School of Humanities

April 3: David Shumate Reading

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School of Humanities

David Shumate will read from his latest book when the Creative Writers Reading Series returns April 3 to Behrend.The Cider Press Review describes David Shumate’s poetry as “innate lyricism and imagism rarely seen even in conventional lyric free verse.” This spring Shumate brings that unique style to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

John Gamble Receives Penn State Award for Distinguished Teaching

John Gamble Jr., distinguished professor of political science and international law, has received the 2014 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who dedicate a major portion of their duties to undergraduate teaching. Milton S. Eisenhower was the brother of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower; he served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.

April 11-12: Sexuality and Gender Studies at Penn State

Behrend Section: 
School of Humanities
Educational Equity & Diversity

About the Conference

Representatives from thirteen campuses from across the Pennsylvania State University will gather together for this unprecedented conference on LGBTQ issues. Panels and workshops are free and open to the public. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are warmly welcomed! Topics include:

March 27: Author Laura van den Berg to Read as Part of Creative Writers Reading Series

Behrend Section: 
School of Humanities

Laura van den Berg will read from "Isle of Youth" when the Creative Writers Reading Series resumes March 27.In “Isle of Youth,” Laura van den Berg explores the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception. In one story, a newlywed finds herself caught in an inscrutable marriage. Another follows a teenager, who assists her magician mother and steals from the audience.

Gary Viebranz, D.M.A.

Senior Lecturer in Music
Director of Instrumental Ensembles
Office Location: 
143 Kochel
Phone: 
(814) 898 6289
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G. Scott Rispin, M.F.A.

Lecturer in Art
Office Location: 
#6 CH Annex 3
Phone: 
(814) 898 6638

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Janelle Newman

Lecturer in English
Office Location: 
#10 CH Annex 2
Phone: 
(814) 898 6273

Charisse Nixon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Research Director, CORE
Office Location: 
103 PARC
Phone: 
(814) 898 6041
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Nicole Shoenberger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Research Coordinator, CORE
Office Location: 
107 PARC
Phone: 
(814) 898 6768

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Heather Cole, M.F.A.

Lecturer in Digital Arts
Office Location: 
OBS135
Phone: 
(814) 898 6420
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