Alvernia Student Panel


Jodi Radosh, Ph.D., associate director of service-learning and community based research and associate professor of English and communication at Alvernia University is the moderator of this student panel presentation. Dr. Radosh is an advisor for the Alvernia student television program “What’s New at the U.”


Katy Eby, Megan McCue, Jessica Heller, Maria Locicero, Jessica Slavin, and alumnus J. D. Sellgren ’05 give an encore presentation of their panel, which was a highlight event of the 2011 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

About the Panel

Harry Potter has cast a spell on a generation of readers and movie goers. This panel explores the international sensation of this series in its multi-media forms with specific focus on the books, films, websites, and new theme park to better understand Potter’s appeal.

The panel discusses the themes of tolerance, feminism, truth, friendship, and good versus evil, which are at the core of the Potter series. Is the popularity of this series a result of media marketing or is there truly something magical about the characters and lessons found within the series that has enchanted millions?

Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.

Img: Harry Potter Panel

This event is part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia

Start Date: 10/18/2011 2:00 pm
End Date: 10/18/2011 4:00 pm
Location: Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall
Price: Free
Sponsor: Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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