Things to Do at Penn State: Oct. 25-Nov. 1

October 24, 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:

Performances

Josh Gates Live!  7:30 p.m., Oct. 25, the Pullo Center, Penn State York. Television host, writer and adventurer Josh Gates visits Penn State York.

Tanya Tucker7:30 p.m., Oct. 26, the Pullo Center, Penn State York. Country music singer Tanya Tucker performs at the York campus.

Old Dominion7:30 p.m., Oct. 26, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Acclaimed country band Old Dominion brings its "Happy Endings" tour to Penn State.

The Choir of Man7:30 p.m., the Pullo Center, Penn State York. The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals hits the road for its first U.S. tour.

Escher String Quartet7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. The quartet, along with pianist Gilles Vonsattel, will make its Penn State debut.

"The Invisible Man"8 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Perkins Student Center Auditorium, Penn State Berks. The Penn State Berks theatre department presents John de Lancie's adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel.

 

Events

Tibetan Buddhist monks — Oct. 22-26, University Park campus. Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Tashi Kyil Monastery will visit the campus and host a number of events at University Park. Free

"Tour of India — A Naan Stop Ticket" — Oct. 25, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building, University Park campus. Students in HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester to be served in the student-run Cafe Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

THON Zombie 5K10 a.m., Oct. 27, Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The campus will host its annual run/walk benefit for THON.

Trick or Treat Night6-8 p.m., Oct. 29, Penn State All-Sports Museum, University Park campus. Student-athletes will greet visitors at this event featuring games, prizes and light refreshments. Free.

"Al Fresco — A Rustic Night By the Fireside" — Oct. 31, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building, University Park campus. Students in HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester to be served in the student-run Cafe Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

"Blocos de Carnaval — Dance Through the Flavors of Brazil" — Nov. 1, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building, University Park campus. Students in HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester to be served in the student-run Cafe Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

 

Lectures

Research Unplugged: "Evan Pugh's Penn State: America's Model Agricultural College" — 12:30 p.m., Oct. 25, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Roger Williams, former executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, will talk about Pugh's efforts to build America's first successful agricultural college at Penn State. Free.

American Educational Research Association Brown Lecture in Education Research — 6 p.m., Oct. 25, 123 Chambers Building, University Park campus. H. Richard Milner IV will speak on "Disrupting Punitive Practices and Policies: Rac(e)ing Back to Teaching, Teacher Preparation and Brown" during this livestream event. A discussion will follow the lecture. Free.

College of Health and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series: "A Journey to the Center of the Mind" — 7 p.m., Oct. 25, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park campus. Retired FBI agent James Fitzgerald, who worked on a number of high-profile cases, including the Unabomber, will be featured. Free.

Huddle with the Faculty: "Invent Penn State: The Ingenious Power of Partnership"9 a.m., Oct. 27, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus. Neil Sharkey, vice president for research at Penn State, will discuss Penn State's signature entrepreneurship effort. Free.

Classical Coffeehouse: Escher String Quartet 8 p.m., Oct. 29, Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park campus. The quartet will play selections from its repertoire and discuss its music. Free.

"Today's Women Warriors"5 p.m., Oct. 30, Flex Theatre, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Marine Corps Maj. Paige Kennedy and former CIA case officer Shannon McCombie will discuss their experiences as women who have helped pave the way in historically male-dominated fields. The event is part of Penn State's military appreciation events. Free.

"Oskar Schindler, Film and Fact"7 p.m., Oct. 30, Olmstead Building auditorium, Penn State Harrisburg. The campus' Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies presents holocaust scholar David Crowe. Free.

"Space Exploration: The International Space Station, the Moon and Beyond" 7 p.m., Nov. 1, 180 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, Penn State Behrend. NASA astronaut and Pittsburgh native Mike Fincke will discuss his experience with NASA. Free.

2018 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series Nov. 1-3, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. Stephen Kantrowitz, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, will deliver three lectures on "Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History of the Civil War Era." Free.

 

Exhibits

"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.

"Overlap: Life Tapestries" — Through Nov. 15, Robeson Art Gallery, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. A group exhibition of self-identified women artists of different social and professional backgrounds and generations will be on display. 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 Marilyn Fishman and James MacElderry. Free.

"A Small Radius of Light: G. Daniel Massad, A Retrospective" — Through Dec. 9, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. A display of G. Daniel Massad's detailed still lives rendered in pastel. Free.

"Object Lessons: American Still-Life Painting in the Nineteenth Century" — Through Dec. 16, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The show highlights the rich tradition of still-life painting in the United States with an emphasis on Pennsylvania's influential role in that history. 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.

"Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World" — Oct. 1-Dec. 21, Penn State Schuylkill. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza pandemic with an exhibit that explores the origins of zoonotic disease and humans' role in spreading animal-borne viruses. Free.

"A Full Course: Encounters with Food" — Through Jan. 13, 2019, Pattee Library, University Park campus. An exhibit featuring appetizing books, award-winning cookbooks, manuscripts and archive materials. 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 October 25, 2018