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      Dance Performance titled Deshong's Chester: Left Behind

      January 18, 7:30 p.m.
      Where: Widener University Art Gallery

      Jessica C. Warchal-King, adjunct instructor of dance, will lead a dance performance titled "Deshong's Chester: Left Behind," which is inspired by the Alfred O. Deshong collection currently on display in the Widener University Art Gallery. Jessica's performance reflects the transitions that have taken place in the city of Chester, the resilience of its people and the current enthusiasm for re-building Chester through the arts. The performance features dancers who attended Warchal-King's Dance and Creative Placemaking Workshop offered through the Boundaries and Bridges initiative, in addition to dancers from the Philadelphia area.

      Lawyers and Cybersecurity: Navigating the Thicket of 21st Century Technologies, Law, Government Agencies and Public/Private Sector Partnership

      When: January 19, 5:00 p.m.
      Where: Widener Law Commonwealth, Administration Building, Room A180
      RSVP: Registration is required.

      Bryan Earl, supervisory special agent and assistant general counsel in the Operational Technology Law Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will present a timely program on cybersecurity with one CLE credit available to attendees.

      Earl is a compliance attorney with experience advising on the legal use of the latest investigative technologies in the United States and abroad. He has worked closely with law enforcement and intelligence service representatives in countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and U.S. and foreign embassy officers in those same countries. He is an expert in the areas of criminal, intelligence and cyber threats emanating from the former Soviet Union and Europe to businesses, governments and individuals.

      State Street Reading Series Presents College Night

      When: January 19, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
      Where: Media Arts Council Gallery, 609 W. State St.
      RSVP: No RSVP is required; Contact 484-550-5959 or visit Facebook for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

      Widener University and the Media Arts Council sponsor the State Street Reading Series every other month to feature the work of local authors. The Jan. 19 series will highlight the work of undergraduates from Widener in addition to Cabrini University, Swarthmore College and Villanova University.



      Widener University Recital Series Presents Relâche

      January 22, 3:00 p.m.
      Where: Kapelski Recital Hall

      The Philadelphia-based octet, Relâche, will perform a program titled "Relâche, the Sublime and Ridiculous," which features commissioned music from award-winning American composer Mark Hagerty and British composer Gavin Bryars. In addition, there will be a screening of the recently discovered complete version of Max Linder's 1921 silent comedy, Be My Wife. During the screening, Relâche will perform a live musical accompaniment to premiere a newly expanded score by Chris McGlumphy.


      Widener Observatory

      Public Stargazing

      January through June (see below)
      Where: Widener University Observatory, 5th floor, Kirkbride Hall on 17th & Walnut Streets in Chester, Pa
      RSVP: Space is limited. Participants are encouraged to register in advance. To register, visit or call 610-499-4003.

      The Widener University Observatory will resume its public stargazing sessions this month. All are invited to see the stars, planets, and other celestial wonders using the observatory's 12- and 16-inch computerized reflecting telescopes. Widener astronomy professors, with assistance from undergraduate students, will be on hand to offer assistance.

      Upcoming stargazing sessions include Monday, Jan. 23 and 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3 from 8-9 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

      National Parks and America's Untold Stories

      When: February 8, 5:30 p.m.
      Where: Widener Law Commonwealth, Administration Building, Room A180
      RSVP: This event is free and open to the public, but registration is preferred. Click here to register.

      Alan Spears, cultural resources director for the National Parks Conservation Association, will share stories of African American history in our national parks and how the National Parks Conservation Association is advocating to create and maintain a park system that represents America.


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