Things to Do at Penn State: Oct. 8-15

October 07, 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:


Sounds of Tuscany from Apollo's FireOct. 8-15, via livestream. Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, will make its debut virtual appearance with the Center for the Performing Arts in “Tuscan Sun—Rustic Music from Baroque Italy.”


"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.


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.

Alumni Association Virtual Speaker Series: Brian PatchcoskiNoon, Oct. 13, via Zoom. Brian J. Patchcoski, director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at Penn State, will discuss "Breaking the Binaries: Expanding our Understanding and Support of Sexual and Gender Diversity across Penn State."

"Cultural Equity in Practice: The Barnes Foundation" 11:30 a.m., Oct. 13, via Zoom. Kimberly Camp -- whose work has been shown in more than 100 exhibitions, including the American Craft Museum, Smithsonian Institution, International Sculpture Center -- will speak as part of the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series.

Altoona Distinguished Speaker Series: Andrew Yang6 p.m., Oct. 14, via livestream. As part of Penn State Altoona's Distinguished Speaker Series, 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang will offer a virtual keynote presentation.

Journalism Speakers Forum: Sue Snyder 7 p.m., Oct. 14, via Zoom. Susan Snyder has covered education for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1998. She spent the first decade reporting on the Philadelphia School District and was co-lead reporter on the Assault on Learning series that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Climate Dynamics seminar series: Joseph Clark 11:15 a.m., Oct. 14, via Zoom. Joseph Clark, Ph.D candidate in meteorology and atmospheric science, will discuss the role of horizontal temperature advection on arctic amplification.

Palmer Museum Conversations: A Day in the Life of a Museum Director 4 p.m., Oct. 14, via Zoom, Palmer Museum Director Erin Coe will join student interns for a discussion about what it's like to lead a university art museum.

Smith Creative Writers Reading Series: Aimee Pogson6 p.m.,Oct. 14, via Zoom. Aimee Pogson's short story “Unnatural” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She teaches in the B.F.A. program in creative writing at Behrend and is an editor at Lake Effect, the college’s international literary journal.

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 October 09, 2020