Programs & Events in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences

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.

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
  • 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.
  • English Language Study Center
    We offer a range of classes and support services, including English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, that help non-native English speakers improve writing, listening and speaking, reading, and culture and conversational skills.
  • Gender Conference
    This two-day conference held each spring features a number of speakers and roundtable discussions on gender issues.
  • 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
  • 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