2019-20 Events

Fall 2019 Events

Date/LocationEvent

September 3
5:45 - 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!

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

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jeremy Engels, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program

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

124 Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jonathan Marks, Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, Law, and Philosophy; and Director of the Bioethics Program

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

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Lilliard Richardson, Director of the School of Public Policy

“Weed Policy in the States”

September 19
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Pattee Mall

Penn State Marathon Read: Myths, Legends, and Songs from around the World

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 12-hour period. This year's event, Myths, Legends, and Songs from around the World will incorporate short stories and songs from a number of languages taught and spoken on (our) campus at Penn State!

Anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups -- classes, teams, social organizations -- are encouraged to participate by volunteering for larger blocks of time.

There will be donuts, pizza, t-shirts, and other surprises.

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

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Herb Newsome, Director of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies

September 25
7:30 p.m.

Penn State Downtown Theatre
(Allen Street below Panera)

To the Theatre: Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies

Marquis and Tru are both 14-year-old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights, while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual titled “Being Black for Dummies.” He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle, and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.

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. Watch for more info about picking up your tickets!

October 2
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

AnneMarie Mingo, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

October 16
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Steven Rubin, Associate Professor of Art

"Imaging Incidence: The Rise of Diabetes in Senegal"

October 23
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Michele Kennerly, Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

"On Trees and Rhetorical Abundance"

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

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Christopher Witko, Associate Director, School of Public Policy

“Government Responses to Income Inequality in the U.S.”

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

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Scott Gartner, Director, School of International Affairs

"International Security: Policies, Challenges, and Opportunities"

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

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Julia Buyskykh, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Institute for Research on Ukrainian Studies, Kyiv, Ukraine

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

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jack Selzer, Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor Emeritus of Literature

"The Beginnings of the Paterno Fellows Program"

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