Things to Do at Penn State: Sept. 14-21

What's happening at Penn State? Here's a look at some of the cultural events taking place at the University this weekend and in the coming week:


Cécile McLorin Salvant7:30 p.m., Sept. 14, Schwab Auditorium. Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her Penn State debut.

Cellist Kim Cook1 p.m., Sept. 17, Palmer Museum of Art. Penn State cello professor Kim Cook will be joined by guest soprano Luanne Crosby, a faculty member at Alfred University, in a recital of chamber music written for soprano, cello and piano. Free.

"Guest Artist Series" 1 p.m., Sept. 17, Palmer Museum of Art. The Palmer Museum of Art will host a series of Sunday afternoon concerts while the School of Music facilities are undergoing construction and renovation. The weekly concerts will be held in the "BIG Deal" exhibition on the museum’s second floor. Free.


Women of Color in Arts and Design6:30 p.m., Sept. 14, Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. Six alumnae from the College of Arts and Architecture will discuss their career passions and goals, and the struggles of being women of color in their respective fields. Free.

Sustainability ShowcaseNoon, Sept. 15, third floor, Huck Life Sciences Bridge. Deborah Nardone, director of the Clearwater Conservancy will be featured. Free.

POW/MIA vigil 4 p.m., Sept. 15, Old Main lawn. Penn State Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine ROTC cadets and midshipmen will hold a joint POW/MIA vigil. Free.

Constitution Day 20172 p.m., Sept. 18, 134 HUB-Robeson Center. To mark Constitution Day 2017, the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences is leading efforts to educate students and other community members about the U.S. Constitution. Free.

Virasat 2017Sept. 22-24, HUB-Robeson Center. The Society for Indian Music and Arts hosts a three-day conference on traditional Indian music, featuring research presentations and musical performances.


"The Throwback Special"7:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 113 Carnegie Building. Author Chris Bachelder will conduct a public reading of his football novel, "The Throwback Special," a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in fiction. Free.

Huddle with the Faculty: "Embracing the Golden Years: The Science of Healthy Aging"9 a.m., Sept. 16, Nittany Lion Inn. Martin Sliwinski, director of the Center for Healthy Aging and professor in the College of Health and Human Development will examine cognitive and brain health across the adult lifespan. Free.

"The Projectilic Image: Islamic State's Digital Visual Warfare and Global Networked Effect"6 p.m., Sept. 18, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library. Marwan M. Kraidy, an expert on global communications, culture and politics will discuss how “image warfare,” specifically video production by the Islamic State, creates a potentially powerful new kind of warfare — global networked affect. Free.

Mark EvansSept. 18 and 19. Mark Evans, a wilderness explorer with a passion for bridging cross-cultural differences in the Middle East, will deliver public lectures on Sept. 18 and 19 as part of the Penn State Reads program. Free.

"Pultizer's Gold" 6 p.m., Sept. 20, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library. Roy Harris, a veteran journalist who wrote the book that traces the century-long history of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service will discuss the coveted award and journalism in general. Free.


Art on the Move May 12-Sept. 17, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, 209 Old Main. As part of the Art on the Move program, the HUB-Robeson Galleries will display mandalas by Penn State graduate student Fernanda Bonafini, also known as Ataraxiaowl. Free, but appointment recommended.

"SEEP"Aug. 24-Sept. 30, Woskob Family Gallery, State College. The exhibit presents 11 contemporary artists from across the country whose work engages with water. Free.

"BIG Deal: Sizeable Paintings"Sept. 5-Dec. 17, Palmer Museum of Art. The museum showcases some of its monumental canvases from its permanent collection, many of which have not been on view in recent years. Free.

"Minna Citron after Atelier 17"Sept. 5-Dec. 10, Palmer Museum of Art. Four decades of printmaking by artist Minna Citron. Free.

"Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919"April 23, 2017-April 30, 2018, the Penn State All-Sports Museum. The exhibit chronicles the contributions of Nittany Lion lettermen during World War I and follows their service from training in the U.S. to fighting in France and Italy. Free.

Last Updated September 13, 2017