Campus Life

Things to Do at Penn State: Jan. 11-19

A selection of cultural events happening on campus this weekend and next week

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


"Silence Interrupted: Reconstructing the Dream" 6 p.m., Jan. 17, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Various student groups and individuals will showcase their talents as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities. Free.

Avenged Sevenfold6:25 p.m., Jan. 17, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. The rock band will be accompanied by special guests Breaking Benjamin and Bullet for My Valentine.

WinterJam Tour Spectacular7 p.m., Jan. 19, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Christian music's largest annual tour will feature rockers Skillet, as well as a number of other artists. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 8:30 a.m., Jan. 15, Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Volunteers seeking to participate in the annual day of service should sign up at Free.

"Art Activism in the '60s" 5:30-7 p.m, Jan. 18, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Works from local elementary, middle and high school students will be showcased as they interpret this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration theme with art, poetry and essays. Free.


"Forensic Artists: Modern Methods and Tools" Noon-1 p.m., Jan. 16, 16 Borland Building, University Park campus. Jenny Kenyon, a forensic artist and Arts and Design Research Incubator research associate, will discuss how classical techniques are being melded with high-tech alternatives to create facial reconstructions, composite sketches and crime scene recreations. Free.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16, Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Ed Jackson, executive architect of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Free.

"What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing"7 p.m., Jan. 18, Student Enrichment Center Theatre, Penn State Harrisburg. John Quiñones, ABC News' first Latino correspondent and seven-time Emmy Award winner, will be featured as part of the Student Affairs' Civility Series. Free.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Evening Celebration 5:30 p.m., Jan. 19, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. Amanda Seales, known for taking serious topics and making them relatable and interesting through humor, will be the featured keynote speaker. Sales is a comedian, actress, writer, producer and former MTV VJ who holds a master's degree in African-American studies from Columbia University. Free, but tickets required for entry.


"The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library" — Oct. 3, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018, Pattee Library. This exhibit chronicles the University Libraries' 162-year history at University Park campus. Free.

"Practice What We Teach" Jan. 9-31, Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery. Current and retired art educators from western Pennsylvania school districts showcase their work outside the classroom. Free.

"Pop at the Palmer"Jan. 9-May 13, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. Prints from the museum's permanent collection by Pop Art notables such as Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Free.

"Books Undone: The Art of Altered Books"Jan. 11-Feb. 28, Madigan Library, Pennsylvania College of Technology. The exhibit features visually stunning reinventions of the printed page. Free.

"Beyond Bones and 'CSI': The Modern Role of the Forensic Artist"Noon- 3 p.m., Jan. 15-19, Arts and Design Research Incubator, 16 Borland Building, University Park campus. The exhibit showcases how the scope, role and education of the forensic artist are adapting to new demands, new technologies and new fields of study. Free.

"Dox Thrash, Black Life and the Carborundum Mezzotint"Jan. 16-May 20, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The exhibit features Philadelphia-based artist Dox Thrash, who pioneered a new approach to printmaking known as the carborundum process in the late 1930s. Free.

"What Big Eyes You Have! Looking at the Wolf in Fairy Tales" Jan. 16-May 13, Eberly Family Special Collections Library exhibition room, 104 Paterno Library, University Park campus. The exhibit takes a close look at historical depictions of the wolf in well-known and lesser-known fairy tales. Free.

"Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919"  April 23, 2017-April 30, 2018, the Penn State All-Sports Museum, University Park campus. The exhibit chronicles the contributions of Nittany Lion lettermen during World War I and follows their service from training in the U.S. to fighting in France and Italy. Free.

"Keith Lemley: A Theory of Everything" — Oct. 26, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. Penn State alumnus and artist Keith Lemley will craft a new work that combines maple and neon and unify them through geometry and form. Free.

"Deconstructing the Dream: At Whose Expense?" will be the theme of the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at Penn State's University Park campus. King's legacy will be celebrated with events throughout the week of Jan. 15-19, 2018.  Credit: Adalaide RustonAll Rights Reserved.

Last Updated January 24, 2018