Diversity Events Happy Valley – September 2019 – UPDATED

Diversity Events Happy Valley – September 2019 – UPDATED

Diversity Events Happy Valley – September 2019 – UPDATED

Here is a list of all the community events that are diversity related for the month of September 2019. Will update as more events are shared with us. Please email jasonb@7mountainsmedia.com if you have an event to add. Please include a link.

Tue 9/10 – Lion Bash

5 – 8 pm, S. Allen St., Downtown State College

The LION initiative is to enhance the unique town-gown relationship between State College and the Penn State community by providing robust experiences that bring student residents, long-term residents and community leaders together for healthy dialogues. LION Bash is best described as a community resource fair/block party that takes place each year in Downtown State College.  This event hosts over 150 engagement stations where attendees can learn more about the community and active organizations as well as win prizes, listen to live music, and more!

LION Bash is a collaborative event between Penn State University, Downtown State College Improvement District, the State College Neighborhood Associations, and the Borough of State College.  FB event here.

Tue 9/10 – “Banned: Immigration Law Enforcement in the Age of Trump” by Shoba Wadhia 

·    6 – 7:30 pm, Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe

THIS IS A BOOK RELEASE for BANNED: IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IN THE TIME OF TRUMP by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Esq.
BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT. September 10th is the official release date for this title.

Within days of taking office, President Trump published or announced changes to immigration law and policy. These changes have profoundly shaken the lives and well-being of immigrants and their families, many of whom have been here for decades, and affected the work of the attorneys and advocates who represent or are themselves part of the immigrant community. “Banned” examines the tool of discretion, or the choice a government has to protect, detain, or deport immigrants, and describes how the Trump administration has wielded this tool in creating and executing its immigration policy.

The story of immigration and the role immigrants play in the United States is significant. The government has the tools to treat those seeking admission, refuge, or opportunity in the United States humanely. “Banned” offers a passionate reminder of the responsibility we all have to protect America’s identity as a nation of immigrants.

“Banned” combines personal interviews, immigration law, policy analysis, and case studies to answer the following questions: (1) What does immigration enforcement and discretion look like in the time of Trump? (2) Who is affected by changes to immigration enforcement and discretion?; (3) How have individuals and families affected by immigration enforcement under President Trump changed their own perceptions about the future?; and (4) How do those informed about immigration enforcement and discretion describe the current state of affairs and perceive the future?

“Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is an ideal chronicler of how the architecture of immigration law has dramatically changed under the Trump Administration. After the Muslim ban was announced, Wadhia became an indispensable part of the network of lawyers and activists who mobilized in response. In ‘Banned’, Wadhia uses accessible language and a community-centered approach to explain the impact of the Muslim ban, family separation, temporary protected status, and other immigration policies on the daily lives of people. ‘Banned’ is a vital resource for activists, organizers, lawyers, and practitioners seeking to better understand the current political moment.” – Deepa Iyer

FB event here.

Fri 9/13 – Palmer Museum:  Augusta Savage, Renaissance Woman

·  12:10 pm, Palmer Museum of Art

·  Show – Now thru 12/8 – Tue – Sat 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sun noon – 4 pm, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU

This exhibition will be the first to reassess Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage’s contributions to art and cultural history in light of her role as an artist-activist. A gifted sculptor, Savage (1892–1962) later became a significant teacher, leader, and catalyst for change. Overcoming poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination, Savage became one of this country’s most influential artists of the twentieth century, playing an instrumental role in the development of many celebrated African American artists, including William Artis, Romare Bearden, Selma Burke, Robert Blackburn, Gwendolyn Knight, Jacob Lawrence, and Norman Lewis, whose works are also included in the exhibition. A prodigious and highly acclaimed artist in her own right, she created works that elevated images of black culture into mainstream America.

The exhibit features nearly eighty works of art, including sculptures, paintings, works on paper, and archival materials.  It is curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. and organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sotheby’s Prize.  Info here.

Fri 9/13 – Palmer Museum:  Augusta Savage, Renaissance Woman

·  12:10 pm, Palmer Museum of Art

·  Show – Now thru 12/8 – Tue – Sat 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sun noon – 4 pm, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU

This exhibition will be the first to reassess Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage’s contributions to art and cultural history in light of her role as an artist-activist. A gifted sculptor, Savage (1892–1962) later became a significant teacher, leader, and catalyst for change. Overcoming poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination, Savage became one of this country’s most influential artists of the twentieth century, playing an instrumental role in the development of many celebrated African American artists, including William Artis, Romare Bearden, Selma Burke, Robert Blackburn, Gwendolyn Knight, Jacob Lawrence, and Norman Lewis, whose works are also included in the exhibition. A prodigious and highly acclaimed artist in her own right, she created works that elevated images of black culture into mainstream America.

The exhibit features nearly eighty works of art, including sculptures, paintings, works on paper, and archival materials.  It is curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. and organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sotheby’s Prize.  Info here.

Fri 9/13 and Sat 9/14 – Charles Dumas: “Osaze Remembering…” book-in-hand reading

·  7:30 pm, Three Dots Downtown, 137 E. Beaver Ave

A book-in-hand reading of OSAZE REMEMBERING: A Compilation of Memories and Reports based upon the recent tragic killing of Osaze Osagie.  Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the Osaze Osagie Memorial Scholarship.  The program is sponsored by the Loaves and Fish Theatre Company and compiled and written by Charles Dumas, professor emeritus, PSU College of Arts and Architecture.  Contact information: dumasfam@gmail.com, LAF Theatre Company- 137 E. Beaver, State College, PA.

Sat 9/14 – RaiseTheWagePA canvassing at Pitt football game

·   7:30 – 11:30 am, various locations including PS campus and Beaver Stadium

The minimum wage in PA is $6.46 per hour after 6.2% FICA and 3.2% PA Income Tax is taken out, which is only $13,400 for someone working full time.  That is NOT a living wage, no matter how frugal you are.  #RaiseTheWagePA #TimeFor15PA

Join together to raise the minimum wage in PA for the first time in over a decade for a day of canvassing to raise awareness and educate the public on the importance of raising the minimum wage for working families and how raising the wage is good for local economies. To couple with our canvassing before the football game, we will have an airplane with a banner flying over State College the morning of the game to get folks to sign a virtual petition via text message.
Join in State College for canvassing shifts between 7:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Volunteers will be handing out rally towels and asking folks to sign a paper petition asking PA legislators to raise the minimum wage this year.  Sign up for a petitioning shift here.

FB event here.  Questions, contact kenner@pennbpc.org or manuel.rosaldo@gmail.com

Sun, 9/15 – Constitution Day

·    1 – 6 pm, Tussey Mountain Outdoor Parking Lot and Music Stage, Boalsburg

Exhibits – 1 – 3:30 pm, Keynote Speakers 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Music and Food 1 – 6 pm, Beer sales by Tussey Mtn – over 21 with ID.  

Celebrate Constitution Day with exhibits on Bill of Rights, voting, law, history, veterans, environment, U.S. Census, & more! PA Atty General Josh Shapiro will join local officials as keynote speakers. Meet the honoree of the Madison Award for Civility in the Community. Enjoy music bands, food trucks, Tussey Mountain beer and beverages, and TM Fun Centre. Dance to music of Cunningham & Associates, Pure Cane Sugar duo, and Hops & Vines.  Free admission/parking. www.constitutiondaycentre.org

Info at info@constitutiondaycentre.org.  FB event here.

9/15 thru 10/15 – Hispanic Heritage Month: “Poderosas (Powerful Women): Latinas Leading Change” 

·  Full PS Hispanic Heritage Month calendar here.  PS News article here.

Sun 9/15 – HHM: Hispanic Heritage Month Children’s Day

·  2 – 4 pm, Schlow Centre Region Library

Join us for children-age arts & crafts, music and fun. 

Hosted by the Penn State’s Latinx student groups and Schlow Centre Region Library; sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center.  Full HHM calendar here.

Mon 9/16 – CSED: Share Your Faith, Feed Your Face – RSVP

·  5:30 – 6:30 pm, 122 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

· Also on Tue 10/15 and Wed 11/13

Targeted for students, but a couple community members would be welcome to help diversify the discussion.  Discuss parts of your faith and dine with the group.  Hear from one another and appreciate what everyone brings to the table.  RSVP at www.bitly.com/faithdinners.  Sponsored by PS Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development.

9/18 thru 11/3 – HUB Gallery: “We Never Left: Artists of the Southeastern Indian Tribes,”

· 1st floor HUB Gallery, 10 am – 4 pm daily

· TWed 10/16 – 4 – 6 pm – free public celebration

Organized by the Museum of Arts and Science, Daytona Beach, Florida, and curated by Walter L. Meyer, independent curator, this exhibition focuses on Native American artists who are descendants of the indigenous peoples who survived and continue to thrive in some portion of their Southeastern homelands despite most of their populations being relocated in the 19th century.

Their highly diverse artwork reflects engagement with tradition-inspired techniques, cutting-edge technology, and pop culture, and addresses a variety of issues — cultural preservation, language revitalization, personal identity and expression, American history, community pride, and threats to homeland and the natural environment.

Artists in the exhibit include Joshua Adams, “Doc” & Spencer Battiest, Hollis Chitto, Rany Chitto, Jessica Clark, Faren Sanders Crews, Peggy Fontenot, Jerry Gibson, Shan Goshorn, Sherrell Hendrickson, Luzene Hill, Ashley Minner, Benny Mitch, Jessica Osceola, Jean-Luc Pierite, Caroleen Sanders, Sarah Sense, Monique Verdin and Fred Wilnoty.

Supported by the Department of History and the College of Arts and Architecture.  PS news here.

Wed 9/18 – CPA: Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet: “(Im)migration: music of change” – $44 adult, $34 18 and under, $15 UP students

· 7:30 pm, Schwab Auditorium

· Tue, 9/17, 8 pm (doors open 7:30), $10 donation – Classical Coffeehouse featuring Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet, Robb Hall, Hintz Family Alumni Center.

The world premiere of “(Im)migration,” a Jessie Montgomery composition, is inspired by the Great Migration of African Americans during the 20th century, from the perspective of Montgomery’s great-grandfather William McCauley. The nonet will bring together spirituals and work songs that reflect her ancestor’s route from Mississippi through the West, north to the Dakotas, and eventually south to Georgia.

Through the special timbral effects of this mix of winds and strings, the Montgomery composition will transform the ancestral stories, and reflections upon them, into music. The work continues the storytelling tradition passed through the composer’s mother — playwright, actor and teacher Robbie McCauley.  PS News here.

Wed 9/18 – HHM: Screening and Discussion of Documentary, Dolores

·  6 – 8 pm, Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Screening of the 2018 documentary, Dolores, and post-screening discussion about Dolores Huerta’s leadership, facilitated by student leaders.
Hosted by the HHM 2019 Committee, Student Engagement Programs, the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. Full HHM calendar here.

Thu 9/19 – JMF: Youth Mental Health First Aid – pre-reg req’d, $10 at the door

·  8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Jana Marie Foundation Office, 1372 S. Atherton St.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Cost of $10/person will be collected on the day of the training. Please register in advance.  Presented by Jana Marie Foundation.  FB event and register here.

Sat 9/21 – HHM: Hispanic Heritage Month Cultural Night

·   6 – 9 pm, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

Keynote: Julissa Calderon, actress and video producer for BuzzFeed’s Pero Like.  Music: Dante
FREE tickets for the dinner will be available at the Multicultural Resource Center, 220 Grange Building, beginning on Monday, September 9, 2019.
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the Latina/o Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Programs-College of Education, and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.  Full HHM calendar here.

Tue 9/21 – “The Philosophy of Hope” benefit concert for Jana Marie Foundation  – $31.50 including fees

·    7 – 10 pm –  State Theatre

JOIN US for an EXTRAORDINARY MUSICAL JOURNEY through ADVERSITY to HOPE and RESILIENCE!
The captivating voices and exceptional talents of some of State College’s best musicians, backed by a multi-generational choir and enlivened with dramatic set design, allows the music to give, in the words of the great philosopher Plato, “…a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

BENEFITING Jana Marie Foundation — MOBILIZING COMMUNITIES to SAVE LIVES —  a local non-profit whose core mission is cultivating mental, emotional, and social wellness skills to empower young people as they navigate the turbulent pre-adult years through providing more than a dozen ongoing educational programs and creative events in State College and Centre County. MUSICIAN FRIENDS from NEAR and FAR – Ken Baxter will share the stage with local musicians, including Molly Countermine with her soulful harmonies and a magnetic band fueled by the adept musicianship of Rene Witzke, Daryl Branford, Richard Sleigh, Liz Grove, Steve Christensen, Kelly Countermine, Mark Hill, and more!  Special guest Nicholai Baxter, Los Angeles guitarist and acclaimed music producer and engineer — winner of five Grammy Awards — whose honored work includes the films Guardians of the GalaxyLa La LandA Star is Born and First Man, is flying in to join his father on stage for the first time in over a decade!

TICKETS on SALE: $31.50 (including fees) here or call the box office at 272-0606.

9/28 – PS Centre Stage:  “Hooded or Being Black for Dummies”– $12.50 general, $8.50 students

·    7:30 pm, PS Downtown Theatre  

By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm  • Directed by Herb Newsome

Marquis and Tru are both 14-year-old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights, while Tru is a street-savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual titled “Being Black for Dummies.” He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle, and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.  Info and tix here.

Wed 9/25 – JMF:  “Suicide: the Ripple Effect”– registration req’d – $5 donation

·  7 – 9:15 pm, Auditorium, State College High School, 650 Westerly Parkway  

The Jana Marie Foundation presents a screening and discussion of Kevin Hines’ powerful new film, “SUICIDE: THE RIPPLE EFFECT,”  a feature length documentary focused on Kevin Hines who survived a suicide attempt by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge and since has been a leading suicide prevention advocate, appearing at over 2,000 college and university campuses and over 3,000 high schools sharing his story and speaking out for mental health. The film focuses on the devastating impact of suicide and the powerful positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration, and hope that are helping millions heal and stay alive.
A panel discussion, moderated by Carolyn Donaldson – WPSU Community Engagement Manager, will take place after the screening. Panelists include: Marisa Vicere, Jana Marie Foundation, Heather Moran, Peerstar LLC – Peer Support Services, Joseph Wiedemer, Penn State Health, Evelyn Wald, Grief Facilitator, Tammy Jane Weigand Falls, Community Member

Limited seating available. A suggested $5 donation supports JMF.  Register online: janamariefoundation.org/suicide-the-ripple-effect
This event is made possible because of the generous support of Peerstar LLC – Peer Support Services and State College Area School District Straight Talk Committee.  FB event here.

Thu 9/26 – Palmer Museum:  “Icons of the Harlem Renaissance – Augusta Savage’s Gamin and Lift Every Voice and Sing” art history lecture

·  6 pm, Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU

Dr. Theresa Leininger-Miller is a noted expert on the life and work of Augusta Savage and the author of New Negro Artists in Paris: African American Painters and Sculptors in the City of Light, 1922–1934. She will look closely at two of the sculptor’s best-known works, Gamin (1929) and Lift Every Voice and Sing (1939), offering insights about their iconography, critical reception, and historical legacy.   Info here.

9/15 – 10/15 – Hispanic Heritage Month RECAP – Various Activities

·    Various Times, All events are free, except where indicated.

Hispanic Heritage Month Children’s Day
Sunday, September 15, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Schlow Library

Latinx students’ HUB takeover
Monday, September 16, 2019

Bellisario College of Communications Presents Kat Lazo
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Screening and Discussion of Historical Documentary, Dolores
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Hispanic Heritage Month Cultural Night
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

Latino Caucus Comedy Hour with Elizardi Castro
Monday, September 23, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Event: Dolores Huerta
Friday, September 27, 2019, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
100 Thomas Building

Inauguration of the Penn State Dolores Huerta Day of Service
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Event: An Evening with Quiara Alegría Hudes
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium

More info here: https://sites.psu.edu/hispanicheritagemonth/2019-calendar-and-activities/

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Melissa Landrau Vega at mxl256@psu.edu, 814-865-1773 or Dr. Andrew Sandoval-Strausz at sandoval@psu.edu, 814-863-0106 in advance of your participation or visit.

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