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.

Postsocialist Locales and Global Dreams: The Minimalist Approach in Romanian and Chinese Cinema

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Feb 22, 2019
12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
157 Burrowes

Please note that this lecture has been rescheduled to Fri., Feb. 22nd from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Victoria Lupascu, Penn State

Lupascu's talk with analyze the transnational imaginaries of migrant workers and students as represented in Constantin Popescu’s The Laughing Yellow Face and Li Hong’s Out of Phoenix Bridge and will position the cultural creation of such figures in the context described by postsocialism in Romania and China. Drawing on the history of cinematic aesthetics during transitional times by Jason McGrath and Andrei Gorzo, Lupascu theorizes minimalism as a genre with heuristic capacity in portraying postsocialist contexts. A reaction to the miserabilist genre, minimalism constructs these figures as points of intersection between multiple means of communication and modes of existence conditioned by flows of capital. The epistemological and ontological ruptures of transitioning from socialism to postsocialism are embedded in the visual delineation of infrastructure and communication lines that condition human connections as seen in Popescu’s and Li’s films. Identity and subjectivity formation practices are central to these films and, she argues, bear the brunt of the transitional operations. Lupascu juxtaposes Romanian and Chinese films not for common traits generated by common historical experiences, but for the contribution their analysis brings to our understanding of the figure of migrant workers and students in relation to minimalism as an aesthetic practice closely imbricated with postsocialist and global cultural experiences.

Save the Date! Comparative Literature Lecture Series

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

Charlotte Eubanks

Laughtivism – the Power of Humor in Nonviolent Struggle

Feb 26, 2019
04:30 PM to 05:45 PM
Katz Auditorium, University Park

What do jokes have to do with revolutions? It’s commonly assumed that revolutionaries should be solemn, but research shows that when humor is employed as a tactic in social movements the success rate doubles.

Humor is a powerful weapon, especially in response authoritarianism and dictators. Not only does humor melt fear, but movements that use humor and satire gain popularity quickly, allowing them to grow exponentially, which is a crucial component for success.

Popovic will discuss the different strategies of using humor in nonviolent movements. He promotes the idea that nonviolent revolutions work and make the world a more peaceful and democratic place.

Srdja Popovic is the Founder and Executive director of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS), a non-profit organization based in Belgrade, Serbia that aims to teach the use of nonviolence to make change.

He was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia (then part of Yugoslavia) in 1973. Popovic played the guitar in a rock band and graduated from the Faculty of Biology in Belgrade, holding a Master’s degree (MA) in animal ecology. Since his early twenties, he has focused on activism, democracy, and human rights issues.

In 1998, Popovic founded the student movement “Otpor!” (“Resistance!”), which played a crucial role in ousting former Serbian dictator, Slobodan Milosevic. After Milosevic was defeated in 2000, Popovic was elected to the Serbian Parliament where he served from 2000-2004.

Following his career in parliament, Popovic went on to found CANVAS, which was created with the intent of teaching people all over the world about how to be successful in nonviolent conflict. The organization has worked with activists from 46 different countries, spreading the knowledge of the nonviolent strategies and tactics used by Otpor! worldwide.

Popovic is currently the 53rd Rector of the University of St Andrews. He commenced the role November 2017.

Apart from being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, Popovic was listed as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2011 by the Foreign Policy Magazine. And in 2014 he was listed as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in Davos. Popovic is also the author of Blueprint for Revolution.

Learn more at

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of History, the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, the Paterno Fellows Program, the Department of Political Science, the School of International Affairs, Schreyer Honors College, the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Writing by Ear: The Aural Novel in Brazil

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Mar 11, 2019
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Marilia Librandi-Rocha

Assal Eswed (Black Honey)

Arabic Film Screening
Mar 13, 2019
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
362 Willard

A 30 years old Egyptian goes back to Egypt after living in America for 20 years, where he has a hard time coping with the difference, Specially after he loses his identity and all his money and becomes stuck in Egypt. Description provided by IMDB.

Co-sponsored by the Arabic Program.

Red Laughter in Central Asia: Mullo Mushfiqi and Political Satirein the Tajik Socialist Soviet Republic

Mar 14, 2019
04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
102 Weaver

Rustin Zarkar, New York University

Book Talk: Outsider Theory

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Mar 18, 2019
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Jonathan Eburne

"Behind the Decorations at Vincennes:" Indochinese Activists against the 1931 French Colonial Exposition

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Mar 20, 2019
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
157 Burrowes

Elizabeth Tuttle, Penn State

In 1931, France held an elaborate colonial fair where patrons could visit a condensed version of the French empire in Paris’ park Vincennes. Organizers recreated indigenous dwellings and religious structures from across the empire in order to celebrate the state’s vision of a “greater France.” In its six-month run, the colonial exposition attracted millions of visitors from Paris, France’s provinces, and beyond. Even with such popular and financial success, there were still groups who spoke out against this celebration of the French imperial project. In particular, Indochinese militants, often working with French Communist Party members, protested inhumane conditions for colonial workers both in the colonies and at the fair in Vincennes. How did these activists spread their message? Who was their audience and to what extent were they successful in countering governmental propaganda? To answer these questions, Tuttle will analyze official surveillance documents as well as the tracts and pamphlets written and distributed by Indochinese militants during the run-up to the fair’s opening. Ultimately, Tuttle argues that the 1931 colonial exposition became an ideological battleground between colonial administrators and a small number of activists determined to change public opinion by exposing the violence at the heart of French colonialism.

Krazy About Korea Culture Night

Cultural Event
Mar 20, 2019
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

The Korean Student Association, the Korean International Club, the Korean International Student Organization, and the Department of Asian Studies present the 6th annual Korean Culture Night. 

Come and experience the exciting cultures of traditional & modern Korea! 

Booth activities are from 7-8 p.m. and performances are from 8-9 p.m. 


Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies

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

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

Save the Date! Comparative Literature Lecture Series

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

Cruie Virag

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