Spring 2018 Events

Date/LocationEvent

January 17
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Lazare Rukundwa Sebitereko, President and Rector, Eben-Ezer University of Minembwe, Democratic Republic of Congo

"The Role of Education in Peacebuilding Processes in the Democratic Republic of Congo"

January 24
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Dirk Wentzel, Jean Monnet Professor of Economics, Hochschule Pforzheim, Germany

"Economic Challenges for the European Union"

January 24
7:00 p.m.

Hintz Family Alumni Center

Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Reception

This event celebrates the achievements of students who have been admitted to the Paterno Fellows Program and Schreyer Honors College over the past year. The program will include presentations by several Paterno Fellows, past and present, as well as winners of the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. A dessert reception will follow the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public. New admits who are being recognized will receive a separate invitation. All aspiring and admitted Fellows are expected to attend, and others are welcome to join in! Dress is casual. Please dress for the weather!

UPDATE: Read the story and view photos from this event!

January 31
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Alicia Grandey, Professor of Psychology, Penn State

"The Dark Side of 'Service with a Smile' "

January 31
5:30­-6:30 p.m.

133 Sparks Building

Presidential Leadership Academy Information Session

Several Paterno Fellows / Presidential Leadership Academy members will provide an overview of PLA and answer your questions. Open to all first-year Liberal Arts students; no RSVP required.

February 7
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

This week only:
102 Weaver Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series ~ Lunch with Honors is cancelled today due to weather-related closure for University Park classes and activities.

On-Cho Ng, Professor of History, Asian Studies, and Philosophy, and Director of the Department of Asian Studies, Penn State

"Revival of Confucianism: Culture and Politics in Today's China"

February 8
5:30 p.m.

124 Sparks Building

Discovery Grants Workshop

Students are encouraged to attend a workshop on Thursday, February 8, at 5:30 p.m. in 124 Sparks Building on applying for Erickson Discovery Grants and other funding opportunities to support summer research. The deadline to apply for the Discovery Grant is February 11. All junior honors students should consider applying for grants.

All students are invited to participate, but this workshop will be most useful to juniors. Advance registration is not necessary.

Miss the meeting? Download the PowerPoint...

February 14
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

On-Cho Ng, Professor of History, Asian Studies, and Philosophy, and Director of the Department of Asian Studies, Penn State

"Revival of Confucianism: Culture and Politics in Today's China"

(Rescheduled from 2/7/18)

February 14
5:30 p.m.

Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

FaceAge: Empathy Rising Across Generations, with Andrew Belser, 2017-18 Penn State Laureate

Andrew Belser is professor of movement, voice and acting in the School of Theatre, and director of the Artand Design Research Incubator (ADRI) at Penn State. He is the producer/director of FaceAge, a multimedia installation and documentary film, exploring issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity through the lens of aging.

All are invited to stay for a reception in Mann Assembly Room immediately following the presentation.

February 21
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

J.D. Daw, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography, Penn State

"Finding a Donor: The Social Origins of Living Donor Kidney Transplant Underutilization and Racial/Ethnic Disparities"

February 21
7:30 p.m.

Playhouse Theatre

Love in Hate Nation: A New Musical

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for Love in Hate Nation. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $2 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $12.50. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP. Tickets may be purchased while supplies last from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in 103 Sparks Building through February 12, when unsold tickets must be returned to the Box Office.

Students in LA 297 Everyday Diplomacy will be provided with one free ticket, and do not have to purchase theirs from the PFP Office.

February 28
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Christopher Tounsel, Assistant Professor of History and African Studies, Penn State

"Religion, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Identity in Southern Sudan"

March 14
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Robert Chiles, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Penn State

"How to Reach your Own Conclusions about the Ethics of Raising Animals for Food: A Roadmap"

March 15
4:30 p.m.

118 Willard Building

"What's Wrong with Law School and the Law? Discussion with a Radical 2L"

Meet Michael Banerjee, '16 PF Criminology and African American Studies, now a student at Harvard Law School.

March 21
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Eric Hayot, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Penn State

"What Video Games Can Teach You about Humans"

March 27
7:00 p.m.

Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Paterno Fellows Forum: A Discussion Place for Ideas

"What is the common good, and should we always promote it?"

Audience members will vote on their position by smartphone before, during, and after the discussion.

Participants:
Brendan Bernicker, ’19 PF Philosophy and Political Science
Jeremy Engels, Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics  Institute, and Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences
Michele Kennerly, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Emily Kohlman, ’18 PF Russian and Journalism
Jonathan Marks, Associate Professor, Bioethics, Humanities, and Law, and Philosophy
Mark Sentesy, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Daniel Zahn, ’20 PF English, Philosophy, and Communication Arts and Sciences
Moderated by Christopher Moore, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

All are invited to stay for a reception in Mann Assembly Room immediately following the presentation.

March 28
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Edgar Schmitz, Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar

"Choreographic and Post-Dance"

April 4
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Diane Felmlee, Professor of Sociology, Penn State

"Toxic Ties: Social Networks of Cyber Agression"

April 5
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Eisenhower Auditorium

The Great Debate: "Should We Strengthen or Relax Immigration Laws?"

The Penn State University Economics Association (PSUEA) is proud to host our annual “Great Debate.” This year two teams led by professors Austin Boyle and Mark McLeod will be debating on the topic “The American Melting Pot vs. Trump’s Wall.” This event is open to anyone who is interested in seeing how economics impacts modern debates. Free tickets can be picked up at the Eisenhower ticket office starting two weeks in advance or on the night of the debate.

April 6
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

C-9 Atherton Hall

Social Justice, Education, and the Law

Are you interested in how the law intersects with social justice? Do you want to find out how you can use your Penn State degree to make a difference in the world through the law or education? Joshua Branch, ‘13 PF Political Science, Teach for America volunteer, and Georgetown Law student, is making a difference in the legal sector by working towards enhancing child’s rights. He is looking to engage with students in an open discussion on how they can take steps in the right direction to fulfill their future goals and aspirations. RSVP here…

April 11
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Abraham Khan, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, and Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State

"What Athletes Can Teach Us about Politics"

April 18
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Joshua Inwood, Associate Professor of Geography and African Studies, Penn State

"Reconciling the Past: U.S. Based Truth Commissions and the Struggle for Racial Justice"

April 25
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Paterno Fellows Seniors

"The Ins and Outs of Writing a Thesis: What Every Student Needs to Know"

May 5
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Pattee Mall

Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

This ceremony recognizes Paterno Fellows who are graduating with honors with two or more areas of academic study, with study abroad and/or internship credentials, and with leadership or service accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all graduating Fellows and their families!

The College of the Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony is on Saturday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The College of the Liberal Arts holds separate ceremonies and receptions throughout the day on Saturday for departments to celebrate their students' achievements. View the schedule for Distinguished Students, Paterno Fellows, and Department ceremonies here.

 

Fall 2017 Events

Date/LocationEvent

August 24
6:30 p.m.

Simmons Hall, Piano Lounge

Special Living Option / First Year Event: Dessert with the Director

Get to know PFP Director, Catherine Wanner, and meet your fellow Fellows while enjoying some refreshments!

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend! 

August 29
6:00 p.m.

121 Sparks Building / Sparks Lobby and Patio

Paterno Fellows First-Year Orientation and Social

All first-year students are required to attend.

After some words from the Director, we'll have pizza and get to know one another!

August 30
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program

"What the Hybrid War between Russia and Ukraine Can Teach Us about Contemporary American Politics"

September 6
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Pattee Mall

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

Come learn about the majors and resources in the College of the Liberal Arts! Free food, games, and prizes.

September 7 at Noon - September 8 at Noon

Pattee Mall

Penn State Marathon Reading: First Books

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's event, First Books, focuses on author's first published books or the first book in a series by authors from all around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published. Check out the poster for more info.

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance? Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese, or Russian? EMAIL us at .

September 10
7:00 p.m.

E-302 Pattee Library

Paterno Fellows Student Advisory Board Meeting

September 13
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library 

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Gary Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History, Penn State

"Growing Up with Cars: Past and Present"

September 13
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Sutliff Auditorium, 118 Lewis Katz Building

Panel Discussion: "Human Rights Around the Globe: Flourishing or Failing?"

Join the Penn State School of International Affairs, Penn State Law, and the Rock Ethics Institute for a panel of distinguished experts on international human rights discussing the current state of human rights across the world, moderated by SIA director Scott Gartner.

The event is free and open to the public, though prior registration is requested. For more information and to RSVP...

September 14
7:30 p.m.

Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
(Allen Street below Panera)

Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine ~ Performance and Reception

An Upper West Side dinner party invitation brings an unlikely group together, spawning a passionate and explosive debate on America’s relationship to race. Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings humor and poignancy to one of the most potent conversations in American life. In our shared history, we all sing the blues. But are your blues sweet like mine? 

For ticket info...

September 20
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library 

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Alan Wagner, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Penn State

"Right from Wrong: Creating Robots Which Learn How to Behave"

September 27
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Vladmir Gel'man, Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar, European University at St. Petersburg, and Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

"Russia's Presidential Election, 2018"

October 4
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Nina Safran, Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Middle East Studies Minor

"Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Spain"

October 11
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Caitlin Ting, Interim Director, University Fellowships Office, and Jessica Hoffman, Director of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration, Penn State

"Beyond Penn State: Considering Graduate School and Fellowship Opportunities"

October 17
7:30 p.m.

Grucci Room, 102 Burrowes Building

Paterno Fellows Salon: Andriy Lyubka, Ukranian Writer and Poet

"Smuggling Ukraine Westward"

Paterno Fellows Salon is a monthly discussion group that features writers, artists, and philosophers who informally meet with students to discuss ideas. Let's challenge the way we see the world. 

For more info and to download the flyer...

October 18
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jonathan Abel, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese, Penn State

"Fake News, Disaster Fiction, and Japanese Twitterature"

October 25
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Francisco Javier Lopez Frias, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Penn State

"Sport Technology: Perils and Promises"

November 1
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Susan Knell, Director, College of the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, Penn State

"Expanding your Horizons: An Overview of Liberal Arts Enrichment Resources"

November 3
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn

Public Lecture: "The Joke is Mightier than the Sword"

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of the popular TV show Al-Bernameg which was the first of its kind, political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, Al-Bernameg became the first online to TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week. Throughout its three seasons, Al-Bernameg remained controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the ruling powers, which led to tens of lawsuits being filed against the show and its host. 

Lecture and Q&A followed by signing of Youssef's Revolution for Dummies

Read the story...

November 4
5:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Katz Building Auditorium and Atrium

Film Screening of Tickling Giants followed by discussion

Sophia McClennen, Professor of Comparative Literature and International Affairs, will moderate the discussion with Bassem Youssef, host of the popular TV show Al-Bernameg, and Sara Taksler, a senior producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A book signing of Youssef's Revolution for Dummies and reception will follow.

Read the story...

November 8
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Corina Graif, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, and Research Associate, Population Research Institute, Penn State

"(Un)natural Disaster: Vulnerability, Long-Distance Displacement, and the Extended Geography of Neighborhood Distress and Attainment after Katrina"

November 14
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Ihlseng Cottage

Paterno Fellows Salon: Seamus McGraw (RSVP required)

Seamus McGraw is an author and great story teller. He has written two remarkable books on energy and climate, The End of Country and Betting the Farm on a Drought, which inspired the film Climate Stories, produced by WPSU and Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. (Read about the film here.) McGraw is currently working on a book on water in Texas. Come by to meet Seamus! Reserve your seat…

McGraw will also speak at 12:30 p.m. on November 14 in Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library. This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

November 14
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

124 Sparks Building

Workshop: Preparing to Go Abroad for Study or Internship

Natasha Adams, Global Safety Manager, and Kate Manni, Assistant Director for Embedded Programs, University Office of Global Programs, will present an emergency preparedness workshop and answer your questions as you consider a Study Abroad or International Internship experience. Chelsea Keen, Global Experiences Coordinator with the College of the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network will answer your LA-specific questions.

November 15
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Shannon Telenko, Academic Adviser, Department of Psychology; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Liaison; and Co-Chair, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED)

"Displacement and Disinvestment: Understanding Systemic Inequality across City and Country"

November 29
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Paul C. Taylor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Penn State

"Facing Ferguson: Ethics in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter"

December 6
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Erin Heidt-Forsythe, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies, Penn State

"Morals or Markets? Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Politics in the U.S."

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