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MNE announces Fall Cultural Series lineup

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:45pm

Mercyhurst North East commences its Fall Cultural Series with a presentation called “Blue Wave or Blue Ripple?” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Alex Theatre. Following the presidential election of 2016, Democrats have argued that they are well positioned to reclaim control of the U.S. House and Senate in the 2018 midterm elections. Pundits have referred to this as a Blue Wave that will take over the country. Join us as Eric Wagner, instructor of political science and criminal justice at MNE, leads a discussion on the midterm elections, focusing on some of the key races as well as the strategies being employed by both parties.

All events in the Cultural Series are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, James Sutton, former FBI special agent and U.S. Department of Justice intelligence analyst, will discuss “The Real Story of Immigration from Latin America” at 7 p.m. in Alex Theatre. Recent events along the U.S.-Mexico border, highlighted by the humanitarian crisis, have created an unprecedented political discussion. It is important to develop an objective evidence-based understanding of the source and causes of the problem. This knowledge helps the advancement of effective policies to deal with the current conundrum and better prepare for future challenges. This presentation will also focus on the collateral issue of regional violence against women and children as a causal factor on illegal immigration and refugee claims.

The presentation, “Good Vibrations: Finding the Natural Path to Joy, Peace and Love,” comes to Alex Theatre at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Evidence from quantum physics supports the theory that everything has a specific vibration—including each individual person. Negative thought patterns, stress, fear and guilt all lower our vibration, which can create a state of dis-ease. Sound sessions tap into the body’s innate wisdom to release and reduce the effects of stress. Join licensed massage therapist Nancy Bowden as she demonstrates an immersion in sound vibration that brings you back to your natural state of being and reunites us with the natural harmonies and rhythms of the universe.

Celebrating Christmas at Mercyhurst North East is magical when sparkling festive lights illuminate St. Mary’s Chapel. Join us for A Storybook Christmas and the celestial sounds of the Mercyhurst University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, under the direction of Thomas Brooks on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the chapel. In a preview of the Mercyhurst University holiday concert on Dec. 9, the evening will include the music of Daniel Pinkham, Javier Busto, John Rutter, Andre Thomas, David Willcocks, Harry Simeone and others. The traditional cookie and punch reception will immediately follow.

For more information, contact Patti Sullivan, director of the cultural series, at 814-725-6277.