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Town&Gown July 2019

Let's Talk: Conversations on race and ethnic diversity in Centre County - Vincent Corso, Town&Gown

Penn State brings a much more diverse community to State College than you might otherwise expect to see in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. You can see it downtown, as people of many different nationalities walk the streets, speaking different languages. You can see it in the many



Letter from the Publisher: Come Together

Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed the first men on the moon, accomplishing a monumental and unifying close to a turbulent and divisive decade. When astronaut Neil Armstrong stated, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” he eloquently summed

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On Center: The musical "Sugar Skull!" will take its audience on a sweet ride into Mexican culture

It’s high summer in central Pennsylvania, but it won’t be long until autumn descends upon the ridges and valleys. It’ll be the ideal time of year for a musical inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead. In its first visit to State College, New York City’s Mexico Beyond

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Artist of the Month: Bellefonte High teacher and artist Erin Welsh offers lessons on life and art

Erin Welsh has been helping educate local youth in creating art for nearly two decades. This month, they’ll be showing off some of their work at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown. Welsh, who holds a BFA in painting and drawing and a Bachelor’s Degree in art education from Penn State,

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Letter from the Editor: A Constructive Dialogue

“Let’s talk.” Those words lead our cover this month, and we devote a number of pages inside this magazine to play what we hope is at least a small role in encouraging an important, but sometimes uncomfortable, dialogue on race in our community. What’s it like to be a person

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Help Me! Teach Me How to Hit a Golf Ball

Fore! No, really, look out. I have dusted off my old golf clubs to hit the links, and it isn’t pretty.   You see, for years I have been a little intimidated by the golf course. My brother Anthony is always trying to get me out to play a round with him. It sounds like fun, spending some

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Q&A with Maria Burchill, of Schlow Library, on what’s new for BookFest 2019

BookFest is back to open another chapter on July 13, and Maria Burchill says she is looking forward to the “look of fascination” on the faces of visitors as they interact with favorite authors. More than 20 authors and artists are expected at Schlow Centre Region Library for the event,

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Lunch with Mimi: Rick Lombardo, director of the Penn State School of Theatre

An award-winning stage director, artistic director, and playwright, Rick Lombardo became the director of the Penn State School of Theatre in July 2018. In this role, he oversees more than 200 students, 40 faculty members, four undergraduate degrees, multiple graduate degrees, and is the artistic

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Great Outdoors: Places to Make a Splash in Central PA

As summer temperatures – and the electric bills for air conditioning – continue to climb, it’s the perfect time to check out the many bodies of water in Centre County that are safe for swimming or otherwise cooling off. For Lillian Glunt, a Centre County resident, the lake at Bald

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Know Your Worth: The Comparison Trap

A few months ago, I read a quote on social media that immediately sparked attention in my spirit and has stayed with me ever since. “Comparison is the ultimate form of self-loathing.” In all of the self-help books I have read and in my personal and professional life, I have never heard

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