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Reading in Public

In fulfillment of its public reading mission, the Center will:

  • Host periodic Community Read events for the university and central Pennsylvania communities
  • Offer alumni outreach and development programs such as author-themed travel opportunities (for example, Franklin's Philadelphia; Whitman's and Melville's Manhattan)
  • Provide free lectures and events for the university and Centre County communities
  • Work together with the Penn State Commonwealth College campuses and local libraries to organize community events on reading
  • Contribute to--and play a leadership role in--the civic life of central Pennsylvania through collaborative ventures
  • Form partnerships with businesses, institutions, and other foundations in order to make the case for the broader importance of American literature
  • Highlight Penn State's contributions to the future of the humanities in the twenty-first century