O'Pake Institute Events

Recent Events

  • April 12th, Social Network (2010) Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield  Nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor.  The story of Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook.  Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Leadership (particularly in an era of ubiquitous information)

  • Vital SignsBerks County Vital Signs: Brain Gain or Brain Drain Report Release
    March 30th 2016
    at The McGlinn Conference Center from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM.
    Release event for the report for Berks County Community Foundation as part of the Vital Signs series.
    The event is free but registration is required. 
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  • Flying over the pigpenA Talk by Author Doug Tieman, President and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers
    April 6, 2016 at Alvernia Univeristy’s Francis Hall Atrium from  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Doug Tieman is the author of “Flying Over the Pigpen: Tried and True Leadership Lessons from Growing Up on a Farm”
    Growing up on a pig farm, it seemed unlikely that Tieman would reach his goal of becoming CEO by the time he was 40. . . but he did.  By applying the lessons that he shares in this book, he succeeded.  After working for 25 years in the addiction filed, he entered his own personal recovery.  That experience gave him an even greater understanding of the stories that he heard from others in recovery, who shared what they had gone through and the efforts they made to pursue a life of abstinence.  He came to understand that the lessons that apply to life and career aren’t that different from those learned in recovery.

    Tieman believes that one of the issues that many people face is an inability to conceptualize and take methodical steps towards realizing their career goals.  He believes that if more people in recovery could do this, it would bring them to new levels of success and might ultimately benefit the entire field of addiction.  This book succeeds in doing just that.

  • Papal Encyclical Laudato Si and Climate Change
    April 27, 2016 at The McGlinn Conference Center from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    A faculty panel discussion on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change. Each panelist will make a 6 minute presentation.  Bill Portier (Religious Studies faculty at the University of Dayton) will offer a reaction to the presentations, which will be followed by a question and answer period.

    Faculty panelists:
    Corey Harris — Theological Context for Laudato Si
    Stober — The Science of Climate Change
    Kevin Donnelly — Climate Impact on History
    Victoria Williams — Climate Change and International Politics
    Elizabeth Matteo — Outdoor Education and Climate Change
    Cathy Myers — The Paris Climate Agreement
    Sprow — Service Learning and Sustainable Action

    Adam Heinze
    Click on this link to view the document: https://laudatosi.com/watch
    Click on this link to watch a review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWEK8JXQo0M

  • O'Pake Lecture: Rep. Jim Gerlach: The annual O’Pake Lecture delivered by United States Representative Jim Gerlach, discussing "Civility, Compromise and Public Service."

  • Batdorf Lecture: The annual Batdorf Lecture, supported by the Berks Bar Association, promotes dialogue on contemporary ethical issues, important for both students and the local community. The 2015 lecture will focus on "Social Justice & Sentencing Reform."

  • Justice and Mercy:  A Conversation about the Death Penalty
    O’Pake Lecture, November 16, 2015, Francis Hall Theater
    • Richard Dieter: Dieter served as the Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, DC from 1992 to 2015.  He is currently the Senior Policy Director at the Center.
    • Joseph McGettigan: Joe McGettigan served as the First Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, and as an Assistant United States Attorney and a Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General. He was co-trial counsel in the DuPont murder case, and co-trial counsel in the Sandusky child abuse case.
    • Karen Clifton: Karen Clifton is the Executive Director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty. In 2008, Karen spearheaded the formation of the organization which is headquartered in Washington, DC.

  • Civil Rights and Realities: 25 Years after the Americans with Disabilities Act
    An Open Discussion
    November 18, 2015, 7PM
    McGlinn Conference Center Adjacent to the Alvernia University Campus

    2015 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA, which has its roots in several important Pennsylvania Lawsuits, the PARC Consent Decree and the Haldeman v. Pennhurst State School and Hospital Decision. These important decisions established the principles of inclusive community living and the right to an education.  These two Pennsylvania cases spurred the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Jean Searle, Policy Advocate Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
    James W. Conroy, PhD Founder and President Center for Outcome Analysis
    Jaclyn Nagle, Children and Youth Peer Support Coordinator Abilities in Motion


The Institute also partnered in several other programs including:

  • Leadership Berks program on Legends, Leaders and Visionaries, featuring Albert Boscov
  • The Greater Reading Immigration Program’s Immigration Summit
  • The Junior League of Reading’s Young Leaders Summit and screening of “Girl Rising”
  • The Berks County Crime Summit
  • Study trip to Detroit sponsored by the Berks County Community Foundation


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O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service

O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service

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Phone: 610.790.2961


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