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City Lights 2011 Season to Kick Off in New York City

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Jan. 17, 2011) — The seventh annual Penn State Alumni Association City Lights cultural and educational program series will kick off Feb. 12 with “Behind the Music: The Essence of Joy Choirs,” a presentation and concert in Midtown Manhattan at The Princeton Club.

Penn State Associate Professor and Choir Director Anthony Leach will give participants a backstage look at the dynamics of a choir and how a director infuses energy and inventiveness into choral music. The program will also feature performances of sacred and secular music from the African and African-American tradition by the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers. This special City Lights program begins at 1 p.m., with a reception and lunch.

The cost for this first City Lights event is $60 for Alumni Association members, $75 for non-members and $25 for children (under 6 are free). More information, including how to register, is available at

The rest of the 2011 City Lights schedule is:

March 3
Washington, D.C., National Press Club

“The Inside Scoop: A White House Reporter’s Story” by alumnus Ben Feller ’92, chief White House correspondent for The Associated Press;

Co-Sponsored by the Penn State College of Communications;

March 26
Houston, NASA’s Johnson Space Center

“To Infinity and Beyond: Defining the Human Limits of Space Exploration” by Jim Pawelczyk ’85g, alumnus, astronaut and associate professor of physiology and kinesiology;

Co-Sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science;

April 30
Philadelphia, The Academy of Natural Sciences

“The Naked Truth: Why Humans Have No Fur” by Nina Jablonski, professor and head of the Department of Anthropology;

May 12
Pittsburgh, ToonSeum

“From Comic Books to Hollywood: Superheroes at the Box Office” by Matt McAllister, professor of communications;

May 21
Gettysburg, Pa., Gettysburg National Park

“The Battle of Gettysburg’s Courage, Carnage, and Commemoration” by Carol Reardon, George Winfree Professor of American History.

City Lights engages Penn State alumni with programs that include lectures by Penn State professors and expert alumni on current topics, coupled with a social/networking aspect. 

The Penn State Alumni Association works with alumni affiliate groups on City Lights events. Participating chapters include: Annapolis; Binghamton (N.Y.); Centre County (Pa.); Chester County (Pa.); New York City; Philadelphia; Potomac Valley (Md.); and The Woodlands (Texas). Participating college alumni societies include: Arts and Architecture, Communications, Engineering, Health and Human Development and Smeal College of Business. Participating campus alumni societies include: Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and York. Additional groups include the African American Alumni Organization of Metro Washington, D.C.; Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program; Essence of Joy Alumni Singers; Professional Women’s Network of Metro Washington, D.C.; and Smeal Business Club of Philadelphia.

All City Lights events require pre-registration and are open to Penn State alumni and friends. Ticket prices vary, although members receive a discount. To register or for more information, including exact times and prices for each event, go to or call 800-548-LION (5466), option 0.

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