City Lights 2009 kicks off its 5th season of exciting programs starting Feb. 12 at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia with a presentation by one of the foremost experts on the Underground Railroad, Charles L. Blockson ’56. Also in the line up are events at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, Pa.; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the United Nations in New York City; Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh; and the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia’s African American History: Above Ground and Underground
Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia
Feb. 12, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
In the wake of America inaugurating its first African American President, join fellow Penn State alumni for an evening with one of the country’s foremost experts on African American history and the Underground Railroad. Penn State Distinguished Alumnus Charles L. Blockson ’56 will present Philadelphia’s African American History: Above Ground and Underground on Feb. 12, the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. In addition to the reception and presentation, Penn Staters will also enjoy a special exhibit at the museum: Black Hands, Blue Seas: The Untold Maritime Stories of African Americans. Tickets are $25 for Alumni Association members; $40 for non-members. Register now.
Forces of Nature
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, Pa.
March 21, 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Have the whole family experience the new Forces of Nature exhibit at the Whitaker Center. Learn how weather, geology, and living things shape our landscape—and experience a Category 1 hurricane and a tornado at interactive displays. Shirley Clark, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Penn State Harrisburg, will then discuss “Water, Weather, and You.” Clark’s focus is on the interaction of people with the environment. A great Saturday outing for the whole family! Tickets are $15 for Alumni Association members and $10 for their children (ages 3-12); Non-members, $30 for adults and $20 for children. Register now.
Cézanne and Rodin: The Fathers of Modern Art and Sculpture
Museum of Art, Philadelphia
May 8, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Tour the hugely popular exhibit Cézanne and Beyond, then enjoy a wine and cheese reception with other alumni and Penn State friends. Samantha Kavky, assistant professor of art history at Penn State Berks, will discuss Cézanne and Rodin: The Fathers of Modern Art and Sculpture as well as other early modern artists such as Matisse and Picasso. Tickets are $55 for Alumni Association members; $70 for non-members. Register now.
21st Century Challenges and the United Nations
United Nations, New York City
Thursday, May 14, 4:45 p.m. Tour; 5:15 p.m. Reception
Learn about 21st Century Challenges and the United Nations from Tiyanjana Maluwa, the director of the Penn State School of International Affairs and associate dean at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. An authority in public international law and human rights, Maluwa serves as a special expert and consultant to the United Nations and other international organizations. Additionally, Penn State Lehigh Valley Assistant Professor Ana Figueroa will discuss globalization and gender equity. Enjoy an after-work reception and optional U.N. tours before the talk. Alumni Association members, $50 each; non-members, $65.
Marvin Does Motown with the Pittsburgh Pops
Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh
Friday, June 19, 5:30—10:00 p.m.
Award-winning composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch swings by Pittsburgh and the spectacular Heinz Hall with his Marvin Does Motown tour. Penn Staters will enjoy a special evening of music made famous by Marvin Gay, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Four Tops, and others.
Lions and Tigers and Penn Staters, Oh My!
Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, June 27
The littlest to the biggest Penn Staters are invited to participate in this family day at one of the United States’ premiere zoos. Enjoy the animals and fun of the zoo plus a lecture by one of Penn State’s faculty stars.
The City Lights Series requires pre-registration, which is now open for the first three events. Registration for other City Lights events will open closer to the event. More information on City Lights 2009 is at the Penn State Alumni Association’s events page.