Posted: September 14, 2020

A selection of virtual and in-person cultural events happening at the University.

"Together, Alone" Faculty Concert Series: Andreas Oeste — 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14, online. School of Music faculty member Andreas Oeste will livestream a solo oboe performance. Free.

University Libraries Open House — Sept. 7-18, online. Participants to the virtual open house have the opportunity to earn a digital badge while learning about the Libraries' offerings and capabilities. Free.

"Farmsteaders" — 7 p.m., Sept. 16, online. The Penn State Sustainability Institute kicks off its third annual "Intersections" film series with a screening of Shaena Mallet's "Farmsteaders," a film about an Ohio family trying to keep their small dairy farm operational despite continual setbacks. Free, but pre-registration required.

"Mindful Making" creative workshop series: "I Am" — 3 p.m., Sept. 17, patio tent, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. This five-week creative workshop series shares arts-based wellness practices that can help improve overall well-being. This session focuses on mixed-media prints. Free.

"Are You Smiling Behind that Mask?" Human Communication in the Age of COVID — 12:15 p.m., Sept. 14, online. Penn State Berks will present Jill Burk, associate teaching professor of communication art and sciences, and Kesha Morant Williams, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, at the campus as part of its "LionSide Chat" series. Free.

Anderson Endowment Lecture Series: Nichole van Beek — 3 p.m., Sept. 14, via Zoom. Nichole van Beek, visiting artist and assistant professor at Penn State, will present "Science Fiction." Free, but pre-registration required.

Virtual Speaker Series: Leslie Pillen — Noon, Sept. 15, via Zoom. Leslie Pillen, director of the Sutainable Food Systems Program, will present "Growing Food, Leaders and Community on the Student Farm at Penn State." Free, but pre-registration required.

Journalism Speakers Forum: Eric Maierson — 7 p.m., Sept. 15, via Zoom. Eric Maierson, writer and two-time Emmy Award-winning video producer, will present "Storytelling in an Interrupted World." Free.

Coffee Hour with Paul Clifford: Michelle Harmon-Madsen — 9 a.m., Sept. 16, via Zoom. Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford will speak to Michelle Harmon-Madsen, chief marketing officer for AccuWeather. Free, but pre-registration required.

Fall 2020 Climate Dynamics seminar series: Lara Fowler — 11:15 a.m., Sept. 16, via Zoom. Lara Fowler, of Penn State Law and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, will present "Managing climate change challenges using dispute resolution tools." Free.

De Jong Lecture in Social Demography — 9 a.m., Sept. 17, via Zoom. Doug Massey, director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, will present "The New Reality at the Mexico-U.S. Border." Free, but pre-registration required.

Matt Taibbi — 4 p.m., Sept. 17, via Zoom. Journalist and author Matt Taibbi will discuss his book "Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another" and talk about media literacy in politics and beyond. Free, but pre-registration required.

Smith Creative Writers Reading Series: Kathryn Nuernberger — 6 p.m., Sept. 17, via Zoom. Poet Kathryn Nuernberger will kick off this series by Penn State Behrend. Free.

Constitution Day — 7 p.m., Sept. 17, online. Scott G. Hoh, owner and president of Resolution Law Group, will discuss the U.S. Constitution as part of the Penn State Berks "LionSide Chat" program series. Free.

Exhibits and Virtual Tours
"Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State"Online. The University Libraries explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement's impact on the Penn State community. Free.

"CARE. not convenience" — Through Nov. 20, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Created entirely with salvaged plastic, this collaboration between an artist, designer and an environmental sciences researcher aspired to shed light on society's dependence on, careless overuse and thoughtless disposal of plastic. Free.

"Hostile Terrain 94" — Through Nov. 20, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. "Hostile Terrain 94" is a participatory art exhibit occurring in nearly 150 cities around the globe that highlights the lives claimed by the U.S./Mexico border since the 1990s. Free.

"African Brilliance: A Diplomat's Sixty Years of Collecting" Online Catalogue — Online. A digital catalogue of African works collected by retired U.S. ambassador Allen C. Davis, including text entries, high-resolution 360-degree images and contextual videos at the Palmer Museum of Art. Free.

"African Brilliance" Virtual Tour — Online. Explore an interactive tour created with teachers, students and families in mind. The tour includes installation images, pictures of selected works, videos for guided viewing and related art-making activity suggestions. Free.

"Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection" — Online. High-resolution images, text selections and a photo gallery of works on paper donated by Penn State alumnus John P. Driscoll, including early landscape views and botanical sketches, animal scenes and still lives, and portraits and preparatory figure studies. The works include a number of well-known 19th-century American artists. Free.

"Illuminating Illusions" — Online. The Penn State Museum Consortium presents this exhibition that explores facets of illusions in science, art, literature and nature. Free.

"Photography=Abstraction" — Online. The Palmer Museum of Art's virtual pop-up exhibition is an interactive gallery with images, text and informational videos for selected works. Free, Google Chrome browser recommended.

Snowiss Gallery of American Art — Online. Tour the Palmer Museum of Art's first-floor Snowiss Gallery. Free.

"Women in Art: Activism and Resistance" virtual tour — Online. This self-directed, interactive online tour features a selection of objects by female artists in the Palmer Museum of Art's collection. In celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in a variety of media during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social and cultural change. Free.

"Human Expectations" — Through Jan. 31, 2021, Display Cases, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Four artists explore the form of the human head in ceramic, neon and glass. Free.

"Border Exchange" — Through Jan. 31, 2021, Display Cases, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. The exhibition pairs two of artist Carlos Rosales-Silva's paintings with a site-responsive wall painting. Free.

"Small Planet" — Through January 2022, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. The HUB-Robeson Center has commissioned a site-specific wall painting located in the first-floor eateries by artist Katherine Tzu-Lan