CENTRE COUNTY READS KICKOFF CONCERT featuring Callanish

WHEN

Saturday, February 8, 2020

2-3pm

WHERE

The Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center,

101 W. Main St., Millheim

Join us for an educational Irish concert with central Pennsylvania Celtic band Callanish!   Band members include Patty Lambert, Betsy Gamble, Holly Foy, and vocalist Louisa Smith. The band’s repertoire includes lively jigs and reels, haunting airs, and rollicking songs from Ireland, Scotland, and elsewhere in the British Isles.   

Listen to our podcast featuring Callanish member Holly Foy.

WAVES ACROSS THE OCEAN: The Background of Several Irish Migrations to Central Pennsylvania

WHEN

Saturday, February 15

11:30 - 12:30pm

WHERE

Holt Memorial Library, Philipsburg

What would it take for our ancestors to pick up their lives and sail to an unfamiliar land to begin a new life?  Join us at Holt Memorial Library as local historian and genealogist Justin Houser describes waves of immigration of Irish and Scots people to the United States, and into Central Pennsylvania.  What were their lives like? What about Central Pennsylvania was so attractive to them? Justin will share this and more at this talk.

CAREFUL WRITING

$200 GRAND PRIZE

Entries due by March 27.

Send submissions to cals@psu.edu

Please include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, a brief biography, and contest category.

This contest is part of the 2020 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of National Book Award Winner Alice McDermott’s novel Charming Billy, in which various characters try to figure out the best ways to show care for the titular Billy as he battles with his ultimately fatal alcoholism. 

Tracing the experiences of an extended Irish-American family across the twentieth century, the novel invites us to consider to whom we show care and how we show that care. As Billy navigates relationships with friends, family, and lovers, we as readers might also consider how to show care in ways that sustain ourselves and the objects of our care. Inspired by this ongoing negotiation of human connection, enter your best example of writing—7,500 words or less—in which someone or something receive care in one of the following categories: 

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

Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library and cals.la.psu.edu.

SPONSORED BY THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

AMERICAN DREAMS: ROMANCE & REALITY ROUNDTABLE

WHEN

Monday, March 30

3:30 – 5:00pm

WHERE

Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

"American Dreams: Romance & Reality" | Monday, March 30, 3:30-5pm | Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

In Alice McDermott’s National Book Award-winning novel Charming Billy (1998), second-generation Irish American cousins living in Queens, NY inherit the dreams—and the American dream—of their immigrant parents. At a wake held in the 1990s for the title character Billy Lynch, a tight-knit community of mourners meditate on the romantic underpinnings of, and the darker lived realities often belying, hopes and dreams passed on from one generation to the next. In this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists will use McDermott’s novel as a touchstone for a broader discussion about how, why, and to what end immigrant dreams are passed on, taken up, and transposed across generations in American literature and history. 

Featured Panelists: 

Mary Paniccia Carden-- Professor of English and Chairperson of the Department of English and Philosophy at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in American literature.   Her research has focused on literary responses to American narratives of freedom, progress, and self-determination in texts by authors such as Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Sandra Cisernos, John Edgar Wideman, and Alice McDermott.  

Jennifer Van Hook--Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University, and non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute.  Her research focuses on the socioeconomic integration of immigrants and their children.  One strand of her work uses demographic methods to estimate the size, characteristics, and dynamics of the unauthorized foreign-born population. Another strand of her work focuses on how health, education, and well-being change across generations for immigrants and their families. 

Andrew Sandoval-Strausz -- Associate Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar and a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians. His current research analyzes people’s homes, neighborhoods, places of work and play, and use of public space in order to see how human beings reveal themselves most through their built environment. 

Following the panelists’ opening statements there will be ample time for questions and answer with the audience.

Light Refreshments will be served.

RE-VIEWING HISTORY: CENTERING THE STORIES OF IMMIGRANTS

WHEN

Tuesday, March 3

6:30 - 7:30pm

WHERE

Schlow Centre Region Library, Community Room

Are we really a Nation of Immigrants? What does that phrase mean to each of us? Using personal and historical examples, writer, educator and speaker, Dr. Nalini Krishnankutty will discuss how our views of the past and the present can profoundly shift when we focus our lens on immigrant experiences and contributions.

EVENING WITH ALICE McDERMOTT

WHEN

Thursday, April 16th

7:30 - 9:00pm

WHERE

HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium.

Parking available at HUB parking deck.

Join us for the culminating event. National Book Award-winning novelist, Alice McDermott will visit the Centre Region to discuss and read from her works.

BOOK SIGNING TO FOLLOW.

Free and open to the public; no registration necessary.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS

  • Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 - 7:30pm

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2:00 - 3:00pm

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 - 7:30pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Friday, March 27, 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

STORYTIMES

  • Saturday Stories Alive

    Saturday, February 29, 11:00am

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Pre-K Storytime (Ages 3-6)

    Monday, March 9, 10:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Baby Storytime (Ages 0-1)

    Wednesday, March 11, 9:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Toddler Storytime (Ages 1-3)

    Wednesday, March 11, 10:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte