Things to Do at Penn State: Oct. 1-8

September 30, 2020

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


"Front Row: National"7:30 p.m., Oct. 1, via livestream. The Center for Performing Arts at Penn State will premiere an online program by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. "Front Row: National" will kick off a stream of its "Summer Evenings II" concert and the performances will be available at through Oct. 5. Free.


"Mindful Making" creative workshop series: Mindful calligraphy — 3 p.m., Oct. 1, patio tent, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. This five-week creative workshop series shares arts-based wellness practices that can help improve overall well-being. This session focuses on mindful calligraphy. Free.

"Mindful Making" creative workshop series: Stamp making — 3 p.m., Oct. 8, patio tent, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. This five-week creative workshop series shares arts-based wellness practices that can help improve overall well-being. This session focuses on stamp making. Free.


Catalyst Speaker Series: Lucy Major12:15 p.m., Oct. 1, via livestream. Lucy Major, a senior communications and marketing manager for childhood cancer research at Cancer Research UK, will discuss her career path and current position. Free, but registration required.

Journalism Speakers Forum: Lisa Wilson — 7 p.m., Oct. 1, via Zoom. Lisa Wilson, NFL editor for the Athletic, will be the featured speaker. Free.

"Creative (Climate) Communications: Productive Pathways for Science, Policy and Society" — 6 p.m., Oct. 1, via Zoom. Max Boykoff, professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, will be featured. Free, but registration required.

2020 Lippin Lecture in Ethics: Virginia Eubanks  6 p.m., Oct. 1, via Zoom. Virginia Eubanks, author of the award-winning book "Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor," will deliver the this year's lecture. Free, but registration required.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative seminar series: Joel LandryNoon, Oct. 2, via Zoom. Joel Landry, assistant professor of environmental and energy economics the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, will discuss the effects of Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Free, but registration required.

Stuckeman Series Lecture: Molly Oberholtzer 1:30 p.m., Oct. 2, via Zoom. Molly Oberholtzer, an experience designer at the German creative digital agency denkwerk, will present "At Your Service: The Design of Engaging Service Experiences." Free, but registration required.

Palmer Museum Conversation: Discover the Palmer Museum of Art 3 p.m., Oct. 4, via Zoom. Join museum staff, graduate assistants, and interns for an introduction to the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State's premiere visual arts resource for students, faculty, staff and the local community. Discover the rich and varied ways that students work and learn at the museum, and enjoy a glimpse of the galleries, an introduction to the various collection areas, and an in-depth look at a few selected works of art. Free.

"AI for Predictive Science"2 p.m., Oct. 5, via livestream. The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences will bring together a group of Penn State researchers to discuss their work using AI for predictive modeling and analytics, as well as the ethical considerations of AI. Free, but registration required.

College of Arts and Architecture Sustainability Roundtable Series: Sustainability Teaching Panel Discussion11:30 a.m., Oct. 6, via Zoom. The roundtable will feature graphic design faculty members Emily Burns and Huiwon Lim; art history faculty member Heather McCune Bruhn; visual arts faculty member Angela Rothrock; and landscape architecture graduate student Lucy Rummler. Free.

"Community-Engaged Research: How to Effectively Engage Stakeholders and Why It Matters" 1 p.m., Oct. 6, via livestream. The College of Medicine SMaRT Connects webinar will provide an overview of community-engaged research methodology and will spotlight studies that engage in breakout sessions to reflect on community-engaged strategies in their fields of study and network with other research professionals. Free, but registration required.

Journalism Speakers Forum: Tara Pixley 7 p.m., Oct. 6, via Zoom. Photojournalist Tara Pixley will discuss her experiences photographing the Black Lives Matter protests as a Black female news photographer and the ramifications of more diverse visual representation in news media coverage of marginalized populations. Free.

Journalism Speakers Forum: Kainaz Amaria and Gene Demby — 7 p.m., Oct. 7, via Zoom. Wife-and-husband journalism powerhouses Kainaz Amaria, a visual editor for Vox, and Gene Demby, co-host of the NPR podcast "Code Switch," will be featured. Free.

Smith Creative Writers Reading Series: Kyle Minor 6 p.m., Oct. 8, via Zoom. Kyle Minor, author of "Praying Drunk," which won the 2015 Story Prize Spotlight Award, will be featured. Free.

Exhibits and Virtual Tours

"Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State" — Online. The University Libraries explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement's impact on the Penn State community. Free.

"CARE. not convenience" — Through Nov. 20, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Created entirely with salvaged plastic, this collaboration between an artist, designer and an environmental sciences researcher aspired to shed light on society's dependence on, careless overuse and thoughtless disposal of plastic. Free.

"Hostile Terrain 94" — Through Nov. 20, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. "Hostile Terrain 94" is a participatory art exhibit occurring in nearly 150 cities around the globe that highlights the lives claimed by the U.S./Mexico border since the 1990s. Free.

"African Brilliance: A Diplomat's Sixty Years of Collecting" Online Catalogue — Online. A digital catalogue of African works collected by retired U.S. ambassador Allen C. Davis, including text entries, high-resolution 360-degree images and contextual videos at the Palmer Museum of Art. Free.

"African Brilliance" Virtual Tour — Online. Explore an interactive tour created with teachers, students and families in mind. The tour includes installation images, pictures of selected works, videos for guided viewing and related art-making activity suggestions. Free.

"Drawing on a Legacy: Highlights from the John Driscoll American Drawings Collection"  Online. High-resolution images, text selections and a photo gallery of works on paper donated by Penn State alumnus John P. Driscoll, including early landscape views and botanical sketches, animal scenes and still lives, and portraits and preparatory figure studies. The works include a number of well-known 19th-century American artists. Free.

"Illuminating Illusions" — Online. The Penn State Museum Consortium presents this exhibition that explores facets of illusions in science, art, literature and nature. Free.

"Photography=Abstraction" — Online. The Palmer Museum of Art's virtual pop-up exhibition is an interactive gallery with images, text and informational videos for selected works. Free, Google Chrome browser recommended.

Snowiss Gallery of American Art — Online. Tour the Palmer Museum of Art's first-floor Snowiss Gallery. Free.

"Women in Art: Activism and Resistance" virtual tour — Online. This self-directed, interactive online tour features a selection of objects by female artists in the Palmer Museum of Art's collection. In celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in a variety of media during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social and cultural change. Free.

"Human Expectations" — Through Jan. 31, 2021, Display Cases, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. Four artists explore the form of the human head in ceramic, neon and glass. Free.

"Border Exchange" — Through Jan. 31, 2021, Display Cases, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. The exhibition pairs two of artist Carlos Rosales-Silva's paintings with a site-responsive wall painting. Free.

"Small Planet" — Through January 2022, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. The HUB-Robeson Center has commissioned a site-specific wall painting located in the first-floor eateries by artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann titled "Small Planet." Free.

Last Updated September 30, 2020