Penn State Mont Alto announces spring 2022 Evening Talk and Star Party Series plus Virtual Planetarium Shows
Evening Talks and Star Parties are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.
During Penn State Mont Alto’s 2022 spring Evening Talk Series, faculty (current and past) and staff members will talk with campus and local community members about their personal interests and experiences. The talks will be offered both in person and via Zoom.
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8: "The Flute From Mythology to Rock and Roll," presented by Morgan Jenkins, assistant teaching professor of music. The flute is one of the oldest instruments dating back to 45,000 B.C. as proven by an animal bone flute found by archeologists. In Greek mythology, the story begins with the legend of Pan and Syrinx and then throughout the centuries the flute has remained a popular instrument and even became popular in rock and roll through the music of the rock group Jethro Tull. This presentation will demonstrate the flute as a beautiful classical instrument and as a gritty rock and roll woodwind capable of competing with electric guitars!
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23: "Identifying Misinformation and Vetting Sources in a Digital World" presented by Kristi Addleman Ritter, reference and instruction librarian, and Courtney Gotham, director of public relations and marketing. Misinformation and disinformation are rampant in the digital content we consume each day. During this presentation, Addleman Ritter and Gotham will cover the differences between the two, ways to identify them, and how to vet sources to start creating and sharing accurate content.
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7: "Amazing Trees in the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum" presented by Craig Houghton, program coordinator and assistant teaching professor in forestry and Beth Brantley, technical support specialist for Bartlett Tree Experts.Houghton and Brantley, a former Penn State Mont Alto faculty member, will provide an entertaining presentation on their relationships with amazing trees in the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum. They will share stories of tree planting, tree care, and fascinating tree history and other items as they see fit.
Post-Evening Talk Star Parties Weather permitting, Kim Herrmann, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will lead a Star Party after each presentation in the field between Orchard Road and the General Studies Building parking lot from 8:45 to 10 p.m. Telescope viewing and night sky tours with green laser pointers will be part of the star party activities.
Multiple telescopes may be available, courtesy of the TriState Astronomers, a local amateur astronomy club. In the event of cold weather, patrons should wear layers of clothing and bring jackets, hats and gloves. Precipitation or cloud cover may cause any Star Party to be canceled.
Evening talks and Star Parties are free and open to the public and advanced registration for both is required. Additionally, local participants can attend evening talks in person at the General Studies Auditorium. Masking is required indoors at all Penn State campuses regardless of vaccination status.
In addition to the Star Parties, Herrmann (or perhaps a special guest presenter) will offer three virtual planetarium events via Zoom this fall. The events are free and open to the public and participants should register in advance to attend.
Spring 2022 virtual planetarium registration links: