Penn State Intercom......November 1, 2001


Matthew Serbin Pittinsky, chairman of Blackboard Inc., discussed the future of e-education at the Faculty Staff Club Forum held Oct. 19. The next speaker will be Valerie Ferguson, regional vice president and managing director of Loews Philadelphia Hotel, on Nov. 14 at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Journalists to celebrate
their cultural heritage

Journalists Marie Arana, editor of The Washington Post Book World, and Dorreen Yellow Bird, a community journalist and columnist for the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, will visit the University Park campus this month to present free public lectures and work with students as part of celebrations for Cultural Heritage Month.

Yellow Bird will present "Writing from a Native American Perspective in a Community Where Few American Indians are Present" from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Carnegie Cinema (113 Carnegie Building). Her newspaper work includes a mix of general assignment work as well as a bi-weekly column and some editorial writing. She has written several short stories and is nearing the completion of a historical narrative of the Sahnish (Arikara) people. She is a regular contributing writer for the American Indian College Journal and National Progressive Media Wire.

Arana will present "American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood" from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in Carnegie Cinema. Along with her work as editor of The Washington Post Book World, she has written numerous feature articles for the Post. In addition, she wrote American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, her autobiography, which provides a look at the development of her cultural identity. She grew up in Peru with influence from father's genteel family and later moved to Wyoming, where her mother's family taught her how to shoot a gun and snap a chicken's neck for dinner.

Physicist to talk
about black holes

Kip Thorne, the Feynman professor of theoretical physicsat the California Institute of Technology and author of Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy, will give a free lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in 101 Thomas Building on the University Park campus.

His talk is titled "Gravitational Waves: Probing Black Holes, Neutron Stars and the Earliest Moments in the Universe."

For information, call (814) 863-9605 or e-mail kqb2@psu.edu.

Literature topics are
borderlands, gangsters

The Comparative Literature Luncheon, a weekly informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community, has announced the next speakers in this semester's series.

The events begin with lunch from 12:15 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. in 102 Kern Building on the University Park campus. Participants may bring their own lunch or buy something in Kern Cafeteria. Coffee and tea are provided in the room. The speaker will begin at about 12:40 p.m.

The next two speakers are:

* Nov. 5: Santiago Vaquera, professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, on "Limit, Divide, Gateway: Re/thinking the Borderlands."

* Nov. 12: Fred Gardaphé, professor in the Department of English and American Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook, on "From Wiseguys to Wise Men: The Gangster Figure in Italian American Culture."

The events are free to the public.

For information, e-mail Daniel Walden at dxw8@psu.edu.

Topic is education in
a technological society

Jennifer Croissant will lecture on "Technology Standards in K-12 Education: Assumptions and Ideologies for Living in a Technological Society" at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 in 158 Willard Building on the University Park campus.

Croissant is associate professor in the Program on Culture, Science, Technology and Society at the University of Arizona. Her general interests are in the sociology of knowledge and technology, and she is conducting research projects on cultural ideas about technology, and on scientific instrumentation and the transformation of disciplines.

The Science, Technology and Society Program is the host for Croissant's lecture.

Topic will be environmental
health research

Kenneth Olden will discuss "Future Directions in Environmental Health Research" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

The event is sponsored by the Environmental Consortium.

Landscape architect to lecture
on landscape stratigraphies

Landscape architect Cheryl Barton will give a lecture, “Landscape Stratigraphies,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in 112 Walker Building on the University Park campus as part of the John R. Bracken Lecture Series.

As principal of The Office of Cheryl Barton in San Francisco, Barton addresses landscape as a powerful medium that can transform human values as well as create physical settings. The firm is engaged in the creation of livable and transformational places from the scale of the community to the scale of the garden.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture’s Department of Landscape Architecture, the John R. Bracken Lecture Series honors Bracken, one of the first to graduate from Penn State with a major in landscape architecture and former head of the Department of Landscape Architecture.
The lecture is free to the public. For information, call (814) 865-9511.

Documentary, discussion
planned for Nov. 9

"Live Transmission," a collaborative documentary film on the "Performative Sites" symposium held at Penn State in October 2000, will premier at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Palmer Museum of Art's Lipcon Auditorium on the University Park campus.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Charles Garoian, professor of art education and director of the School of Visual Arts; Yvonne Gaudelius, associate professor of art education and women's studies; and Barbara Bird, assistant professor of communications. These faculty members collaborated on the documentary with students from the School of Visual Arts and the Film/Video Program in the College of Communications.

Funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation, the documentary was filmed during the symposium where artists and scholars explored the intersections of art, technology and the body in contemporary culture through performance art.

The event is free to the public.

Lecture focuses on
French colonial science

James E. McClellan III will lecture on "Pictures at an Exhibition of Colonial Science" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in 102 Weaver Building on the University Park campus.

McClellan, of the Stephens Institute of Technology, is currently collaborating with François Regourd, Université de Nanterre Paris X, on a project titled "The Colonial Machine: French Science and Colonization in the Ancien Régime."

The lecture will look at 18th-century French colonial science between Paris and the West Indies.

Economist to discuss
government, free society

Author and economist Walter E. Williams will discuss "The Role of Government in a Free Society" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Adler Athletic Complex on the Penn State Altoona campus.

Williams' speech is part of the campus' Distinguished Speaker Series, which is free to the public. Tickets are available at the Penn State Altoona Bookstore.

Williams' most recent work is titled More Liberty Means Less Government -- Our Founders Knew This Well. He serves on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., as John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics and is the chairman of Department of Economics.

Runoff evaluation to be
discussed at lecture

Jennifer Sporre will speak on "Development of a Low Intensity Rainfall Simulator to Evaluate P Runoff" from 3:35 to 4:25 p.m. Nov. 2 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

Sporre is a master of science degree candidate in soil science. The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is the host for the event.

For information, call (814) 863-1601.