From a glimpse into the life of a spy to a presentation on post-9/11 national security and the building of One World Trade Center, Penn State’s alumni and faculty stars will be featured at six City Lights cultural and educational events for alumni. The first City Lights program is Feb. 23 in Philadelphia with “Portrait of an Artist: Exploring the Works of Henry O. Tanner.” Other cities on the schedule include New York City; Washington, D.C.; Altoona, Pa.; and Erie, Pa.
“Portrait of an Artist: Exploring the Works of
Henry O. Tanner”
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Feb. 23, 6:00 p.m.
Henry Ossawa Tanner was one of the most influential African American artists in the history of American art. Associate Professor of Art Joyce Henri Robinson will focus on two of Tanner’s paintings from the early 1890s, examining the artist’s embrace of black culture in relation to the philosophies of two of the great leaders of his day, W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, and commenting on the legacy of black folk culture in the work of Harlem Renaissance artists and writers, among them Langston Hughes. Cost: $25 members and $40 non-members. REGISTER NOW.
“Fair Game: Valerie Plame Wilson’s Story”
International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.
April 5, 6:00 p.m.
Valerie Plame Wilson ’85 worked as a covert CIA operations officer to protect America’s national security. Without warning, she found herself at the center of a political firestorm after senior White House and State Department officials revealed her secret status to several national journalists and compromised her covert identity. Wilson has since become a public advocate and authority on issues of national security and politics. Join other Penn Staters for dinner and a tour of the International Spy Museum, followed by Wilson’s remarks on her life as a spy and her thoughts regarding the CIA leak controversy in an insightful and unforgettable presentation. Cost: $30 members and $45 non-members. REGISTER NOW.
“Jewish Journeys to America”
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia
May 3, 5:30 p.m.
The harrowing yet inspiring story of Jewish journeys to America from the late 1800s and beyond will be explored by Tobias Brinkmann, the Malvin and Lea Bank Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History. European immigrants’ overseas treks were typically grueling and months long. Brinkmann will discuss later improvements in transportation and migration procedures during the heyday of Ellis Island, as the United States quickly garnered its legacy as a safe haven for the oppressed. Program attendees will have the opportunity to tour the National Museum of American Jewish History to learn about the still relevant experiences of American Jewish immigrants. Cost: $25 members and $40 non-members. REGISTER NOW.
“The State of National Security 10 Years
9/11 Memorial and Marriott Downtown,
New York City
May 19, 10:00 a.m.
Have you wondered about the state of America’s national security since the attacks on 9/11? How does one measure something like national security? Dennis Jett, professor of international relations and former U.S. ambassador, will discuss his own experiences serving the interests of the U.S. government and will provide a look at the state of national security more than a decade after the 9/11 events. Lynda Tollner ’84, who is overseeing the construction of One World Trade Center, will talk about the rebuilding of the site. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the 9/11 Memorial after the program. Cost: $25 members, $40 non-members and $15 children. REGISTER NOW.
“All Aboard: The Heritage and Future of Pennsylvania Railroading”
Railroaders Memorial Museum, Altoona, Pa.
June 9, 9:00 a.m.
This family-friendly program is a chance to visit the Horseshoe Curve, a National Historic Landmark widely considered one of the world’s most incredible engineering feats, and the Railroaders Memorial Museum, which commemorates and celebrates railroaders and their families. Gerhard A. Thelen ’79g, vice president of operations, planning and support for Norfolk Southern Corporation, will discuss the rich legacy of railroading in Pennsylvania, rail’s historical influence and its future in the region. Cost: $20 members, $35 non-members and $15 children. REGISTER NOW.
“Lake Erie’s Maritime History”
Erie Maritime Museum, Erie, Pa.
June 16, 9:00 a.m.
Enjoy a day of maritime fun for the entire family with alum expert David Boughton ’86, maritime education specialist for the Pennsylvania Sea Grant. Alumni, family, and friends can explore the Erie Maritime Museum and its interactive exhibits. As homeport of the Flagship Niagara, the Erie Maritime Museum offers guests the opportunity to set sail on the reconstructed flagship of Pennsylvania, which won the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. While aboard the Niagara, Boughton will describe the work of the Pennsylvania Sea Grant and its Shipboard Education Program reaching more than 10,000 students. Cost: $20 members, $35 non-members and $15 children. Please note that children must be at least 12 years old to board the Flagship Niagara. REGISTER NOW.
All City Lights events are open for registration. Space is limited for several programs so early registration is suggested.