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JaDE Concert to Benefit Crawford County Special Olympics

The Allegheny College Jazz Dance Ensemble (JaDE) will present its annual benefit concert for the Crawford County Special Olympics at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny campus.

The family-friendly show will include performances by JaDE, The Patterson School of Ballet, Erie Dance Theater, Groundbreakers, Little Dance School, Spotlight Studio and Lake Erie Ballet.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are welcome. All donations — as well as proceeds from raffles for prize baskets — will go to the Crawford County Special Olympics.

Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Construct Sand Mandala Painting


Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala sand painting at the art galleries of Allegheny College as part of the college’s Year of Mindfulness. The lamas will construct the mandala from Wednesday, March 1, through Friday, March 3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, and on Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The public is invited to observe the lamas while they create the mandala; admission to the exhibition is free.

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala, a symbolic representation of the universe.

Mandalas can be created in various media, but the most spectacular and enduringly popular are those made from colored sand. To date the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. (more…)

Allegheny College to Present International Film Festival

The 2017 International Film Festival, sponsored by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages at Allegheny College, kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at The Movies @ Meadville with “After Spring,” a feature-length documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. (more…)

Studio art major develops book cover illustration

Studio art major Elizabeth Person ’17 was recently invited to develop a book cover illustration that was published by Elysium Press in November 2016. Elizabeth’s book cover provides an illustration for Dragon’s Discovery, a young adult fantasy novel that is the second installment of Edward Branley’s Blood Bound series. Dragon’s Discovery revolves around three teens from New Orleans who order a novelty dragon’s egg online. When the egg hatches an actual dragon, the teens find themselves faced with the task of raising the fantastical creature on top of their lives as high school students. Both Dragon’s Discovery and its predecessor, Dragon’s Danger, are available for purchase through

Pinnow co-authors blog post on Russia policy

Professor of History Ken Pinnow co-authored a blog post about the Obama administration’s Russia policy for the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. Read the post here:

Pelletier’s Ernst serves on panel

Linda Ernst, interlibrary loan manager at Pelletier Library, attended the
E-ZBorrow Practioner’s Meeting at Dickinson College. Linda served
as a panel member on the topic “From Blue Slip to Ship: What’s the Secret to Great Turnaround Time?” This was the 1st panel discussion sponsored by the E-ZBorrow Advisory Council. Others serving on the panel included E-ZBorrow practioners from Chatham University, Drexel University and Pennsylvania State University. Ernst was selected to participate as a panel member because Pelletier’s E-ZBorrow program has an excellent lending turnaround time.

‘Veterans in the Writing Classroom’ published

Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Alexis Hart‘s co-authored article “Veterans in the Writing Classroom: Three Programmatic Approaches to Facilitate the Transition from the Military to Higher Education” appeared in the December 2016 issue of College Composition and Communication. A podcast interview with Hart, her co-author, and the CCC editor can be heard here:

Senior project research leads to published paper

Mark Kirk ’11, Scott Wissinger, Brandon Goeller ’10, and Leslie Rieck ’09 of the Biology and Environmental Science Departments recently published an article titled “Covarying Impacts of Land Use and Non-native Brown Trout on Fish Communities in Small Streams” in the journal Freshwater Biology. The paper is based on research conducted through senior projects funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Federation. Kirk (lead author) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in fisheries at the University of Wyoming, Goeller is pursuing a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology at the University of Canterbury, NZ, and Rieck is completing her Ph.D. in fisheries at Ohio State University.

Routledge Press publishes Palmer essay

Professor of Philosophy Eric Palmer’s essay “Less Radical Enlightenment: A Christian Wing of the French Enlightenment” was published this past January by Routledge Press in Reassessing the Radical Enlightenment (Steffen Ducheyne, editor). The volume concerns the influence of the radical ideas of Benedict Spinoza upon European thought and the work of historian Jonathan Israel concerning such “radical enlightenment.” Palmer’s contribution traces a group of scientific writers and intellectual journalists of the early Eighteenth century whose contribution to the conversation is now obscure because it was effaced later in the century by the victors of Enlightenment culture – Voltaire, Diderot and Hume in particular.
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Mattiace’s essays, guide published

Professor of Political Science and International Studies Shannan Mattiace is the continuing editor of the Mexican Politics section of the Library of Congress’s Handbook of Latin American Studies. Volume 71 has just been published, which includes her select and annotated guide to recent publications in Mexican politics and accompanying essay on trends in the field.