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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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Contact Phone 8148656144
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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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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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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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Contact Phone 865-9126
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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.

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.

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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Contact Phone 865-9126
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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.

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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Contact Phone 865-9126
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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.

Mary R. Rolling Reading Series presents Cathleen Miller

When Jan 29, 2015
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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Cathleen Miller circled the globe to interview the sources for her latest book, Champion of Choice, which was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Biographies of 2013. Her previous work includes Desert Flower and a memoir about her life in rural Pennsylvania, The Birdhouse Chronicles. A winner of the Society of American Travel Writers gold award, Miller’s travel essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. She teaches at San José State University.

Elizabeth Kadetsky to read as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series

When Feb 26, 2015
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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Elizabeth Kadetsky is the author of a story collection, The Poison that Purifies You; a novella, On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World; and a memoir, First There Is a Mountain. Her short stories have been chosen for a Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and two Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, Santa Monica Review, Antioch Review and elsewhere. She teaches at Penn State.

Jess Walters-2014/2015 Steven Fisher Writer-in-Residence

When Mar 19, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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Contact Phone 865-9126
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Jess Walter is the author of eight books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins. He was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney's and many other publications.

Mary E. Rolling Reading Series presents Robin Becker and Geffrey Davis

When Apr 03, 2015
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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Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State, Robin Becker has received fellowships in poetry from the Bunting Institute at Harvard, The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014, The Pitt Poetry Series published her seventh collection, Tiger Heron. Becker writes a column on the national poetry scene, "Field Notes," for The Women's Review of Books, where she serves as Contributing and Poetry Editor. Geffrey Davis is the author of Revising the Storm, winner of the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Other awards include the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He teaches in the MFA programs for creative writing and translation at the University of Arkansas.

First Book Festival

When Apr 04, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
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Contact Phone 865-9126
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A full day of community workshops and readings by recent Penn State MFA graduates: Sarah Blake, Katie Bode-Lang, Rachel Mennies, and William Woolfit, followed by a gala open reading.

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