November 13, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

November 14, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 7A Sparks Building (ground floor at end of hall)

Pearl Gluck, Assistant Professor of Film, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

“Art as Activism: Telling Stories that Aim to Make a Difference”

Pearl Gluck shows clips from her films that fight human trafficking, shine a light on the effects of racially motivated violence, and give voice to LGBTQ teens. How do we use films and tell stories to motivate action and encourage awareness?

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

Lunch & Learn: Student Internship Panel ~ RSVP Required

December 6, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Liberal Arts students are invited to join their peers, including PF Daniela Rojas Medina, to learn more about their internship experiences and how they got them. Receive advice on networking and tips for the application system. RSVP in Nittany Lion Careers to reserve a seat. For details…

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.

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

International Affairs (INTAF) Courses of Interest

Senior undergraduate students who are interested in taking an INTAF course should complete the following form and obtain the signatures of the SIA faculty member as well as their undergraduate academic adviser. Completed forms can then be submitted to the Graduate School in 114 Kern for processing.

Each course below links to a promotional flyer with the course description and contact information for the respective faculty member. Interested students are welcome to contact the faculty member directly for more information about the course.

INTAF 501 Water and Sustainable Development (Sarr)
INTAF 502 Science, Technology and International Policy (Peng)
INTAF 597 Property, Poverty and Development (Brown)
INTAF 597 Climate Security and Policy (Titley)
INTAF 597 International Development and the Ethics of Development Assistance (Ransom)
INTAF 597 Gender and the Food System (Ransom)
INTAF 812 The Role of Intelligence in International Relations (Jett)
INTAF 815 Dynamics of International Economic Order: Law, Politics and Power (Leverett)
INTAF 816 War and Peace (Jett)

For questions or registration issues, please contact Claudia Prieto at

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…

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…

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

Mortar Board Honor Society

The Penn State Chapter of Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. We are a group of students comprised of individuals with differing personal, academic and professional experiences. As an organization, we bring together leaders to collaborate with other leaders at Penn State. We are currently recruiting current junior year students interested in becoming members of our honor society. They should be students who have excelled in their classes and organizations. If you are interested in joining, please fill out this form.

We also have our Lecture Series coming up on November 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hintz Family Alumni Center, which doubles as a recruitment event for those interested in applying to Mortar Board. Speakers include Mimi Barash Coppersmith, Founder of Town and Gown Magazine and Former Member of the Penn State Board of Trustees; Charlie Shuman, Football Player and Founder of Big Helping Little; and Molly Countermine, HDFS Professor and State College Performer.

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:

Lena Becker: ’20 PF Spanish and Psychology – Internship with Yale New Haven Department of Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology

Stella Murray: ’19 PF Italian, Architecture, and Master of Science in Architecture – Internship with BuroHappold Engineering


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!