NYC's American Indian Museum site of next City Lights event

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center in lower Manhattan will be the setting for the next City Lights program on Saturday, March 27. This second City Lights event of the 2010 season will focus on current Native American issues and how Penn State's American Indian Leadership Program is preparing the next generation of leaders.

This City Lights program, "Native American Issues and Penn State's American Indian Leadership Program," includes full access and guided tours of the museum, which is dedicated to exploring the diversity of the native people of the Americas and the strength and continuity of their cultures through exhibits, music and dance performances, films, and symposia. Penn State faculty presenter John W. Tippeconnic III, a member of the Comanche tribe, Batschelet chaired professor of educational administration and director of the American Indian Leadership Program, will discuss the current educational, political, social and economic status of Native Americans and how Penn State's groundbreaking American Indian Leadership Program in the College of Education is preparing new leaders.

Cost for this City Lights event is $25 for Alumni Association members, $40 for non-members and $10 for children (under 12 are free). The price includes the faculty presentation, guided museum tour, breakfast and lunch. Admission to the museum is free. For more information and to register visit online.

The rest of the 2010 City Lights schedule is:

April 13
Harrisburg, Pa., Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Exclusive Penn State night at the Whitaker, including the Titanic exhibit, plus a reception and lecture by Seth Blumsack, assistant professor of energy policy and economics on "Pennsylvania's Energy Future."

May 8
Smithsonian Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center, Washington, D.C.
"Space Flight: Still the New Frontier?" by Jim Pawelczyk '85g, associate professor of physiology and kinesiology and NASA astronaut.

May 15
Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pa.
"Roller Coasters and Music: Two Defining American Pastimes"; lecture by alumnus Charles J. Jacques Jr. '62 and musical performances by the Glee Club and the Alumni Blue Band.

June 25
Philadelphia Museum of Art
"Renoir and the Impressionists" by Patrick McGrady, assistant professor of art history and Palmer Museum of Art curator.

The goal of City Lights is to engage Penn State alumni with programs that include lectures by Penn State professors and expert alumni on current topics, coupled with a social/networking aspect. Most City Lights events occur in the five cities with the highest numbers of Penn Staters: Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Harrisburg, Pa.; New York City and Washington, D.C.

The Penn State Alumni Association partners with alumni affiliate groups on City Lights events. Participating groups for the March 27 event include the Central New Jersey Chapter, College of Education Alumni Society, College of Education's American Indian Leadership Program, Penn State Professional Women's Network of New York and the Smeal College of Business Alumni Society.

All City Lights events require pre-registration and are open to Penn State alumni and friends. They vary widely in terms of ticket prices, although members receive a discount. For more information, including exact times and prices for each event, or to register, go to or call 800-548-LION (5466), option 5.

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Last Updated March 22, 2010