Events

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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