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Co-Sponsored Event - The Stuff of Fiction: The Rise of the Environmental Novel

When: Dec 05, 2016 at 12:15 PM
Where: 102 Kern Building, University Park, PA 16802

Stephanie Foote is the author of Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2001), The Parvenu’s Plot: Gender, Culture, and Class in the Age of Realism (2014), the editor, with Elizabeth Mazzolini, of Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice (2012), and the editor of reprints of two of Ann Aldrich’s 1950s lesbian pulp classics We Walk Alone and We, Too, Must Love (2006). With Stephanie LeMenager, she is the founder and editor of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. Her articles have appeared in numerous edited collections and in such journals as American Literature, American Literary History, Signs, The Henry James Review, College Literature, Pedagogy, J19, and PMLA. She is currently working on The Art of Things, a project about waste and literature. Co-Sponsored Event - The Stuff of Fiction: The Rise of the Environmental Novel - Read More…

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: After Coal

When: Nov 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Where: State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue State College, PA 16801

What happens when the fossil fuels run out? How do communities and cultures survive? Film Screening & Panel Discussion: After Coal - Read More…

Brownbag Series - Food Power and Food Ethics: Food Security in a Complex World

When: Nov 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Where: 133 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802

There is a widespread assumption that the American food system after World War II was transformed—toward an increasingly industrialized production of crops, more processed foods, and diets higher in fat, sugar, and calories—as part of a unified system. In this talk, Bryan McDonald brings together the history of food, agriculture, and foreign policy to explore how food was deployed in the first decades of the Cold War to promote American national security and national interests, a concept referred to as food power. Brownbag Series - Food Power and Food Ethics: Food Security in a Complex World - Read More…

Lecture & Panel Discussion: Privacy, Identity, and Online Literacy: A Three-Pronged Approach

When: Nov 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Where: Krause Innovation Studio, Chambers Building, University Park, PA 16802

In the United States, the dominant legal and regulatory paradigm for thinking about information privacy centers on a form of individual self-advocacy, which legal scholar Daniel Solve calls “privacy self-management.” On this model—which aims to be maximally permissive toward the public and private organizations that collect information about us, in order not to impede choice and innovation—individuals are supposed to be given the opportunity to make rationally informed decisions about how the information they give over about themselves is collected, analyzed, and used. Relatively little is said, however, about what individuals must know or know how to do in order to make those decisions. In this lecture, Dr. Daniel Susser will argue that there are, in fact, three different kinds of technology literacy which individuals faced with such decisions require: computer literacy, media or information literacy, and privacy literacy. Computer literacy is a kind of background knowledge about how information technology works, the infrastructures which support it, and the basic skills required in order to effectively use computers. Media literacy involves knowing how to find, access, interpret, and convey information online. And privacy literacy has to do with recognizing when, why, and how information about oneself is at risk. He will describe what each kind of literacy entails and what distinguishes each from the others, and will also explain why all three are necessary prerequisites for individuals to safeguard their privacy online. Lecture & Panel Discussion: Privacy, Identity, and Online Literacy: A Three-Pronged Approach - Read More…

24th Annual Critical Theory Roundtable

When: from Nov 11, 2016 9:00 AM to Nov 13, 2016 5:00 AM
Where: Oak Building, University Park, PA 16802

The keynote lecture, "Critique and Disappointment" will take place on Friday, November 11. The Saturday sessions will take place form 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and the Sunday sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is free, but required as you are free to attend a subset of the Roundtable. Please register at https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aSskoJoUd0WzdP 24th Annual Critical Theory Roundtable - Read More…

A Harold K. Schilling Memorial Lecture: Big Data, Ethics, and Philosophy

When: Nov 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Daniel Susser, assistant professor of philosophy at San Jose State University, will discuss ethical and political interventions in distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable uses of information that is collected about each of us. A Harold K. Schilling Memorial Lecture: Big Data, Ethics, and Philosophy - Read More…

Four Archetypes for Future Food Systems: Justice and Sustainability

When: Nov 03, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

This paper sketches four archetypal characterizations of how food will be produced, processed, distributed and consumed over the coming half century—a time in which all manner of social association will be influenced by climate change, growing scarcity of resources relative to human population and climate change. The archetypes are offered as scenarios that facilitate advance thinking at the level of total food systems, and are not represented as exhausting all the forces and possible adaptations that are relevant. They are intended to provoke a critical attitude toward certain presumptions that may be widely shared, especially among advocates of alternative food systems. The analysis places special emphasis on how each scenario reflects and incorporates a response to environmental sustainability and to food justice. Four Archetypes for Future Food Systems: Justice and Sustainability - Read More…

Film Screening: "Tower"

When: Nov 01, 2016 at 4:30 PM
Where: Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center

“TOWER,” an innovative documentary about the 1966 University of Texas Tower shootings, will screen at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2 in the FLEX Theatre at the HUB-Robeson Center -- less than three weeks after the film opens nationally in theaters. A panel discussion, including audience questions, will follow the Nov. 1 screening. Film Screening: "Tower" - Read More…

Co-sponsored Event: Every 28 Hours

When: Oct 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Where: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802

This collection of 75 one-minute plays was inspired by the widely shared -- yet hotly contested -- statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by a vigilante, security guard, or police officer in the United States. Originally created and produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The One-Minute Play Festival in response to events in Ferguson following Michael Brown's death, the plays were curated from playwrights nation-wide. Co-sponsored Event: Every 28 Hours - Read More…

From Abode to Dissemination

When: Oct 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

A keynote presentation within the "Idioms of Ethical Life: A Conference in Honor of the Work of Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt" that will be presented by John Sallis. This polyphony is intoned around the original word for what came to be called ethics. This opening is sounded within the various texts that constitute its ambience. Return to this ambience is proposed as a requisite prelude to a renewal of originary ethics. From Abode to Dissemination - Read More…