Distinguished Speaker Series
The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce that the following speakers will participate in the 2012-2013 Distinguished Speaker Series:
The Penn State Altoona Distinguished Speaker Series are free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the Penn State Altoona Bookstore Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the box office in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts during posted hours, or at the door if not "sold out" in advance.
Penn State Altoona provides The Distinguished Speaker Series as a student and community service. They are partially sponsored by the Margery Wolf Kuhn Fund, the John and Ann Wolf Family Speakers Series Fund, the Sarah Simonton Fund, and the Student Activities Fee.
"An Evening with Spike Lee"
Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using as a backdrop a rare behind-the-scenes look at his celebrated body of work.
Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor.You already know the Academy Award-nominated classic Do the Right Thing and the Cannes' favourite Jungle Fever. You cheered at Malcolm X, screamed during Summer of Sam, and felt enraged and empathetic watching When the Levees Broke, his Peabody-winning HBO documentary on Hurricane Katrina. You know the Nike Air Jordan ads. You know he's one of the most influential directors of his generation. But do you really know Spike Lee?
Rumor has it that Shelton Jackson Lee was nicknamed "Spike" by his mother because he was so tough. Though born in Atlanta, Lee grew up in Brooklyn--the future setting for many of his films. Studying film at NYU's Tisch School of the Art, Lee made a thesis film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, which became the first student film ever to be showcased in the Lincoln Center's New directors New Films Festival. His first feature, She's Gotta Have It, shot on just $175,000, grossed over seven million at the box office. Lee has since produced and directed countless movies--or, as they're known in the vernacular, "Spike Lee Joints." He's also penned a dozen screenplays, and appeared in everything from his own Clockers to Saturday Night Live. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, about issues of race in mainstream media and Hollywood, using, as a backdrop, a rare behind-the-scenes look at his celebrated body of work, whose images of racial division and understanding have ingrained themselves on the popular consciousness for decades now.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Wolf Kuhn Theatre, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts
John Quiñones will speak at Penn State Altoona as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Quiñones is an Emmy-award-winning co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime, a 20/20 correspondent and host of the network’s What Would You Do? series.
Free tickets can be picked up beginning March 11 at the Penn State Altoona book store, the box office, or at the door the night of the event if not “sold out.”
The Penn State Altoona Distinguished Speaker Series is made possible by funding from the Division of Student Affairs, the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Fund, the John and Ann Wolf Family Speakers Series Fund, the Sarah Simonton Endowment for Excellence, and the Student Activity Fee.
The Great Gun Control Debate
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Pond View Lounge, Slep Student Center
Penn State Altoona will present the Great Gun Control Debate, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. in the Pond View Lounge of the Slep Student Center.
Michael Shermer, affirming the resolution, is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, and John Lott, denying the resolution, is the author of More Guns, Less Crime.
Free tickets to the event will be available beginning March 11 at the Bookstore, at the box office in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, and at the door on the evening of the event if not “sold out.”
This program is made possible by funding from the Sheetz Visiting Lecture Series fund, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Student Activity Fee.