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.

All seminars are held at 1:30 p.m. in the Fred P. Meagher Theatre, in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center, unless otherwise noted. Both the Bruder Life Center and Meagher Theatre are handicapped accessible. Admission is $10 per person per seminar or FREE with $40 CAF membership. To become a member, complete the form within the Cultural Arts Forum Brochure. (PDF)


Fall 2017 Events:

Great Songwriters of the Early 20th Century

Bill Messenger, perfomer/lecturer
Thursday, September 7, 2017
 • 1:30 p.m.
Before the age of the "singer-songwriter" professional composers wrote songs that were performed by popular American performers. The best songs are remembered nearly a cenrury later as the "standards." Bill will explore lasting songs from the 1900s through the late 1940s by composers Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, George Ger­shwin and 'Richard Rodgers. Messenger srudied at Pea­body Conservatory, holds cwo masrer1s degrees from John Hopkins and taught in colleges and universities through­out the .S. He founded and taught in the Efderhostel program at Peabody for more than 25 years.

Edgar Allen Poe: Master of Macabre and Poet Extraordinaire

Christopher Davis, performer
Edgar Allen PoeThursday, October 12, 2017 • 1:30 p.m.
Crafted by the renowned master, Edgar A. Poe, but presented as fearsome good fun by Poe’s greatest detractor, Rufus W. Griswold, Chris will perform scenes of horror and mystery from The Black Cat to the Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and beyond. Chris is an actor, author and comedian. Shake-speare, Poe, Dickens, Greek mythology and Kipling pro-vide his material for interactive comedies which make history and literature more accessible and enjoyable.

Special Event


The Winter Soldiers

Featuring Andrew Miller, author
Friday, October 20, 2017 • 1:30 p.m. 
This historial fiction novel tells of a desperate Confederate plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln from the streets of Washing-ton, D.C. in 1865. Author Andrew Miller spent several years researching Civil War Washington, as well as Lincoln’s habits and personal security. The story is told through the eyes and experiences of two main characters: one a damaged Union officer and the other a ruthless but reluctant Confederate spy. Andrew is a native of Delaware County and a Villanova graduate. He is a full-time instructor at Neumann University.
Cost: Free will donation

Special Event

Fashion Show & Luncheon The Winter Soldiers

fashion model

Penn Oaks Golf Club, West Chester, PA
Saturday, November 4, 2017 • 11:30 a.m. 
Relax and enjoy the view of the latest styles as you enjoy a tasty luncheon pre-pared by the chefs of Penn Oaks Golf Club (West Chester, PA). Try your luck on a variety of theme baskets and a cash raf-fle. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. Fashions pro-vided by local boutiques, ladies apparel shops and children’s clothing establishments.
Cost: S40

John F. Kennedy: 100th Anniversary of his Birth

Roger Arthur, presenter
JFKThursday, November 9, 2017 • 1:30 p.m.
John F. Kennedy was born on May 19, 1917 in Brookline, Maine. Jack served in the military and in state and national legislatures before serving as 35th President of the U.S. He died on November 22, 1963 from an assassin’s bullet. Despite the Warren Report, many believed there was a possible conspiracy which the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations rejected. He will discuss Kennedy, his death and the many theories that still are held today. Roger has a master’s degree in American History from West Chester University and currently teaches at Bishop Shanahan High School.

Kate & Randy Do The Holidays

Kate Casano & Randy Shupp, Gaslight Productions
Kate and RandyThursday, December 7, 2017 • 1:30 p.m.
Make your holidays brighter while participating in Gaslight Pro-ductions’ Christmas program. Kate and Randy will present all your favorite Christmas selections and have you singing along in your seats. Ms. Casano plays anything with a keyboard. She started her career in New Orleans as a steamboat calliope play-er and barroom ragtime pianist. Now based in Philadelphia, Kate is active as a contra dance musician and participant in rock, blues and old-time bands. Mr. Shupp is a bass-baritone and co-founder of Gaslight Productions. He has been perform-ing in the local area for over 30 years.

Ireland: Tea, Food and Folklore

Judith Krall-Russo,LLC, presenter
Thursday, March 8, 2018 • 1:30 p.m.
he Emerald Isle, Ireland is a sentimental place where folks drink numerous cups of strong black tea day and night, and nibble on scones and tea cakes! People are friendly and hospitable. Come learn about this enchanted land where myths and legends live alongside leprechauns and fairies. Judith is a historian, educator, speaker and restaurant consultant. She enriches her unique food programs with surprising facts and guarantees an unforgettable program for everyone.

Special Event

Marie Curie: A Nobel Life


Marie Curie

Featuring Ann Atkins, author
Friday, March 16, 2018 • 1:30 p.m. 
Marie Curie endured a childhood in Po-land wracked with Russian oppression and harsh lessons as a young governess. Setting course to study science at the Sor-bonne, she upsets the status quo of a male dominated world. Rising from ashes more than once, Marie’s life surpasses scientific discoveries and world fame. Her story inspires the audience who believe, like her, that they are “gifted for something.” Ann’s books have reached international shores and her presentations include: The National Press Club, International Women’s Day in Washington, D.C., civic groups and universities. Author Ann Atkins’ writing and presentations bridge history to her audi-ence while providing encouragement and enlightened ideas to inspire their own lives.
Cost: Free will donation

Special Event

A Day of Spiritual Renewal

Franciscan Spiritual Center at Our Lady of Angels Convent
Monday March 19, 2018 • 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 Reverend Stephen D. Thorne ’15, reflection time, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, and lunch. Reservations are required. Call 610-558-5626 for details.
Cost: S35

Civil War Medicine: North and South

Nancy Webster, presenter
Thursday, April 12, 2018 • 1:30 p.m.
Nancy Webster speaks on many topics, including 17th to 19th century American history. A graduate of Radcliffe College of Harvard University, she has done extensive studies at William and Mary College, Colonial Williamsburg, and Drexel and Temple Universities. She has served on many historical and planning commissions and boards, has taught in several colleges throughout the U.S., and has won numerous awards for her outstanding accomplishments. She will share her knowledge of Civil War medicine and present her collection of medical implements and artifacts.

Special Event

High Tea with Queen Victoria

Tea with Queen Victoria

Penn Oaks Golf Club, West Chester, PA
Sunday, April 22, 2017 • 2:00 p.m. 
Relax and enjoy the view of the latest styles as you enjoy a tasty luncheon pre-pared by the chefs of Penn Oaks Golf Club (West Chester, PA). Try your luck on a variety of theme baskets and a cash raf-fle. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. Fashions pro-vided by local boutiques, ladies apparel shops and children’s clothing establishments.
Cost: S40