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Luncheon Series with Ariane Cruz, Ph.D.

When Sep 08, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 217 Willard
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Ariane Cruz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Women's Studies

"Pornography’s Play(ing) of Race"

This talk explores black women’s diverse performance of race play in contemporary American pornography.  From performances of black female submission staged as a historical reenactment of chattel slavery in hardcore mainstream race play pornography to amateur Internet race play pornography, I unveil pornography as a dynamic site for the performance of race play.  Pornographic performances of race play exhibit an unfaltering racial hyperbole and eroticization of black female racial sexual alterity despite the shifting racial and gender dynamics of production, veering positions of domination and submission, and amateur versus high budget production status.  I reveal race play as a comprehensive performance with a more universal socio-cultural currency and relevance, illuminating a critical tension in race play to be that between the quotidian and the spectacular, the pornographic and the mainstream.


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"The Black Revolution on Campus: Radical Visions for Higher Education"

When Sep 10, 2014
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Martha Biondi, Chair of the Department of African American Studies and Professor of African American Studies and History, Northwestern University will be giving a talk titled "The Black Revolution on Campus: Radical Visions for Higher Education".

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Mary E. Rolling Reading Series opens the 2014/2015 year with Ito Romo

When Sep 11, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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Contact Phone 865-9126
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Ito Romo was born and raised on the border in Laredo, Texas. His recent work, dubbed “Chicano Gothic” and “Chicano Noir,” shows the dark and gritty life along Interstate 35 through South Texas, where his family has lived for nine generations. He is the author of The Border is Burning (2013) and El Puente / The Bridge (2001). He lives in San Antonio and teaches at St. Mary’s University.

Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities

When Sep 12, 2014 03:30 PM to
Sep 13, 2014 03:30 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn
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Contact Phone (814) 863-4907
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Penn State Stratification Conference, Nittany Lion Inn, September 12, 2:30-5:30 pm; September 13, 8:30 am -3:30 pm.

Presentations by leading researchers highlight how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Thematic sessions examine the linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive work is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of both theoretical and policy importance. The program format is designed to encourage interaction among attendees.

 

All members of the Penn State community are invited. Authors and titles can be viewed at http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon/papers. For more information and to register, visit http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon. Registration is free but required for planning purposes.

 

Co-sponsors include the American Academy of Political and Social Science and PSU’s College of the Liberal Arts, Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute, and Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Fall Career Days

When Sep 16, 2014 11:00 AM to
Sep 18, 2014 04:00 PM
Where Bryce Jordan Center
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Fall Career Days is a week of career fairs combined with some on-campus interviewing, information sessions, and workshops held by employers who are recruiting students on campus. For the majority of Liberal Arts students, the relevant fair days are as follows: Non-Technical Full-Time Career Fair: Tuesday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Internship and Co-op Career Fair: Wednesday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Book Introduction: 'Regarding Muslims: from Slavery to Post-apartheid'

When Sep 17, 2014
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 118 Willard Building
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Contact Phone 814-863-4025
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Gabeba Baderoon, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and African Studies with

Alicia Decker, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and African Studies

will be giving a talk about Dr. Baderoon's  newly published book.


Co-sponsored by the African Studies Program and the Women's Studies Department.

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Mary E. Rolling Reading Series presents Seamus McGraw

When Sep 24, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Palmer Art Museum Auditorium
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Seamus McGraw is an award-winning freelance writer and author of The End of Country. He has written for The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Playboy, and The Huffington Post. His next book, a look at climate change through the eyes of farmers, fishermen and ranchers already dealing with the consequences of it, will be released in Spring 2015 by University of Texas Press.

“Mapping the Linkages Between Women’s Participation in Decision Making and Adaptation to Climate Change Hazards in the Mount Elgon Region ”

When Oct 01, 2014
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Talk given by:

Allan Bomuhangi, Recipient of the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program of the US Government's Feed the Future 21st Century Leadership Program.

 

Co-sponsored by the African Studies Program and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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ARC Undergraduate Research Exhibition

When Oct 04, 2014
from 10:30 AM to 01:30 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn, Faculty Staff Club Room
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Contact Phone 814-865-6144
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The Africana Research Center will host an Undergraduate Research Exhibition in recognition of undergraduate students who have conducted outstanding research on issues affecting the African Diaspora.

Luncheon Series with Sylvia Owiny

When Oct 06, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 217 Willard
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Contact Phone 8149342111
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Sylvia Owiny, Social Sciences Librarian, University Libraries

"Survey of Libraries in Lango Sub-region, Uganda: A Sabbatical Report"

“A true African library would be one into which Africans and others could walk in order to experience the realities of the African world view…” (Cram 15)

The purpose of the survey was to document the state of libraries in the Lango Sub-region and explore how libraries are viewed at different levels by different populations. The results of the survey revealed disconnect between libraries and communities in the sub-region. Are western model of libraries meeting the information and knowledge needs of these communities?


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Ethics of GMO's: A Panel Discussion

When Oct 13, 2014
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802
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Contact Phone 814-863-5911
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Much of the public debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been the subject of hot debate. Environmental impacts of GMO development have often been overshadowed by concerns about food safety. This is in spite of consistent scientific evidence that such concerns are more driven by hype than understanding. This panel discussion is the conclusion of a two-day workshop and will explore these broader ethical issues as they relate to and conflict with issues of food safety and security. Why is the Rock Ethics Institute involved? As a central hub of ethics research and education at Penn State, the Rock Ethics Institute is proud to host this event. Several of our own researchers deeply involved in social, ethical, and legal implications of technologies like those involved in genetic modification and are working to bring together other voices from peer institutions to discuss this topic. Register for the Event:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gmo-panel-registration-12480823479 This event is approved for SARI@PSU participation credit. Other Ways to Participate If you are unable to attend the live panel, we do have other options. We will be streaming the event live (SARI@PSU participation credit not available unless prior approval granted from SARI@PSU) via MediaSites and we will also be Live Tweeting the event. You will be able to ask questions and interact with us on Twitter. Watch the Live Stream:http://live.libraries.psu.edu/Mediasite/Play/3fcbc3c6799943d795e5cbb306ab3a3e1d?catalog=8376d4b2-4dd1-457e-a3bf-e4cf9163fedaGMO Panel This two-day workshop will end with a panel discussion. The panelists are Dr. Dave Mortenson, Dr. Paul Thompson and Dr. Kyle Whyte. More information about the panelists can be found at http://rockethics.psu.edu/events.

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Black Beauty Colloquium

When Oct 18, 2014
from 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn, Facutly Staff Club
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Keynote speaker: Maxine Craig, Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies program and Chair of the Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory & Research at the University of California, Davis.


More details about the colloquium will be announced.

Co-sponsored by the Africana Research Center, the African American Studies Department, and PSU NCNW (National Council of Negro Women

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"The Ethics of Motherhood: Migration, Narration and the Ex-Metropolis in Ubax Cristina AliFarah's Postcolonial Fiction"

When Oct 22, 2014
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 118 Willard Building
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Johanna Rossi-Wagner, Lecturer in Spanish, Italian and Postuguese, Penn State University will be giving a talk titled "The Ethics of Motherhood: Migration, Narration and the Ex-Metropolis in Ubax Cristina AliFarah's Postcolonial Fiction".

Co-sponsored by the African Studies Program and the Women's Studies Department.

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Marilyn Nelson to give 2014 Emily Dickinson Lecture

When Oct 23, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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Marilyn Nelson is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards. She is the author or translator of fifteen poetry books for adults and children and five chapbooks. In 2013 she published a memoir entitled How I Discovered Poetry—a series of 50 poems about growing up in the 1950’s in a military family.

Julian Vasquez Heilig to give Lecture

When Nov 05, 2014
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor and Director of the Educational Leadership, California State University at Sacramento will be giving a lecture.

Lecture title TBA.

 

Co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department, and the College of Education.

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Chinelo Okparanta to read as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series

When Nov 06, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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Chinelo Okparanta is the author of Happiness, Like Water, a 2013 New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors’ Choice. Okparanta's writing has appeared in GRANTA, The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, and Tin House, among others. Her story “America” was selected as a notable story for Best American Short Stories 2013.

Professional Development Discussion with Graduate Students

When Nov 07, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 118 Willard Building
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Ingrid Nelson, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Vermont will be giving a talk.

Co-sponsored by the Geography Department and the Women's Studies Department.

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Arthur Caplan presents "Should we mandate vaccination for your doctor, you and your children?"

When Nov 10, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802
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Should vaccinations be mandated? Should faculty or students ever be compelled to get vaccinations? What about doctors, nurses, health care workers? Or day care workers and airline personnel? Arthur Caplan will argue that all of these individuals should receive mandated vaccinations as they often make sense even though there are important arguments against imposing vaccination mandates. HPV, flu, measles, polio and other examples will be examined to make the case for requiring vaccination for many Americans. Arthur Leonard Caplan Currently the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. Prior to coming to NYU he was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. Caplan has also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. For more information on Arthur Caplan, please visit http://rockethics.psu.edu/events.

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"Threats to Masculinity and the Sexualization of Well Performing Women"

When Nov 12, 2014
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 118 Willard Building
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Theresa Vescio, Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, Penn State, will be giving a talk titled "Threats to Masculinity and the Sexualization of Well Performing Women".

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"HIV Prevalence in Religiously and Ethnically Diverse Societies"

When Nov 19, 2014
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Jenny Trinitapoli, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Demography and Religious Studies, Penn State will be presenting this talk.

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