Native Americans of Central Pennsylvania with Bruce Teeple


Saturday, January 22, 2022,





Scholarship over the last fifty years has revealed some fascinating insights into the Native People of Central Pennsylvania and their increasingly disastrous relations with Europeans. This program will incorporate some of that new material to clear up any misperceptions and provide a fuller view of the social, historical, and political realities they all faced. 

 Bruce Teeple is a writer, speaker, and local historian. He currently serves as president of the Union County Historical Society; as a judge and on the State Advisory Board of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition; as Volunteer Coordinator of the Penn State Native American Powwow; and as an instructor for Penn State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He has also served as chair of the American Association for State and Local History’s Small Museums Scholarship Committee for sixteen years, and he has spoken on various topics before numerous groups and conferences.

Sustaining Stories Writing Contest

$300 Grand Prize (additional prizes for winners in each categories)

Entries due by February 21

Submit your entry to

Please include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, a brief biography, and contest category.  Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library and

This contest is part of the 2022 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, in which Kimmerer argues that the recuperation of indigenous knowledge and ways of living is necessary to sustain the long-term health of our environment. Rather than exploiting the land as a resource, which has contributed to wide-scale environmental degradation, we must instead cultivate a reciprocal relationship to the land we depend on. Essential to this project of mutual sustainability, Kimmerer suggests, are stories that upend our human-centered approach to nature as an inactive object at our disposal. In the spirit of this reorientation, enter your best example of writing that centers nature as an active subject, a teacher of sustainability rather than an object of appropriation.

Submit your piece of 7,500 words or less for competition in one of the following categories:

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Entry for a Writer under 18



Wednesday, February 9, 2022,


PSU Zoom

In Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, argues for the necessity of recuperating indigenous epistemologies in order to ensure a more sustainable and fulfilling human existence. Kimmerer’s project thus explicitly counters state-sponsored attempts to erase indigenous culture, such as those typified by institutions like the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Operating for nearly forty years out of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Carlisle School engaged in the forced enrollment of indigenous children, subjecting them to an assimilationist curriculum under hazardous, and sometimes fatal, living conditions. Against this legacy of erasure, Kimmerer foregrounds the need for a counter education that would reverse the centuries-long effects of Western cultural hegemony. At this roundtable, three panelists will gather to discuss how such a reversal can be implemented, as well as the challenges and limitations to our, in Kimmerer’s words, “becoming indigenous.”

Featured Panelists:

Craig Santos Perez, Associate Professor of English, University of Hawaii at Mona An indigenous Chamoru from Guam, Perez has co-edited five anthologies and authored five books of poetry and the monograph Navigating CHamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization (University of Arizona Press, 2022). He is an affiliate faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program.

Abby Goode, Assistant Professor of English, Plymouth State University (NH) Goode teaches courses in American literature, critical theory, food studies, environmental humanities, and writing and sustainability. She is the author of Agrotopias: An American Literary History of Sustainability (forthcoming from The University of North Carolina Press, 2022).

Erik B. Foley, Director of the Center for the Business of Sustainability, Instructor in Management & Organization, Smeal College of Business, Penn State Foley teaches, consults, speaks, and leads workshops on the role business can play in advancing social justice and environmental conservation.  He serves on the Board of Directors of ClearWater Conservancy, the Network for Business Sustainability Centres Committee, and the Centre County Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

Moderator: Joe Glinbizzi, Graduate Student in English and Visual Studies, Penn State

Robin Wall Kimmerer: "The Fortress, the River, and the Garden"


Wednesday, March 2, 6pm




Join us and our partners for a Bracken Lecture Series event and the culmination of the annual one book, one community read of the 2022 Centre County Reads selection,Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plantsby Robin Wall Kimmerer. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings...offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

This Bracken Lecture Series event is a partnership between Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture,The Arboretum at Penn State, the Penn State Sustainability Institute, and Centre County Reads.


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    Tuesday, January 18, 5:30 - 6:30pm

    Schlow Library Zoom

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  • Well-Read Book Club

    Wednesday, February 23, 7-8pm

    Schlow Library, Downsbrough Community Room

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  • Book Club

    Friday, March 11, 11am,

    Centre County Library & Historical Museum Zoom Room


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    Saturday, February 12, 11am

    Holt Memorial Library, Philipsburg