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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.

 

Seminars

 

American Songwriters of the Big Band Era

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 • 1:30 p.m.
Bill Messenger and Mac Given, Ph.D.


Hear stories behind the great songs of the big band era and enjoy performances by pianist Bill Messenger, accompanied by jazz clarinetist Dr. Mac Given. Messenger earned two master’s degrees from John Hopkins University and Dr. Given is a professor and former dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Neumann University. As an active musician, Messenger has collaborated with jazz and folk musicians throughout the U.S. and abroad. The program includes music, video, and storytelling with audience participation.

 


A Tribute to the Cathedrals of Entertainment

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014 • 1:30 p.m.

New Horizons Senior Glee Club/Selma Savitz, director For some, the glory days of theater palaces still echo with unforgettable performances that electrified screaming
fans to ecstasy! New Horizons Senior Glee Club’s program pays tribute to the Palace, the Roxy, the Apollo, Paramount, Radio City Music Hall, and other venues
that gave rise to some of the most celebrated talents of the American stage. Performing for over twenty years, the Club will present songs by Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sophie Tucker, the Big Bands, and other headliners. The award-winning New Horizons Senior Glee Club boasts singers, a band, dancers, costumes and a professional MC.

 

 

I Need My Mummy!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014 • 1:30 p.m.
Stephen Phillips, Ph.D.

 

Come explore the science behind ancient Egyptians mummies, how the mummification process developed through time, and how mummies are actually made with Dr. Stephen Phillips. He will explain why they hold such a fascination in popular
culture and provide numerous images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies collected during his research. As the research assistant to the curator-in-charge of the Egyptian section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology, Dr. Phillips has participated in archaeological excavations in Jordan, France and Egypt specializing in Egyptian mummification techniques and Old Kingdom archaeology of the Giza plateau.

 

 

Bah, Humbug!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014 • 1:30 p.m.

Inside a Dickens Classic: A Christmas Carol Steve Anderson, storyteller Steve Anderson, professional actor/storyteller, explores the cultural history behind Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. How did it take shape? How has it changed our celebration of Christmas? And what is a “humbug” anyway? The program features a live performance of selected scenes of Dickens’ Christmas classic. A perfect way to get into the holiday season!

 


An Afternoon of Irish Dance and Song

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015 • 1:30 p.m.
McDade Cara School of Irish Dance


This Irish Dance Ensemble, located in Drexel Hill, Edgmont and West Chester, has been performing for many years, and has competed at the local, regional, national and international level. The dancers enjoy sharing the traditions of their Irish Heritage by performing shows at local nursing homes, parades and other public venues. Come enjoy some great Irish dancing with music that will have you foot stomping to many nostalgic tunes right in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

 


Hail to the Chief: A Visit with Abraham Lincoln

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015 • 1:30 p.m.
Jim Getty, impersonator

 

One of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania’s “most recognized” residents is nationally renowned Lincoln actor and historian, James A. Getty. As Lincoln, Getty has developed “first person” homespun stories of Lincoln’s youth and will share his many
recollections of his personal and political life as the 16th president of the United States. Considered the foremost Lincoln portrayer, Getty is a native of central Illinois, but now lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His programs have won numerous national
awards. You will not want to miss him!

 


 

Special Events

 

Fashion Show & Luncheon
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014 • 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $40


Relax and enjoy the view of the latest styles for women and children as you enjoy a tasty luncheon prepared by the chefs of The Springhaven Club (Wallingford, Pennsylvania). Try your luck on a variety of theme baskets and a cash raffle. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. Fashions provided by local boutiques and various young adult and children’s fashion establishments.

 


A Day of Spiritual Renewal

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 • 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $35


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.

 


High Tea with Special Entertainment

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015 • 2:00 p.m.
The Austin Room • Lia’s Catering
Chichester Avenue, Upper Chichester, PA
Cost: $40


Come enjoy tea, sandwiches and treats in high style while being entertained by
selected musicians and vocalists. Spend a relaxing afternoon with family and friends.
Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite hat!

 

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