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Alfred University professor to discuss Alfred’s involvement in national movements

Dr. Becky B. Prophet, professor of theater in the Department of Performing Arts at Alfred University, will present “The Alfred Experiment: 1807 to 2010 and Beyond” on Thursday, Feb. 4, during AU’s Bergren Forum at 12:10 p.m., at Nevins Theater in Powell Campus Center. This event is free of charge and open to public.

Prophet will discuss Alfred’s historical involvement in national movements such as abolition, women’s suffrage, and prohibition. She will talk about AU being the first coeducational institution in New York State, and how AU students had actively participated in the fight for women’s rights. Also, Prophet will narrate the ways in which Alfred has been on the leading edge of other national and international movements.

Prophet has spent nearly three decades teaching and working in theater. After earning a B.A. in English from Alfred University, a M.A. and a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, she acted, directed, and taught in Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Atlanta. Prophet honors and works in all styles of theater, but gives preference to theater that presses for social and political change; she is an expert in the theatre of Bertolt Brecht.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.