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Campus to mark tenth anniversary of 9-11 with special exhibit, activities

7/29/2011 —

The Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley will host the exhibition Reaction and Healing: The Tenth Anniversary of 9-11 from Sept. 6-Oct. 21, 2011. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. The exhibition, part of a multi-venue collaboration, and reception are free and open to the public.


In preparing to commemorate the events of September 11, a call-to-artists from Marilyn J. Fox, director of Penn State Berks' Freyberger Gallery, brought over 80 submissions with 40 artists selected and over 80 works of art. The overwhelming response from artists prompted Fox to invite other venues to partner with the Berks campus, thus creating this historic multi-venue exhibition. Partnering with the Freyberger Gallery is Penn State Lehigh Valley, along with The Yocum Institute for Arts Education in Wyomissing, and the Jewish Cultural Center of Reading. Each location will feature works based around themes that emerged from the body of submissions.


The Lehigh Valley campus exhibition includes seven nationally and internationally recognized visual artists exhibiting 30 works. Participating artists include Denise Bankuti (Burbank, Calif.), Patricia Dahlman (Lyndhurst, N.J.), Beth Krensky (Salt Lake City, Utah), Kathy Levine (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Marjorie Morrow (New York, N.Y.), Katie Samuelson (Cheshire, Conn.), and David Wander (New York, N.Y.).


In addition to the gallery exhibition, interdisciplinary collaborations will enhance the impact of the art for the campus and community. Extracurricular activities will occur with faculty in various academic disciplines throughout the duration of the exhibition.  Highlights are listed below.

Sept. 8

How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, 10 years after 9/11 Moustafa Bayoumi, author of the 2008 American Book Award winner "How Does It Feel to be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America," will speak on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 12:15 p.m. Dr. Bayoumi’s writings have appeared in many publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Nation, and CNN.com, and he has been featured by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets. Bayoumi is currently professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Recycled Paper Casting Workshop with featured artist Kathy Levine

Levine's own recycled paper sculpture responds to personal experiences in her Brooklyn neighborhood directly after the 9-11 attacks. Workshop date: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2-4 p.m.  Fee is $15.00. Enrollment is limited. For more information or to register, call 610-285-5058.

Sept. 9

9-11 Memorial Service

Music and verse will enhance this gathering to remember and reflect from 1-2 p.m. on Sept. 9. 



SAGE Lecture Series 

Members of the Lehigh Valley Muslim community will share their experience as a Muslim living in America post 9-11. This program will be held on Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. The SAGE lecture series is open to participants age 55+. Registration is required. Please contact Diane McAloon at 610-285-5066 for more information or to register.


Additional displays of art, writings, and audio responses and interviews will be located throughout the campus.


For more information, contact Allison Goodin, 610-285-5067, or e-mail aag18@psu.edu.


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