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Founded by Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney, a former broadcast personality and friend of Neumann University, the Cultural Arts Forum hosts a variety of events each year 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.

Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs at no additional charge! Call 610-558-5626 for details.

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CULTURAL ARTS FORUM EVENTS

Unless noted, all seminars and lectures are held at 1:30 p.m. in the state-of-the-art Fred P. Meagher Theatre.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 • 1:30 p.m.

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LECTURE SERIES: The Amazing Success of William Penn

Lecture by Jim Murphy 

Discover how William Penn turned a “howling wilderness” into America’s fastest growing city while living in Philadelphia for less than four years. Learn what Philly street name swept across the country; what local site was the second most visited tourist spot in the U.S. after Niagara Falls; and what claim to fame City Hall has over a famous British landmark. Have fun and leave with a much better appreciation for William Penn and his city of Brotherly Love. Mr. Murphy is a certified Philadelphia tour guide and an author of over 55 articles on Philly sites. He published his book Real Philly History, Real Fast in June 2021. Jim lived in Delaware County most of his life and moved to Center City Philadelphia in 2008 where he enjoys the luxury of occasionally sipping breakfast coffee behind Independence Hall while learning from our nation’s founders by osmosis.

ADMISSION: General $10; BUY TICKETS
FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum Members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs for free! SIGN UP TODAY!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2022 • 1:30 p.m.

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LECTURE SERIES: Assisi - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Presented by John Kruse, Ph. D.

Assisi, Italy, is a sacred space within the Franciscan tradition. The natural beauty and social fabric of the city greatly influenced the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare. An examination of sites important in the lives of these two great saints demonstrates not only the historical and spiritual importance of the city but also the crucial message the city offers a world in need, both today and in the future. John Kruse, Ph.D., is a Professor of Theology at Neumann University. Dr. Kruse, an expert in Franciscan history and spirituality, has served as a member of the Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs staff since 2014. He is the author of Discovering the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: A Life-Giving Vision (2017).

ADMISSION: General $10; BUY TICKETS
FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum Members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs for free! SIGN UP TODAY!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2022  • 7:00 p.m.

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Designer Bag Bingo

6:00 p.m. doors open; 7 p.m. games begin
Bruder Gymnasium| Bruder Life Center
* THIS IS AN IN-PERSON EVENT*

Come enjoy an evening of fun while playing bingo for designer bags. Prizes include merchandise by Coach, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and more! Try your luck on a variety of theme baskets and a cash raffle. Bring your own refreshments. Water will be provided. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship.

ADMISSION: $40; $280 Group discount: 8 players for the price of 7. BUY TICKETS. Call 610-558-5626 for additional information.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2022  • 1:30 p.m.

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AUTHOR'S CORNER: Same House, Different Address

Lori Falkenstein & Renee Reed, authors

Renee M. Reed and Lori Ann Falkenstein, both married to their high school sweethearts and mothers of four, met while working at a clinical laboratory. They quickly realized that even though they look different on the outside, their similarities as mothers weigh far greater. The love they teach to and feel for their families is identical. Renee and Lori invite you into their homes to share their stories and highlight the universal bond of motherhood that allows differences to be celebrated. The experiences shared are real and raw. Their wish is for mutual respect despite each other's differences. Come hear stories of joyful celebration that express friendship, compassion, and diversity.

ADMISSION: Free will donation to the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. REGISTER

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2022 • 1:30 P.M.

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LECTURE SERIES: 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of King Tut's Tomb 

Presented by Stephen R. Phillips, Ph.D. 

November marks the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Hidden in the famed Valley of the Kings, burial place of Egypts New Kingdom pharaohs, King Tutankhamuns tomb had laid undisturbed for over 3,0000 years, until its discovery by an English archaeologist, Howard Carter. Crammed with priceless objects, it took Carter 10 years to record, photograph, and empty the tomb. This lecture recounts the extraordinary chain of events leading up to the tombs findings and discusses many of the amazing artifacts. Dr. Phillips is the Curatorial Research Coordinator in the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He has traveled extensively and has participated in several archaeological excavations over the past 30 years.

ADMISSION: General $10; BUY TICKETS
FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum Members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs for free! SIGN UP TODAY!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022  • 7:00 p.m.

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WORKSHOP: Create a Thanksgiving Center Piece 

Presented by Leona M. Swiacki, floral designer
Thomas A. Bruder Life Center
Cost: $40

Create your very own Thanksgiving centerpiece just in time for the holiday! Using fresh flowers, berries, pods, and other natural accents, Ms. Swiacki will demonstrate how to construct your fresh flower creation followed by “hands-on” time to design your arrangement. Light refreshments will be served. Floral materials and container will be provided. Please bring your own floral shears or scissors. Reservations are necessary. REGISTER

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022 • 1:30 p.m.

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 LECTURE SERIES;  Sparkle and Shine, It's Christmas Time!

Featuring: Patti Allis Mengers, actress, David P. Kozinski, poet, and  The Riddle Village Singers
Sharon Babcock, director

Come join this exceptional group for an afternoon of dramatic readings, music, and song! Actress, director, and playwright Patti Allis Mengers and poet David P. Kozinski will present a reading of Welsh poet Dylan Thomasbeloved A Childs Christmas in Wales.This cherished recollection of celebrating the Yuletide in Thomasnative country will be followed by Christmas musical selections presented by the Riddle Village Singers. This is the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit as you hear favorites such as Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,and many more spirited songs. The program will also include a sing-along that will leave you feeling full of holiday cheer.

ADMISSION: General $10; BUY TICKETS
FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum Members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs for free! SIGN UP TODAY!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2023 • 1:30 p.m.

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LECTURE SERIES: The Life of C.J. Walker 

Presented by Dr. Daisy Century
Historical impersonator and actress 

Born Sara Breedlove, Madame C. J. Walker was an entrepreneur and an early civil rights advocate who sought equality for African Americans. As America’s first female self-made millionaire, she was a philanthropist who was an enthusiastic financial supporter of Black colleges and universities. Walker amassed her fortune through risk taking, dedication, hard work, and innovation. Starting her own company to remedy hair loss, she founded Walker Manufacturing Company of Indiana, Inc. wherein Madame Walker was the President and sole shareholder. Dedicated to assisting other women to succeed in business, she lectured on educational, social, political, and economic topics. She was a member of the NAACP. Throughout her career, Walker donated to the NAACP, the YMCA, and to black schools, organizations, individuals, orphanages, and retirement homes. Walker will be portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century, an inspiring educator, an accomplished singer, and a published author, who writes under the name Emily Nelson. 

ADMISSION: General $10; BUY TICKETS
FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum Members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs for free! SIGN UP TODAY!

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2023 • 1:30 p.m.

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LECTURE SERIES: An Irish Celebration with Charlie Zahm 

Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic musical festivals and Maritime and American Traditional music events east of the Mississippi. Today, he is one of the most sought-after Celtic singers performing up and down the Eastern Seaboard and across America. With his beautiful baritone voice, Mr. Zahm performs internationally and is one of few singers who have been invited twice to sing with Scotland’s “Black Watch.” Enjoy an afternoon of Irish musical selections along with magical moments of Scottish and Irish history.

ADMISSION: General $10; BUY TICKETS
FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum Members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs for free! SIGN UP TODAY!

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2023  • 7:00 p.m.

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WORKSHOP: Card Making with Dianne

Thomas A. Bruder Life Center
Presented by Dianne Keough
Cost: $35

 Enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and family while creating beautiful paper greeting cards. Ms. Keough will teach you how to make cards using stamping techniques and more. Ms. Keough is a former educator and is currently an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in lower Delaware. She regularly holds classes teaching card making, as well as the creation of home décor and gift items. Reservations are necessary. REGISTER

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2023  • 1:30 p.m.

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AUTHOR'S CORNER: We The pEOPLE and Depend on Me

Amaris Manning, author
Cost: Free with Donation

Alumna Amaris Manning ‘21 will come to the Neumann stage to discuss her two books, We The pEOPLE and Depend On Me, a follow up to her first book. We The pEOPLE tells the story of teens going through everyday struggles. Depend On Me takes a character from the first book and describes his difficult life. The story is intense and not for the lighthearted reader. Both books are captivating, filled with teenage friendship, drama, and emotion. Ms. Manning is a fanfiction enthusiast and writes on multiple writing platforms. She has always loved sharing her stories with others. Ms. Manning enjoys storytelling by creating short films as well as writing. She also is an artist and sells her artwork on her website, www.amarisimanning.com.

ADMISSION: Free will donation to the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. REGISTER

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023 • 2:00 p.m.

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High Tea with a Special Entertainment 

The Ballrooms of Boothwyn: Lia’s Catering
1405 Meetinghouse Road, Upper Chichester, PA
Cost: $45

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with family and friends while eating delicious scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts and listen to a very special musical performance. Don't be afraid to wear your favorite hat!  Reservations are necessary.  REGISTER

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2023 • 1:30 p.m.

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LECTURE SERIES: Nancy Drew: The History Behind the Mystery 

Presented by Tara Rotuna 

Celebrate over 90 years of Nancy Drew! Join fan and collector Tara Rotuna on a search for clues about the mysterious history behind the series. Trivia questions and more are part of this fun and informative presentation following the popular teen detective from 1930 to today. Ms. Rotuna began reading and collecting Nancy Drew books at the age of eight. After attending a Drew convention with Nancy Drew Sleuths, she was inspired to write and deliver presentations to local libraries and community organizations starting with the 80th anniversary of the series.

ADMISSION: General $10; BUY TICKETS
FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum Members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs for free! SIGN UP TODAY!

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2023 • 7:00 p.m.

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WORKSHOP: Create a Bouquet for Mother's Day 

Presented by Leona M. Swiacki, floral designer 
Cost: $40

No need for a container! Create a very special hand-tied bouquet using a variety of spring flowers, foliage, and decorative accents. This is a perfect gift for that special person or as a treat for yourself! Floral materials will be provided. Please bring your own floral shears/scissors and apron. Reservations are necessary. REGISTER

THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2023 • 1:30 p.m.

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LECTURE SERIES: Gardening in Backyard Containers 

Presented by Susan Whiteley

Perfect for the spring and summer! Learn how to plant your own containers for summer annuals, perennials, tropical plants, and simple “found items” making your containers unique and spectacular. Ms. Whiteley will discuss how to choose the right plants for your special spaces. Containers are mini gardens, and all the design elements apply! Susan Whiteley has been in the landscape maintenance and gardening design business for over 20 years. She has completed the Longwood Gardens Ornamental Plants Series I and II, has won many blue ribbons for horticulture exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and is a GCA Horticulture Judge. 

ADMISSION: General $10; BUY TICKETS
FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum Members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $45 and enjoy all eight lecture series programs for free! SIGN UP TODAY!