“…The third century for Allegheny will include new ways of educating the complete person, inviting all of our students to explore the breadth of interests and talents that define their promise and their potential.

We will define new and compelling ways to inspire our students to set their extraordinary talents to the timeless values of citizenship – values grounded in a deep sensitivity to the dignity of the individual; values that grow from a disciplined mind and a selfless heart, from a passion tempered by reason, an ambition leavened by humility, a love of country animated by the pursuit of justice and a dedication to service that is framed by the awareness of something larger than themselves.

…. Allegheny College is not and never will be an island, aloof and apart from this community and its needs. To the people of Meadville and Crawford County, and to the world beyond, I promise that service will always be integral to the identity of our campus. And as we shape the future of Allegheny we embrace our responsibilities to the future of this region. We will live the lessons we teach and in doing so work in humble partnership wherever and however we can serve.

…. So get up every morning, put on your blue and gold, and set your remarkable talents and promise to the joy of learning and to the work of citizenship; and in doing so help Allegheny define its greatness today, tomorrow and in all the tomorrows yet to come.”

– (Inaugural Remarks: President James H. Mullen, Jr., October 17, 2008)

The Year of Social Change at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, is a celebration of the ongoing community transformations that have been facilitated by collaborations between students, faculty, staff, and community partners. We hope to increase the ranks of ordinary people who discover they have the power to become movers and shakers. Through our collective efforts, we wish to debunk the myth that academic life has little or nothing to do with tackling ‘real world’ issues.

We invite you to share our journey through this academic year as we bring inspirational change makers and programs to our campus. Admission to these events is free and open to all members of the public. Please keep checking the Calendar on this website for regular program updates.


A summary of some of the Year of Social Change events from fall 2009, and a look ahead at things to come…

  • About The YoSC

    The Year of Social Change is being co-sponsored by the Allegheny College Student Government and the Office for Conference and Event Services.

  • Upcoming Events

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    Feb. 23- Mar. 16, 2010: “The Art of Persuasion,”
    An exhibition on visual propaganda curated by Professors Richard Schindler, Kenneth Pinnow, & Darren Miller, in the Penelec- Bowman-Megahan gallery. Free and open to the public.

    Mar. 4-7, 2010: Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” directed by Professor Daniel Crozier, in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theater in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts on March 4-6 2010 at 8pm, and on March 7 (Sunday) at 2.30pm. For tickets, call the box office: (814) 332-3414.

    March 8, 2010. “Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth” @ 7.00pm, Quigley Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
    World Wildlife Federation & Allegheny College present a special presentation and book signing by Larry Schweiger, President WWF , and author of “Last Chance.” In this book, Larry J. Schweiger breaks down the science behind global climate change and takes us from Lake Erie to the icebergs of Greenland, and from Congress to America’s classrooms and farmlands. Sponsored by the Environmental Science Dept. & Center for Political Participation.

  • Media/Contact

    For questions regarding events, please contact the Office for Conference and Event Services at (814) 332-3101. E-mail inquiries: Assistant Director of Conference & Events, Rebecca Wiler (rwiler@allegheny.edu).

    Media Inquiries should be directed to Joshua Tysiachney, Asst. Director of Public Affairs at Allegheny College. Phone: (814) 332-5954. Email: jtysiach@allegheny.edu

  • Design/Management

    YoSC Logo designer:
    Zachary Fradeneck (President, Students’ Art Society).

    Website Design and Management:
    Matthew Reilly