Fiber Artist Louise Silk To Present “The Quilt Maker’s Voice”

Jan. 27, 2015 – Fiber artist Louise Silk will present a lunchtime slide talk titled “The Sound of a Needle: The Quilt Maker’s Voice” at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in Room 101 of Carnegie Hall on the Allegheny College campus. The presentation is open to the public, and participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

From traditional quilt patterns such as the Log Cabin with its story of hearth and home to elevating the spirit through innovative quilts such as those created by African-American women in the rural community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Silk will demonstrate the varied ability of quilts to voice stories, share views, engage social change and memorialize loved ones.

Over the past 30 years, Silk’s work has been included in the National Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts as well as many private corporate collections. In addition to commissions and exhibitions, she lectures and teaches.

Allegheny College To Present International Film Festival

Jan. 27, 2015 — The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Allegheny College will host its annual international film festival on Thursdays from February 5 through March 5. All films begin at 7 p.m. at The Movies, 11155 Highline Drive in Meadville. General admission is $7.

The schedule includes:

February 5: “Three” (Germany, 2010), directed by Tom Tykwer. No rating. In German with subtitles.

February 12: “The German Doctor” (Argentina, 2014), directed by Lucía Puenzo. Rated PG-13. In Spanish with subtitles.

February 19: “Omar” (Palestine, 2013), directed by Hany Abu-Assad. No rating. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles.

February 26: “The French Minister” (France, 2013), directed by Bertrand Tavernier. No rating. In French with subtitles.

March 5: “A Touch of Sin” (China, 2013), directed by Jia Zhang-ke. No rating. In Mandarin with subtitles. (more…)

Allegheny Scholarship for Women Seeks Applicants for 2015-16

Jan. 23, 2015 — The Allegheny College Association, in conjunction with Allegheny College, offers a limited number of scholarships for part-time enrollment at the college. The Nancy Sheridan ACA Scholarship provides an opportunity for women who have been out of the classroom for a number of years to continue their education.

Applications for the 2015-16 Scholarship are available at acascholar.allegheny.edu. The deadline for submission is March 11. An information session will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m. in Allegheny’s Schultz Hall, East Alcove.

The scholarship is available to women at least 25 years of age who are residents of Crawford County and who have completed high school or the equivalent but have less than two years of college. The fully paid scholarship covers a maximum of 12 credits of part-time enrollment for one year (two 14-week semesters), an allowance to cover course-related expenses, and a faculty advisor to help with course selection and provide support and guidance. Scholarship recipients have access to the same privileges as other students, including access to the library, athletic facilities, computing and parking. (more…)

Community Members Invited To Join Allegheny College Chorus

Jan. 21, 2015 – The Allegheny College Chorus welcomes new singers each concert season and will do so again on Monday, Jan. 26, as preparations begin for an April 11 concert.

The Chorus invites singers from Meadville and surrounding communities to participate along with Allegheny faculty, staff and students. The mixed choir of male and female voices sings accompanied and a cappella works spanning five centuries of choral music from around the world.

Rehearsals take place in the Allegheny Choir Room in the Campus Center’s Arnold Hall on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Singers interested in joining the Chorus should contact the director, James Niblock, prior to the first rehearsal at jniblock@allegheny.edu, or by phone at 332-3305.


Allegheny College Enhances Student Support Through New Academic Commons

Jan. 21, 2015 – Allegheny College celebrates the opening of the Academic Commons – a central location for study and collaboration in which students can access the resources they need to thrive at Allegheny and in their lives after college.

Housed in Allegheny’s Pelletier Library, the traditional hub of academic support, the Academic Commons includes library research support, a variety of spaces for student study and collaboration, the Maytum Learning Commons, and the new Allegheny Gateway.

The public is invited to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 in Pelletier Library, 555 N. Main St. (between Sherman and East College streets).

“Housing these services together creates a single point of contact for students seeking resources for coursework, research, academic concerns, career planning, community engagement, international study, and more,” says Terry Bensel, associate provost and director of the Allegheny Gateway. “Each service housed within the Academic Commons has at the core of its mission some facet of student success, and these services are woven together to create a fabric of support.”

Within the Academic Commons is the Allegheny Gateway, which provides opportunities for students to study, live, and work abroad; encounter diverse people and viewpoints; get involved in defining and addressing real-world problems and challenges; engage in collaborative projects with other students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners; and articulate how their Allegheny experiences have prepared them for careers and graduate/professional studies after they leave college. (more…)

Meadville Volunteer Income Tax Assistance To Begin Soon

Jan. 20, 2015 — The Meadville Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) will begin preparing free 2014 federal, state and local tax returns for residents on February 2. VITA is a free tax preparation service available for Meadville or Crawford County residents who made $50,000 or less in 2014.

The VITA site is located at the Meadville Public Library (848 N. Main) from February 2 to March 12 and March 23 to April 11. The site will be open for appointments or walk-ins on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Meadville VITA at vita@allegheny.edu or 814-332-6015.

The Meadville VITA program is a partnership between Allegheny College, the United Way of Western Crawford County, the Meadville Public Library and the IRS and is supported by the Crawford Heritage Foundation. In 2014 Meadville VITA prepared and filed federal and state tax returns for about 780 Meadville-area families. (more…)


Pianist David Brunell To Present Free Concert at Allegheny College

Jan. 19, 2015 – Pianist David Brunell will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College.

The program will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903; Beethoven’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”); the Brahms Fantasias, Op. 116; and Chopin’s Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49.

David Brunell has performed on four continents, and his performances have been broadcast on radio and television stations throughout the world. New York City’s WQXR has featured him, and he has made several recordings for Enharmonic Records in concerto, solo and collaborative performances.

He has received first prizes in the MTNA National Solo Piano Competition and the international Beethoven Sonata competition sponsored by the Beethoven Club of Memphis. He also received the prize for the best performance of the required work in the New Orleans International Competition. (more…)


Allegheny Professor and Photojournalist Takes her Skills to Liberia

Cheryl Hatch, Allegheny visiting assistant professor of journalism in the public interest, won’t be in class for the first week of the spring semester.

CORRECTION: She won’t physically be in class – but she plans to be there via Skype.

That’s because Hatch has taken her photojournalism skills to cover stories in Liberia, thanks, in part, to funding she and writer Brian Castner received from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

According to its website, the Pulitzer Center “is an innovative award-winning nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake.”  (more…)


World Leader in Struggle for Human Rights Allan Boesak To Speak at Allegheny College

Jan. 12, 2015 – The Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, a world leader in the struggle for human rights who helped lead anti-apartheid efforts in South Africa, will speak at Allegheny College when the college community celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The public is invited to Boesak’s presentation at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 in the college’s Ford Chapel.

His talk is also part of the college’s Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and serves as the academic centerpiece of the college’s bicentennial celebration.

The program to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day will also include a day of service on Jan. 17; an interdenominational worship service at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18 in Ford Chapel; and workshops by students, faculty and staff throughout the day on Jan. 19.

Allan Aubrey Boesak, with Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, was one of the leaders of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. A liberation theologian, he has devoted his life to working for human rights, including issues of social, economic, sexual, ecological and gender justice.

Boesak holds the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice and Reconciliation Studies and is founding director of the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation and Global Justice at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. (more…)

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Allegheny College Art Galleries To Present “Performing Blackness :: Performing Whiteness”

Jan. 12, 2015 – The art galleries of Allegheny College will present “Performing Blackness :: Performing Whiteness” from Tuesday, Jan. 20 through Tuesday, March 3. The artists will talk about their work at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, with a reception following in the galleries from 8 to 9 p.m. A second reception, from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 3 in the galleries, will close the exhibit. Both the exhibit and the receptions are free and open to the public.

Curated by Gallery Director Darren Lee Miller, the exhibition examines constructions of racial identity. The artworks interrogate oversimplifying binaries and destabilize the often unexamined position of “whiteness.” The artists deploy visual texts in the service of asking uncomfortable questions, reflecting upon identity and asking the viewer to consider his/her own role in building, enabling or perpetuating stereotypes.

VG-SoManyDeadBlackBodies-2014Invited artists are Sandra Brewster, Steve Cole, Andrea Chung, Brendan Fernandes, Vanessa German, Kenyatta Hinkle, Ayanah Moor, James Seward and Alisha Wormsley.

The idea for the exhibition came from the National Public Radio series “Code Switch,” launched in April 2013 to explore “frontiers of race, culture and ethnicity.” Some of the earliest stories focused on code switching, the practice of literally changing the grammar, syntax and style of delivery of one’s speech in order to more appropriately match the expectations of a situation or peer group. The practice raises questions about authenticity, (self)acceptance, assimilation and cultural legacies, pointing to the performative, fluid nature of identity construction. (more…)