Penn State Reads program to host two final discussion events April 2 and April 7

The Penn State Reads program is hosting two more events this semester based on the themes in the 2013-14 common reading book “Beautiful Souls.”

The program will hold a screening of “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” with a follow-up discussion on Wednesday (April 2) at 7 p.m. in the HUB Freeman Auditorium. This documentary follows the rise and fall of Enron, believed to be one of the largest business scandals in American history. 

The discussion will be led by Bryan Cwik, a scholar from the Rock Ethics Institute. Cwik will host a conversation based on the lessons that can be learned from this scandal and how it brought attention to the importance of business ethics.

Along with the Panhellenic Council, the Penn State Reads program also will hold a screening of “Iron Jawed Angels” on Monday (April 7) at 7 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium. The evening will begin with a discussion led by Dr. Nichola Gutgold, the associate dean for academic affairs in the Schreyer Honors College.

The 2004 film “Iron Jawed Angels,” starring Hilary Swank, chronicles the efforts of some of the women involved in the women’s suffrage movement in the 1910s. Throughout the film, the women strive to revolutionize the movement by bringing in new and effective tactics to grant women the right to vote.  

This thought-provoking event will explore the topics of the history of women’s suffrage, rhetoric, activism and the state of women’s rights today.

Currently in its inaugural year, the Penn State Reads program is designed to provide a shared experience among new students, encourage intellectual engagement within and beyond the classroom, stimulate critical thinking and foster a deeper connection to Penn State’s mission and core values.

Last Updated April 02, 2014