Things to do at Penn State: Sept. 30-Oct. seven

What’s going on at Penn State? Here’s a look at some of the cultural events – in-person and virtual – taking place across the University:


The killers7:30 p.m., October 4, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park Campus. The band is bringing their “Imploding the Mirage” tour to Penn State.

“Metamorphoses”October 4-15, Pavilion Theatre, University Park Campus. Penn State Center Stage presents Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses”, based on “Ovid’s Myths”.

Aizuri Quartet7:30 p.m., Oct. 6, Recital Hall, University Park campuss. The quartet will present their program “Sunrise”, which explores how the atmosphere, psychological power and political metaphor of the night have inspired composers from the classical era to the present day.


“From the Room to the Walls: A Racial Calculation in Nursing” – 10:00 a.m., Oct. 5, Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus and via Zoom. G. Rummy Alexander, Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, will present the inaugural Gunter-Gooding Lecture, which will focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in nursing and care. health. Free, but registration required.

“My statistical advisory work has been declared unconstitutional – and I’m partly happy about it” 4 p.m., Oct. 5, 100 Huck Life Sciences Building, University Park Campus. Statistics professor David Hunter will present and discuss clustering in a largely non-technical discussion and how a model he developed around college admissions was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Free.

“Just infrastructure” 4:30 p.m., October 5, via livestream. Dan Adams and Marie Law Adams, directors of Landing Studio, will discuss the spaces of urban freeways, utilities, rail corridors and industrial waterways that support the movement of goods and people, but often at the expense of the local places where they bring social and environmental benefits. harm in the first talk of the Stuckeman School’s 2022-23 lecture and exhibition series. Free.

“Democracy in Crisis: The Power of Independent Journalism” 7 p.m., Oct. 5, Mukund S. Kulkarni Theater, Penn State Harrisburg. Award-winning journalist and author Amy Goodman will be featured. Free, but tickets required.


Tasting of garden crops10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Sept. 30, Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, Penn State Arboretum, University Park Campus. Visitors can taste fresh produce from the garden during this weekly event. Free.

National Hispanic Heritage Month October 1 to 31, various campuses. Penn State units across the Commonwealth are hosting events in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The unifying theme of this year’s celebrations is “Nuestra Música (Our Music): Identity, Culture and Resistance”. Free.

National Domestic Violence Awareness MonthUntil October 31, various campuses. Penn State and its community partners are working throughout October to raise awareness, engage in prevention efforts, and show support for survivors of domestic violence. Free.

Thematic dinner at Café Laura: Book it: connecting the kitchen to classroom literatureOctober 5, Café Laura, Mateer Building, University Park Campus. HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management students prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester which will be served in the student-run Café Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

Theme dinner Café Laura: Bourbon Street Bistro: Gauxing CajunOctober 6, Café Laura, Mateer Building, University Park Campus. HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management students prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester which will be served in the student-run Café Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

unity day12:15-1:15 p.m., Oct. 7, Perkins Student Center Lawn, Penn State Berks. The campus will host its annual Unity Day celebration showcasing diversity across Penn State Berks. Free.

haunted valley 7:30-9:30 p.m., October 7, Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park Campus. The Lion Ambassadors will deliver their annual State College campus and downtown tour with a spooky twist. Free.

pumpkin festivalOctober 7-8, Penn State Arboretum, University Park Campus. A pumpkin carving contest and lighted pumpkin display will highlight the Arboretum during the annual Penn State Pumpkin Festival. Free.

Virtual exhibitions

“African Brilliance and the Purpose of Art” — This interactive virtual tour accompanied the Palmer Museum of Art’s Spring 2020 special exhibition “African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting” and will remain available throughout the current academic year. Explore the exhibition installation, images of selected works, videos for a guided tour and suggestions for related artistic activities. Free.

“Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights and Lived Experiences at Penn State” – The Virtual University Libraries Exhibit explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement’s impact on the Penn State community. Free.

“Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundations” — This interactive online program from the Palmer Museum of Art offers guided video tours of selected artists from the exhibition in addition to an introductory overview by the curator. Discover the “Global Asias” concept of personal and cultural identity in a contemporary world. Featured artists include: Jacob Hashimoto, Dinh Q. Lê, Hung Liu, Takashi Murakami, Roger Shimomura, Do Ho Suh and Rirkrit Tiranvanija. Free.

“Pandemic Spaces (1918 edition)” — University Libraries Virtual Exhibit explores architecture related to the devastating 1918 flu epidemic. Free.

“Who am I? Art and Identity” — This interactive, self-guided online tour presents a selection of objects from various areas of the Palmer Museum of Art’s collection, linked by a common exploration of personal or cultural identity. Free.

“Women in Art: Activism + Resistance” — This self-directed, interactive online tour of the Palmer Museum of Art is intended for college-level courses and features a selection of objects by female artists from the museum’s collection. To celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in a variety of mediums during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social and cultural change. Free.

“The World According to Doyle: Editorial Cartoons from the Jerry Doyle Papers at Penn State” — This digital exhibit from Penn State University Libraries examines Jerry Doyle, one of the preeminent editorial cartoonists of the 20th century. Free.

In-person exhibitions

“ARC Studio Premiere”Until January 29, 2023, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Andrew Castañeda’s photos and paintings reflect the structure of a day in television programming. Free.

“Gender fluidity”Until December 3, Ronald K De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley. Linda Stein’s “Fluidity of Gender” multimedia exhibition consists of sculptures, collages, prints and videos that strive to expand awareness and inspire empathy by presenting multiplicities and diversity in his work. Free.

“The Art of Remembering: A Selection of Gifts”Until December 18, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The exhibition honors donations to the permanent collection of the Palmer Museum of Art and features works on paper by European and American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Free.

“Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact” Through November 22, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, University Park Campus. The exhibition explores the intersection of environment, human activity, climate change and documentary archives. Free.

“Haiti: Liberation from the First Black Republic”Until December 16, Paterno Family Reading Room, Pattee Library, University Park Campus. The exhibit examines the history of Haiti, the first modern black republic resulting from its successful struggle for liberation from the French. Free.

“I’m a Penn Stater: Nittany Lions in World War II”Until June 2025, Penn State All-Sports Museum, Beaver Stadium, University Park campus. Timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the conflict, “I Am a Penn Stater” chronicles the contributions of Nittany Lion University literati and Women’s Recreation Association athletes during the conflict and follows their service from training in the United States. United to the fights on the battlefields around the globe, to their post-war occupations. Free.