Centre County Reads 2019

Jan 29, 2019 06:00 PM to
Apr 04, 2019 09:00 PM

The 2019 selection for Centre County Reads is Katie Fallon's Vulture.

Film Screening of Winged Migration

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Downsbrough Community Room, Schlow Library
Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Centre County Library, Bellefonte

Join us to watch and discuss Winged Migration (G, 90min). This family-friendly documentary (2003) focuses on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. Snacks will be provided. 

An Evening with Katie Fallon

Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room, The Pennsylvania State University

In Vulture, Katie Fallon discusses the turkey vulture, an overlooked and under-appreciated species that plays an extremely important role in our ecosystem. Written as a travelogue, scientific exploration, ecological memoir and love story, Vulture will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Book signing to follow. FREE and open to the public; no registration necessary.

Katie Fallon is the author of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (UPNE, 2017) and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, 2011), as well as two books for children. Her essays and articles have appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines, and she has taught writing at Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, and in the Low-Residency MFA programs of West Virginia Wesleyan College and Chatham University. She is also a founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and a Penn State graduate. Find out more about Katie at

..And More!

There are several exciting events leading up to Katie Fallon's visit, including a film night, winter bird walk, writing contests, book discussions, and more. Click here for a full list of events.

Mythologies of Realism and Modernism: African Literature and the Cold War

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Mar 25, 2019
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Monica Popescu, McGill University

Monica Popescu is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of African Literatures at McGill University. She is the author of South African Literature Beyond the Cold War (which won the 2012 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities) and The Politics of Violence in Post-Communist Films, and co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances during the Cold War. Together with Katie Zien and Sandeep Banerjee, she is the co-editor of the Routledge Series in Cultures of the Global Cold War. She has published articles on African culture and the Cold War, postcommunist cultures, post-apartheid literature and nationalism, which have appeared in journals like Studies in the Novel, Research in African Literatures, Current Writing, and The Yale Journal of Criticism. She is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled “African Literatures, Postcolonial Cultures and the Cold War” (under contract with Duke University Press).

Film screening of Human Flow

Film Screening
Mar 26, 2019
04:00 PM to 06:15 PM
Katz Auditorium, University Park

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. 

Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion, and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

Reception to follow with special guests Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and Dr. Suresh Canagarajah, Director of the Migration Studies Project.

Dreyfus in Algeria

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Apr 01, 2019
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

David Fieni

Insurgents of Academe: Historicizing Public Humanities in the African Diaspora

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Apr 08, 2019
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Roopika Risam

Assessing the Euromaidan of 2014 Five Years Later: The State of the Ukrainian State

Apr 11, 2019
09:00 AM to 04:30 PM
108 Weaver Building

Open to the general public

SESSION I (10 a.m.-noon)

Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa: “Maidan 5 Years Later: Revisiting the Use and Impact of Violence” 

Marta Dyczok, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario: “Media in a Post-Euromaidan Ukraine”           

Mykola Riabchuk, Research Scholar, The Kuras Institute for Political and Ethno-National Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine: “Dills’ versus 'Potato Beetles': Ethnic Othering and Stereotyping During the Russo-Ukrainian War”

SESSION II (1-3 p.m.)

Tamara Martsenyuk, Assistant Professor, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine): “Gender (In)Equality Issues in Ukraine: Five Years after the Euromaidan Protests”

Nicholas Denysenko,  Associate Professor Valparaiso University: “The Euromaidan and the Aftermath of the Granting of Tomos to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine”

SESSION III (3:30–4:30 p.m.)

A Bilingual Reading and Book Presentation of Maria Matios’ novel (translated by Michael Naydan and Olha Tytarenko) Sweet Darusya: A Tale of Two Villages (Spuyten Duyvil Publishers). Featuring Ukrainian readings and comments by Maria Matios and English readings by Charity Ketz.

Sponsored by the Woskob Endowment in Ukrainian Studies, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, and the College of Agricultural Sciences

The Garden as a Site of Pleasure in China and Byzantium: What We Can Learn from Comparing Medieval Traditions

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Apr 22, 2019
12:05 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Cruie Virag

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