Penn State Altoona will present an Education Abroad Fair on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Slep Student Center.
The fair will feature representatives from Global Programs and other colleges at University Park discussing the programs offered at Penn State. Also in attendance will be Penn State Altoona faculty members who are offering short term programs this year. Faculty members will discuss their programs and the programs that Penn State Altoona offers. Other vendors and providers of education abroad programs will be on hand including Semester at Sea, Ciee, Arcadia, Ies, and others.
Dreaming in a Foreign Language: A Round Table Discussion
Did you know that your engineering professor speaks fluent Spanish and has spent time living and working in South America? Or how about that your world history professor does his entire research in classical Chinese? And you probably don't know that the “English” poet in your class has a multi-lingual background, consisting of two Liberian languages and French? And have you ever wondered what it means to be an artist required to perform in multiple languages; an American academic working on Egyptian televisual media; a biologist shuttling back and forth between Altoona and Lima, Peru?
In our global world, studying a foreign language is one of the most important academic endeavors a person can undertake: it opens the door to other mindsets, histories, and cultures and can also become an integral part of a professional career.
Come hear what some of your professors have to say about their experiences with other languages. Ask questions, get their advice, and start dreaming in a foreign tongue!
The event will take place on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Pizza and beverages will be provided.
This event is sponsored by the World Languages at Penn State Altoona and will feature faculty members Peter Shull, Mark McNicholas, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber, Beth Seymour, and Carolyn Mahan. Contact Jutta Lorensen at email@example.com for more information.
Environmental Studies speaker to visit campus Oct. 8
Tom Montgomery Fate will offer a reading from selections of his essays at 12:10 p.m. on October 8 in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel. He will speak about trying to live a mindful life that balances an urban existence with a longing for the natural world. Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction and a professor of English at the College of DuPage in the suburbs of Chicago. His most recent book, "Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild", chronicles his attempt to live deliberately, as Henry David Thoreau might have, had he found himself in the midst of the 21st century. Montgomery Fate’s essays appear regularly in "The Chicago Tribune", "The Boston Globe", "Orion", "Iowa Review", and "Fourth Genre." He has also appeared on National Public Radio.
This event is sponsored by the Penn State Altoona Environmental Studies Program and is free and open to the public.