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…)

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Armenta Hinton Joins Allegheny College as Associate Dean, Director of Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success

Sept. 17, 2014 – Armenta Hinton joined Allegheny College in September as associate dean and director of the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success (CIASS).

CIASS works collaboratively with the campus community and external constituencies to develop strategic initiatives that enrich the academic, social, cultural and personal development of Allegheny students while creating opportunities to promote intercultural competence through discussion, dialogue and self-reflection.

Before coming to Allegheny, Hinton was associate director of the Center for Diversity and Social Justice and International Student Services at Susquehanna University, as well as a lecturer and field instructor in the Marywood University MSW Program at Susquehanna University.

Hinton has a broad range of experience that includes 15 years working overseas. While abroad, Hinton was an active administrator, teacher and performer. In addition she served on numerous arts boards including five years with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and six years with the Birmingham Opera Company. (more…)

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Jeff Smith – Subject of the Documentary “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” – To Speak at Allegheny College

Sept. 15, 2014 — Former Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Assistant professor of politics and advocacy at the New School for Public Engagement, Smith teaches and researches political campaigns, urban political economy, policy advocacy and the legislative process.

His presentation 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.

Smith served in the Missouri Senate from 2006 to 2009, representing inner-city St. Louis, where he co-founded a group of charter schools, the Confluence Academies, that focus on math and science education. His youth-powered grass-roots congressional campaign was chronicled in a documentary — “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” – that was short-listed for an Academy Award. A free screening of the documentary will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 in Quigley Hall auditorium. (more…)

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Expert on Election Reform Tova Wang To Give Constitution Day Lecture at Allegheny College

Sept. 10, 2014 — Allegheny College will observe Constitution Day with a lecture by Tova Wang, an expert on election reform and political participation in the United States and internationally. Wang will speak on the topic “The Right To Vote and the Politics of Voter Suppression” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the college’s Ford Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Constitution Day is held on Sept. 17 each year to celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Wang’s presentation is also 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.

Wang’s work focuses primarily on voting rights and increasing political engagement, especially among immigrants, communities of color, ethnic minorities and the poor.

She is Senior Democracy Fellow at Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where everyone has an equal say in American democracy and an equal chance in the American economy, and a Fellow at the Century Foundation, a progressive nonpartisan think tank. She also serves as a consultant to organizations working to improve democracy around the world, such as the National Democratic Institute and the Carter Center. (more…)

U.S. News Identifies Allegheny as One of Eight National Liberal Arts Colleges on the Move

Sept. 9, 2014 – Allegheny College is one of only eight schools in its category recognized by U.S. News and World Report as an “Up-and-Comer” in its rankings, released today. Allegheny tied with Colorado College for the No. 2 slot. Allegheny made the “Up-and-Comer” list for the third consecutive year.

“Up-and-Comers” are identified by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans at their peer schools as having recently made, according to U.S. News, “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.”

U.S. News and World Report also once again names Allegheny College among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation and lists it as an “A+ School for B Students,” a school where good students can expect to succeed even if they enter college without stellar test scores.

The U.S. News rankings are the latest in a number of accolades for the college. (more…)