Things to Do at Penn State: March 28-April 4

March 27, 2019

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

Performances

"The King and I" — 7:30 p.m., March 28, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. The national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning production appears at Penn State.

Penn State Jazz Festival March 29-30, Recital Hall and Esber Rehearsal Hall, Music Building 1, University Park campus. Jazz master Benny Golson will headline the 20th annual event.

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 6 p.m., March 30, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Christian music's largest annual tour returns to Penn State. Free.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" April 2-12, Playhouse Theatre, University Park campus. Penn State Centre Stage presents the classic by Harper Lee and Christopher Sergel.

Dreamers' Circus7:30 p.m., April 3, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. The musical trio draws inspiration from Nordic folk songs and turns them into novel soundscapes. 

 

Events

Lion's Pantry Canstruction — 8 a.m.-8 p.m., March 27-28, 131 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Visitors are challenged to build structures made entirely out of food cans, with all of the food being donated to Lion's Pantry.

Dia de los metros, a Mexican fiesta — March 28Cafe 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.

Art+Feminism wiki-edit event 10 a.m., March 29, Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library, University Park campus. The daylong event includes presentations and opportunities to (re)shape knowledge on Wikipedia. Free.

City Lights Pittsburgh: "Mind, Body and Sport: Analyzing Mental Health in Athletics" 6 p.m., April 2, Jim Beam Left Field Lounge, PNC Park, Pittsburgh. An in-depth look at mental health in the world of athletics.

Game On: An Evening of Appetizing Fun April 2, 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.

Netflix and Dine: Streaming Your Favorite Flavors — April 3Cafe 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.

Poet David Baker 6 p.m., April 4, Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel, Penn State Behrend. Poet David Baker will read from his latest collection, "Scavenger Loop," about the natural history of the Midwest and how individuals engage with their surroundings. Free.

1950's: Delicacies of the decade — April 4Cafe 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

"Social Media Disinformation and Implications for International Travelers" 12:30 p.m., March 28, 232 AB HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Bina Surati, an analyst with the U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security will be the featured speaker. Free.

Dorothy V. Harris Lecture Series in Sport Psychology: "Emotional Expression: How Emotions Influence Motor Behavior" — 3:05 p.m., March 28, Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, University Park campus. Christopher Janelle, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health and Human Development and a faculty member at the University of Florida, will discuss the emotional influences on motor performance within sport and in other contexts. Free.

"I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness" — 7 p.m., March 28, Worship Hall, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park campus. Austin Channing Brown, a leading voice on racial justice and author of a book by the same name as the title of her talk, will discuss the intersection of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. This event was rescheduled from Jan. 30. Free.

2019 Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts — 4:30 p.m., March 28, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park campus. Jessie Erickson, professor, bibliographer and research in the study of special collections at the University of Delaware, will provide an in-depth ethnobibliographic examination of the works of Victorian author Ouida. Free.

"Understanding THON: For Which Kids? Starting a Conversation"  7 p.m., March 28, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park campus. The Paterno Fellows Program will host its second annual Contemporary Issue Forum and examine THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, which raises money to fight pediatric cancer. Free.

"A History of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning" 11:15 a.m., March 29, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. Penn State alumnus and head of data science and global patents at Google Jay Yonamine will discuss efforts to use "big data" to make policy decisions and balancing human experience and big data to achieve optimal results. Free.

"Environmental Design for Older Adults: Research and Practice Recommendations" — 10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 31, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus. Margaret Calkins, president of Innovation Designs in Environments for an Aging Society, will present the keynote address for the seventh annual alumni and friends brunch for the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

"What is Sacred in Food Sovereignty Research"3:30 p.m., April 1, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. Megan Griffin, a graduate student and the 2018 recipient of the Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award, will talk about the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of sovereignty in agro-biodiversity conservation research. Free.

Research Unplugged: "Digital Lifeline? Information and Communication Technologies for Refugees and Displaced Persons" 12:30 p.m., April 4, Downsbrough Community Room, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Carleen Maitland, associate professor of information sciences and technology, will discuss how cellphones have changed the lives of refugees around the globe. Free.

2019 Lecture on Compassion: "Expanding Compassion: Reflections on Our Research, Practice and Lives" 4 p.m., April 4, 110 Henderson Building, University Park campus. Sona Dimidjian, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will address how researchers and practitioners can most effectively study and practice compassion in a way that promotes individual healing and social change. Free.

 

Exhibits

"Subjective Spaces: Drawings and Collages by Robert Reed" — Jan. 5-May 19, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This intimate retrospective features 16 selections from Reed's drawings and collages. Free. 

"Plug In, Turn On" — Feb. 7-March 31, HUB-Robeson Galleries, HUB-Robeson Building, University Park campus. This two-person exhibition of works by Pittsburgh-based artists Ian Brill and Kevin Clancy, alongside "Architecting Atmospheres," an exhibition of Penn State architecture students, uses sound, light and space to create environmental atmospheres. Free.

"That's What She Said" — Feb. 26-April 1, Edwin Zoller Gallery, Visual Arts Building, University Park campus. A multimedia show featuring 41 artists from around the world that is a rebuttal to the phrase. Free.

"Race and Revolution: Still Separate, Still Unequal" — Jan. 29-April 6, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. This traveling exhibition of contemporary artwork and historical documents explores the ongoing issue of school segregation in the United States. Free.

"Amazing Stories: Recent Acquisitions" — Jan. 12-May 26, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibit highlights a large selection of prints by artists whose work relies heavily on representation and storytelling to explore ethnic identity and stereotypes, multicultural histories and personal narratives. Free.

"From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of a New Urban Space" — Feb. 3-May 12, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The museum will feature a major loan exhibition of Ashcan School painter John Sloan, who focused on New York City rooftops in the first half of the 20th century. Free.

"The Secret Lives of Girls and Women" — Jan. 29-Sept. 1, 104 Paterno Library, University Park campus. This exhibit of archival materials from the University Libraries' Eberly Family Special Collections Library examines the spectrum of "secrets" of the female experience. Free.

"The Future is Now: Media Tech Services and Adaptive Technology"March 25-Sept. 16, Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library, University Park campus. A look at resources and equipment available through the Penn State University Libraries' Media and Technology Support Services and the Marion MacKinnon Adaptive Technology and Services departments. Free.

 

Last Updated March 27, 2019