Cultural & Community Events

Cultural & Community Events

Mark your calendars and join us for many exciting events including a fascinating speaker series moderated by engaging faculty and performances by our talented Penn State Abington students.

The Oscars at Abington Pre-Party

Oscars statue

Which movie, actors and actresses will win the big prizes this year?

Image: Penn State

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Moderator: Dr. Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts

Join us for a little pre-Oscars fun! Participate in a lively discussion about the nominees with “the expert” Mike Mills, and vote for your favorites!

2:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

Free admission.


Aboard the Trans-Siberian Express with National Geographic

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Presenter: Dr. Roy Robson, Division Head, Arts and Humanities; Professor of History

Dr. Robson twice served as the expert-in-residence on the National Geographic Expeditions tour on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The author of more than 60 books, articles, and reviews, Robson studied Russian history for 25 years and traveled extensively in Russia as a Fulbright scholar. 

1:30 p.m., Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown

Free admission.


Book Discussion - The Luminaries

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes, associate professor of English
Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.
Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org
7:00 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington

Free admission.


Friday Night Film Series - Meru

American climbers scale the most difficult mountain in the world.

Image: Music Box Films

Friday, March 4, 2016

Moderator: Dr. Mills
Don’t miss this enthralling documentary exploring the recent real life climb of the mountain Meru in the Himalayas. Meru is not as tall as Mt.Everest; however, it is considered the most difficult climb in the world. This film details the triumphs and heartbreaks of the American mountaineering team.

7:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

Admission: $10.


Meditation and Well-being

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Moderator: Dr. Pierce Salguero

Hospitals, prisons, daycare centers, college campuses... mindfulness meditation is seemingly everywhere these days. But how established are the links between meditation and physical and mental health? Dr. Salguero unlocks the history, contemporary practice, and scientific research on the benefits of meditation practice. 

Register: 215-881-7634 or pds13@psu.edu

2:30 p.m., 8 Sutherland (next to the Sutherland Auditorium)

Free admission.


Researching Your Family History

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Presenter: Dr. Dolores Fidishun, Head Librarian

Discover resources that will help the new and experienced researcher learn more about their family from census records, military histories, and local newspaper access among others. In the process you will find out how to use free resources from the internet and the public library. 

1:30 p.m., Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown

Free admission.


Friday Night Film Series – Visions of Light

Friday, April 1, 2016

Moderator: Dr. Mills
This completely absorbing documentary examines the contribution of lighting experts to the movie-going experience. Great cinematographers like Gregg Toland and Gordon Willis discuss the work they did on memorable films such as Citizen Kane and The Godfather, respectively. If you love movies, this documentary is for you!

7:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

Admission: $10.


artwork

April 4-29, 2016

Image: Penn State

10th Annual Bertha Lear Student Art Exhibition

The Bertha Lear Student Art Exhibition features sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking and new media work by Penn State Abington student artists.

The public is welcome to visit the exhibition during gallery hours.

Woodland Art Gallery


Book Discussion - The Sense of an Ending

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes, associate professor of English

This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about until his oldest friends return with a vengeance.
Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org
7:00 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington

Free admission.


Spring Theater Showcase

April 14-16, 2016

"Metamorphoses"

This funny, deeply moving theatrical play, performed by Penn State Abington students, is an ensemble piece, in which actors play multiple roles, gods interact with mortals, and ancient stories, reconfigured in contemporary contexts, show us how relevant mythology still is today.

April 14: 7 p.m. Sutherland Auditorium
April 15, 16: 8 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

Admission: $5, tickets sold at the door.


An Afternoon with the Arts--Opera Lecture: The Elixer of Love

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Moderator: Dr. Mills

Donizetti's completely charming bel canto opera will win your heart with its brilliant melodies, tender lovers, and twisty plot full of surprises. Nemorino loves Adina who loves Belcore. The quack physician Dulcamara sells a love potion to Nemorino. Thus, according to the doctor, within 24 hours, Adina will give her heart to the love-sick young man. Will the elixir work? Come and find out! Light refreshments served during intermission.

2:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

Admission:$15


Spring Dance Concert

April 21-22, 2016

The dance concert showcases student and faculty work from the Penn State Abington Dance Company and will include modern, hip-hop, jazz, and other dance styles.

7:30 p.m., Mezzanine Athletic Building

Admission: $5, tickets sold at the door.


What I Learned in College

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Presenter: Karen Wiley Sandler, Chancellor

Dr. Sandler, retiring Chancellor of Penn State Abington, spent 21 years transforming Penn State Abington into the four-year residential college that we know today. She has reimagined virtually every aspect of the college from academics and athletics to facilities and diversity. Learn about her journey and what the future of the institution looks like for our community.

1:30 p.m., Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown

Free admission.


Spring Sing: Around the World in One Hour

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Penn State Abington Chamber Singers, presenting mostly unaccompanied choral music for mixed voices from around the world.
7:30 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

Free admission.

AbingTones

Abingtones

The AbingTones, with conductor Desmond Moulton, will be performing in Sutherland Auditorium.

Image: Maria Narodetsky

Book Discussion – Go Set a Watchman

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes, associate professor of English
Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch Scout struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org
7:00 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington

Free admission.


Bucks County Women’s Chorus: A Women’s Voice

Friday, May 6, 2016

Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jenkintown.
Come enjoy the impressive 90-voice Bucks County Women’s Chorus for an evening of eclectic selections, ranging from standards and show tunes to jazz, folk tunes, light classical, and multi-cultural offerings.
 

7:30 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

Free admission.


Penn State at the Philly POPS

Sunday, May 22, 12 - 5pm, The Kimmel Center

Penn State is partnering with The Philly POPS to have a unique and special Penn State event!

For the first time ever, Maestro Michael Krajewski and The Philly POPS will present a world premiere pops program featuring Cirque’s awe-inspiring physical feats of power and beauty paired with the music from blockbuster movie classics.

See more info and registration.


The Good News about Aging and Staying Fit

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Presenter: Steven Bloomer, Assistant Professor of Biology

There are many things we can do to improve our health including exercise — no matter when you start. Learn the basics about skeletal muscle metabolism and adaptation as well as beneficial exercise interventions in adults aged 60 and up.

1:30 p.m., Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown

Free admission.