Lecture on the Yankee and the making of American National Character set for Jan. 17
Penn State Altoona's Letters, Arts, and Sciences Degree Program will present a lecture by Dr. Stefanie Schäfer titled "The Yankee and the Making of American National Character" on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pond View Lounge of the Slep Student Center.
Schäfer’s talk will focus on the origins and functions of the popular "Yankee" figure in 19th-century culture. From the Yankee’s most commonly known sectional (northern) denomination to its early colonial American origins, Schäfer will share how this character has been used to display and imagine an American national identity.
Schäfer is assistant professor of American studies at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany, and research fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Mike Dilbeck presents "Be an Everyday Hero" on January 17
Penn State Altoona's Office of Student Life will offer a presentation by Mike Dilbeck titled "Be An Everyday Hero" on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. in the Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
In his keynote speech titled "RESPONSE ABILITY: Being an Every|Day Hero," Mike Dilbeck, founder and president of the RESPONSE ABILITY Project, is helping individuals from all walks of life understand how seizing upon an opportunity to act can dramatically change their community and allow them to be an everyday hero for others, for organizations, and for issues. Dilbeck uses live texting with the audience and video clips to frame the discussion, giving audience members new tools for confronting harmful behavior they see from others. In this challenging keynote, he reveals the nature of this social epidemic and the barriers many of us feel when we consider whether or not to act. Dilbeck gives audience members three powerful tools for when they see unhealthy or negative behavior in their lives.