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December 2019

Penn State Film Series – Shoplifters

December 3 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Brazil Wants Results: Less Violence, Economic Growth, and Respect for the Rule of Law with Anna Prusa

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

For video replay, click HERE Anna is currently an Associate at the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center. Before joining the Brazil Institute, Anna was at the Albright Stonebridge Group and U.S. Department of State’s Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs. While at the State Department, among other roles, she assisted in preparations for President Obama's 2011 trip to Brazil and Chile and covered regional security issues, including coordinating State's participation in the 2011 Latin American follow-up to the…

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October 2019

Issues Impacting the Middle East with Ambassador Ido Aharoni

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Miller Center for the Arts, 4 N 2nd St.
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Mr. Aharoni is a 25-year veteran of Israel's foreign service, including serving for six years as Consul-General in New York, overseeing the operations of Israel’s largest diplomatic mission worldwide. He has been recognized for his contribution to the field of public diplomacy from national Jewish organizations and other social-impact charities. He is the Founder of two annual public diplomacy conferences: BTC (Broadening the Conversation 2011-2014) and the Beyond Conference (2015 to present.) In 2015, he was awarded Honorary Governor by…

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The Politics of Division with Terry Madonna

October 16 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

G. Terry Madonna is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. He is also the Director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. In the early 1970s, he served as County Commissioner of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. To Register: Call (610) 375-7880 or email contactus@wacreading.org Cost to attend: $10 all attendees

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Crisis in U.S. Immigration Policy: Headache along the U.S. – Mexican Border with Lawrence Cohen

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

For video replay, click HERE Mr.Cohen will describe current US immigration policy, examination the roots of the crisis on our southern border, and raise questions about the current, unsustainable situation. Lawrence Cohen is a retired diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. During his Foreign Service career, Mr. Cohen served in Mexico, Honduras, India, Hungary, Nigeria, Brazil, and Afghanistan. His Washington, D.C., assignments included stints in the Office of Environmental Policy working on bilateral U.S.-Mexico and NAFTA issues, and as…

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September 2019

Alice Paul: Women’s Suffragist with Hallie Vaughan

September 18 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery, 1245 Penn Ave
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Alice Paul was a vocal leader of the 20th Century women's suffrage movement. Born on 1/11/1885 in Mount Laurel, NJ, she was brought up with the Quaker traditions of gender equality and working to improve society. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1905 and would earn 4 more degrees in her lifetime. She joined the National American Women's Suffrage Association and led the Washington DC Chapter. After splitting with NAWSA and forming the National Women's Party, she organized parades and pickets,…

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