Joan Chittister, an internationally renowned writer and lecturer and a Penn State distinguished alumna, has been called one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of this age. Penn State will host the Joan Chittister Symposium: Ancient Traditions, Contemporary Questions, Oct. 14-15 on the University Park campus.
Joan Chittister, a Penn State distinguished alumna, is an internationally renowned writer and lecturer and has been called one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of this age. The University Libraries presents “Inspired and Inspiring: The Passions of Joan Chittister’s Life, an exhibition,” Sept. 15 to Dec. 23 in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library.
George Carlin once said, "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately."
Until his death in June, the groundbreaking stand-up comic did just that. In 1972, Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine provoked a public debate about freedom of expression that eventually resulted in a 1978 Supreme Court obscenity case and helped define the limits of acceptable free speech in television and radio broadcasts.
Rock 'n' roll hit the scene in 1956 like a burst out of the blue—or, more accurately "a burst out of the blues," explained Jerry Zolten to an electrified audience at last Wednesday's Research Unplugged event at the State College Downtown Theatre.
Many people remember the famous anti-drug slogan coined by former First Lady, Nancy Reagan: "Just Say No." Critiqued by some for reducing a complex issue to a catch phrase, Reagan's campaign is generally considered to have been unsuccessful, and the phrase "just say no" has become a pop-culture joke.
Jerry Zolten is really into this music. His eyes are closed. He's strumming along on his guitar. He's in a different world—transported. The voice coming through his stereo speakers is so deep, so rich that I can feel it vibrating in my chest. It could very well be the voice of God rising up through the oak floor of Zolten's living room.
"My mother was an authority on pigsties,", Bill Cosby explains in one of his routines. "This is the worst-looking pigsty I have ever seen in my life. And I want it cleaned up right now. How anyone can live in this filth is beyond me."
As I walk through the aisles at the 1996 Graduate Research Exhibition, a poster grabs my attention. A painting of a nude woman, reclining on a divan, a gorilla mask covering her head.
A gorilla mask?
Intrigued, I read the corresponding text: "Do women have to be naked to get into the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Less than five percent of the artists in the Modern Arts section are women, but 85 percent of the nudes are female. Guerrilla Girls."