October 30, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

October 31, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 7A Sparks Building (ground floor at end of hall)

Christopher Kiver, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, School of Music

“Why World War I Still Matters”

Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed. Just drop in!

Liberal Arts Summer Study Abroad Information Session

November 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m., 104 Thomas Building

Make the most of your summer by studying abroad and earning academic credits on a Liberal Arts faculty-led summer study abroad program. Get information about Liberal Arts enrichment funding, financial aid and the application process. Learn about the career benefits of studying abroad. Speak with faculty leaders from more than a dozen Liberal Arts summer study abroad programs around the world and learn which program is best for you.

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Info Session

November 5, 5:30 p.m., 232 Katz Building (or join by Zoom)

The University Fellowships Office is pleased to announce that Kyle Cox of the Institute of International Education will be visiting Penn State to speak with students about the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship.

The Boren Awards offer funding for undergraduate and graduate students with U.S. citizenship to study and/or research abroad in non-traditional regions and learn a non-traditional language. Boren Awards alumni commit to work in the federal government for a minimum of one year upon graduation, with preference given to applicants who demonstrate a longer-term commitment to public service. Students interested in careers in public service (including civilian jobs, military service, and the Peace Corps) are strong applicants and should attend the talk.

Regression Analysis for Thesis Research Workshop ~ RSVP Required

November 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m., W211A Pattee Library

Lizhao Ge from University Libraries offers an overview and hands-on experience in regression analysis, which is commonly used in honor theses. Both linear and logistic regressions will be covered. Students may bring in their own data sets for questions. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. RSVP here by Friday, November 9.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

LA 197-002 Mass Death and National Monuments: the 2018 Washington D.C. Memorial to World War One in Comparative Perspective (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 19

Instructor: John Horne, Paterno Fellow Visiting Professor from Trinity College, Dublin

Extended war with large-scale death is not a modern phenomenon. However, when such wars are fought by the “people” (as opposed to rulers and elites), “the people” are deemed to have made the key sacrifice. Questions of how to commemorate the war dead, given the losses, become central (famously expressed in the case of the American Civil War by Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address). The answers take many forms – political rhetoric, socio-political reforms, public rituals, veterans’ movements – but monuments symbolising the sacrifice are key. How they are proposed and built, who supports or opposes them, what form do they take aesthetically, and how does what is said at their inaugurations (or later) reflect victory or defeat, the scale of the loss and the status of the dead (men, women, soldiers, civilians). We shall examine the US National Memorial to World War One in Washington, DC, scheduled to be inaugurated in November 2018. We shall ask why it took a hundred years for such a memorial to be created when monuments had already been erected in the nation’s capital to honour US involvement in the other major wars of the 20th century. We shall study the creation and meaning of the memorial in its American and international contexts, using multiple disciplines (history, cultural studies, art and architectural history, anthropology, etc.). We shall visit Washington in order to study the monument and compare it to other war memorials in the capital, notably those to World War Two, Korea and Vietnam.

Class Meetings: 5-6:30pm Thursday, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 PLUS Tuesday, Feb 19, and an all-day trip to Washington, D.C, on Saturday, Feb 23. Class attendance is mandatory. If you must miss class or this trip, do not enroll in this course.

LA 197-003 Taking the Humanities Public (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 19

This course will explore the role of work and workers in our contemporary world through the lens of public humanities. Students will learn how philosophy, history, law and politics, religion, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and visual and performing arts approach work as an object of study. The course will also survey the methods humanities scholars, activists, museum curators, historic site interpreters, artists, and writers use to bring examinations of work to public audiences. Finally, students will apply their own humanities skills to a modest collaborative project of their own that engages some aspect of work in Centre County.

Why work? Whether paid or unpaid, occurring inside or outside the home, performed for an employer or for one’s self, carried out alone or with others, the experience of having work to do links people from vastly different backgrounds and perspectives. Work roots us in space, shapes individual and group identities, and helps determine economic security and quality of life. Furthermore, in ways that are often hidden, questions about work lie at or near the heart of many of today’s most pressing issues: poverty and income inequality, climate change, immigration, globalization, mass incarceration, and sexual harassment and violence. The study of work and workers offers a way to build bridges between people and foster empathy within communities. Yet, the multivalent nature of work requires a variety of tools to capture its multitude of forms and meanings.

Class Meetings: MoWe 5:00-6:00 p.m., March 11-April 25; One 2-hour field trip; and one 1-hour meeting with instructor.

RCL Registration for Spring 2019

Please note that Rhetoric and Civic Life (RCL) sections for Spring 19 are designated as CAS 138T or ENGL 138T. A search on LionPATH for 138 without the T will yield no results. Be sure to include the T suffix in your search!

Caps will be raised from 18 to 24 seats on November 5 or 6. We are not able to add students over the maximum of 24 per section.

Bioethics and Medical Humanities Minor

Should we use medical science to enhance our mental or physical performance? Where does therapy end and enhancement begin? Do we have a right to choose the time and means of our own death—and should medical personnel be permitted to assist us? Can we have a meaningful discussion about physician-assisted suicide in a country without universal access to health care? Do we have a right to health care? Is it wrong for governments to try to influence our food choices in order to promote public health? And does it make a difference if corporations are already doing so in ways that undermine health? These are the kinds of questions we explore in bioethics using philosophy, fiction, film…and much, much more. More info…

Bioethics Courses ~ PFP Ethics Credits

BMH 490 Hot Topics in Ethics and Health: From Gene Editing to Fracking (Bioethics Capstone)
Spring 2019, 3 credits, Tu/Th 10.35 – 11.50am, Willard 271
An interdisciplinary class that allows students to explore and write a research paper on a topic of their choice related to ethics and health. We will also discuss hot topics in the news from the ethics of gene editing to fracking and public health. We will explore legal and policy developments including recent Supreme Court cases, and their ethical implications. This class is open to students even if they are not enrolled in the Bioethics Minor. For questions about this course, please contact the instructor. Jonathan Marks, Bioethics Program Director, Affiliate Faculty, Philosophy, Law & International Affairs marks@psu.edu

BIOET 502 Public Health Ethics, Policy, and Law (Macro-Perspectives Course)
Spring 2019, 3 credits, Weds, 2.30 – 5.30pm, Henderson 014

This graduate course explores the biggest questions in bioethics: whether health is a human right; the ethics of health care systems; the relationship between food, environment, and health; the impact of racial and gender disparities on health care outcomes; public health emergencies; the influence of corporations on public health agencies; and how to respond to the obesity and opioid epidemics. If you would like permission from the Graduate School to take this course, please contact Jonathan Marks, Bioethics Program Director, Affiliate Faculty, Philosophy, Law & International Affairs marks@psu.edu.

Communication Arts and Sciences Courses for Spring 2019

Communication Arts and Sciences is working to make sure that students know about the following exciting offerings in Spring 2019! Each one builds upon previous CAS course work in innovative ways or provides valuable supplementary instruction for non-majors. Gen Ed credit also available!

303H – Introduction to Communication Theory- Honors (GS): A new Honors offering! Provides an overview of conceptual perspectives and theories of human communication. Students will apply theories to analyze and solve problems in different applied contexts (e.g., interpersonal, political, and health, etc.). Excellent additional course to CAS 101, 203, or 220. Can supplement coursework in Sociology, Psychology, and more!

311 – Rhetorical Criticism (GH): Exposes students to the theories and practices of conducting rhetorical analyses of speeches, newspapers, television, commercials, movies, slogans, debates, and other forms of public communication. A great follow-up course to CAS 175, 210, or 215. Can supplement coursework in Pre-Law, Business, English, and more!

315 – Debate and Civic Life: It’s not just academic debate–the course also exposes students to theories and practices of debate including the history of important debate moments in the United States, analysis of contemporary political debates, and practical debate techniques inside the classroom and in a public setting. A great follow-up course to CAS 175, 210, or 215. Can supplement coursework in Pre-Law, Business, Political Science, English, and more!

383 – Culture and Technology: Examines the relationship between technology and culture in the broadest sense, from the role of tools used in society to the impact of high technology in post-industrial societies. Can supplement coursework in IST, Sociology, English, and more!

Questions? Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Brad Vivian (bjv113@psu.edu), or the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, Lori Bedell (bedell@psu.edu).

Global Experience: Spring 2019 Short-Term Study Abroad Programs

Want to travel to Paris, Poland, Moscow, or another international city over spring break? Pursue a short-term study abroad opportunity by enrolling in a Spring 2019 Liberal Arts embedded course! Learn more information about courses, travel programs, costs and funding at the Liberal Arts Embedded Course Website.

New Graduate Degree: Master of Public Policy

Penn State’s new Master of Public Policy Program is designed for students motivated to make a significant impact. The opportunities for a graduate with a master’s degree in public policy include positions at local, state and national government, think tanks, policy consulting organizations, foundations, international positions, and private sector companies.

The curriculum draws on the strengths of Penn State’s faculty to provide an emphasis in substantive policy expertise and cutting-edge analytics. The Master of Public Policy offers several concentrations, but students have the flexibility to design a specialization to meet their career goals.

Current concentrations include:
·         Data Science/Analytics
·         Criminal Justice
·         Health Policy
·         Labor and Employment Relations
·         Children and Family Policy
·         Information Technology
·         International Public Policy

For more information, please visit our new website publicpolicy.psu.edu.

Ethics Courses

Check our website for courses you can take to meet the PFP Ethics requirement. New courses are added as departments alert us of their offerings, or as students bring them to our attention. Students must complete 3 credits in ethics (one 3-credit course, or a series of 1- or 2-credit courses) before graduation.

Service / Leadership

State of State Speaker Application Open

State of State’s mission is to provide a platform for ideas about Penn State, from Penn State. During our conference, to be held on March 31, 2019, we will be engaging students, faculty, alumni, and the State College community in a dialogue about the state of our University. Serving as a platform for actionable ideas and discussion regarding the state of Penn State, we have chosen to highlight this year’s theme, “State of Change.” at our University.

If students are interested in acting as one of our speakers, sharing thoughts, opinions, and experiences in a 5-10 minute speech and discussion, please join our conversation and fill out the application. To be considered, topics must be: relevant to Penn State, meaningful, and actionable. Each question should be answered in a thoughtful and concise manner, and should be around 300 words per question. Applications due November 13. For more info and to apply…

PFP Service / Leadership Requirement

Fellows are expected to take on a leadership role or offer volunteer services to a community of their choice totaling at least 50 hours during their college career. Participants in the Presidential Leadership Academy automatically meet this requirement. To document a leadership or service experience, download the Leadership or Service Documentation Form; complete and submit it using the contact information on the form. Hours may be reported as they are completed for short-term projects, or after the minimum time is met for long-term experiences.

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members? Send your blurb to PaternoFellows@psu.edu and we’ll publish it here. Please include a brief description of your mission, expectations, information sessions/meetings, how to join, etc.

Funding and Research

Erickson Discovery Grants Application Now Open

The 2019 Erickson Discovery Grants application is open now through January 21. Selected students will receive a $3,500 grant in support of student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the supervision of a faculty member. For details including info session schedule…

University Fellowships Office

Students who are interested in applying for funding for post-graduate education and fellowships should consider attending one of the University Fellowships Office’s information sessions to learn about these opportunities and more.

Gaither Junior Fellows Program: This is a one-year paid research assistantship with full benefits with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Graduating seniors and alumni who are less than one year out of school and who are interested in international policy should apply. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for 12 months after graduation. Apply by January 8, 2019.

Beinecke Scholarship: This scholarship provides up to $34,000 to support graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Juniors who are U.S. citizens or nationals and have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, scholastic achievement, and personal promise. Apply by January 30, 2019.

Critical Language Scholarship: A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages. Apply by November 27. More info…

Student Engagement Network Grants

The Student Engagement Network is offering grants to students who want to expand their experience beyond the classroom. Individual awards of up to $3,000 are available to cover unpaid internships, research opportunities, travel costs, event fees, supplies and materials, books, software needed for projects and presentations, and more. Deadline: January 31, 2019

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Applications due November 12

The Center for Global Studies is pleased to announce the competition for FLAS Fellowships, authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. FLAS Fellowships assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies.

FLAS Information Sessions:
November 6, 1:00-2:30 PM, 463 Burrowes
November 9, 2:00-3:30 PM, 463 Burrowes

For more information including eligibility, requirements and application forms, download the flyer, visit http://cgs.la.psu.edu/funding, or email flas@psu.edu.

Gettysburg National Military Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Undergraduate Summer Internships

Deadline to Apply: January 28, 2019

Do you have an interest in preserving our nation’s history and sharing it with the public? Do you want to put your knowledge of history to good use this summer? The Richards Civil War Era Center invites applications from qualified Penn State undergraduate students for four paid positions at historic sites during the summer of 2019: two at Gettysburg National Military Park and two at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The internships provide students hands-on experience in the work of public history. These non-credit internships come with a $3,500 stipend and free housing at the national parks. For details…

Walk-in Wednesdays Now Available at the Career Enrichment Network

Walk-in hours will be available for all Liberal Arts majors every Wednesday. Stop by the Career Enrichment Network in 101 Sparks Building from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to get your resume reviewed, talk to a staff member about your internship/job search, get answers to your questions, and more! Bring a copy of your resume with you for your 15 minute session.

Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program

Network with Penn State Alumni! Apply to the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program. Students are matched with alumni working in their field of interest; mentors help with networking, interview prep, and more. Applications are open year-round. More information can be found here.

Enrichment Funds Applications Open for Spring 19

Participating in an internship or study abroad opportunity this spring? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds. Applications are now open for the spring semester. Priority deadline: December 1. Learn more…

Internship Opportunities

Nittany Lion Careers is Penn State’s new single-system recruiting platform. You will be able to use Nittany Lion Careers to: search and apply to internship and job opportunities; upload your resume for review, schedule an appointment with a Career Enrichment Network staff member to help with your career development; view upcoming events; and more!

In the News

Better Know a Paterno Fellow

Paterno Fellows are participating in internships, study abroad, research, and more! Read about their experiences here. Submit your story for publication here.

Featured Student Profiles:

Milan Liu, ’20 PF International Politics and Geography – CIEE: Shanghai, Accelerated Chinese Language

Deja Bryant, ’20 PF Criminology and Sociology – Department of Justice Internship

Erin Baumgartner, ’20 PF Global and International Studies, and International Politics – IES: Madrid


Updating your Information in the Paterno Fellows Database

Update the PFP database as you complete your Paterno Fellows requirements. You are responsible for marking them “Claimed Satisfied” or turning in the appropriate documentation forms. You should update the requirements you’ve met as you complete them. Please do not wait until your graduation semester. We need time to approve your submissions and mark them “Satisfied.” For further instructions, see the PFP website.

Paterno Fellows Coaches

Do you have questions about the Paterno Fellows Program, but don’t know where to turn for answers? PFP Coaches are now on duty! Coaches are current PFs who are here to share their experiences, insights, and recommendations with you. Learn more about how Coaches can assist you…

PFP Student Programming Grants

Paterno Fellows are encouraged to apply for Programming Grants for One-Time Events or Sustained Discussion / Reading Groups. Successful applications will enhance students’ education, ignite an interest, or make students consider a topic more deeply. For details, see: pfp-student-programming-grants/

How can I describe the Paterno Fellows Program on my resume?

Paterno Fellows Program, College of the Liberal Arts

Honors Program including advanced academic coursework, thesis, study abroad and/or internship, ethics study, and leadership/service commitment

Director’s Office Hours for Fall 2018

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-noon, 302 Weaver Building

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program

Feel free to stop by if you have questions, or just to say hello!

Social Media

Check out items of interest for all LA students on Liberal Arts Voices and on Twitter @PSULiberalArts. Be sure to like the Paterno Fellows Facebook Page. Join the Career Enrichment Network on Twitter @PSULAjobs to keep up-to-date on internships, education abroad, deadlines, and other opportunities in 280 characters or less!