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Rethinking the American West Roundtable

Mar 14, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM

Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

In Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee reenvisions life on the Oregon Trail in 1849 from the point of view of two female outcasts: a second-generation Chinese-American violinist and a runaway slave. Using Lee’s text as a touchstone for this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists will discuss contemporary ideas about the American West as it has been reimagined and recreated in literature, film, and television.

Featured Presenters include Susan Kollin, College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor at Montana State University and editor of A History of Western American Literature; Richard Aquila, Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies at Penn State Behrend and author of Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture (1996); and Charity Fox, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Gender Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, who focuses on intersections of gender, class, race, and everyday cultures in 20th and 21st century American popular culture.

Following their opening statements, the panelists will invite questions from the audience.

For more information about this and other related events, see the 2017 CALS Community Read page.

Radical Engagements: Speculative Fictions and Social Justice, the Sixth Annual CALS Spring Symposium

Mar 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 04:15 PM

Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Five leading scholars of speculative fiction join the Penn State community to explore ways in which speculative fictions make possible and reveal the limitations of how to imagine socially-just realities. Cognizant of the multi-generic origins of the speculative—including fantasy, horror, folklore, myth, science fiction, and the weird—the symposium’s two roundtables will highlight the relationships between speculation, futurity, and the ethico-political imagination.


More information can be found on the 2017 Annual Spring Symposium page here.

For additional information, please contact Tina Chen (

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