(Virtual) Things to Do at Penn State: May 14-21

May 13, 2020

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


"Virtual Imaginations: COVID-19" — A new project is giving Pennsylvanians a venue to display their artistic reflections on the pandemic and will feature online galleries of creative writing and visual art submitted by the public.


"Empty Shelves at the Store? Food System Disruptions and COVID-19" — Noon, May 14, via webinar. Penn State Extension is offering a webinar that address consumers' concerns about food shortages and will offer suggestions on alternative places and methods for sourcing food.

"SARS-CoV-2 and Teletravel Imperative" — Noon, May 14, via Zoom. Martin Pietrucha, professor of civil engineering and faculty research associate in the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute and faculty affiliate in the Rock Ethics Institute, will be featured as part of Penn State Law, Policy and Engineering's "Technology, Policy and Law during COVID-19" virtual speaker series.

Earth and Environmental System Institute EarthTalks: Panel discussion4 p.m., May 18, via Zoom. Susan Brantley, director of the Earth and Environmental System Institute, will lead a panel discussion on the future of energy education.

"Pollinators in Pennsylvania: Our Legacy and Future"Noon, May 19, via Zoom. Christina Grozinger, distinguished professor of entomology and director for the Center for Pollinator Research, will talk about her center's research, education, extension and outreach programs and how individuals can support pollinators in their own backyards as part of the Penn State Alumni Association's Virtual Speaker Series.

"The Pandemic and Sports: Old Solutions, New Challenges" Noon, May 19, via Zoom. Steve Ross, Lewis H. Vovakis Distinguished Faculty Scholar, professor of law and director of the Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy and Research, will be featured as part of the Penn State Law, Policy and Engineering initiative's virtual speaker series.

"The Internet of Suspect Bodies: Technology, Privacy and the Future of Surveillance"Noon, May 21, via Zoom. Andrea Matwynshyn, associate dean for innovation and technology and professor of law and engineering policy will be featured as part of the Penn State Law, Policy and Engineering initiative's virtual speaker series.


HUB-Robeson Galleries — Visitors to the HUB-Robeson Galleries online exhibitions can explore photographs, videos, interviews and more.

Online Thesis Exhibition: Zsuzsanna Nagy — The HUB-Robeson Galleries presents the photography of Zsuzsanna Nagy, a second-year master of fine arts in photography student.

"it's the new everything"Here. The HUB-Robeson Galleries presents a virtual group exhibition by Brian Alfred, Arden Bendler Browning, Trisha Holt and Phaan Howng. The exhibition is a virtual version of an exhibition that debuted in summer 2019.

"African Brilliance: A Diplomat's Sixty Years of Collecting" — Through May 24, here. A presentation of a wide-ranging selection of African art from the collection of Ambassador Allen Davis, featuring art from West, Central and East Africa.

"Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection" — Through June 7, here. The exhibition spotlights 30 watercolors and drawings from a diverse group of 19th-century American artists.

"Photography=Abstraction" — Through June 30, here. This virtual pop-up exhibition is an interactive gallery with images, text and informational videos for selected works. Once “inside,” explore by using your mouse or touch screen to click the navigational buttons included throughout the presentation as you tour the virtual gallery. 

"Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact" — Through Dec. 23, here. This new University Libraries online exhibition explores the intersection of the environment, human activity and the documentary record.

Last Updated May 21, 2020