April events announced

April Events at Mercyhurst College 

April 3 — Mercyhurst College alum Brent Scarpo returns to Erie Tuesday, April 3, to screen a special edition of his documentary, “Journey to a Hate Free Millennium: Stories of Compassion and Hope.” Scarpo and his partner Martin Bedogne were so moved by the heart-wrenching story of murdered student Matthew Shepard that they decided to use their skills to give families of those impacted by violence a chance to speak. The result is a moving documentary and a tour to spread their message of peace, hope and healing. Scarpo and Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, will appear at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 824-3315.

April 3 — At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, novelist Randall Silvis will speak about the writing process, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of his most recent book, “On Night’s Shore,” in the Mercy Heritage Room in Sullivan Hall at Mercyhurst College. An author of six books, Silvis is also a faculty member at Seton Hill College and Antioch University. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the English department, the Humanities division and the Creative Writing program as part of the college’s 75th anniversary celebration. For more information, call 824-3315.

April 5 — This is the last day to catch an exciting exhibit of artwork by senior Mercyhurst College art majors. The Mercyhurst Senior Art Thesis Exhibit, which opened March 17, can be viewed during Cummings Gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m., and Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. Cummings Gallery is located in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College. For more information, call gallery director Gary Cardot at 824-2529.

April 18 — Pianist Lorin Hollander will discuss “The Artist as Communicator” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College. Hollander is the second speaker in the “Mercyhurst Celebrates the Arts” 75th Anniversary Lecture Series developed by the Creative Arts Division at Mercyhurst College. 

Hollander began his 50-year professional career as a concert pianist with a Carnegie Hall debut at age 11. A child prodigy who composed music at age 3, Hollander has performed with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of nearly 2,000 performances. The free lecture is open to the public. For more information, call the box office at 824-3000

April 19 — Mercyhurst’s Walker School of Business and the Sales and Marketing Executives of Erie will bring Inc. Magazine columnist and entrepreneur Norman Brodsky to Mercyhurst College on Thursday, April 19, as the first speaker in the Barrett C. Walker Lecture Series. Brodsky’s topic will be “Learn What You Need to Know to Succeed in Today’s Business World.”

The day’s events will begin at 10 a.m. with an open forum for area college students in the Taylor Little Theatre. Then, following lunch, Brodsky will present a workshop for the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Cost is $39 for lunch and the afternoon seminar, or $20 for the afternoon seminar only. The student workshop is free. For more information, call 824-3315.

April 22 — Mercyhurst College’s annual Academic Celebration will focus on the theme “What on Earth are We Doing?” from Sunday, April 22, through Wednesday, April 25. The keynote speaker will be George Bandy, who led a nationally recognized environment sustainability initiative at the University of Texas in Houston. The four-day event will focus on the earth and its inhabitants and will include photography and poster displays, a scavenger hunt and several lectures and demonstrations. More details will be available closer to the date, or call 824-3315.

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