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Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for New Bicentennial Plaza Will Be Highlight of Allegheny College Homecoming

Oct. 14, 2014 — Allegheny College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Bicentennial Plaza at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, during the college’s Homecoming Weekend.

“Just as Allegheny was founded by Timothy Alden and Meadville citizens, we’ll continue our Bicentennial celebration on October 17 with an emphasis on community,” said Allegheny president James H. Mullen Jr. “We’re delighted that local leaders and other community friends can join us for this special celebration of 200 years of academic excellence.”

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will feature music by the college’s Choir and Jazz Band.

The Bicentennial Plaza provides a space in front of Schultz Banquet Hall that can be used for any number of activities, including talks, plays, concerts and other special events, including Commencement.

When the Class of 2015 becomes the first class to graduate from the Bicentennial Plaza, they will process through Bentley Hall and then along the college’s new Historic Walkway, which is lined with 43 cast-bronze plaques that celebrate milestones in Allegheny’s history. (more…)

Expert on Voting Rights Gilda Daniels To Speak at Allegheny College

danielsOct. 9, 2014 — Gilda Daniels, who served as deputy chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section under the Clinton and Bush administrations, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Her talk is part of the college’s Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation, which celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the Voting Rights Act and explores the state of voting rights, broadly defined, in the world today. The Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation is the academic centerpiece of the college’s bicentennial celebration.

An associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Daniels teaches critical legal theory, election law and civil procedure. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of race, law and democracy.

Daniels has specialized in voting rights and election law for 20 years. She has litigated voting rights cases under the Voting Rights Act, including those involving single and multimember districts, minority language requirements and compliance with other voting rights statutes, such as the National Voter Registration Act (the Motor Voter Act). (more…)

Lehman Medical Ethics Lecturer To Discuss “Do Good Facts Make Good Ethics?”

Dr_Aviva_KatzOct. 5, 2014 – Aviva L. Katz, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of the ethics consultation service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, will present the 10th Annual Lehman Medical Ethics Lecture
 at Allegheny College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 in Quigley Hall auditorium. The lecture — titled “Do Good Facts Make Good Ethics?” – is free and open to the public.

Katz will discuss the journey that medicine has made in the clinical care of the fetus and neonate with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. She will include brief discussions of the natural history of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, the nature of antenatal counseling and the increasing opportunity to see and diagnose the fetus, the rise of evidence-based medicine and the availability of evidence both in the literature and internally on the ability to provide prognosis based on antenatal imaging. (more…)

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GE Capital Executive Kyle O’Connor To Serve as Executive in Residence at Allegheny College

Oct. 5, 2014 – Kyle O’Connor will serve as the 2014 Managerial Economics Executive in Residence at Allegheny College October 8-9.

The Executive in Residence program, which was established in 2001, connects Allegheny College students and faculty, as well as Meadville community leaders, with prominent business executives who can speak about their life experiences in business, paths to success and lessons learned.

O’Connor graduated from Allegheny College in 2003 with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics. He also holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

O’Connor currently leads GE Capital’s North American commercial excellence and sales force effectiveness efforts. An executive graduate of GE’s Corporate Leadership Staff, he has spent most of his career in the commercial real estate sector with both GE Capital and, previously, PNC Bank. O’Connor has worked in Canada, the Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom.

While at Allegheny College, O’Connor will meet with students and faculty individually, teach in a variety of classes and be the guest of honor at several networking events.

Talk at Allegheny College Will Focus on “Understanding ISIS”

Sept. 24, 2014 – Two faculty members at Allegheny College will present a talk on “Understanding ISIS” at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Tillotson Room in the college’s Tippie Alumni Center. The talk is open to the public.

Professor Younus Mirza, a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will talk about how the religious rhetoric of ISIS’s leaders connects to its political project.

Professor Shanna Kirschner, who teaches in the Department of Political Science, will discuss the reasons for ISIS’s success thus far and the strategic implications of the group’s rise.

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Allegheny Faculty and Students Partner with Conneaut Lake Community on “Our Town” Community Arts Project

Sept. 24, 2014 – Conneaut Lake Middle School will host an arts engagement event in collaboration with their Title I Reading program, Allegheny College and the Conneaut Lake Borough to gather community stories and share Conneaut Lake’s history.

“Celebrating Our Town’s Story through Art, History, Nature and Culture,” on Wednesday, October 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the middle school, serves as the launch event for Conneaut Lake Borough’s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant, which will result in a public art trail connecting the downtown business district to Ice House Park and Fireman’s Beach.

The event will feature presentations by Conneaut Lake Middle School students relating to Native American culture and local history, food prepared by Conneaut Area Senior High culinary arts students and several opportunities for residents to share stories of their life in Conneaut Lake.

Guest speaker David V. Hunt, founder of the Community Building Storytelling Project and nationally known community organizer, will facilitate two interactive storytelling and listening workshops. In these 90-minute workshops, participants will have an opportunity to share 3-to-5-minute stories about how the Conneaut Lake community has shaped their life’s journey, what they value most about Conneaut Lake and their hopes for their town’s future. (more…)

Allegheny Graduate Returns to Campus to Give Talk on “How To Be a Feminist in the Workplace”

Patti_ProvanceSept. 23, 2014 – Patti Provance, a 1993 graduate of Allegheny College, will return to campus for an informal talk on “How To Be a Feminist in the Work Force.” The public is invited to the talk and a reception for Provance at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29 in Schultz East Alcove on the Allegheny campus.

Provance is deputy director of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), which promotes and supports the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.

As a student at Allegheny, she designed a major in marginal perspectives and social change. While visiting campus on Sept. 29 she will be meeting with students both in class and informally to discuss the careers they can build with their majors. (more…)

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Antaeus Dance To Perform Free Concert, Conduct Master Class at Allegheny College

Sept. 19, 2014 — Antaeus Dance, a Cleveland-based company founded by Allegheny College alumna Joan Meggitt, will present its annual fall concert in the Montgomery Performance Space at Allegheny College on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.

The company will also offer a free master class at 3 p.m. on Sept. 27. Both the concert and the master class are free and open to the public. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the college’s Dance and Movement Studies program at 814-332-2813.

Antaeus Dance will perform two danceworks that explore life and death through dynamic movement and evocative imagery. Director Joan Meggitt will present “Events Leading Up to My Death.” Four dancers – Jessica Hodges, Heather Koniz, Shannon Sefcik and Rhian Virostko – move through a series of vignettes, beginning with the last and moving inexorably back in time toward the first.

Heather Koniz’s “Let My Hero In” depicts both the inner struggle and the outward consequences of addiction. Hodges, Sefcik and Virostko perform in this powerful piece, which highlights the prevalence of addiction in today’s society and provides social commentary.

Antaeus Dance commissioned new music for both pieces from Cleveland composer Greg D’Alessio. A frequent collaborator with Antaeus Dance, D’Alessio crafts rich compositions that match the intensity of the company’s performances.

The company balances these dances with two premieres created for students who participated in the 2014 Allegheny Summer Dance Intensive and two audience favorites from the repertory. (more…)

Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College Begins Season

Sept. 18, 2014 – The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will begin its 2014-15 season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, with authors Joanna Luloff and Leslie Anne Mcilroy reading from their work. The presentation in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

Joanna_Luloff-1-150x150Joanna Luloff received her M.F.A. from Emerson College and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Before graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka. Her short story collection “The Beach at Galle Road,” published by Algonquin Books in 2012, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She is an assistant professor of English at University of Colorado, Denver.

leslie-ann-mcilroy-150x150Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for “Gravel” and the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for “Rare Space.” Her new book, “Slag,” is forthcoming from Main Street Rag in 2015. Mcilroy is managing editor of HEArt — Human Equity through Art — and lives in Pittsburgh.

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Professor of English Christopher Bakken at cbakken@allegheny.edu.

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Combat Paper Workshop Is Centerpiece of Conference and Art Exhibit at Allegheny College

Sept. 17, 2014 – A Combat Paper workshop, in which veterans and other workshop participants reclaim their uniforms to collaboratively create works of art, will be the centerpiece of a conference and art exhibit, “Word Made Flesh,” at Allegheny College Sept. 29 through Oct. 4.

Artist Nathan Lewis will lead workshop participants in the weeklong papermaking and bookmaking workshop in which uniforms and other cotton clothing of personal significance such as work uniforms are cut up, beaten into pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Participants will then create artwork and/or write stories on the paper as a healing process to deal with traumatic events in their lives. The resulting pieces will be exhibited in the Allegheny College art galleries in conjunction with artworks made by national and international artists on sheets of combat paper.

The workshop, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 in the Doane Hall of Art, will also include a photo booth where military service members and/or their stand-ins can have their photos taken for display in the gallery show.

The interdisciplinary conference with Combat Paper will bring together visiting scholars, students, faculty and members of the Meadville community to explore the aftermath of war and other traumatic events through critical and creative presentations. (more…)