News and Events


November 29, 2023

John Mulaney at the Bryce Jordan Center, Ivyside Pride at Penn State Altoona, and a student art sale are among the cultural highlights across the University this weekend and next week.

November 28, 2023

Political Song-a-Palooza, a musical event sponsored by Penn State University Libraries to showcase new, old and original political or protest music performed by Penn State students, faculty, staff and alumni, is accepting video and audio auditions through Jan. 28, 2024.

November 27, 2023

"Marry Me a Little," a nonfiction graphic novel by Rob Kirby which was published in February by Penn State University Press’s imprint Graphic Mundi, has landed on Oprah Winfrey’s list of the best books of 2023. In a November issue of O Quarterly dedicated to the year in literature, Kirby’s...


May 1, 8:00 am to Dec 29, 5:00 pm

Women's Work: Paintings from the Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art” exhibition features a subset of paintings from the Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery.  All works were created by women, on display through 2023.   

Digital Projects and Exhibits

Earth ArchivesEarth Archives: Stories of Human Impact
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in April of 1970, this exhibition explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, and the documentary record.

Cast in SteelBeneath the Surface and Cast in Steel: Forging the American Industrial Union Movement
This digital project provides researchers unprecedented access to Penn State’s extensive collection of primary sources related to the history of industrial unionism in the United States. 


International Solidarity
International Solidarity: Highlights from the Ken Lawrence Collection
The exhibition explores the visual culture of political protest in the late 20th-century.

Protesters - Old MainPenn State Education Activism Archive
Using primary sources from Special Collections, students in Professor Steudeman’s Contemporary American Rhetoric: Educational Activism in the United States (CAS 478) class created The Penn State Educational Activism Archive, which aims to complicate and expand our historical knowledge of student and faculty activism at Penn State University.

Indigenous Roots/RoutesIndigenous Roots/Routes
This student-produced digital media project was created as part of the Public Humanities Fellows Program at the Humanities Institute at Penn State and expands on the Indigenous Roots/Routes exhibition, which encompasses a wide swath of history, geographic range, and varied Indigenous people and cultures and explores the processes of social, religious, and political adaptation.

Penn State ADACelebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State
A digital exhibition that explores the first 100 years of national disability rights and movements and their impact on the Penn State University community, including resources to proactively learn and influence future efforts.