The Henry Luce Foundation recently awarded a three-year grant of $395,000 to Penn State to partner with Nanjing University on the Globally Engaged Humanities Project. The faculty and students at both universities will share their understandings of the goals and methodologies of the humanities and borrow strategies from each other on related teaching, scholarly work and professional issues.
Among the planned activities are academic courses embedded with short-term study abroad at either university; learning exchanges of undergraduate students; graduate student and faculty teaching and research collaborations; international conferences; and translation of Chinese academic work from these conferences as a way to broaden access to Chinese-language humanities scholarship. Click here for the full story.
Alan Knight, Professor Emeritus of French at Penn State, died Sept. 21 in Berkeley, California, at the age of 84, due to illness.
An internationally acclaimed medieval scholar, Alan was the author of Aspects of Genre in Late Medieval French Genre (Manchester UP, 1983), as well as of more than thirty essays, including one at PMLA in 1971. He also published a translation of the farce Maistre Pierre Pathelin (Bucknell UP, 1984; in Donald Maddox, Semiotics of Deceit: The Pathelin Era) and edited The Stage as Mirror: Civic Theatre in Late Medieval Europe (Boydell & Brewer, 1997). But he continued to publish well after his retirement in 1997. Having earlier discovered seventy-two unnoticed fifteenth-century mystery plays from Lille in the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, Alan went on to publish the five-volume critical edition at Librairie Droz from 2001 to 2011.
The family is planning a memorial service in State College to plant a tree in his honor in late April or early May. Click here for the full obituary.
The Department of Sociology and Criminology has established a scholarship fund to honor the memory of Corporal Bryon Dickson II, the Pennsylvania State Trooper who was killed by a gunman on Sept. 12, 2014. Dickson was a 2003 Schreyer Honors College student and a graduate in the criminology program (then named administration of justice). He was selected as the student marshal for his academic achievements.
The goal is to raise at least $50,000 to create an endowment that, when fully funded, can provide an annual $2,250 scholarship to a hard-working and talented criminology undergraduate major. The criminology major is among the most popular degree programs in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. Click here for full story.
A new innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate major in social data analytics is now offered through the Department of Political Science. Undergraduate majors will work with “big data” in the rapidly growing field of data science. The social data analytics major at Penn State is the first undergraduate program to organize the development of data science skills around a social science foundation. Graduates will be adept at handling large, complex stores of information and applying them to pressing social problems. Click here for the full story.
Joan C. Tronto, professor of political science at the University of Minnesota and author of the book "Caring Democracy: Markets, Equality, and Justice" (NYU Press), has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Brown Democracy Medal, which is presented annually by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. She will receive the Brown Democracy Medal and give a public talk 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30, at a ceremony held in 102 Paterno Library, Penn State’s University Park campus. The Brown Democracy Medal honors the best work being done to advance democracy in the United States and internationally. Click here for the full story.
The Africana Research Center (ARC) recently announced its three postdoctoral and three dissertation fellows for the 2015-16 academic year. The program supports early career scholars and junior faculty who conduct research centered on or related to Africa and the African diaspora and assists them in establishing themselves in academia. The ARC fellows are housed in departments within the College of the Liberal Arts. Click here for full story.
Seven new graduate students in the College of the Liberal Arts are among the 19 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. These prestigious fellowships are awarded for academic excellence and support international research and professional development. The College welcomes Federica Bulgarelli, psychology; Sean Hixon, anthropology; John Huhn, psychology; Michael Johns, Spanish; Troy Steiner, psychology; Ziyu Wang, anthropology; and Chanell Nicole Washington, sociology. Click here for the full story.
Penn State’s new classroom at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego will help further its commitment to military students and expand their access to higher education, leaders said during a recent dedication of the facility. The University will teach the first course at the on-base classroom during the fall 2015 semester. The course is from the labor and employment relations degree program, a joint offering from World Campus and the College of the Liberal Arts.The goal is to transition students to complete their degrees online through Penn State World Campus. The classroom is the University's first on a military installation. Click here for full story.
Erin Mullin, daughter of Brian and Stephanie Mullin of the State College area, has been selected as the student marshal representing the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State’s summer commencement ceremony, set for Aug. 15 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Mullin is graduating with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a bachelor's degree in Global and International Studies, along with a minor in Labor and Employment Relations and a teaching certificate in English as a Second Language. Click here for the full story.
A new Penn State online graduate certificate is aimed at helping human resources professionals understand the law, policy and best practices for companies with employees outside the United States.
The 12-credit graduate certificate in international human resources and employment relations (IHRER) is offered through Penn State World Campus by the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER).
“There is a huge need for people to understand international HRER,” said Antone Aboud, professor of practice in LER and team leader for the online program. “We know from talking to our alumni and our students and from the research of our faculty that there’s a huge amount of activity at the international level.”
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