Penn State Harrisburg


October 1, 2009

Actors Ron Jones and Larry Tish brought their unique message of tolerance and understanding to Penn State Harrisburg recently.

Tish is Jewish and Jones is black. But what they have in common has resulted in “The Black Jew Dialogues,” which came to the Olmsted Building Auditorium September 22.

October 1, 2009

A panel of experts featuring the chief medical officer at Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg will sort through the issues surrounding American health care reform Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Penn State Harrisburg.

The free public presentation will be in the Gallery Lounge of Olmsted Building on campus beginning at noon.

October 1, 2009
Jamiel Terry

Jamiel Terry grew up as the adopted son of one of America’s most outspoken opponents of abortion and homosexuality.

Termed “a child of movement royalty” by the Washington Post, Jamiel was even an active supporter of his father, Randall Terry and his Operation Rescue. That ended when Jamiel revealed he was gay in a 2004 magazine article.

September 29, 2009
Dr. Barbara Sims

Even the midstate is not immune to the fastest-growing criminal activity in the world – human trafficking.

“We know it is going on in Central Pennsylvania; we just don’t know where it is,” says Penn State Harrisburg Professor of Criminal Justice Barbara Sims. “The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates total annual revenue for world-wide trafficking in persons to be between $5 billion and $9 billion.”

September 24, 2009

International scholar Dr. Matthias Maass will provide a glimpse of the 2008 U.S. presidential election as seen from abroad Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Penn State Harrisburg’s Gallery Lounge.

Free and open to the public, the presentation by the German-born academic is sponsored by the college’s American Studies, Political Science, and Public Policy programs.

September 24, 2009

 “Paranormal State” comes to Penn State Harrisburg Saturday, Oct. 3 when founder of the Paranormal Research Society and host of the popular A&E television program, Ryan Buell, makes a public presentation at 7 p.m. in the Student Center of the Capital Union Building.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

September 23, 2009
Debra Hartman

Mechanicsburg resident Debra Hartman’s quest to begin a new career has been aided by a $2,000 scholarship.

September 22, 2009

Penn State Harrisburg celebrated Constitution Day Sept. 17 with both historical and contemporary views of its impact on homeland security from three faculty members.

Associate Professor of History and Humanities David Witwer began the presentation by not focusing on current homeland security issues, but rather on the post-Civil War era which saw a greatly expanded role of the federal government over the states in battling the Ku Klux Klan and other dissident groups in “America’s first war on terror.”

September 22, 2009

“Patriotism” is not easily defined.

That was the consensus of an interdisciplinary panel of Penn State Harrisburg faculty scholars who tackled the subject in an hour-long Gallery Lounge presentation.

 “Patriotism is so rich in meaning that it can be meaningless,” Associate Professor of Social Studies Education Lewis Boahene commented during his portion of the discussion. “Patriotism is always in the eye of the beholder. Even dissent can be patriotic and blind obedience to government may not.”

September 21, 2009
Alina Fernandez

The daughter of Cuban President Fidel Castro, Alina Fernandez, brings her personal story of growing up in Cuba to Penn State Harrisburg Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The presentation is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. in the Student Center of the Capital Union Building on campus. For information, phone 717-948-6701.
Although Castro visited her home frequently when she was a child, Fernandez did not learn until she was 10 that he was her father.

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