“Historical Contexts of Humans Shaping Their Environment”

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium and Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
“Historical Contexts of Humans Shaping Their Environment”

Join the College of the Liberal Arts for a series of short presentations on sustainability in human history from 3:00–4:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium.

Faculty presenters:

  • Douglas Bird, associate professor of anthropology
  • Jennifer Boittin, associate professor of French, Francophone studies, and history
  • Sophie De Schaepdrijver, Walter L. and Helen P. Ferree Professor of Modern European History
  • Kirk French, teaching professor of anthropology
  • Faisal Husain, assistant professor of history
  • Ann Killebrew, associate professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies, Jewish studies and anthropology
  • Jacob Lee, assistant professor of history
  • Richard Mbih, assistant teaching professor of African studies 

A pop-up exhibit curated by members of Penn State Eco Action will be hosted by the Eberly Family Special Collections Library from 2:00–5:00 p.m. in the Mann Assembly Room of Paterno Library. Participants can view items from Eco Action’s archives—a collection of documents highlighting student activism at Penn State dating back to 1973, including Earth Day activities, protests and actions taken by students to further environmentalism on campus. Student leaders from sustainability-related student organizations will be present to talk about their work and tell students how to get involved. 

In the fall of 2022, the College of the Liberal Arts chose the theme for its next offering in its Moments of Change initiative—an undertaking that brings students, faculty, staff and alumni together to explore what it means to live through historic and contemporary times of change. Through the spring of 2024, “Moments of Change: Creating a Livable Planet” is focusing on the many aspects of sustainability and highlighting the ongoing work of the Liberal Arts Sustainability Council, students, faculty and staff in that regard. 

Foster Auditorium and Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library