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Programs & Events

Programs EventsThe 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.

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.

Earth's Eye: A Festival of Writing
Each September, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts Earth’s Eye: A Festival of Writing in and on the Natural World. Penn State Behrend’s award-winning faculty are joined by writers from across the country for hands-on writing exercises, field work, discussions about the art and practice of nature writing, and readings.

Speech and Debate Tournament
The Penn State Behrend Communication Department will be hosting its second annual speech and debate tournament for middle school students.  This goal of this tournament is to provide students with an opportunity to develop confidence in their communication skills by speaking in front of a small audience and by interacting with other middle school students in the area.

Gender Conference

This two-day conference held each spring features a number of speakers and roundtable discussions on gender issues.

Music at Noon
In our free Music at Noon concerts, listeners are treated to world class performances mixed with dialogue and interaction in an informal setting where lunches and casual attire are welcome.

Musical Ensembles
Penn State Behrend's musical ensembles, including the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Pep Band, perform several concerts throughout the year.

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

Women's International Film Series
Several films examining gender and women's issues are shown throughout the year. Spring 2014 films to be announced.

 
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