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Inspirational speaker Elaine Penn will take the stage of the Gemmell multi-purpose room at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 to present “Finding Common Ground and Embracing Differences.”

Penn has been delivering speeches at colleges and universities since 1996 and has been described by past audiences as “energetic,” “engaging” and “insightful.”

“Finding Common Ground and Embracing Differences” continues this year’s Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series, The Realities of Race. Penn’s presentation will address issues of diversity and race, providing a fresh look at these issues through real-life experiences and anecdotes.

Events within the Realities of Race series will take place throughout the semester. Future events include:

  • 7 p.m. March 26, Gemmell multi-purpose room, The Neighborhood Game: An Illustration of Color-Blind Racism (sponsored by Clarion University Department of Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations class)

  • 6 p.m. March 27 and 28, April 1 and 2, Gemmell multi-purpose room, Spike Lee Film Festival. Tickets will be available March 4. For information call 814-393-2245.

  • 8 p.m. April 3, Marwick-Boyd auditorium, lecture by Spike Lee, director. Tickets will be available March 4 at Gemmell information desk, Golden Eagle Landing and online at

  • 7 p.m. April 17, (location TBA), lecture by Dr. Alveda King, civil rights activist and niece of Martin Luther King Jr., “The True Meaning of the Dream”

  • 8 p.m. April 24-27, 2 p.m. April 28, Marwick-Boyd Little Theatre, Edward Albee’s “Seascape.” Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children and free for students with valid ID. Call 814-393-ARTS.

The Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., was established to provide the Clarion University community with cultural experiences that inspire learning through thoughtful discussions.

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.

2/15/2013 11:49 AM

Speaker Elaine Penn continues Seifert Cultural Series