Alvarado, Director of Equity and Diversity for the…

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Haiti 10 Years after the Earthquake with Prof. Adam John

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusive, Global Committee of the YMCA Albright University professor Adam John will provide an update on what has happened in Haiti in the 10 years since a devastating earthquake when the World Affairs Council holds its Wednesday, Feb. 12, luncheon program at the Inn at Reading. More than 200,000 people reportedly died as a result of the magnatude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. About 300,000 were injured and 1.5 million were left…

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January 2020

East Penn Today, Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

January 15 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

In seven remarkable decades, East Penn Manufacturing, headquartered in Lyons, Pennsylvania, has grown from a one-room shop with a product line of five automobile batteries to one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers with over 10,000 employees, 450 product designs, and hundreds of awards for manufacturing and environmental excellence. East Penn manufactures and distributes throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico and has a growing footprint elsewhere internationally in Europe, Asia, and Australia.  Chris Pruitt, President and CEO, will address…

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Venezuela: a tough transition to democracy

January 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

For Video playback, click HERE Dr. Paul D. Esqueda, Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Berks and a Professor of Engineering, will discuss Venezuela during the World Affairs Council’s Jan. 8 luncheon program. He will give an update on main events in Venezuela during 2019 and will share his vision of a potential transition to democracy. Esqueda’s areas of interest are project management, negotiations and operations management. He has a particular interest in developing negotiation case studies.…

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December 2019

Making Sense of the Iranian Escalation with Behnam Ben Taleblu

December 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

SPONSORED BY WEIK CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at FDD where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Behnam previously served as a research fellow and senior Iran analyst at FDD. Prior to his time at FDD, Behnam worked on non-proliferation issues at an arms control think-tank in Washington. Leveraging his subject-matter expertise and native Farsi skills, Behnam has closely tracked a wide range of Iran-related topics including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic…

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Penn State Film Series – Shoplifters

December 3, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Luerssen Building, Room 5, 1801 Broadcasting Rd
Reading, PA 19610 United States

The fourth and final film in this year's Global Oscar Film Series is the Japanese movie Shoplifters. On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

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November 2019

First Year Seminar Lecture: David Brooks

November 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alvernia Physical Education Center, 920 Laverna Dr
Reading, PA 19607 United States

Acclaimed New York Times Columnist, David Brooks, will speak to Alvernia's First Year Seminar classes on his book, "The Road to Character", this year's common read. David Brooks became an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. His column appears every Tuesday and Friday. He is currently a commentator on "PBS NewsHour," NPR's "All Things Considered" and NBC's "Meet the Press." David Brooks is the author of many books and writes about politics, culture and the social…

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Global Volunteers with Tom McMahon

November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS…WITH “GLOBAL VOLUNTEERS” Short term (1-3 week) volunteer vacations are becoming increasingly popular among individuals and families who love to travel, experience different cultures, and make a working contribution to improve people’s lives. Since 1984, more than 33,000 people ranging in age from 10 to 92 have served others through the Global Volunteers program. Volunteers primarily work with children teaching conversational English, math and life skills….also with seniors in crafts, light tasks in organic gardens, and building maintenance such…

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A Peaceful Revolution: 30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
McFarland Student Union #218 PA United States
Free
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Penn State Film Series – Capernaum (Lebanon)

November 12, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Luerssen Building, Room 5, 1801 Broadcasting Rd
Reading, PA 19610 United States

The third film in this year's Global Oscar Film Series is the Lebanonese movie "Capernaum".  Hope you and/or your students can join us Tuesday, November 12, 6:15 pm in Luerssen 005. After running away from his poverty-stricken life in the slums of Beirut, 12-year-old Zain travels to a coastal town where he meets Ethiopian immigrant Rahil and her toddler son Yonas. Rahil takes Zain in and he becomes Yonas's babysitter, but Zain's life is again upended when Rahil disappears, prompting…

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