All events free and open to the public.

Padma Viswanathan and Geoffrey Brock

Single Voice Series Book Reading

Screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary followed by a discussion with filmmaker and founder of the Creative Visions Foundation. Free and open to the Public.

Feb. 11, 2010 @ 8pm
Tillotson Room, Tippie Alumni Center

A fiction writer, playwright and journalist, Viswanathan has published fiction in the journals New Letters, Subtropics and the Malahat Review. First prize winner in the 2006 Boston Review Short Story Contest, she has been awarded residencies at the Banff Playwrights’ Colony, Sacatar and the MacDowell Colony.
Her first novel, “The Toss of a Lemon,” has been published in six countries and short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Regional) for Best First Book and the First Novel Prize.
The author of “Weighing Light: Poems,” Geoffrey Brock is also the translator of books by Cesare Pavese and Umberto Eco, among others. He has been a Stegner Fellow, an NEA Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Brock teaches in the MFA programs in creative writing and translation at the University of Arkansas.
For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Associate Professor of English Christopher Bakken at

Curated by Richard Schindler, Kenneth Pinnow and Darren Miller

The Art of Persuasion

Exhibition and Artists’ Talks, free and open to the public.

Artists’ Talks and Opening Reception, Tuesday, February 23, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates Feb. 23- Mar 16, 2010
Penelec-Bowman-Megahan Gallery

Featuring Allegheny College’s permanent collection of WWI and WWII propaganda posters in the Penelec Gallery, screen-printed didactic posters and films from Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) in the Bowman Gallery, photographs from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in the Megahan Gallery and contemporary work by nationally syndicated political cartoonist Ward Sutton, this exhibition will trace a trajectory of attempts to sway public opinion through the means of visual culture.

Larry Schweiger, President WWF

Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth

Free and open to the public

Mar. 8nd, 2010 at 7pm
Quigley Auditorium

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.

Authors of Manifesta

Women’s History Month

Free and open to the public

Mar. 2nd, 2010 at 7pm
Quigley Auditorium

On the 10th anniversary edition of their best-selling book, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards will speak at Allegheny College about the progress of feminism and the issues that face young women today. Richards and Baumgardner have been working together on issues of interest to young women since they met as 22-year-olds working for Ms. magazine. In 2002 they founded Soapbox, Inc., a speakers’ bureau that represents prominent writers and activists such as Carol Moseley Braun, Irshad Manji, Katha Pollitt and Gloria Steinem. Their second co-authored book, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism, was published in 2005. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, and is free & open to the public.

  • Information

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  • How to get here

    Allegheny College is approximately 30 minutes from I-90 and I-80, a few miles off I-79 in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


    To the Henderson Campus Center / Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

    • Travel on I-79 to Exit 147A (watch for construction, follow signs closely). Continue on Route 322 East, and take the Park Avenue Exit on the right (after exit, stay left).
    • Follow Park Avenue for six traffic lights to Chestnut Street and turn right.
    • At the next stop sign, continue to the left and travel around Diamond Park. At the other side of the park, veer right onto North Main Street.
    • After two lights on North Main Street, veer to the right and continue up the hill.
    • Turn right onto East College Street. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Highland Avenue. The Henderson Campus Center and Vukovich Center for Communication Arts are both on the left.
    • Parking is available in the lots that are on Highland Avenue, and on the street.