Enjoy a Bubble Tea with the Asian & Asian American Awareness Club – 12/10

A5’s Bubble Tea Night: 12/10

2018 Ukraine-Moldova EL Travel Seminar Information Session: 10/17

2018 Ukraine-Moldova EL Travel Seminar Information Session: 10/17

Germany and Poland (Reduced Cost) Spring Break EL Seminar Information Session: 10/17

Germany and Poland (Reduced Cost) Spring Break EL Seminar Information Session: 10/17

News from IS Professors Mattiace and Wesoky

Professor of Political Science Shannan Mattiace attended a research workshop on September 21 and 22 sponsored by the Kellogg Center for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Latin American Research Review (LARR) on Societal Responses to Criminal Violence in Latin America with co-authors Guillermo Trejo and Sandra Ley.

Professor of Political Science Sharon Wesoky recently published a book, co-edited with Kingfai Tam of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, titled “Not Just a Laughing Matter: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Political Humor in China (Springer Humanities).” The book, a product of a multi-year collaboration, grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and international conference in Hong Kong, collects the work of 12 international scholars to examine the role of multiple genres of political humor in China from the late Imperial period to the present day. Wesoky also recently was invited to contribute a piece to the inaugural “Women and Gender in China” blog. Her article, “(Dis)continuities in Chinese feminisms: navigating local and global” can be found at https://www.wagic.org/blank-2/2017/08/29/Discontinuities-in-Chinese-Feminisms-Navigating-Local-and-Global.

EL Travel Seminar to Nicaragua Information Session: 10/4

EL Travel Seminar to Nicaragua Information Session: 10/4

IS Students: Employers want to meet YOU at the Western PACS Job Fair!

Employers want to meet YOU at the WestPACS Job and Internship FairWednesday, October 11, 10 am – 3 pm at the Monroeville Convention Center.

It’s the largest job fair in the region with 150 employers expected!

Pre-register today for FREE at www.westpacs.org.

Career Education provides transportation for $10. Sign-up by 4 pm on Friday, October 6, 2017, in The Gateway.

Employers interested in Liberal Arts students include:

Bobby Rahal Automotive Group

CF Real Estate Services

Chesterfield County Police Department

ChildCare Careers

Combined Insurance Company of America

Compunetix, Inc.


First National Bank

Lash Group

Montgomery County Police

Prudential Advisors

Reliance First Capital

South University

UniFirst Corporation

United States Marine Corps



Humanity in Action Fellowship – Apply now for Summer 2018

If you are interested in human rights work, international affairs and/or community organizing, this would be a fantastic experience for you.  Apply soon…it is very competitive.
John Rooney, a 2014 AC grad, was awarded a fellowship in 2015.  Click here to read about his experience. 

Feel free to ask Professor Brian Harward or Patrick Jackson for advice on applying or for more information.

Global Citizens Scholars “Engage” diverse communities, cultures

The Global Citizens Scholars program was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Engaged, published by the Allegheny Office of Civic Engagement.  The program integrates study in civic engagement, global learning, and U.S. diversity with the aim of developing a globally mindful & committed citizenry sensitive to community & cultural contexts.  (Below is a link to the full issue — the GCS article begins on page two.)

Engaged Magazine Fall 2017

Nicaragua Experiential Learning Program – Info session 10/4/17



View the official flyer for an overview of the program, which includes a 14-day working immersion experience in Nicaragua, and details on the upcoming information sessions.

Allegheny Professor Shares His Fulbright Experience

Eric Pallant photographed his share of sheep, rustic stonewalls, and vintage waterwheels during the spring 2017 semester which he spent in the United Kingdom as part of the Fulbright educational exchange program. Pallant, the Christine Scott Nelson Professor of Environmental Sustainability and chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Allegheny College, also taught students about food, sustainability and green campus initiatives at Lancaster University. And he presented his lecture, “6000 Years of Bread,” at Gresham College in London.

This was Pallant’s second Fulbright experience. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright to teach and conduct research at Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.


The professor and some bison-type creature.

Having returned to campus in July from his latest Fulbright foray, the bread-baking professor shared a few observations about his semester overseas:

Is there any difference between Lancaster University students and those at Allegheny, and what might that difference be?

Because classes in the U.K. limit the amount of work that a professor can assign to a single homework per term students in the U.K. are much less swamped by weekly assignments. They have more time to read and some of them actually do the reading. While they may be very good readers, they are not nearly as practiced as Allegheny students are at applying what they learn to the kinds of real problems they will face after graduation.

What is something revolutionary you learned about making bread?

I used to think that great bread required only four ingredients: flour, water, salt, and leavening. The most important ingredient, however, is time. Giving dough a long time and being patient while it rises allows for complex flavors to develop that cannot be reproduced in bread that is rushed. Compare a homemade loaf to anything from the store, and you’ll understand what I mean. Slow rises are just as important for yeasted loaves as for sourdoughs, but sourdoughs, because they rely upon wild, rather than high-powered, commercial yeasts are inherently slower. In many ways the discovery of time as a fifth ingredient is a metaphor. Baking bread, especially slow bread made from sourdough is the antithesis and in my opinion the antidote to the high-speed, busy days most of us refer to as work and life.

Images of sourdough through a scanning electron microscope.

You had your sourdough starters analyzed — what did you learn about them from the National Collection for Yeast Cultures?

Check out the photo that the NCYC’s scanning electron microscope took of my sourdough starters. When they ran DNA analysis on my different starters, we were a little surprised to discover that they were all dominated by the same species of yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the same species, by the way, used to make beer. NCYC did not have the resources to analyze the DNA of the bacteria so different species of bacteria might be living in my starters depending upon their origins.

What are the three most significant takeaways from your second Fulbright experience?

• Having time away from one’s ordinary life and job is a gift everyone should have.
• After attending an International conference in Manchester, England last spring I reached the conclusion that Allegheny should be preparing students to assist in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. I’ll be pushing that idea this upcoming year.
• After two terms at the University of Lancaster I am more convinced than ever that Allegheny’s liberal arts education is unsurpassed.

Pallant with Allegheny students who were studying in Lancaster, UK.

Did you host a European reunion of Allegheny alumni bread bakers?

Not exactly. But we did have a couple of wonderful meet-ups with the four Allegheny students studying at Lancaster this past spring. Check out the photo. The five of us are already scheming a get together for homemade Sticky-Toffee-Pudding, our favorite British dessert.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research