Things to Do at Penn State: Aug. 30-Sept. 6

August 29, 2018

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


Jesse McCartney 7:30 p.m., Aug. 31, the Pullo Center, Penn State York. New York-born singer, songwriter, producer and actor Jesse McCartney will visit the York campus.

Cantus7:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park campus. The men's vocal ensemble will perform "Alone Together," an introspective look at what it means to connect in our modern world. 


"City of Ghosts"4:30 p.m., Sept. 5, Lewis Katz Building auditorium, University Park campus. The Center for Global Studies will screen the film "City of Ghosts," which follows the journey of a non-partisan, independent organization as it faces the realities of life undercover, on the run and in exile, risking their lives to confront ISIS in Syria. A discussion with Syrian journalist Abdalaziz Alhamza will follow. Free.

"Tribute to Excellence: Through a Photographer's Lens" 4-6 p.m., Sept. 6, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus. Photographer Martin Springborg displays his work of faculty teaching at various Penn State academic colleges and campuses. Free.

Harvest Festival5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 6, Student Farm. The Student Farm at Penn State will host its third annual Harvest Festival featuring live music, farm-fresh hors d'oeuvres, tours and activities for children and families. Free.


"Lunch and Learn" with Mimi Barash Coppersmith1 p.m., Aug. 30, 110 Henderson Building, University Park campus. Local businesswoman and Penn State alumna Mimi Barash Coppersmith will discuss her new memoir, "Eat First, Cry Later: The Life Lessons of a First-Generation College Graduate, Penn State Alumna and Female CEO." Free.

Huddle with the Faculty9 a.m., Sept. 1, Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom, University Park campus. Patrick McDaniel, the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology, will present "The Opportunities, Challenges and Dangers of Intelligent Technology." Free.

"Transdisciplinary Research to Address Sustainability Challenges" 11:30 a.m., Sept. 4, 101 Stuckeman Family Building, University Park campus. Paul Shrivastava, Penn State's chief sustainability officer and director of the Sustainability Institute, will be featured. Free.

"Everyday Ups and Downs"10 a.m., Sept. 6, Foxdale Village Auditorium, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College. Alyssa Gamaldo, assistant professor of human development and family studies, will talk about the health and everyday functional differences across diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic older adult populations as hart of the Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series. Free.

"Art and Politics: The Case of Carrado Cagli"4 p.m., Sept. 6, Trippe Hall lounge, Penn State Behrend. John Champagne, professor of English at Behrend and Penn State Laureate, will discuss the problematic and contradictory relationship between the art of Italian painter, sculptor and muralist Corfado Cagli and the fascist government that supported him. Free.

David Harbour7:30 p.m., Sept. 6, Junker Center, Penn State Behrend. Emmy-nominated actor David Harbour, who plays the character of Chief Hopper in the Netflix series "Stranger Things," will open the 2018-19 Speaker Series at Penn State Behrend. Free.


"Home: Contemporary Indigenous Artists Responding"Through Aug. 31, Pattee Library, University Park campus. The exhibit gathers the work of 12 indigenous artists working in printmaking, who each adopt a unique perspective from which to consider the ideas of community, place and belonging. Free.

"When Water Rises"Through Sept. 2, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. Contemporary artist Julie Heffernan explores imaginative scenarios and alternative habitats as her personal response to the threat of environmental disasters. Free.

"Summer Reading"Through Sept. 8, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. Contemporary artists take creative approaches to text and the book. Free.

"Keith Lemley: A Theory of Everything"Through Sept. 30, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. Lemley's work explores the artist's interests in current scientific theories connecting disparate parts of the universe through underlying geometries. Free.

"Gravity Schmavity" Through Oct. 29, the Arboretum at Penn State, University Park campus. Repurposed plastic sculptures by artist Aurora Robson will be on display at the arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Free.

"Instinctive Gestures"Through Dec. 18, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibition features contemporary works recently gifted to the Palmer by collectors Mariyln Fishman and James MacElderry. Free.

"Transitions" Through fall semester, Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks. As part of the campus' 60th anniversary, Penn State Berks is hosting an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to step back in time and view key moments in the campus' history. Free.

"Into the Woods" Through Feb. 11, 2019, Pattee Library, University Park campus. The exhibit explores the eastern U.S. forest, its wildlife and botanical wealth, while also paying tribute to early women naturalists and conservationists. Free.

Last Updated September 05, 2018