Huddle with the Faculty kicks off 20th season on Sept. 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Before they begin their tailgating, Penn State football fans can feed their minds before all home football games at Huddle with the Faculty, the Penn State Alumni Association’s free lecture series. This season's topics range from choreography to sustainability to the Beatles.

Now in its 20th year, Huddle with the Faculty will kick off at 9 a.m., Sept. 1, at the Nittany Lion Inn with a presentation by Elisha Clark Halpin, Penn State associate professor and head of dance, discussing “Beyond Words: The Art of Choreography.” Modern dance is an American art form, says Halpin, built upon the desire for expression, a rebellious spirit and a belief that the individual voice counts. Illustrating her talk with student dance demonstrations, she will discuss how each choreographer forges his or her own path while using tools and methods created by those who came before.

The rest of this season’s Huddle with the Faculty lineup is as follows:

-- Sept. 15 (Navy): "The Media: Covering Sports, Politics and Controversy," Malcolm Moran, Inaugural John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. In an engaging conversation about the conflict between speed and ethics in the media, Moran will discuss the role of the media in covering sports, politics and controversy. He will share insights as a career reporter to describe how stories break and develop and explain how to deliver accurate, insightful information.

-- Sept. 22 (Temple): “Social Media Use by Adolescents,” Lynette Kvasny, associate professor of information sciences and technology. Teens are largely unaware and unconcerned about protecting their privacy online, Kvasny says, and are often unaware of the future implications of creating a digital footprint in today’s online environment. This presentation will highlight social and cultural implications of those social media highly used by adolescents, such as Twitter and Facebook.

-- Oct. 6 (Northwestern; Homecoming): “Will, Kate and the Royals: Celebrity Obsessions,” Gary Cross, distinguished professor of modern history. Why did the 2011 wedding of England’s Prince William and Kate Middleton draw so much American interest? This well-illustrated talk will answer this question by exploring the rituals of royal weddings back to Victoria and Albert and will explore how Americans have created our own "royals" with celebrities of our motion picture industry.

-- Oct. 27 (Ohio State): “Catalyzing Reinvention: A Path Forward for Sustainability,” Denice H. Wardrop, senior scientist and professor of geography and ecology and assistant director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Sustainability is called the generational challenge of our time. Penn State is currently implementing a Sustainability Strategic Plan, the vision of which is to embed sustainability as a fundamental value through the creation of a Living Lab that encompasses all campuses and their communities, alumni, industry partners and friends.

-- Nov. 17 (Indiana): “Stormy Weather: The State of Higher Education for LGBTQQ People,” Sue Rankin, associate professor, education policy studies. What is it like on college campuses today for lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, queer and questioning people? The results of two national research projects focusing on the lives and experiences of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum faculty, staff and students on U.S. campuses will be reviewed and discussed in this informative program.

-- Nov. 24 (Wisconsin): “Authorship, Nostalgia and the Beatles,” Kenneth Womack, professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona and 2006 Teaching Fellow. Learn about the Beatles’ development as an artistic fusion during this talk that explores the band’s creative arc from their first, primitive recordings through Abbey Road and the twilight of their career.

All “Huddle with the Faculty” lectures begin at 9 a.m., and are preceded by complimentary refreshments. Free parking is offered at the Nittany Lion Parking Deck, adjacent to the Inn. “Huddle with the Faculty” is sponsored and organized by the Penn State Alumni Association and co-sponsored by The Nittany Lion Inn and Penn State Press.

For more detailed descriptions of each “Huddle with the Faculty,” go to or call the Alumni Association at 800-548-LION (5466).



Last Updated August 22, 2012