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Meet the Creek

When Mar 31, 2019
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
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Join Centre County Reads at Shaver’s Creek to bring back the center’s weekend animal program in the newly constructed raptor center. Inspired by Katie Fallon’s Vulture: the Private Life of an Unloved Bird, we will be celebrating these fascinating ecosystem cleaners. Meet the Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center’s resident Turkey and Black Vultures, as well as other avian scavengers, such as Bald and Golden Eagles.


The Eighth Annual CALS Spring Symposium
When Mar 25, 2019
from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
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Monday, March 25, 2019
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Taking our cue from the current moment—where opponents regularly accuse each other of being corrupt, corrupted, and corruptible—and the notion that we may be living in a new Gilded Age, this year’s symposium showcases nationally prominent scholars alongside Penn State faculty and will examine ways in which American literature, culture, and society engage and are engaged in corruption.

Welcome: 10:00 AM

Roundtable One: The Roots and Routes of Corruption 10:15 AM—Noon

  • Leigh Claire La Berge, Assistant Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)
  • Gordon Fraser, Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Humanities and Information, The Pennsylvania State University, and Presidential Academic Fellow, University of Manchester
  • Cynthia Young, Associate Professor of African American Studies and English, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Jeffrey T. Nealon, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Nick Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Michael Bérubé, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, The Pennsylvania State University

Roundtable Two: The Art(s) of Corruption 2:00 PM—3:45 PM

  • Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies, Pomona College
  • Nicole Seymour, Associate Professor of English, California State University, Fullerton
  • Eric Bennett, Associate Professor of English, Providence College
  • Julia Kasdorf, Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Scott Selisker, Associate Professor of English, University of Arizona
  • Rosemary Jolly, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Weiss Chair of the Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University

Wrap-up Session: 3:45 PM—4:30 PM

For additional information, please contact Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies ( )

"The Changing Nature of Nature Writing" Roundtable Discussion

When Mar 12, 2019
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
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In Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, author Katie Fallon illustrates a wide variety of possibilities, ranging from the scientific to the literary, for representing “nature” in writing. Inspired by Vulture’s diverse approach to nature writing, this roundtable invites three panelists to think together about how writers and researchers from different backgrounds interact with the natural spaces around us.

Panelists include:

  • McKay Jenkins, Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, whose articles and books on people and the natural world include (most recently) Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet; ContamiNation: My Quest to Survive in a Toxic World; and Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands;
  • Talley Kayser, director of the Adventure Literature program in the Penn State English department, whose work includes both scholarly and creative writing about place, space, gender, and materiality;
  • and Elizabeth Hajek, Associate Professor of Geosciences, whose research and writing about Earth's stratigraphic record crosses disciplinary and geographic boundaries.

Following the panelists’ opening statements there will be ample time for question and answer with the audience.  Light refreshments will be served.