Bob Zellner

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Location: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater

Introduction / Moderator:  Blannie Bowen / Patty Satalia

Dr. Bob Zellner was born on April 5, 1939 and raised in south Alabama, the second of five boys born to Methodist minister James Abraham Zellner and school teacher Ruby Hardy Zellner. A 1957 graduation speaker at Murphy High School in Mobile, he received a BA from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama in 1961 with highest honors in Sociology and Psychology. After teaching at Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, Zellner was the first white southerner to serve as field secretary for SNCC (“Snick”), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Arrested 18 times in seven states, he organized in Macomb, Mississippi, Albany, Georgia, Danville, Virginia, Talladega, Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, as well as New Haven, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts. Zellner was charged with everything from criminal anarchy in Baton Rouge to “inciting the black population to acts of war and violence against the white population” in Danville, Virginia. From 1963 to 1965, Zellner studied race relations in the Graduate School of Sociology at Brandeis University. During Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964 he traveled with Rita Schwerner while taking part in SNCC’s and CORE’s investigation of the disappearance of her husband Mickey, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman.

When SNCC became an all black organization in 1967, Zellner and his wife Dottie joined SCEF, the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) to organize an anti-racism project for black and white workers in the Deep South called GROW, Grass Roots Organizing Work, also called Get Rid Of Wallace. GROW built a residential educational facility in New Orleans and began organizing the Gulf coast Pulpwood Association while working in Laurel, Mississippi where a wildcat strike involving black and white Masonite factory workers and woodcutters spread across the southern states.

Following Nixon’s ping pong diplomacy in 1972, Bob Zellner spent six weeks in China visiting paper plants, studying pulpwood harvesting, and lecturing at the National Institute for Minorities in Peking on SNCC, SCEF, and multicultural work in the white community.

Beginning in the mid-sixties Zellner worked on documentary and feature films, traveling to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The film Mississippi Burning so distorted the role of the FBI in the movement that Zellner toured college campuses lecturing on the real history of the struggle. J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, far from being heroes of the movement, hounded Zellner’s friend and mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King and launched the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) a U.S. government attack designed to destroy the Freedom Movement.

In the early 1990s, studying at Tulane University for a PhD. in history, Zellner wrote a dissertation on the southern civil rights movement. While working on the dissertation, he taught the History of Activism at Rosemont College, Pennsylvania and Southampton College of Long Island University. Julian Bond, now the National NAACP chairman and Zellner organized the National Civil Rights Coordinating Committee. Zellner works with the Eastern Long Island Branch of the NAACP headed by Lucius Ware and with the Southampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force under the leadership of Dianne Rulnick.

As co-chair of the Town of Southampton Anti-Bias Task Force in 2000, Zellner’s right elbow was broken when he mediated a dispute between the police and the Shinnecock Nation. Troopers attacked Dr. Zellner and members of the tribe who were protecting ancestral burial grounds from developer’s bulldozers. All who were injured were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A Federal jury, in 2007, agreeing with civil rights attorney Frederick Brewington, ruled that Zellner and the Shinnecock were victims of false arrest, malicious prosecution, and denial of civil rights. They were awarded compensatory and punitive damages.

In 2005, Bob Zellner was a featured Civil Rights luminary in the award-winning documentary Come Walk in My Shoes. The Annual Faith and Politics Congressional Pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama and other sites of the freedom struggle was led by the Honorable John Lewis and filmed by Robin Smith, award winning documentary director and producer and president and founder of VideoAction.

Zellner’s memoir, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek, A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement, with Constance Curry and foreword by Julian Bond, was published by New South Books in the November, 2008. In August 2008, the Library Journal gave the book a Red Star Review: “He tells a story that is sometimes horrific, always interesting and ultimately inspirational about a white Southerner’s commitment to racial justice.”

David Teplica

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Topic: Architecture of the Body, Anatomy of Gender, and the Art of Surgical Pleasure”

Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn

Introduction / Moderator:  Nicholas Jones / Patty Satalia

Penn State alumnus Dr. David Teplica (Bachelor of Philosophy, 1981) uses his unique combination of talents in the Fine Arts and Plastic Surgery to guide scientific investigation toward a better understanding of human anatomy. He has proposed the novel concept of “anatomic predetermination” and performed the background scientific work showing that anatomic features are genetically destined both for their 3-dimensional location as well as the timing of their appearance on the body. As a result, he is not only changing the way society sees human form and understands its genetic underpinnings, but also how the body may be surgically reconfigured in a natural and gender-appropriate manner.

Teplica disavowed the generally-held belief that the field of human anatomy was a “dead science” with nearly all discoveries having been made long ago. Instead, using his penchant for twins and his dual training in the Sciences and Fine Arts, he was able to develop techniques for highly standardized digital imaging and analysis of anatomy that virtually re-dissect our understanding of the development and aging of the human body. Even such trivial things as the branching patterns of wrinkle creases, the timing and location of acne eruptions, and the lopsided shape of love handles are all the same as one’s twin or all on the mirror opposite side, proving they are genetically encoded.

In a world of round and square pegs and holes, Teplica, an interdisciplinary enigma, sees himself as an octagon. “At first glance, I don’t belong anywhere, but with a bit of a twist, fit into several places at once.”

At Penn State, Teplica’s cross-disciplinary approach was embraced. He was permitted to create a unique major to study the human system–drawing and sculpting the body while learning its anatomy and physiology. An undergraduate thesis on the anatomic evolution of man helped garner entrance into Dartmouth Medical School, where his dual interests were also encouraged. During his seven-year surgical residency at the University of Chicago, and to everyone’s astonishment, Teplica received the Trustee’s Scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree. Concurrently, he also launched his twin research efforts with a Surgical Scientist Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health, and that project continues 25 years later.

Teplica manages a busy plastic surgical practice with patients from around the globe.  His creative work is widely exhibited and is held in many corporate and museum collections, including the Palmer Museum of Art here at Penn State, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.  Major features of Teplica’s work have appeared on ABC’s 20/20, on the BBC and Learning Channel, in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and on the cover of Wally Lamb’s #1 New York Times best-seller (and Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club pick) I Know This Much is True. At present, Teplica continues his creative/scientific efforts, serves on the Clinical Faculty in the Section of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Chicago, and is working to define the anatomy of gender as Senior Research Fellow of The Kinsey Institute. With the help of colleagues, he recently created The 803 Foundation to further investigations at the Art/Science interface.

Teeny Tucker

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Topic:Michael Cloeren Productions Presents Women In The Blues with Teeny Tucker

Location: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater

Introduction / Moderator:  Rodney Erickson / Patty Satalia

Although Teeny was born into blues royalty, (daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker), one need only to hear Teeny to know that she has cultivated and developed her “gifts” into her very own uniquely compelling world-class package. As a child, this Dayton Ohio native began singing in the church choir. This experience, like so many other soulful success stories, undoubtedly began to chart the course of Teeny’s music career. The paths which would lead to her abilities to interpret with soulful, bluesy, and uniquely stylistic renderings was set.

A 1994 performance at the Apollo Theatre won over the notoriously cruel and scrutinizing audience, which earned Teeny a standing ovation. Encouraged by the Apollo experience, Teeny started her professional singing career in November, 1996, when she caught the attention of a German blues promoter and manager who had promoted European tours for her father.  Since then, her musical journey has seen Teeny performing at many of the major blues festivals in the U.S., Sweden, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy. Teeny was chosen for the cover of July/August 2004 edition of King Biscuit Time Magazine accompanied by a featured story of her musical journey.

Teeny has been invited to appear on the same bill with great blues artists such as: B.B. King, KoKo Taylor, Etta James, Buddy Guy, The Holmes Brothers, Calvin Owens, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Deanna Bogart, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush, John Mayall, and many others.

Teeny wrote the lyrics for 8 of the 11 songs on her second CD, titled First Class Woman, which received substantial airplay on XM Satellite, Music Choice and blues radio stations all over the country. Her songwriting abilities earned Teeny a place as a top-ten finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Teeny is a two-time, top-three finalist in the International Blues Challenge, which is held annually in Memphis, Tennessee.

In 2008, Teeny Tucker was invited to appear on the MAIN STAGE of the Monterey Blues Festival. She also was nominated for the “2008 Best Female Blues Artist” of the year by BluesBlast Magazine. Teeny’s last CD, Two Big M’s, was ranked in the 15 spot on the Bob Davis list of 2008 top 25 releases, and  reached the number 6 spot on the Living Blues chart. Two Big M’s was selected by the Blues Foundation  as one of the six finalists for “Best Self-Produced Blues CD of the Year.”

2009 was another banner year. Major festival appearances included Monterey Blues Festival, Briggs Farm Festival, Beaches in Toronto, Canada, DC Blues Festival, Hot Licks, Redwood, Oldtown, Creekside Blues Festival, Knoxville, TN Alive After Five New Years Eve Celebration, and more. Throughout the year, Teeny worked on original material for her upcoming 2010 CD release, Keep the Blues Alive.

2010 began with a smash appearance creating a crowd frenzy at the River City Blues Festival. Reviewer Steve Welles declared Teeny “the highlight of the Saturday lineup.” Other 2010 festivals include Duvel Blues Festival in Belgium, Music In the Air Festival, a return trip to the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, Hudson River Blues Festival in NYC, TAWAS Blues Festival, Vermont Blues Festival, Marquette Blues Festival, Columbus Jazz and Blues RibFest, Recording a 30-minute “Sun Sessions” episode, which will air on PBS in 2011 in every major market in the USA and more. Also, 2010 is the year in which the much anticipated, and critically acclaimed, Teeny Tucker CD, “Keep the Blues Alive,” was released

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Kenneth Womack

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Topic:The End: Authorship, Nostalgia, and the Beatles”

Location: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater

Introduction / Moderator:  Rodney Erickson / Patty Satalia

Kenneth Womack is the author of two novels, John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), which earnedForeWord Reviews’ Bronze Award for Literary Fiction, and The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), which won the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Regional Fiction. He is also the author or editor of numerous works of nonfiction, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007) and The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009), which was named as The Independent’s “Music Book of the Year.”

Ken’s latest novel, Playing the Angel, will be published in the fall of 2013. His next Beatles-related work, The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, will be released in February 2014 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Ken is Professor of English & Integrative Arts at Penn State University’s Altoona College, where he also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is Editor ofInterdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, published by Penn State University Press, and Co-Editor of Oxford University Press’s prodigious Year’s Work in English Studies.

Over the years, his work as teacher and writer has earned numerous awards, including Penn State University’s Alumni Teaching Fellow Award (2006), Northern Illinois University’s Golden Anniversary Alumni Award (2009), Penn State Altoona’s Honorary Alumni Award (2009), and the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities (2010). In 2013, Ken was selected to serve as the sixth Penn State University Laureate.

In addition to studying Russian language and literature at the Moscow Institute of Communications, Ken earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Altoona, Pennsylvania, with his wife Jeanine and their family.

Inge Auerbacher

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Topic:“Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust”

Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn
*This event will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn, not the Penn Stater.

Introduction / Moderator:  Blannie Bowen / Katie O’Toole

Inge Auerbacher was born on December 31, 1934 in Kippenheim, Germany as the last Jewish child born in the village. She remained an only child.

She experienced Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) as a 3 year old child. Her father was a disabled war veteran from WWI , and awarded the IRON CROSS, which did not save him from being deported to the Dachau concentration camp on November 10, 1938. Her grandfather suffered the same fate, but luckily they both were released from their torture after a few weeks. She was imprisoned from 1942 -1945 in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Inge and her parents survived these terrible years -a miracle. But, at least 13 immediate members of her family were killed, and many more distant relatives bringing the total to at least 20. Inge is the only child survivor from the State of Wuerttemberg who was deported from Stuttgart, Germany to the concentration camps.

Inge and her parents immigrated to the United States in 1946. She suffered many years from tuberculosis–the result from the terrible conditions in the concentration camp. Years of hospitalization, chemotherapy, and the loss of 8 years of schooling followed. Despite all this, she graduated from Queen’s College  in  New York City with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She worked for 38 years a chemist in medical research and clinical work. She is retired, and travels to many countries to speak about the Holocaust, tolerance, and human rights. She has been the subject of documentary films, and the recipient of many honors including: New York State Woman of Distinction, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University, New York City, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award —From the Board of Regents of New York State, Queens College Alumni Star Award, and many other citations of honor from various governmental agencies.

Inge is the author of the following 6 books, and has been published in 9 languages: I Am A Star  —Child of the Holocaust, Beyond the Yellow Star To America, Running Against the Wind, Finding Dr. Schatz—The Discovery of Streptomycin And a Life it Saved -Co-author Dr. Albert Schatz, Highway To New York, and Children of Terror -Co-author Bozenna Urbanowicz Gilbride. Many of her poems are published and set to music.

David Ferriero

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Topic: A Conversation with David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn

Introduction / Moderator:  Rodney Erickson / Katie O’Toole

The Honorable David S. Ferriero was sworn in as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 13, 2009.

The Archivist of the United States, appointed by the President of the United States, is the head of the National Archives and Records Administration, an agency of the Executive Branch of the Government. The agency is responsible for providing guidance to the White House and the Executive Branch agencies and departments on the creation and maintenance of their records. It oversees the transfer to the National Archives of the permanently valuable records of the federal government and makes them available for study. Those records include the Oaths of Allegiance signed by George Washington and his troops at Valley Forge, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  

This collection translates into about 12 billion sheets of paper, 40 million photographs, miles and miles of video and film, and more than 5.3 billion electronic records. The records are housed in facilities around the country, from Anchorage, Alaska to Atlanta, Georgia– including 2 Washington, DC, area buildings, 14 Regional Archives, 17 Federal Records Centers, and 13 Presidential Libraries, and the National Personnel Records Center.

Previously, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). In this position he was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating the 4 research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users; and was in charge of collection strategy; conservation; digital experience and strategy; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions.

Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation’s major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC.  

Mr. Ferriero earned bachelors and master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in Boston. He served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

Joseph Galloway

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Topic: War and Peace:  Too Much of the Former, Not Enough of the Latter

Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn

Introduction / Moderator:  Rodney Erickson / Patty Satalia

Joseph L. Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century, recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. Before that he held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department.

Galloway, a native of Refugio, Texas, spent 22 years as a foreign/war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and previously, nearly 20 years as a senior editor and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report magazine.

During the course of 15 years of foreign postings–including assignments in Japan,  Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow in the former Soviet Union–Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and also covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War and half a dozen other combat operations.

In 1990-1991 Galloway covered Desert Shield/Desert Storm, riding with the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) during the assault into Iraq. Galloway also covered the Haiti incursion and made trips to Iraq to cover the current war in 2003 and 2005-2006.

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf called Galloway “the finest combat correspondent of our generation—a soldier’s reporter and a soldier’s friend.”

On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V (valor) for rescuing wounded soldiers while under fire in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, in November 1965. His is the only medal of valor the U.S. Army awarded to a civilian for actions during the Vietnam War.

Galloway is co-author, with Lt. Gen. Hal G. Moore, USA (Ret.), of the national bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once-And Young“, which is presently in print in six different languages and with more than 1.2 million copies having been sold. The book has been made into a critically acclaimed movie, “We Were Soldiers”, starring Mel Gibson.

In 2009, Military History magazine polled 50 leading historians to choose the Ten Greatest Books Ever Written on War. “We Were Soldiers Once-and Young” was selected as one of  those ten books.

Galloway also co-authored “Triumph Without Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War” for Times Books, and in 2008, he and Gen. Moore published their sequel to We Were Soldiers, a work titled: “We Are Soldiers Still:  A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam“.

AWARDS: 

 In 1991, Galloway received the National Magazine Award for a U.S. News cover article on the 25th anniversary of the Ia Drang Battles.

In 1992, he received National News Media Award of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars for coverage of the Gulf War.

In 2000, he received the President’s Award for the Arts of the Vietnam Veterans Association of America.

In 2001, he received the BG Robert L. Denig Award for Distinguished Service presented by the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association.

In 2005, he received the Abraham Lincoln Award of the Union League Club of Philadelphia.

Also in 2005, he received the John Reagan (Tex) McCrary Award of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Joe Galloway has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Norwich University and from Mount St. Mary’s College.

MEMBERSHIPS AND PUBLIC SERVICE:    

Member of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Member of the Board of Directors of the  nonprofit organization No Greater Love which was founded to assist the victims of war.

Member of the Board of Directors of the 1st Cavalry Division Association.

Member of the Board of Directors of the National Infantry Foundation.

Member of the Board of Directors of the School of Social Studies of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of America’s Wars.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Military Reporters and Editors Association.

Since retiring from Knight Ridder in 2006, Joe Galloway has lived in his native South Texas.

Joel Myers

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Topic: The Digital Revolution: Transforming Higher Education”

Location: Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn

Introduction / Moderator:  Rodney Erickson / Katie O’Toole

In 1962, Dr. Joel N. Myers founded AccuWeather at his kitchen table. Beyond starting a business – one that blossomed into an international media company reaching more than a billion users worldwide – he actually created an entire industry.

The name he chose for his burgeoning enterprise depicts the very innovation Dr. Myers most proudly stands behind… accurate weather. AccuWeather holds more than 40 patents and is known and respected around the world as a leader in forecast accuracy.

Under Dr. Myers’ leadership, AccuWeather supplies weather applications in 48 languages for mobile handset manufacturers who ship more than 85% of the mobile devices sold each year. AccuWeather.com ranks globally among top news destinations. The company’s detailed, accurate weather forecasts now appear on the latest Internet-connected SmartTVs and tablets including the Apple iPad. AccuWeather also serves more than 200 television stations, 650 radio stations and 600 newspapers, and provides content to an additional 72,000 websites. The company is the leading provider of pinpoint weather forecasts and warnings to save lives, protect property, and help businesses prosper, numbering 222 of the Fortune 500 among its customers.

A frequent speaker on the practice of entrepreneurship, Dr. Myers was selected by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs as one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, and is one of fewer than 50 living members of that list.

Dr. Myers’ personal contribution to the science of meteorology has been recognized by his election as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. In 2010, AccuWeather received the Corporate Award from the AMS for “nearly 50 years of exceptional innovation and leadership in weather applications and communication.” His numerous awards and recognitions also include the National Weather Association Individual Achievement Award and election to the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1992, he cofounded the American Weather and Climate Industry Association and continues to serve as a board member.

Dr. Myers appeared on the ABC Nightly News and Larry King Live, and has been quoted in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, National Geographic, The Economist, USA Today, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, and more than 500 other magazines and newspapers. He is considered the nation’s most respected source on the business of meteorology, having once been named “the most accurate man in weather” by The New York Times.

Dr. Myers received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University. He continues his lifelong interest in education as a University Trustee, a position he has held for the past 31 years, having been elected 11 times by the university’s alumni.

His many philanthropic efforts include a gift of more than $2 million to Penn State for the creation of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center, a state-of-the-art teaching center for tomorrow’s meteorologists.

Since 1998, Dr. Myers has also served on the Board of Directors of Team Pennsylvania, a position to which he has been appointed by four Pennsylvania governors. Dr. Myers also has a lifelong interest in business and investments. He is a certified Commodity Traders Advisor, and operates a hedge fund as the principal of Weather Prophets, Inc.

Victoria Browning Wyeth

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Location: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater

Introduction / Moderator:  Rodney Erickson / Katie O’Toole

Victoria Browning Wyeth, the only grandchild of iconic artist Andrew Wyeth, is the daughter of Nicholas and Jane Wyeth. Her father is a private art dealer, and her mother is an art advisor who was trained as an art historian. Ms. Wyeth is the great-granddaughter of illustrator N.C. Wyeth and the niece of contemporary realist Jamie Wyeth.

A 1997 graduate of the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York, Ms. Wyeth earned a B.A. in American Cultural Studies in 2001 from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine. During her senior year there, she organized and curated her first museum exhibition. The exhibition, at the Bates College Museum of Art and titled Andrew Wyeth: Her Room, demonstrated, from initial preparatory sketches to the final 1963 tempera Her Room, how the artist made a painting. The catalogue’s introductory essays were written by Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and by author Richard Meryman.

Ms. Wyeth studied the history of psychology as a visiting graduate student at Harvard University before earning a Master of Arts degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. The emphasis of her study was on both clinical psychology and the history of clinical psychiatry. Following her academic studies, she worked for several years as a therapist at a Pennsylvania state psychiatric hospital, where she currently works part-time as a research assistant for a clinical psychiatrist.

A docent of Wyeth art since the summer after her sophomore year in high school, Ms. Wyeth began giving gallery talks at the Farnsworth Art Museum, near her parents’ summer home in Maine, when she was 16. From 2004 till 2011, Ms. Wyeth conducted gallery talks twice a day, five days a week, at the Brandywine River Museum, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Wyeth intersperses her discussions of subject matter and technique with quotes to her from the artists. To her personal memories and family stories, she adds insights gained through years of conversations with her grandfather and her uncle about their work, making Ms. Wyeth’s talks unique.

The subject of numerous articles in the press, Ms. Wyeth continues to lecture extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Her early morning gallery talks during the Andrew Wyeth retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art were consistently sold-out, and her PowerPoint lectures to private organizations, college alumni groups, and museums are frequently standing room only. She often gives private tours and has done so for Smithsonian Journeys and for former President of Poland Lech Walesa, among others.

For her 10th college reunion in June, 2011, Ms. Wyeth curated Andrew and Jamie Wyeth: Selections from the Private Collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth for the Bates College Museum of Art.

Ms. Wyeth is a gifted photographer; the Philadelphia Museum of Art used her photographs of her grandfather for publicity purposes for their 2006 retrospective, Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic. Moreover, her photographs of the artist were exhibited in conjunction with his shows at the Bates College Museum of Art, in Lewiston, Maine (2000-2001), the Mississippi Museum of Art, in Jackson, Miss. (2001), the High Museum of Art, in Atlanta (2005-2006), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2006).

Pedro Noguera

Goodsmile.jpg Topic: Education, Racial Inequality and the Future of American Democracy”

Location: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater

Introduction / Moderator:  Rodney Erickson / Katie O’Toole

Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development at NYU.  He is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). Dr. Noguera is the author of seven books and over 150 articles and monographs.  His most recent books are “Creating the Opportunity to Learn” with A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011) and “Invisible No More: Understanding and Responding to the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males” with A. Hurtado and E. Fergus (Routledge, 2011).  Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.  From 2009 – 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations including the Economic Policy Institute, the Young Women’s Leadership Institute, The After School Corporation and The Nation Magazine. 

 
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