Brandywine Speaker Series 2013

Brandywine Speaker Series 2013

art, poetry, film, lectures

This spring, Penn State Brandywine will proudly welcome a number of distinguished speakers on campus. These events are free and open to the public and we hope you'll join us!

Mark BrownGold, Swarthmore Co-Op, Jan. 28

Ann Northrup, Painter and Muralist, Jan. 29

Noah Langnas, Philabundance, Feb. 6

Penn State Laureate Christopher Parks Staley, Feb. 21

Karen Shore, The Food Trust, Feb. 25

Dr. Yaba Blay, Drexel University, Feb. 28

Andrew Dounglas, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, March 14

Ethel Rackin, Poet, April 2

Judy Wicks, Founder, White Dog Cafe', April 9


Mark BrownGold, Swarthmore Co-Op
 "Access to Our Local Kitchen"

Marc BrownGold, general manager of Swarthmore Co-Op, will share some of the prevalent nutritional issues and food challenges that face local areas while discussing how healthy, local, fresh and accessible foods are important to resident communities.

Monday, January 28
12:30 p.m., Tomezsko Classroom Building, Rm 103

Ann Northrup

Ann Northrup, Painter and Muralist
"Do Not Pass Go; Go Directly to Art"

Artist, mural designer and teacher Ann Northrup will present "Do Not Pass Go; Go Directly to Art." Her portfolio includes landscape and figure paintings in watercolor and oils, and she has completed eight large-scale outdoor community murals. Northrup has taught drawing and painting to prison inmates and ex-offenders, some of whom have become her assistants on mural projects. She enjoys sharing her love of art and teaching, and will inspire us with beautiful examples of her work.

Tuesday, January 29
7 p.m., Main Building, Rm. 113


Mural on a building in Philadelphia

"A Taste of Summer" by Ann Northrup (mural at 1312 Spruce St., Philadelphia)



Noah Langnas, Philabundance

Noah Langnas, of Philabundance, will speak about Chester's not-for-profit grocery store, Fare & Square.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m.
Tomezsko Classroom Building, room 103

Christopher Parks Staley

Penn State Laureate Christopher Parks Staley
"Art & Life: Where They Intersect"

Penn State Laureate Christopher Parks Staley Distinguished Professor of the Ceramic Arts Christopher Parks Staley is the 2012-2013 Penn State Laureate. His stunning ceramic pieces are in many prestigious collections, including the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He will discuss how, in this era of unprecedented change, we relate to objects and each other in "Art & Life: Where They Intersect."

Thursday, February 21
11:30 a.m., Main Building, Rm. 113


Christopher Parks Staley artwork


Karen Shore, The Food Trust
"Healthy Food Access in Urban Areas: The Food Trust's Healthy Corner Store Initiative"

Shore will discuss the urban healthy corner store,  which works with more than 650 corner stores in the Philadelphia region to improve the quality of food sold there and expand access to healthy, affordable foods in underserved communities (e.g., lacking supermarkets). She will talk about how this program came to be and what it entails.

Monday, Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Tomezsko Classroom Building, room 103

Yaba Blay

Dr. Yaba Blay, Drexel University
"When Black Ain't Beautiful: Hair, Skin Color, and the Politics of Black Beauty."

Dr. Blay is the recipient of a 2010 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant through which she embarked upon her most recent multi-platform project, "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race." Inclusive of a full-color portrait essay book (forthcoming), online exhibition, and traveling exhibition and lecture, (1)ne Drop explores the interconnected nuances of skin color politics and Black racial identity. In 2012, Dr. Blay served as a consulting producer for CNN Black in America 5 - "Who is Black in America?" - a television documentary inspired by the scope of the (1)ne Drop Project.

Thursday, Feb. 28
11:30 a.m., 113 Main Building

Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
"The Master of Suspense: Alfred Hitchcock"

Film devotees will not want to miss this lively discussion of one of the true giants
of the film industry. Andrew Douglas, director of education at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, will present "The Master of Suspense: Alfred Hitchcock" with clips from some of the memorable Hitchcockian classics. From The Birds to Vertigo to Psycho, we will learn the master's legendary cinematic trademarks and quirks.

Thursday, March 14
7 p.m., Main Building, Rm. 101


collage of Alfred Hitchcock photos


Ethel Rackin

Ethel Rackin, Guest Poet
Litapalooza Literary Festival

Poet Ethel Rackin will join the campus in a poetry and literature reading during its annual Litapalooza Literary Festival. During this highly anticipated event, students and guests are encouraged to share their own creative works by reading, reciting, chanting, narrating, rapping or even singing for their peers. This event proves each year to not only be a lot of fun for all those involved, but is an excellent opportunity for the community to come together in celebration of our students' creative talents.

Rackin's debut collection of poems, The Forever Notes, appeared in Parlor Press's Free Verse Editions series in fall 2012. Her work has appeared in notable literary journals such as Colorado Review, Court Green, The American Poetry Review, Poetry East, and Volt. She earned her master's of fine arts from Bard College and her Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University. A Philadelphia native who once taught creative writing at Penn State Brandywine, Rackin has also taught at Haverford College and Bucks County Community College, where she is currently an assistant professor.

(Photo credit: Julie Leva)

Tuesday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tomezsko Classroom Building Lounge

Judy Wicks

Judy Wicks, Founder, White Dog Cafe'
"Good Morning, Beautiful Business: Building a Caring Economy"

Founder of the iconic Philadelphia restaurant, White Dog Café, Judy Wicks grew what began as a tiny muffin shop into a 200-seat restaurant featuring fresh local food and a national reputation for community engagement, environmental stewardship, and responsible business practices. Wicks will present "Good Morning, Beautiful Business: Building a Caring Economy," and share highlights of her illustrious career. Copies of her latest book, hot off the press this April, will be available for sale.

Tuesday, April 9
4 - 6 p.m., Tomezsko Classroom Building Lounge


Good Morning, Beautiful Business book cover