Black History Month

Several events will be held at Alvernia during Black History Month:

Luncheon and discussion on racism and religion with our emerging Religious Literacy Project (Campus Ministry)
January 28, 12 p.m., Student Center, PDR

Panel discussion with the Reading Chapter of the NAACP & Reading Eagle journalist Jason Brudereck: A 50-year overview of the civil rights movement and how the movement ties with King’s Dream. 
January 28, 6 p.m., Bernardine Lecture Hall

ACOR Art Exhibit - Nelson Mandela: We Celebrate You
Month of February, Francis Hall Atrium

Screening of 42: the true story of Jackie Robinson, the African-American who broke the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947.
February 3, 7:30 p.m., Bernardine Lecture Hall

Follow-up lecture by Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson, acclaimed author and educational consultant for Major League Baseball. Ms. Robinson oversees the character education program Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life.
February 6, 7 p.m., Bernardine Lecture Hall

Screening and discussion of The Great Debaters: the true story of the successful efforts of coach Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) at historically black Wiley College to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s. 
February 11, 7:30 p.m., Bernardine Lecture Hall

ACOR Art Exhibit Reception
February 13, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Francis Hall Atrium

Lecture/discussion with George Rice ’85 (Alvernia alumnus and trustee) about his book And the Seine Called, the story of an African-American soldier who stumbles across an incident along the banks of the River Seine in Paris just after World War II...and the intrigue that follows.February 24, 6 p.m., Francis Hall Auditorium

Start Date: 2/1/2014
End Date: 2/25/2014
Sponsor: Cross-Cultural Services
Contact: To learn more, please contact Wanda Copeland, director of Freshman Foundations and Cross-Cultural Services, 610.796.8437.
  • 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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