November 6, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

November 7, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building (first floor at end of hall)

Scott Eggert, Professor Emeritus of Music at Lebanon Valley College, and Composer of WWI Commemorative Concert

“Rendering War in Music”

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

Leveraged Lion Capital, Info Session and Fall 2018 Applications

November 6, 8:00 p.m., 100 Huck Life Sciences Building

Leveraged Lion Capital is the nation’s first student-run paper loan portfolio fund. All freshmen and sophomores interested in interviewing are highly encouraged to attend the info session, as this will be the final chance for you to meet our portfolio managers and ask any last minute questions regarding interview preparation. If you are unable to attend or have not been able to make it to this semester’s educational sessions, please feel free to reach out to Kyle Yousif ( and Wilfred Guo ( as they will be happy to fill you in on the organization and how you can prepare for upcoming interviews. More info…

Master of Public Policy Info Sessions

November 7, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m., 10 Business Building

Please join the Master of Public Policy Program for a series of info sessions. We’ll discuss the application process, the program curriculum and credit hours, the concentrations, and positions available to graduates. We’ll also take your questions!

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.

First Year Experience Workshop: Why Study Abroad?

November 8, 4:00 p.m., Paterno Library, Mann Assembly Room

Interested in studying abroad in the future? Learn about all of the exciting global opportunities available to you and how to navigate the planning process. Attend this First Year Experience workshop to learn about study abroad program options, costs/financial aid, and how to take the next steps towards your global journey!

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Info Session

November 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 463 Burrowes Building

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. Apply by November 12. For more information including eligibility, requirements and application forms, download the flyer, visit, or email

Internships Abroad Information Session

November 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 410 Boucke Building

Boost your resume with an international internship in Summer 2019! Attend the Internships Abroad Information Session to learn about opportunities to pursue full-time internships in a wide variety of industries in 10 international cities – including locations in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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 Scholar 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.

REVISED: LA 197-003 Taking the Humanities Public: Work and Workers in Our World (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 multi-faceted 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

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 have been raised to 24 seats. We are not able to add students over the maximum of 24 per section.

CMLIT 455 Ethics, Justice, and Rights in World Literature (3 cr) PFP Ethics Credits

This course explores the intersections of literature and the ethical imagination. The semester begins with a unit on crime narratives, where stories about law-breaking raise the question of what (or, who) determines what constitutes a crime and, from there, what counts as justice. The second unit turns attention to the “human” in human rights: who and what counts as human? What happens when that which is designated as “non-human” claims the rights preserved for the human? The final weeks focus on the limits of our empathetic imagination, foregrounding narratives that explore our ability (or, inability) to comprehend and relay stories that are not our own. Authors include: Heinrich von Kleist, Gabriel García Márquez, Tayeb Salih, Karel Čapec, Mary Shelley, Gayatri Spivak, Ahmed Saadawi, Mahasweta Devi, and Zoë Wicomb, amongst others. Concepts of ethics, justice, and rights, appearing in world literature and/or film. TUES./THURS. 10:35 – 11:50 AM, PROF. MAGALÍ ARMILLAS-TISEYRA Download the flyer…

ENGR 310 Entrepreneurial Leadership: E-ship in Israel and the Middle East

Embedded Spring Break Travel to Israel

Israel has been called the Startup Nation for the way social, historical and political factors foster a culture of entrepreneurship. This is an active learning course that covers key entrepreneurial and business start-up concepts. This special section emphasizes a comparison of culture, society and the entrepreneurship eco-systems between the U.S. and the Middle East, especially Israel. Applications accepted until 11/8. More info…

LA 103: Professional Development for Liberal Arts Students (formerly LA 401)

Looking for a job or internship? Want to improve your interviewing skills? Hoping to explore career paths? There’s a class for all of it! Register for the one credit LA 103: Professional Development for the Liberal Arts Student this spring. (Please note LA 103 is the new course listing for our previous professional development course, LA 401.) More info…

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, BIOET 490 and 502 ~ 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

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

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.

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…

Lion Ambassadors Application Open

Thirty-seven years ago, the Pennsylvania State University created a task force to build the Lion Ambassadors, one of the first student branches of a university alumni association in the United States. The mission for this new organization was simple: generate pride in the university by connecting alumni with informed students, foster lifelong commitment, and uphold the traditions of Penn State.

Almost 40 years later, the Lion Ambassador program continues to look for students to uphold this mission. Our goals remain the same, though the types of students who represent Penn State continue to change as the institution evolves. We look for the students that want to make this University a better place. Today, Lion Ambassadors carry out our mission by giving tours to donors and prospective students, running campus wide-programs to promote the traditions of Penn State, are responsible for the S Zone on Saturdays in Beaver Stadium, and do so much more to be an active staple in the Penn State community.

We would like to invite current sophomores and juniors to apply to join us for this coming year. Our application is now open:

If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to reach out directly to me at

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 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

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.

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…

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.

Erickson Discovery Grants

Selected students will receive a $3,500 grant to support to support independent student research, scholarship, and creative work over the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Undergraduates who will return to Penn State for at least one semester of full-time study after the summer are eligible to apply. More info… Apply by January 20, 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.

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

Walk-in Wednesdays 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:

Ryan Insley: ’19 PF English, Philosophy, and Political Science – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Rebecca Barnes: ’19 PF French; Spanish; and Letters, Arts, and Sciences – San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia

Thomas Beeby: ’20 PF Economics and Political Science – Penn State Division of Development and Alumni Relations

Africana Research Center announces winners of Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Congratulations to Ryan Insley, ’19 PF English, Philosophy, and Political Science, for his second place award in the Penn State Africana Research Center’s 2018 Undergraduate Research Exhibition. His paper, “Guarding the Heart of the Civil Rights Act: A Rhetorical Analysis of Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc., v. United States,” was nominated by Jack Selzer, Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor Emeritus of Literature. Read the story…


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!