Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar David P. Forsythe To Lecture on International Human Rights

March 31, 2014 – David P. Forsythe will give a lecture titled “International Human Rights: 1945-2013” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. Forsythe will spend two days at the college through the Visiting Scholar Program of Phi Beta Kappa.

Forsythe will be visiting classes and meeting with Allegheny students and faculty in addition to his lecture, which is open to the public. His visit to Allegheny is also part of the college’s Year of Civil Rights.

Forsythe is University Professor and Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at the University of Nebraska. His work focuses on international human rights, international law and organization, American foreign policy and international relations. (more…)

Creek Connections to Showcase Waterway Research by Pittsburgh Area Students

IMG_1536March 28, 2014 – Creek Connections will host its 12th annual Pittsburgh area student research symposium on Friday, April 4 at YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, just west of Zelienople. Community members are invited to view students’ project displays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the camp.

Creek Connections is an outreach program of Allegheny College that brings hands-on, inquiry-based education about watersheds to students ranging in age from elementary to high school.

Throughout the school year, participating students retrieve water samples and conduct research on various waterways, monitoring the conditions that affect the creeks’ water quality. At the research symposium, they come together to share interactive research displays and hands-on workshops with their classmates, teachers and the community. (more…)

Single Voice Reading Series To Present Mark Statman and Joy Katz

March 27, 2014 — The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will present Mark Statman and Joy Katz at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. All events in the Single Voice Reading Series are free and open to the public.

statman newMark Statman is the author of two books of poetry, “A Map of the Winds” and “Tourist at a Miracle,” and two books of translations: “Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa” and, with Pablo Medina, Federico García Lorca’s “Poet in New York.” Statman is an associate professor of literary studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. His work has been nominated for numerous prizes, including the Pushcart Prize and the National Translation Award.

Photo(c)2011 by Star Black8Joy Katz is the author of three books of poetry: “Fabulae,” winner of the Crab Orchard award; “The Garden Room,” winner of Tupelo Press’s Snowbound Series prize; and “All You Do Is Perceive,” a Stalecher Selection at Four Way Books. She is also co-editor, with Kevin Prufer, of the acclaimed anthology “Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems.” Honors for her work include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and Stanford’s Wallace Stegner program. She is currently at work on “Frayed,” a book about race and voice, for which she received a 2013 Pittsburgh Foundation individual artist grant. She teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University.

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Associate Professor of English Christopher Bakken at


The Rev. Dr. Traci West To Address “Racism, Christianity, and Our Moral Values That Support Sex-Trafficking” in Year of Civil Rights Event

March 27, 2014 – The Rev. Dr. Traci C. West, professor of ethics and African American studies at Drew University Theological School, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. Her lecture, titled “Racism, Christianity, and Our Moral Values That Support Sex-Trafficking,” is part of the Year of Civil Rights at the college.

During her visit, West is also meeting with students and faculty in classes and at other campus events. Her teaching, research and activism focus on constructive liberative Christian social ethics in churches and society related to issues of race, gender and sexuality.

She is the author of “Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter” and “Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics” and editor of “Our Family Values: Religion and Same-sex Marriage.” She is currently working on antiracist, narrative ethics, research that includes interviews she conducted in Ghana, Brazil and South Africa with activist leaders working to end gender-based violence. (more…)

Cast and Director/Producer To Join Screening of “There Are No Goodbyes”

March 26, 2014 — John C. Lyons, director and producer of the independent film “There Are No Goodbyes,” will attend a free screening of the film at Allegheny College on Thursday, April 3. Several members of the cast will also attend the screening, at 6 p.m. in Room 111 of the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts. A Q&A will be held following the movie.

“There Are No Goodbyes,” a story about choices and finding purpose in one’s life in the context of the current sociopolitical climate of blue-collar America, is the second feature-length film from Lyons Den Productions LLC.

Filming took place in Erie and Pittsburgh, as well as in Poland, Czech Republic and Ireland.

More information about the film, including trailers, can be found at

The screening is sponsored by the Allegheny Film Union, which promotes independent filmmaking among students at Allegheny College.


Allegheny College Junior Grant Richman Receives Critical Language Scholarship from U.S. Department of State

March 24, 2014 — Grant Richman, a junior at Allegheny College, has been selected for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The highly competitive scholarship will allow Richman to study Arabic in the Middle East this summer.

Richman, from Chatsworth, Calif., is a double major in political science and environmental science with a minor in Middle Eastern studies.

In addition to being a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society, he is vice president of Inter-Fraternity Council, a senator in Allegheny Student Government and an admissions tour guide.

Richman has also participated in an Experiential Learning tour to Israel, one of a number of international study opportunities offered at Allegheny College.

The CLS Program, part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages.


Allegheny College To Offer Free Screening of Critically Acclaimed Documentary “If You Build It”

March 24, 2014 – The critically acclaimed documentary “If You Build It” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31 at Quigley Hall Auditorium at Allegheny College. The public is invited to this free screening.

A captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education, “If You Build It” follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest county in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives.

Living on credit and grant money and fighting a school board resistant to change, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long full-scale design-and-build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows 10 teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. (more…)

Panel Discussion To Explore “Rebels Against Regime: Iraq and Syria”

Graphic_RebelsMarch 20, 2014 – Allegheny College will present a panel discussion, “Rebels Against Regime: Iraq and Syria,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts. Both the panel discussion and a reception following the discussion are free and open to the public.

The panel will include journalists Ben Lando and Andrew Stanbridge. Stanbridge is teaching a short course at Allegheny, “Rebels Against Regime in Syria: Through the Eyes of a Photojournalist,” that is a study of the current war in Syria that places the conflict in its historical and geographical contexts. (more…)

Conference at Allegheny College Will Feature Keynote Presentations by Five Nationally Known Scholars and Activists

Democracy_Realized_Poster_CroppedMarch 19, 2014 — Allegheny College will host an undergraduate conference, “Democracy Realized? The Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement,” on March 28-29. Keynote presentations by five nationally recognized scholars and activists, including civil rights icon the Rev. James Lawson, are free and open to the public.

Keynote speakers will reflect upon the rights of the disabled, of LGBTI, of women and of Native Americans and African Americans, in the light of landmark Acts, current events and recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. (more…)

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Executive Roundtable To Bring Together Experts To Discuss the Future of Good Jobs in Western Pennsylvania

March 19, 2014 – The Annual Executive Roundtable hosted by the Managerial Economics Program at Allegheny College will bring together experts to speak on “The State of Work: The Future of Good Jobs in Western Pennsylvania.” The roundtable, which is free and open to the public, will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, in the college’s Ford Chapel.

In the midst of a national “wageless recovery,” the 2014 Executive Roundtable will feature distinguished representatives from business, labor and public policy to examine the best ways to develop good jobs in Western Pennsylvania.

The roundtable will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Economics Russ Ormiston, who also serves as co-director of the Managerial Economics Program at Allegheny College.

Panelists will include Bill Adams, senior counsel, labor and employment, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; Steve Herzenberg, economist, executive director of the Keystone Research Center, Harrisburg; Silas Russell, government affairs and legislative director at SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh; and Joy Sherry, director of human resources, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Meadville. Adams, Russell and Sherry are graduates of Allegheny College. (more…)