Programs & Events in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences

H&SS lecture eventThe School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts a variety of events throughout the year that allow students, faculty, staff, and the community to enjoy and explore music, art, literature, writing, and societal issues.

Ongoing educational and supportive programs are also offered to international students to improve their proficiency in the English language.


  • Creative Writers Reading Series
    • ​​Celebrated writers of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction visit campus several times each year to give lectures, readings, discussions, and book signings.
  • Digital Research and Pedagogy Lecture Series
    • ​​Event information to come soon. Contact Dr. Aaron Mauro with questions.
  • English Language Summer Institute of Erie
    • ​​ELSIE is Penn State Behrend’s intensive English program, offering courses in academic English to prepare the pre-matriculated student for undergraduate studies at an American university.
  • English Language Study Center
    • We offer a range of classes and support services, including classes in English for multilingual learners that help non-native English speakers improve writing, listening and speaking, reading, and culture and conversational skills.
  • Gender Conference
    • This year marks the 9th Annual Gender Conference. The main focus this year is "Outlaws" and the Keynote Speaker will be Margot Mifflin discussing "Bodies of Subversion: The History and Taboo of the Female Tattoo."
  • Music at Noon: The Logan Series 
    • In our free Music at Noon: The Logan Series concerts, listeners are treated to world class performances mixed with dialogue and interaction in an informal setting where lunches and casual attire are welcome. Key funding for Music at Noon: The Logan Series comes from Mrs. Kay Logan, a deeply committed supporter of arts and education at Penn State Behrend. The Logan Series was founded by Mrs. Logan in 1989.
  • Musical Ensembles
    • Penn State Behrend's musical ensembles, including the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Pep Band, perform several concerts throughout the year.
  • Psychology Colloquiums
    • Our Psychology Department brings speakers from around the world to discuss aspects of the field, research they've accomplished, and new innovations that may change our outlooks on life in the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior. These presentations are open to the public, as well as our Psychology undergraduates.
  • Reimagining the Humanities Speaker Series
    • Event information to come soon. Contact Dr. Janet Neigh with questions.
  • Theatre Productions
    • ​​The college's Studio Theatre, an intimate performance space, is the site for two or three major theatre productions each year, staged by Penn State Behrend student thespians drawn from all academic disciplines