ISIS, Jihad, and Islamic law

Aug 23, 2017
07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Foster Auditorium (Pattee Library)

Dr. Mohammad Khalil, Michigan State University

How does ISIS attempt to justify its acts of terrorism? In this lecture, Mohammad Khalil (associate professor of Religious Studies, adjunct professor of Law, and Director of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University) discusses some of the traditional rules of armed jihad according to Islamic law, shows how the leadership of ISIS attempts to present their acts of terrorism as being in line with those rules, and examines mainstream Muslim scholarly responses to ISIS.

This lecture, hosted by Penn State's History Department is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies.

2017 Penn State Marathon Read: First Books

Department of Comparative Literature Event
Sep 07, 2017 12:00 PM to
Sep 08, 2017 12:00 PM
Lawn in front of Pattee/Paterno Library

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's event, First Booksfocuses on author's first books that they published, or their first book in a series, by authors from all around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published.

Anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups -- classes, teams, social organizations -- are encouraged to participate by volunteering for larger blocks of time. There will be pizza, t-shirts, and other surprises. 

For questions, or to sign up to read in advance in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian, please email  .


The 2017 book list includes:

Catcher in the Rye,  JD Salinger

Black Swan,  Lyriae Van Clief-Stefanon

Ready Player One,  Ernest Cline

Black Heralds,  Cesar Vallejo

Love in a Fallen City,  Eileen Chang

Arabic Film Screening

CGS Arabic Film Screening
Sep 27, 2017
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

South Asian Film Screening

CGS South Asian Film Screening
Oct 11, 2017
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Arabic Film Screening

CGS Arabic Film Series
Oct 24, 2017
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

The Causal Architecture in Naturally Acquired German by Adult Korean Native Speakers

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Nov 15, 2017
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
157 Burrowes

Hyoun-A Joo, Penn State

In this lecture, Hyoun-A is presenting her dissertation research where she is asking how the German syntactic structure found representation in the minds of Korean immigrants in Germany. In the 70s, many Koreans moved to Germany for work purposes and they acquired German predominantly naturally by living and working in Germany rather than through formal instruction. Today, after more than 40 years, this population’s L2 German acquisition has reached a stable state and they developed into very different levels of proficiency. This presents a favorable situation to investigate the syntactic structure of German as it may have taken different forms in the minds of natural L2 acquirers. By pursuing this research, Hyoun-A aims to evaluate theories about the development of the German syntactic structure with insights from a matured clausal architecture, thereby advancing our understanding of how languages are acquired.

Hyoun-A is a graduate student in the German Department pursuing a dual degree in German Applied Linguistics and Language Science. Her current research interests involve second language acquisition and maintenance, as well as syntax. Having grown up within two languages and cultures, Hyoun-A developed a natural interest for bi-/multilingualism, which led her to work in Berlin, Seoul, and now Penn State. Her life and work experience in three different countries crucially shaped her sensitivity for ‘global citizenship’ that she also integrates into her research.

South Asian Film Screening

CGS South Asian Film Series
Nov 15, 2017
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
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