2018-19 Events

Fall 2018 Events

Date/LocationEvent

August 22
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Sparks Lobby and Patio

Paterno Fellows Ice Cream Social

Welcome to new students, and welcome back to returning Fellows! Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream will be served!

August 28
5:30 - 6:30 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 29
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

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

"Russia, Collusion, and Politics in the Post-Truth Era"

September 5
Noon - 4:00 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 5
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Lewis Katz Auditorium

City of Ghosts Film Screening, Discussion, and Reception

The Center for Global Studies presents a screening of the award-winning film, City of Ghosts, followed by a discussion with Abdalaziz Alhamza, journalist and co-founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. Reception to follow screening and discussion. The Paterno Fellows Program is pleased to co-sponsor this event.

Abdalaziz Alhamza is an award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender, and activist. He is the co-founder and spokesperson of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a non-partisan, independent organization that banded together following the ISIS takeover of Raqqa in 2014. RBSS exposes the atrocities committed by the Bashar Al-Assad regime and ISIS in Syria.

City of Ghosts film follows the journey of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

View the trailer and join the Facebook Event.

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

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Scott Gartner, Director, School of International Affairs, and Professor of International Affairs

"International Security: Policies, Challenges, and Opportunities"

September 13
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Pattee Mall

Penn State Marathon Read: Pages from 1968

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 12-hour period. This year the Marathon Read joins in the commemoration of 50 years since the watershed year of 1968. The Marathon Read will feature texts written or published in 1968, including Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and works from Joan Didion, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Munro, Jorge Luis Borges, Susan Sontag, Galway Kinnell, and others.

Stop by for special guest readers, food, and to hear great writing from 1968.

All are welcome to read and listen. If you are interested in reading, sign up at https://marathonread.psu.edu/.

September 19
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Erik Johnson, Acting and Movement, School of Theatre, and Director, Polaroid Stories

"Come on Baby, What's your Story?"

September 19
7:30 p.m.

Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
(Allen Street below Panera)

To the Theatre: Polaroid Stories

Polaroid Stories challenges the audience with a series of vignettes and loosely connected visceral subplots about homeless youth. Inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses, the play uses Greek mythology to reveal the violence, addiction, relationships, and poor choices of its characters.

All are invited to stay for a reception in the Theatre lobby following the performance. 

Tickets are required for entry, but are free of charge. Students may pick up one or two tickets in 103 Sparks between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. while supplies last, and at the PFP table at the Liberal Arts Festival on September 5. If you want two tickets, the second person does not have to be in PFP. For more info...

September 26
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Kirk French, Associate Teaching Professor of Anthropology

"Evolution and Booze: An Overview of the Human Quest for Alcohol"

September 30
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Paterno Fellows Student Advisory Board Meeting

October 3
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

124 Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jennot Painchaud, President, Chief Creative Officer, and Co-founder of Cirque Eloize, Visiting Performing Artists

"Cirque Eloize"

Watch a preview of Cirque Eloize HOTEL, coming to Eisenhower Auditorium on October 3 at 7:30 p.m.

October 10
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

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

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

View slides of resources from this presentation...

October 11
2:00-3:00 p.m.

133 Sparks Building

Rock Student Fellows Colloquium ~ RSVP Required

The Rock Ethics Institute Colloquium will feature the Institute's 2018-2019 Honors Thesis Fellows, who are all students in the Paterno Fellows Program. The Fellows will share the research they will be working on throughout the academic year, and this workshop will be an opportunity for them to meet faculty and receive feedback on their projects. Here are the Student Fellows who will be presenting and the titles of their projects:

  • Brendan Bernicker (Majors: Political Science and Philosophy), "Mens Rea: Addiction and Agency in Criminal Law"
  • Melanie Kovacs (Majors: History and Jewish Studies), "The Inanimate Victims of the Holocaust: Art and Its Displacement as a Result of Nazi Germany"
  • Kathryn Mayberry (Majors: English and History), "Reclaiming Disabled Poetry; William Carlos Williams' Late Work"

All are welcome to attend, but as space is limited, we ask that you RSVP by visiting this link. We hope you can join us for this opportunity to meet the Rock Student Fellows and learn more about their research.

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

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO, Ballet Hispanico, Visiting Performing Artists

"Ballet Hispanico"

Watch Ballet Hispánico perform Línea Recta by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The troupe is performing at Eisenhower Auditorium on October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

October 18
4:30 p.m.

Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

"Global is Everywhere: Essentials for Career Success"

Stacie Berdan, international career expert and award-winning author, will discuss how you can develop a global mindset to advance your future career in the U.S. or abroad.

Berdan has served as strategist, coach and counselor to CEOs, politicians and senior executives around the world having worked in more than 50 countries. Her extensive global leadership experience in corporate communications and marketing, public affairs, organizational communication, and cross-cultural consulting extends across four continents. She currently serves as marketing consultant to globally-focused organizations in the U.S. and around the world and has authored six books on the intersection of globalization and careers.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Global Programs, the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, the Paterno Fellows Program, Penn State Career Services, the School of International Affairs, and the University Libraries.

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

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Michael Berkman, Professor and Director, McCourtney Institute for Democracy

"Blue Wave or Status Quo?: The 2018 Midterm Elections"

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

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Christopher Kiver, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, School of Music

“Why World War I Still Matters”

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

124 Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Scott Eggert, Professor Emeritus of Music at Lebanon Valley College, and Composer of WWI Commemorative Concert

“Rendering War in Music”

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

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Pearl Gluck, Assistant Professor of Film, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

"Art as Activism: Telling Stories that Aim to Make a Difference"

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

7A Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Panini Pandya '20 PF, State of State, and Cory Steinle '20 PF, Future Opportunities for Research (F.O.R.M.)

"Get Involved! Opportunities for Paterno Fellows"

December 5
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

124 Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, and Michael Naydan, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

"The Final Territory Tour: Yuri Andrukhovych's Essays, Poetry and Prose"

 

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