Jen Hirt, M.F.A., assistant professor of creative writing and English composition, will discuss, “Glow in the Dark,” her 2012 Gabehart Prize for Nonfiction winning creative essay about bats, glow sticks, rejection, and revision on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge.
In his second book about the relationship between China and the United States, John Haddad, associate professor of American studies and popular culture at Penn State Harrisburg, provides a colorful narrative history of how China and America first met, focusing on the lives and experiences of American traders, missionaries, and adventurers as they traveled to a foreign land unaware that the United States even existed.
The book is a culmination of the research Haddad conducted during his 2010-11 Fulbright grant experience in China.
Penn State Harrisburg will host an Academic Perspectives on Current Events discussion on “Sports Records: Before and After Performance-Enhancing Drugs” on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on campus in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge.
The discussion, centered on the effects of performance enhancing drugs and sports, will feature Dr. Charles D. Kupfer, associate professor or American studies and history in the School of Humanities, and Dr. Jeremy Plant, professor of public policy in the School of Public Affairs.
Penn State Harrisburg graduate Oscar Beisert, ’07 master’s in American studies, received the Irwin Richman Scholarship in American Studies during the 2006-07 academic year, but the reward he received went beyond just a monetary supplement – it helped him advance his career in the years to follow. The experience helped the student form a working relationship with Dr. Irwin Richman himself, a professor emeritus of American studies and history and, along with his wife Dr. M. Susan Richman, associate professor emerita of mathematical sciences, a donor to the college.
Ayushman Khazanchi, a senior information science and technology major at Penn State Harrisburg, of Gurgaon, India, received the Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller Poetry Prize, part of the Academy of American Poets’ (AAP) University and College Poetry Prizes program. This is the first year the college participated in the prize program. The award is open only to Penn State Harrisburg students.
Jared Rife, instructor and Ph.D. candidate in American studies at Penn State Harrisburg, of West Hanover Township, was recently recognized with a 2012-13 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award at Penn State’s Student Awards Ceremony in April. Rife is the first Penn State Harrisburg graduate student to receive the award.
The Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities will sponsor a public Bloomsday reading of James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses” on Sunday, June 16 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg.
Dr. Margaret Jaster, Penn State Harrisburg associate professor of English and humanities, of Middletown, has received The American Shakespeare Center’s 2013 Words in Action Award. It was the second year in a row Jaster was nominated for the honor, which is based on student recommendations and the quality of learning that students display.