Things to do at Penn State: October 14-21

What’s going on at Penn State? Here’s a look at some of the cultural events – in-person and virtual – taking place across the University:


“Metamorphoses”October 4-15, Pavilion Theatre, University Park Campus. Penn State Center Stage presents Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses”, based on “Ovid’s Myths”.

Carlos Andres Gomez6 p.m., Oct. 18, Slep Student Center, Penn State Altoona. Award-winning author, speaker and equity and inclusion strategist Carlos Andrés Gómez will deliver an oral performance. Free.

“A wonderful order”7:30 p.m., October 20, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park Campus. The contemporary multimedia opera chronicles the 1960s battle between power builder Robert Moses and determined activist Jane Jacobs over the fate of New York’s Greenwich Village.


“The Perfect Latin”9:30 a.m., October 14, Perkins Student Center Auditorium, Penn State Berks. Javier Ávila will examine the Latin American experience as part of the annual Latino Forum on campus. Free, but registration required.

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi1 p.m., Oct. 14, 132 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus, and via Zoom. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, a 1991 Penn State alumnus and Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs, will discuss the future of energy and international relations. Free.

2022 Lattman Visiting Scholar of Science and Society Lecture: Robin Wall Kimmerer 4 p.m., Oct. 18, 22 Deike Building, University Park Campus and via Zoom. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the New York Times best-selling “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants,” will be featured. Free.

Paul Pringle7 p.m., Oct. 18, Carnegie Cinema, Carnegie Building, University Park Campus. A Penn State alumnus and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner will discuss his work at the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers. Free.

“Decompartmentalization of citizenship”6 p.m., October 19, via livestream. Teddy Cruz and Donna Forman, directors of Studio Teddy Cruz + Gonna Forman, will discuss their work as part of the Stuckeman School Lecture and Exhibition Series. Free.

Research disconnected12:30 p.m., Oct. 20, Schlow Central Area Library, State College. Graduate students from the Pasto Agricultural Museum College of Agricultural Sciences will discuss their current work in entomology, plant science, and the intersection of these topics related to turf, wild bees, and wild pollinators. Free.

“United States: A Survival Guide to Our Democracy”4 p.m., HUB Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park Campus. Norman Eisen, Hoanna Legate and Christine Todd Whitman, co-founders of the United Democracy Center of the United States, will discuss protecting democracy. Free.


National Hispanic Heritage Month Until October 31, various campuses. Penn State units across the Commonwealth are hosting events in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The unifying theme of this year’s celebrations is “Nuestra Música (Our Music): Identity, Culture and Resistance”. Free.

National Domestic Violence Awareness MonthUntil October 31, various campuses. Penn State and its community partners are working throughout October to raise awareness, engage in prevention efforts, and show support for survivors of domestic violence. Free.

Drive-in movie: “Top Gun: Maverick” 7:15 p.m., Oct. 15, Pullo Center parking lot, Penn State York. The campus will present the summer blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick”. Free.

TUNA 5K 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus, and virtually. Penn State THON hosts its annual 5K with a portion of the entry fee directly benefiting THON’s year-round fundraising efforts in the fight against childhood cancer.

Café Laura themed dinner: a pi ar y: An evening in the gardenOctober 19, Café Laura, Mateer Building, University Park Campus. HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management students prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester which will be served in the student-run Café Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

Café Laura Theme Dinner: Viva Las Vegas: Wine and Dine Like a WinnerOctober 20, Café Laura, Mateer Building, University Park Campus. HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management students prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester which will be served in the student-run Café Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

Virtual exhibitions

“African Brilliance and the Purpose of Art” — This interactive virtual tour accompanied the Palmer Museum of Art’s Spring 2020 special exhibition “African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting” and will remain available throughout the current academic year. Explore the exhibition installation, images of selected works, videos for a guided tour and suggestions for related artistic activities. Free.

“Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights and Lived Experiences at Penn State” – The Virtual University Libraries Exhibit explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement’s impact on the Penn State community. Free.

“Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundations” — This interactive online program from the Palmer Museum of Art offers guided video tours of selected artists from the exhibition in addition to an introductory overview by the curator. Discover the “Global Asias” concept of personal and cultural identity in a contemporary world. Featured artists include: Jacob Hashimoto, Dinh Q. Lê, Hung Liu, Takashi Murakami, Roger Shimomura, Do Ho Suh and Rirkrit Tiranvanija. Free.

“Pandemic Spaces (1918 edition)” — University Libraries Virtual Exhibit explores architecture related to the devastating 1918 flu epidemic. Free.

“Who am I? Art and Identity” — This interactive, self-guided online tour presents a selection of objects from various areas of the Palmer Museum of Art’s collection, linked by a common exploration of personal or cultural identity. Free.

“Women in Art: Activism + Resistance” — This self-directed, interactive online tour of the Palmer Museum of Art is intended for college-level courses and features a selection of objects by female artists from the museum’s collection. To celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in a variety of mediums during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social and cultural change. Free.

“The World According to Doyle: Editorial Cartoons from the Jerry Doyle Papers at Penn State” — This digital exhibit from Penn State University Libraries examines Jerry Doyle, one of the preeminent editorial cartoonists of the 20th century. Free.

In-person exhibitions

“With Open Hearts and Open Arms: Cuban LGBTQ+ Refugees and the LGBTQ+ Community’s Response to the 1980 Mariel Boat Lift“- Until October 17, Thun Library, Penn State Berks. This traveling exhibit examines the exodus and resettlement of LGBTQ+ Cubans. Free.

“The Magic Broccoli Forest”Until October 28, Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks. An immersive and interactive solo exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Rosa Nussbaum that explores themes of friendship and depression. Free.

“circa 1970: What if the Impressionist had computers?”Until October 30, Art Gallery, Penn State New Kensington. Local artist Samuel Andrew exhibits his history with the New Kensington campus and his creation of digital prints. Free.

“Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact” Through November 22, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, University Park Campus. The exhibition explores the intersection of environment, human activity, climate change and documentary archives. Free.

“Gender fluidity”Until December 3, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley. Linda Stein’s “Fluidity of Gender” multimedia exhibition consists of sculptures, collages, prints and videos that strive to expand awareness and inspire empathy by presenting multiplicities and diversity in his work. Free.

“Haiti: Liberation from the First Black Republic”Until December 16, Paterno Family Reading Room, Pattee Library, University Park Campus. The exhibit examines the history of Haiti, the first modern black republic resulting from its successful struggle for liberation from the French. Free.

“Look Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty”Until December 18, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibition of 74 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the Palmer’s permanent collection explores how history, place and community shape how we think about museums and ourselves. Free.

“The Art of Remembering: A Selection of Gifts”Until December 18, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The exhibition honors donations to the permanent collection of the Palmer Museum of Art and features works on paper by European and American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Free.

“ARC Studio Premiere”Until January 29, 2023, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Andrew Castañeda’s photos and paintings reflect the structure of a day in television programming. Free.

“The Zombie Ant Experiment”Through August 2023, Perkins Student Center, Penn State Berks. This interactive art installation also serves as an educational tool to illustrate the trajectories of spores and how ants turn into “zombies”. Free.

“I’m a Penn Stater: Nittany Lions in World War II”Until June 2025, Penn State All-Sports Museum, Beaver Stadium, University Park campus. Timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the conflict, “I Am a Penn Stater” chronicles the contributions of Nittany Lion University literati and Women’s Recreation Association athletes during the conflict and follows their service from training in the United States. United to the fights on the battlefields around the globe, to their post-war occupations. Free.