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Panel Discussion at Allegheny College To Focus on Oppressed Minority Groups and Electoral Politics

Nov. 13, 2014 – A panel of experts will bring an international perspective to the issue of oppressed minority groups and electoral politics at noon on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. The event, “Religious Minorities, Voting Rights and Democratic Participation in South Asia,” is part of the college’s Year of Voting Rights and Democratic Participation.

The discussion will focus on how the recent general election in India, the world’s largest democracy, and recent agitations in South Asia have affected religious minorities.

Panelists include Philip Oldenburg, who has taught political science at Columbia University since 1977 and has served as director of Columbia’s South Asia Institute. His published scholarly work focuses mainly on Indian politics, particularly local government and elections. His current research and writing project has the working title of “The Indian Politician.”

Joining Oldenburg on the panel will be Neil DeVotta, an associate professor in politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University. His research interests include South Asian security and politics, ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic conflict resolution, and democratic transition and consolidation. His current work focuses on democratic regression and authoritarianism.

Sadia Saeed, a visiting lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Boston University, will also join the panel. She is a political sociologist with research and teaching interests in religion, law, nationalism and minority relations. Saeed is currently working on a book manuscript on how issues pertaining to religious difference have been debated and institutionalized in Pakistan. (more…)

Harrison Fletcher

Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College Continues with Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Nov. 13, 2014 – The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College continues its 2014-15 season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 with Harrison Candelaria Fletcher reading from his work. The presentation in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

Fletcher is the author of “Decanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life,” which won a Colorado Book Award, Independent Book Publisher Award Bronze Medal and International Book Award for Best New Nonfiction.

His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines and anthologies. He is the recipient of a New Letters Literary Award, High Desert Journal Obsidian Prize and Sonora Review Essay Award.

He teaches nonfiction and Latino literature in the Virginia Commonwealth University MFA Program.

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

Applications Being Accepted from Organizations Wanting To Host VISTA Members

Nov. 11, 2014 — The Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA project, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is accepting applications from organizations in Crawford and Erie Counties interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member beginning in July 2015. Approximately 30 grant awards are available.

Now in its 11th year serving northwest Pennsylvania, Lake Effect Leaders places VISTAs at 501(c)(3) organizations, schools and government offices with the goal of reducing poverty by helping nonprofits to build their capacity to effectively deliver their programs.

These competitive awards are granted based upon the quality of the project and its alignment with focus areas determined by CNCS. Focus areas include economic opportunity, education, access to food and health care, and assistance for veterans and military families. (more…)


CPP Partners with Andrew Goodman Foundation, Hosts Community Watch Party for Hidden Heroes Awards

Nov. 10, 2014 — The Center for Political Participation (CPP) at Allegheny College is partnering with the Andrew Goodman Foundation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964 at the 6th Annual Hidden Heroes Awards on Monday, Nov. 17 in New York City.

The CPP will host a community watch party in Room 301/302 at Allegheny College’s Campus Center starting at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17. Community members are invited to join students to watch live video of the awards ceremony, which will include appearances by John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Myrlie Evers, Andrew Young and others.

In addition to today’s Hidden Heroes, individuals who take personal responsibility for healing the world, the ceremony will honor Steve McQueen, director and producer of the Academy Award-winning movie “12 Years a Slave.”

The ceremony will also include a panel discussion on the future of freedom and democracy. (more…)


Daniel Kerschner, Alto Saxophone, and Kevin Simpson, Trumpet, To Give Recital

Nov. 10, 2014 – Allegheny College sophomores Daniel Kerschner, alto saxophone, and Kevin Simpson, trumpet, will present a recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 in the college’s Ford Chapel. The recital is free and open to the public.

Kerschner, who is majoring in geology and music at Allegheny, will play Jacques Ibert’s Aria; the Allegretto Brillante, by J. Demersseman/Voxman; and Movement I of Lawson Lunde’s Sonata.

Simpson, a biochemistry major with a minor in music performance, will play Joseph Turrin’s Psalm from Two Portraits; the Aria con Variazioni, by G.F. Handel, transcribed by R. Bernard Fitzgerald; and Alexander Goedicke’s Concert Etude.

Wendy Plyler will accompany them on piano.


Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier To Give Keynote Address in Year of Voting Rights at Allegheny College

Nov. 7, 2014 — Lani Guinier, a leading advocate for political reform and the first woman of color to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School, will speak at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Guinier’s talk is a keynote presentation in 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 civil 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.

The author of numerous articles on democratic theory, political representation, educational equity and issues of race and gender, Guinier was first introduced to the public in 1993, when President Clinton nominated her to be the first black woman to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

She is the author of “Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice”; “The Tyranny of the Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy”; “The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy”; and, with Susan Sturm, “Who’s Qualified? A New Democracy Forum on the Future of Affirmative Action.” Her newest book, “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America,” will be published by Beacon Press in 2015. (more…)


Allegheny College’s Marjie Klein Selected As Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Nov. 6, 2014 – Marjie Klein, vice president for development and alumni affairs at Allegheny College, has been selected as Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Northwestern PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Klein has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising and constituent relations. She has directly and indirectly raised more than a quarter-billion dollars for two major educational institutions and contributed her expertise to thousands of donors, volunteers, nonprofit organizations and employees.

At Allegheny, Klein oversees all of the college’s development and alumni affairs programs and is a member of President James H. Mullen’s senior staff and the college’s Administrative Executive Committee. She works closely with the college president and trustees to formulate and execute engagement and philanthropic opportunities for the college’s most promising donors.

Klein is currently leading Allegheny’s largest-ever comprehensive capital campaign, Our Allegheny: Our Third Century Quest, with a $200 million goal and the aim of doubling the college’s endowment. She leads a 40-member team of development and alumni affairs professionals. (more…)

Flea In Her Ear

Playshop Theatre To Present Four Performances of the Farce “A Flea in Her Ear”

Nov. 3, 2014 — The Allegheny College Playshop Theatre continues its 85th season with “A Flea in Her Ear,” a new version by David Ives of Georges Feydeau’s farce. Directed by Mark Cosdon, the comedy will be performed in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16.

“‘A Flea in Her Ear’ is one of the theater’s most beloved and influential comedies,” says director Mark Cosdon. “Misunderstandings, hypocrisy and the ridiculous are tacked onto plots of enormous speed and vigor. Farce operates under the pretense of invariably bringing the wrong people together at the precisely wrong moment, generating even more misapprehensions and belly laughs for audiences. Without ‘A Flea in Her Ear,’ it’s hard to imagine ‘Fawlty Towers,’ ‘Noises Off,’ ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘I Love Lucy.’”

Although “A Flea in Her Ear” was written in 1907, Playshop’s production is firmly placed in the early 1970s. “It was a time of social upheaval, changing sexual mores and evolving attitudes toward gender and sexuality,” Cosdon notes. “Go-go boots, platform shoes, bell-bottom trousers and lots of fantastic fashion are on display in our production.” (more…)


Allegheny College Jazz Band’s Free Concert To Feature Swing, Funk, Rock and Jazz

Oct. 31, 2014 — The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform their annual fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:15 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program features swing, funk, rock and jazz. Compositions include “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “A Child Is Born,” “Get It On,” “Yesterday,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “September,” “Cool” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000.” Instrumental soloists and a vocal soloist will be showcased.

The ensemble, made up of 22 students and one faculty member, is under the direction of Stephen F. Corsi.


Student Journalists To Host Celebration for Birthday of Ida Tarbell, Class of 1880

Oct. 31, 2014 – The student journalists of The Campus, the award-winning student newspaper at Allegheny College, will celebrate pioneering journalist Ida Tarbell’s birthday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the newspaper’s newsroom, Campus Center 314. The public is invited for cake and an open house.

Tarbell was born in Erie County on November 5, 1857 and grew up in Titusville. The only woman in Allegheny’s Class of 1880, Tarbell set a standard for investigative reporting that journalists today continue to hold high.

She is best known for her 1904 book “The History of the Standard Oil Company,” in which she revealed the unethical means used by John D. Rockefeller to monopolize the early oil industry. Eight years later, as a result of Tarbell’s investigative work, the Supreme Court issued a decision to break up the Standard Oil trust. (more…)