Arts and Lecture Series

Arts and Lecture Series

Fall 2017 Arts & Lecture Events

Monday, August 28, 2017
12:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Perkins Student Center Auditorium

Sean Reed: College Under the Influence

Sean Reed is an inspirational speaker and published author. His book “College Under the Influence” is based on a true story and research regarding college students drinking alcohol, and the ability to overcome negative consequences by creating a self-awareness for safer drinking. Reed points out the elephant in the corner of the room on social issues and consequences dealing with alcohol consumption and solutions to a repetitive problem. There will be two opportunities to catch Sean’s presentation: Monday, August 28 at 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Perkins Auditorium. Sean will be giving away his book and signing immediately following the evening session. Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Call 610-396-6076 for information.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
8:00 p.m.
Perkins Student Center Auditorium

Joe Szimhart: Artist and Cult Information Specialist

Joe Szimhart is an artist, author, lecturer, mental health professional and specialist in cult information, intervention, and education. A Cult Information Specialist provides consultation, education, research and non-coercive intervention that addresses controversial groups, cults, psychotherapies, or relationships that apply undue influence through manipulation and thought reform techniques. Don’t miss the reception following the Frederick H. Gaige Award Exhibit that is prior to the lecture! Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Call 610-396-6076 for information.

Thursday, September 21 & Friday, September 22, 2017
7:00 p.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Perkins Student Center Auditorium

Jim Fitzgerald: Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Alumni of Penn State Berks

Penn State Alumni, Jim Fitzgerald, remains an active criminal profiler and forensic linguist, even after retiring in 2007 with 20 years in the FBI as a Supervisory Special Agent along with 11 years before that as a police officer/detective/sergeant on the Bensalem Twp. (PA) Police Dept. During his law enforcement career, he successfully investigated numerous homicides, sexual assaults, and other violent crimes, as well as matters of international notoriety to include the Unabomber, Anthrax, Jon Benet Ramsey, and DC Sniper cases as a profiler and/or a forensic linguist.

Fitzgerald is currently being featured in a mini-series on the Discovery Channel called “Manhunt: Unabomber”. His character is being portrayed by actor Sam Worthington from “Avatar” and “Hacksaw Ridge.” Jim is also one of two technical advisers for CBS-TV’s Criminal Minds, is co-host and executive producer of A&E’s Killer Profile, and has appeared on CNN as well as radio programs, television programs, internet programs, podcasts, along with other media interviews. Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Given the anticipated interest of this speaker, please call 610-396-6076 after August 28, 2017 to obtain tickets on a first-come, first-served, basis.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Perkins Student Center Auditorium

Angel Colon: Pulse Nightclub Survivor

When Angel Colon decided to out for a fun night with his friends on June 11, 2016, he had no idea that by the early morning hours of June 12, his life would be changed forever. Born and raised in Massachusetts and a current resident of Orlando, Florida, Angel Colon is a 26-year-old, full of like and survivor of the deadliest shootings in US history. Colon is a dynamic keynote speaker that aims to inspire the audience with love and hope. A compelling storyteller, Colon shares his life experience and the obstacles he faces prior to the deadly attack at Pulse, and his permanent road to recovery afterwards. No matter who the audience is, Colon’s journey of triumph and resilience is a story for our times. Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Call 610-396-6076 for information.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Perkins Student Center Auditorium

Norma Tamayo: Common Read Author of “A Girl Named Nina”

Penn State Berks selected Norma Tamayo’s book, A Girl Named Nina, as the common reading for new students entering college at Berks in 2017. Norma Tamayo has been named an Award Winning Author for her young adult novel, A Girl Named Nina, by the International Latino Book Awards, the largest awards in the United States celebrating achievements in Latino literature and culture. She was born and raised in New York City. She is of Puerto Rican descent and is bilingual in English and Spanish. As a transient child herself, Norma spent most of her childhood years living in apartment buildings in Brooklyn and later in Jersey City and Hoboken. She is a playwright, actor, and registered nurse who has worked at the Reading Hospital for a number of years. She currently teaches the Health Medical Professions program at Reading Muhlenberg CTC, where she works with high school students. Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Call 610-396-6076 for information. Additionally, we are offering a FREE dinner with Norma Tamayo! RSVP to amc5300@psu.edu if you would like to attend. Space is limited. The dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. on October 18.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Perkins Student Center Auditorium

Shaun King: Senior Justice Writer for NY Daily News/Prominent Black Lives Matter Leader

Shaun King is one of many voices—though an increasingly prominent voice—within the Black Lives Matter movement. By using social media to highlight, amplify, and discuss news of police brutality, racial discrimination, and other civil rights issues, King has become an indispensable source for extending crucial conversations about social justice and equality.

Shaun King has written extensively about the Black Lives Matter movement, covering discrimination, police brutality, the prison industrial complex, and social justice in the wake of violence in New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina, and other cities. He is Senior Justice Writer at the New York Daily News, a regular political commentator for The Young Turks and on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and was Justice Writer for Daily Kos. Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Call 610-396-6076 for information. Additionally, we are offering a FREE dinner with Shaun King! RSVP to amc5300@psu.edu if you would like to attend. Space is limited. The dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. on November 15.