Sunday, February 10
Community Dinner Program
We are now into our Waiting List! But cancelations do happen, so don’t give up! Put your name on our waiting list and we will keep in touch as seats open up.
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Monday, February 11
and Monday Marathon Read-In
9:00- 5:00, Titleman Study, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts
A day of readings, activities, games, prizes, refreshments, music, and more! Participate in the read-in (bring a book or read from one of our selections), spin the “Wheel of Afrofuturism,” conduct a time travel experiment, or just watch, listen, and enjoy! Read-In participants will receive a free commemorative t-shirt. For more information or to reserve a time slot, contact RLR28@psu.edu. Online reservation form coming soon.
by Jiba Molei Anderson
Visual communicator and creator of the comic The Horsemen, Anderson will give a talk followed by booksigning. Learn about him and his work here!
Featured Author reading
by Zetta Elliott
Author of science fiction and fantasy books for children and young adults, Zetta Elliott will read selections from her works followed by a book signing. Learn more about her here!
This year’s theme: Afrofuturism
The 2018/19 theme is Afrofuturism. What happens when African American writers imagine alternate histories, (im)possible futures, other dimensions, species, galaxies, and worlds? What happens when the stories they tell are the stories of Black people—male, female, and other-gendered—who are the heroes, explorers, architects, interpreters of these worlds, and of the future? Students will study speculative works by Black authors in all genres that push the boundaries of the real in order to re-imagine the possible, from folk tales to conjure stories to magic realism to science fiction. This longstanding and robust tradition is centered on critiquing intersecting ideologies of race, gender, class, and sexuality as well as envisioning new opportunities for identity and social justice.
What is Afrofuturism? This short video is a fun intro!
Penn State faculty, staff, students: check out our library resources on this year’s theme!
Suggested Reading List
Faculty and Staff
- Ms. Susan Marie Brundage, Instructor in Visual Art
- Dr. Carrie Freie, Associate Professor of Education
- Ms. Harriett Gaston, Coordinator of Minority Programs, Division of Undergraduate Studies
- Mr. Everett Perry-Johnson, Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance
- Ms. Robin Reese, Associate Professor of Theater Arts
- Dr. Megan Simpson, Associate Professor of English & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Associate Professor of English
Y’shua Bragg is majoring in kinesiology at Penn State Altoona, planning to be an Athletic/ physical trainer in the professional field. Growing up in Pittsburgh as the second oldest of five brothers, he tries to set an example for the family back home. His inspiration to make it in the sport he loves, basketball, is the strongest independent woman he’s ever known, his mother. He currently plays for the Penn State Altoona men’s varsity basketball team, and will continue to play as long as God allows him to.
Imani Carter is a sophomore at Penn State Altoona. She is a telecommunications major and will be heading up to University Park next Fall. She’s thinking of minoring in French and/or Sociology. Imani enjoys listening to music, hanging out with her friends Kalena and Nyasia, and binge-watching shows on Hulu or Netflix. Unfortunately, she needs money, so you can most likely catch her slaving her life away at Port Sky Café three or four times a week. If not, she’s either running late to class or sleeping in bed.
Originally from Cresson, Pennsylvania, Erin Freeman came to Penn State Altoona to study business. Erin has an older sister and younger brother. In the future she hopes to graduate from Penn State University Park and then earn her master’s degree in accounti
Raya Y. Kenepp is a sophomore majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and minoring in Women’s Studies at Penn State. She loves being engaged on campus as a member of Pride Alliance, a Student Coordinator for the Global Engagement and Leadership Experience, as well as an undergraduate research assistant. She has many ideas and hopes to create a more open-minded student body on campus by integrating the diverse student population. The African American Read-In course has been an extremely educational and mind-opening experience for her. She is very excited to help organize the Read-In and can’t wait to see all of the great things that come out of it.
Clair Rhodes is majoring in early childhood education, planning to become an elementary school teacher. Growing up in Hollidaysburg as the youngest of three, she played basketball for ten years, and her hobbies consist of singing and art. Here at Penn State Altoona, she is enjoying making new friends and is involved in the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Neena Riviere is majoring in BioBehavioral Health at Penn State and is planning to become a pediatric occupational therapist. Originally from Vineland, New Jersey and growing up in Hockessin Delaware, she won the HOSA award for creative writing in high school along with playing soccer and being a cheerleader. Here at Penn State Altoona, she is the women’s basketball manager and is a member of the Blue and White Society.
Originally from Hagerstown, Maryland, but growing up in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Vicky Violet came to Penn State Altoona to study Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education. Outside of her studies, she enjoys art and photography. She is also involved in the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association. She hopes to graduate from Penn State with good academic achievements, but what matters to her most is that she will be helping to shape young minds, making sure that the students she ends up teaching will grow up to be successful.
2019 Student Artist
Emily Beam, the student artist who designed the 2019 logo, is in her junior year at Penn State Altoona and is working towards a double major in Visual Art Studies and Biology. She is considering going into the medical field, but plans to continue creating art no matter what career path she follows. She is also a member of the Penn State Altoona Swim Team.
2019 Student Videographer
Born and raised in Altoona, Chase Wade came to Penn State to pursue a degree in Film/Video as a member of Schreyer Honors College. Outside of his studies, he enjoys doing film work for Penn State Altoona’s dance ensemble and newspaper in addition to the African American Read-In. He hopes to someday work in the film or television industry, but what matters to him most is the ability to inform and inspire people through a camera lens.
Special thanks to our Community Supporters:
Blair County NAACP
For more information contact MBS12@PSU.EDU or RLR28@PSU.EDU