Updike Scholar Lecture
Jack De Bellis, director of the John Updike Society and advisory editor of the John Updike Review will present his lecture about Updike entitled "Rabbit at Rest in Shillington." Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike grew up in nearby Shillington and penned more than 50 works including Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest. As Professor Emeritus of English at Lehigh University, De Bellis specialized in contemporary and modern American literature, particularly Southern literature, poetry, and John Updike. De Bellis is currently the John Updike Professor in Residence at Alvernia University.
This lecture is free and open to the public. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.Start Date: 2/29/2012 4:00 pm
End Date: 2/29/2012 5:30 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center (formerly the Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center)
Price: free and open to the public
Sponsor: Holleran Center for Community Engagement
Please contact the Holleran Center for Community Engagement, 610-790-1925 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
- 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”
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- 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.
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