A Conversation with Sonya French-Begay

A Collaboration with Penn State's Office of Educational Equity

Wednesday, April 14, 2009 at 7 p.m.

A representative from the Navaho Nation, Sonya French-Begay is WIA Director Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, Inc. Host Patty Satalia will speak with Begay about how the Dept. of Energy's Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, NM affected the neighboring American Indian tribal nations environment and people.

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A Conversation with Marion Nestle

A Collaboration with the Rock Ethics Institute

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, researches the scientific, social, cultural, and economic factors that influence the development, implementation, and acceptance of federal dietary guidance policies. She is the author of several books on the food industry and food safety, Join host Patty Satalia as she talks to Marion Nestle about food politics and takes questions from the studio audience.

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A Conversation with Mark Schapiro

A Collaboration with the Rock Ethics Institute

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Investigative reporter Mark Schapiro explains in a new book that toxic chemicals exist in many of the products we handle every day-agents that can cause cancer, genetic damage and birth defects, lacing everything from our gadgets to our toys to our beauty products. Join host Patty Satalia as she talks

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Where the Girls Are: Gender Equity in Education

A Collaboration with American Association of University Women and The Commission for Women

Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 7 p.m.

The American Association of University Women has published a report "Where the Girls Are: The Facts about Gender Equity in Education." Host Cheryl Dellasega; Christianne Corbett, first author of the report; Terri Vescio, assistant professor of psychology at Penn State; and Kimberly Griffin, assistant professor of education at Penn State will discuss the impact of gender, social, economic, and ethnic background on scholastic achievement.

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Universal Health Care in Action: A Thought Experiment

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 7 p.m.

Join host Patty Satalia and experts as they discuss how a single-payer health care system might work. David Himmelstein, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program; Jonathan Marks, associate professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Law at Penn State; and Chuck Pennacchio, executive director of Health Care 4 All PA as they discuss what a single payer universal health care system in the U.S. might look like. This public conversation will address the state of health care around the globe, debunk myths about a single payer health care system, and discuss the idea of health care as a fundamental right.

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The Chesapeake Bay

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.

Join WPSU for a public discussion on the Chesapeake Bay. Host Patty Satalia and guest experts will discuss the science behind the decline in water quality and the loss habitats vital to wildlife in the region. The conversation will also address concerns within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and possible solutions. Panelists include Kristen Saacke-Blunk, director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center; Denice Heller Wardrop, assistant director of the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center; Matt Ehrhart, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania; and Rich Batiuk, associate director of science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program Office. You can join the conversation as an audience member and participate with questions and comments.

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Marcellus Shale: The Environmental, Economic, and Social Issues

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 7:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale has the potential to fuel the entire country for two full years and make Pennsylvania the center of America's next energy boom. What impact will the rush for natural gas in Pennsylvania have on our region? WPSU's Patty Satalia and a panel of experts will explore the gas rush in a public discussion in the lobby of the Outreach Building in Penn State's Innovation Park. You can join the conversation as an audience member and participate with questions and comments.

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A Conversation with Mario Vargas Llosa

Thursday, April 10, 2008 3:30 p.m.

WPSU presents a public conversation with this year's recipient of the Institute for Arts and Humanities Medal. Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer and politician, is one of Latin America's leading novelists and essayists. You can join the conversation as an audience member.

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A Conversation with Meave Leakey

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 7:00 p.m.

Patty Satalia hosts a public conversation with Meave Leakey, the current standard-bearer for the Leakey fossil-hunting dynasty. Meave Leakey impressed the world with her 1999 discovery of a 3.5 million-year-old skull and partial jaw believed to belong to new branch of early hominids. Dr. Leakey named the new genus Kenyanthropus platyops (flat-faced man of Kenya). This remarkable discovery, announced in the journal Nature, has profound implications in understanding the origins of mankind. This event is held in collaboration with the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State.

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Local Foods

Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Farmer's market season is almost here, and across central Pennsylvania families are asking for ways to find sources for good, fresh, local produce. WPSU presents a public discussion that will explore local foods as part of its Common Ground Lobby Talks series. Producer Patty Satalia and a panel of experts will discuss many aspects of the local foods movement —building stronger local economies; environmental and ethical implications of agriculture; resources for local foods; and the state of small family farms and industrial agriculture in our community. This public conversation will provide an overview of the issues surrounding the local foods movement.

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Third Age: Designing the Second Half of Life

Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

A collaboration with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Penn State, this public discussion will focus on positive aging and creative retirement. The Third Age, usually described as the years between 50 and 80, offers unexpected opportunities and challenges for individuals and society. Join WPSU and OLLI as a panel of experts and studio audience discuss this exciting period of life on Tuesday, March 18 in the lobby of the Outreach Building in Penn State's Innovation Park. You can be a part of the conversation as an audience member.

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Islam in Europe

Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Why is it important for central Pennsylvania to understand the impact of Islam on Europe? As news coverage of Muslim issues increasingly highlights not cultural contributions but rather violence, WPSU-TV invites the public to bring their questions and be part of a discussion with a panel of experts on Islam and its representation in Europe. Panelists will include Philip Jenkins, Sparks professor of history and religious studies at Penn State, Tijana Krstic, assistant professor of history at Penn State, and Bettina Mathes, associate professor of German, women’s studies and science, technology and society at Penn State. Moderator for the public discussion is Gabeba Baderoon, post-doctoral fellow in the Africana Research Center and a research associate in the departments of women's studies and African & African American studies at Penn State.

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Reinventing Shakespeare

Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4:00 p.m.

WPSU's Patty Satalia and a panel of experts will explore the universality of Shakespeare and how his work is interpreted in today's culture. The discussion, which will include audience participation, will feature Garrett Sullivan, Professor of English at Penn State; Alex Huang, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese at Penn State; and Greg Semenza, Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut; and two members of the Actors from the London Stage.

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The War Remembered, The War Forgotten

September 20 at 7:00 p.m.

In September, 2007 PBS aired Ken Burns' seven-part documentary THE WAR, examining the experience of Americans who lived through the Second World War. "The War Remembered, The War Forgotten" will explore some of the themes raised by the PBS documentary. Given that ever fewer numbers of men and women remain who had a direct experience of that conflict, it seems more timely than ever to ask ourselves some questions about the legacy of the war.  How did men, women, and children carry on during the war?  How do we remember the war today?  What has been forgotten?  And what will be remembered when the "greatest generation" is no longer there to tell its stories?

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Global Warming & Climate Change

April 25, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

A collaboration with Penn State's Research Unplugged and the Rock Ethics Institute

This Lobby Talk will feature Penn State's Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Richard Alley, and other guests who will discuss the ethical dimensions of climate change and appropriate local and national responses to this urgent global problem.

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A Conversation with Daniel Libeskind

April 17, 2007 at 4:30 p.m.

in collaboration with Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect who created the master plan for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. His architecture uses a language of skewed angles, intersecting geometries, shards, voids and punctured lines to communicate feelings of loss, absence and memory. Most of his previous works are museums and galleries.

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Making Room for Alternative Perspectives on Alzheimer's 

March 29, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

in collaboration with the Rock Ethics Institute and the Disability Studies Program at Penn State  

The public is invited to participate in a moderated discussion focusing on the expansion of our current thinking about Alzheimer's Disease.  A panel of experts will offer their perspectives on the treatment of dementia and the experience of both the patient and caregiver as they live with Alzheimer's.

The discussion will feature Anne Davis Basting, Ph.D., Director of the Center on Age and Community and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Jaclyn Duffin, M.D., Ph.D., Hannah Chair, History of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario; Peter Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and Steve Zarit, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State.  

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A Conversation with Ingrid Mattson

December 6, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.

in collaboration with Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Ingrid Mattson is the current president of the Islamic Society of North America. She was born and raised in Ontario, and studied philosophy and fine arts at the University of Waterloo, Ontario . She converted to Islam at the end of her undergraduate studies, then travelled to Pakistan where she worked with Afghan refugees for a year. She earned her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999. She went on to be very active in educating Canadian Muslims to become active participants in Canadian society at large. She now teaches religion at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. In 2001 she was elected Vice-President of ISNA and in 2006 she was elected President of the organization.

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Muslims in America

November 15, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.

in collaboration with Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities

What is it like to be Muslim in Central Pennsylvania in a post-911 world? Students, faculty, and community members   will explore this issue. Featuring Muslim residents—both faculty and students from the University.

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The Plain People of Pennsylvania

November 6, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.

in collaboration with Penn State's Research Unplugged series

They are our neighbors, but how much do we know about their beliefs and traditions? Experts from Penn State University, Elizabethtown College, and Messiah College host a community conversation about the complex cultures of Old Order Mennonite, Amish, and Brethren folk. Featuring: Donald Kraybill, distinguished professor and senior fellow of sociology and religious studies, Elizabethtown College Stephen Scott, member of the Old Order River Brethren David Weaver-Zercher, associate professor of American religious history, Messiah College Richard Page, associate professor of German and linguistics, Penn State University Julia Kasdorf, associate professor of English, Penn State University.

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A Conversation with Salman Rushdie

April 11, 2006

in collaboration with Penn State's Institute for Arts and Humanities

Penn State Public Broadcasting (PSPB) and the Institute for Arts and Humanities (IAH) held a forum and conversation with author Salman Rushdie for an invited audience on Tuesday, April 11, in the lobby of PSPB's facility in the Outreach Building. WPSU host Patty Satalia interviewed Rushdie and took questions from the audience. The Rushdie appearance at PSPB was made possible by the IAH and the support of the Pockrass Memorial Fund of the College of Communications.

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Do No Harm? Medicine and Ethics on the Anniversary of the Nazi Doctors' Trial.

February 22, 2006


A panel discussion examining the Nazi doctors' trial of 1946-47 and its implications for medical ethics, was held at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, in the lobby of the Outreach Building, Innovation Park. The discussion was moderated by Greg Eghigian, associate professor of history at Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, with panelists Janet Lyon, associate professor of English and women's studies at Penn State and co-director of the Penn State disabilities studies program, and Susan M. Reverby, professor of women's studies at Wellesley College.

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Scopes Monkey Trial: Context for Controversy

February 3, 2006


A public forum, "Scopes Monkey Trial: Context for Controversy," was held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 presented by Penn State Public Broadcasting (PSPB) in partnership with the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts' Science, Medicine and Technology in Culture Program. Panelists include Pat Shipman, adjunct professor of anthropology in the College of the Liberal Arts; Preston Green, associate professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies; and Ronald L. Numbers, chair of the Department of History of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of "The Creationists" and "Darwinism Comes to America."

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Interview with Ray Suarez, senior correspondent on PBS's "The NewsHour."

September 8 , 2005


Suarez, international journalist and former host of "Talk of the Nation" on National Public Radio (NPR), was interviewed by Patty Satalia, host of PSPB's "Pennsylvania Inside Out," before taking questions from the audience. Suarez, a writer, reporter and on-air host and anchor, has had a career spanning a quarter of a century. He joined “The NewsHour” in 1999 as a Washington-based senior correspondent responsible for conducting interviews, studio discussion, reporting from the field and serving as a backup anchor. Prior to joining PBS he hosted NPR's "Talk of the Nation" for six years and spent seven years reporting for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ TV in Chicago.

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