Student leader to speak at “Girl Rising” film screening on Feb. 26

The Junior League of Reading and the O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service will present the film, "Girl Rising," on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Francis Hall Auditorium at Alvernia University. Penn State Berks student leader Amanda Gonzalez-Ortiz will be one of the featured speakers after the film, talking about the obstacles she's overcome in pursuing her education.

Tickets are $10 for faculty, staff, and community members, and $5 for students with a student ID. A pre-screening reception will be held at 6 p.m. A discussion will be held after the film. Admission to both the reception and discussion are included in the ticket price.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, "Girl Rising" is a film about the brave young women around the world who are fighting for education for girls. Renowned actors and prize-winning authors collaborate to tell the stories of nine remarkable girls who confronted tremendous challenges to pursue their dreams.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online at Please look for parking information signage the night of the event, including information on a shuttle to and from the auditorium. For information call 610-374-9811 or e-mail [email protected].