Penn State Laureate Jubilee April 24 celebrates the arts, humanities

Linda Patterson Miller, the 2011-2012 Penn State laureate, invites students, faculty, staff and community members to the Penn State Laureate Jubilee, a public event featuring past, present and future Penn State laureates in celebration of the University’s commitment to the arts and humanities. The first-ever event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park campus. An opening reception with light refreshments begins at 3 p.m. in the center's Frizzell Room. The program follows at 4 p.m. in Worship Hall.

Miller will begin the program by discussing and illustrating through vintage photos how the arts came alive in 1920s France -- a time of artistic interchange between painters, writers and musicians that Ernest Hemingway saw as a “fiesta.” Then, the choral group Essence of Joy -- established by Anthony Leach, the 2009-2010 Penn State laureate -- will offer musical selections. Cellist Kim Cook, the 2008-2009 Penn State laureate, will perform a piece by Bach, and Robin Becker, 2010-2011 Penn State laureate, will present a poetry reading. The introduction of ceramic artist Christopher Staley, recently selected as the 2012-13 Penn State laureate, will conclude the program.

For more information about this event contact Linda Miller at [email protected] or (215) 881-7550. Visit the Penn State laureate homepage for more information about each laureate.