Penn State Mont Alto to host writer's blocks

September 16, 2010

MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Penn State Mont Alto will host the university's "writer's blocks" on campus today to focus attention on Constitution Day.

The blocks, publicly placed artwork that doubles as a venue for students to express in writing their opinions on certain topics, will also be installed on the University Park and Brandywine campuses.

The blocks were designed in 2007 by students at University Park in the first-year art and design studio run by Peter Aeschbacher, assistant professor of architecture.

This year's writer's block questions are drawn from contemporary First- and Second-Amendment controversies:

o Is intolerance of the "9/11 mosque" fundamentally un-American?

o Can the right to carry a gun be balanced with public safety?

These issues have the potential to draw students into a consideration of their personal values and of history's impact on current events, according to a university press release.


Mont Alto students will have the opportunity to chalk their observations on three cube-shaped installations that will be set up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the lower entrance to the Sci-Tech Building, the Wiestling Student Center plaza and the patio at the library.

For more information, contact Penn State Mont Alto Constitution Day coordinators Andrea Christopher, director of student affairs, at 717-749-6138 or Kira Hamman, instructor of mathematics at 717-749-6029.

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