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Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series

The history of the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series

Mary Seifert portraitMary L. Seifert's rich family history with Clarion University can be traced to 1907 with the enrollment of her mother, Sabina Mooney-Seifert, and her uncle, Charles A. Mooney. From 1909 to 1912, her grandfather, John A. Mooney, served as a trustee for the Clarion Normal School. Shortly after her mother’s and uncle's graduations in 1909, their two younger siblings, Thomas W. and John A., were to follow family tradition by attending Clarion. Two of Seifert's uncles became medical doctors after furthering their education at the University of Michigan. To date at least 18 members of her extended family have graduated from Clarion.

Seifert loved music and the arts. As an investment in young people, she chose to endow a culture and lecture series at Clarion University to ignite the passion for learning that she encouraged. Through that endowment, the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., was established to provide the Clarion University community with cultural experiences that inspire learning through thoughtful discussions.

More about Mary Seifert can be found here.

In honor of Mary Seifert Clarion university is holding a series of event surrounding a wide variety of topics. Here is a list of upcoming events:


 Event:  Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be on campus to share authentic Tibetan culture through music, mandala sand painting, meditation and more! The events will span over the course of April 7-13, 2014. Please see individual events below:

Monday, April 7
Opening Ceremonies
Noon - 1 p.m.                                                                     
Art Gallery

Tuesday, April 8                          
Lecture: Buddhist Approach to Dealing with Emotion
7 p.m.
Marwick-Boyd Auditorium

Wednesday, April 9
Lecture: The Psychology of Enlightenment
7 p.m.
Marwick-Boyd Auditorium

Thursday, April 10 *SIGNATURE EVENT*
Sacred Music/Sacred Dance Performance
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Marwick-Boyd Auditorium

Friday, April 11
Lecture: The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala
2 p.m.
Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room

Saturday, April 12
Cognitively Based Compassion Meditation
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room

Sunday, April 13
Mandala Closing Ceremony
2 p.m.
Art Gallery

Event: Clarion University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Concert

Title: In God We Trust: A Choral Perspective

Location:  Marwick Boyd Auditorium

Time:  7:30p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Join the Clarion University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers as they perform a choral program that will feature Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and American Indian religious music.

 Event: Phil Holtje, curator of the Holocaust Awareness Museum in Philadelphia, will explore how people survived such atrocities through their religious faith and examine how people use popular music to keep alive the memories of recent genocide with the hope of preventing them.

Title: Holocaust Remembrance 2014: Remembering Genocide in Popular Music

Location:  Hart Chapel 

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014