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Neumann University Cultural Arts Forum

Founded by Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney, a former broadcast
personality and friend of Neumann University, the Cultural Arts Forum hosts six lectures each year and an annual high tea and fashion show to foster cultural programming and enrich the educational experiences of the University and the larger community. Proceeds from these events benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney student scholarship which assists non-traditional students.

Unless noted, all seminars are held at 1:30 p.m. in the state-of- the-art Fred P. Meagher Theatre, located in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center at Neumann University. The Life Center and Theatre are handicapped accessible.


Admission for seminars is $8, free with $35 Cultural Arts Forum membership. Immediately following each seminar, attendees will enjoy an afternoon treat in the Bruder Life Center. For further information, please contact the Office of Cultural Programming at 610-558-5626.



The History of Magic

Richard and Joanne Gustafson

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Richard Gustafson, assisted by his wife, Joanne, describes the highlights of six of the world’s most famous “modern” magicians, including Houdini, Kellar, Thurston, Chung Ling Soo, and more. This fun-filled program contains demonstrations that were made famous by these master magicians of the past, including “Cutting a Lady in Half” (using a teacher) and “The Floating Lady” (using a student). Thanks to their extensive repertoire of baffling and entertaining tricks, illusions and hilarious audience participation routines, the Gustafsons create fun for all ages.



Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe:
An American Native Experience

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe is a Native American educational and community outreach group. The presenters are historians, musicians, dancers, storytellers, and educators from many different Native American heritages. Through music, songs, dances and stories, they open the eyes, minds and hearts of the viewing audience to the beauty of this culture. During the Powwow the members, though different in heritage, will become one in dance and music.

Special Event
Fashion Show & Luncheon
Cost: $40

Saturday, November 7, 2015 • 11:30 A.M.
Relax and enjoy the view of the latest styles as you enjoy a tasty luncheon prepared by the chefs of Penn Oaks Golf Club (West Chester, PA). Try your luck on a variety of theme baskets and a cash raffle. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. Women’s fashions provided by Claire’s Fashions of Wilmington, Loft of Glen Mills, and children’s fashions by local establishments.

Jack Giampalmi and the Jack Pack

Thursday, November 12, 2015
An Afternoon with Frank Sinatra and Friends Come to an afternoon filled with classic songs from The American Song Book made famous by Frank Sinatra and
other great American performers. Jack Giampalmi, a local vocalist, has performed for crowds as large as 10,000 in various venues throughout the tri-state area. He is president of Management Research and Consulting and is the cofounder
of the AJG Scholarship, a charitable fund providing college scholarships for students with cystic fibrosis.


Christmas Spirit
Bill Messenger and Julie Kurzava

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs and the stories behind their creation. Vocal and instrumental music performances will be peppered with sing-a-longs and audience participation. Professor Bill Messenger is a regular lecturer at the Peabody
Institute and Towson State University. A pianist, he teaches at several colleges and universities, and performs with many known performers. Julie is a singer, actor, and writer, and has performed professionally throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. As an educator, she teaches voice at Loyola University, lectures on musical history at the Peabody Institute Road Scholar Program, and is the founder and executive director of New Moon Theater, a touring company performing for young audiences.


Golda Meir—True Grit
Ann Atkins, Author

Thursday, March 3, 2016
As a child prodigy in principles, Golda Meir challenges any pressure to conform. Running away from home, leading protest parades, and making soapbox speeches, she leaves American comforts behind and builds a place where Jews can live under the protection of their own country. A signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, Meir rises to become Prime Minister of Israel. Author Ann Atkins has lived and worked in Korea, England and Germany as a college instructor, counselor and director of a family support center. Her Flash History biography series includes: Eleanor Roosevelt—Unleashed, Golda Meir—True Grit and Marie Curie—A Nobel Life.

Special Event
A Day of Spiritual Renewal
Cost: $35

Monday, March 7, 2016 • 8:30 A.M.
As Easter approaches, come to a day reserved for quiet communion and contemplation. This short retreat will be conducted in an atmosphere of silence to foster personal prayer life. Held at the Franciscan Spiritual Center at Our Lady of Angels Convent, the day promises to be spiritually refreshing and a perfect way to come together with others in peace and harmony. The day includes presentations by Sister Clare D’Auria, reflection time, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, and lunch. Reservations are required. Call 610-558-5626 for details.


An Astral Harp Experience
Kevin and Janet Witman

Thursday, April 14, 2016
This exciting multimedia event combines amazing astro-photography with stellar harp playing. Kevin Witman expounds on the wonders of the universe through images of space using his own photography in addition to Hubble telescope images and video. His wife Janet enhances the experience with musical harp selections such as, “Moondance,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “What a Wonderful World.” Kevin is a planetarium operator/lecturer at the North Museum in Lancaster, PA. Janet is a nationally awarded harpist, a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music, and director of the Brandywine Orchestra.

Special Event
High Tea with Downton Abbey’s Countess
The Austin Room • Lia’s Catering
Chichester Avenue, Upper Chichester, PA
Cost: $40

Sunday, April 17, 2016 • 2:00 P.M.
As we bid farewell to Downton Abbey, come enjoy tea, sandwiches, and treats in high style and be entertained by the Dowager Countess potrayed by Alisa Dupuy. Spend a relaxing afternoon with family and friends. Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite hat!

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