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The Joe Paterno Statue on Penn State campus

The Joe Paterno Statue on Penn State campus | Geography Education |
I never imagined that this picture would be awkward or evoke such ambivalent feelings within me.  This picture was taken while I was working on my Ph.D. in geography at the Pennsylvania State Unive...


As a geographer, much on my career has centered on researching monuments in public spaces and their cultural meanings.  As a Penn State graduate, I felt that it was time for me to write a post about my thoughts on the future of the JoePa statue.  Please let me know what you think in the comment section below.   

Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 15, 2012 1:13 PM
It seems that wrong always overshadows good, but people choose to remember what they want. I would hope that the statue and what it stands for is still given the proper respect and not to invoke emotions and memories of the lower side.
Don Brown Jr's comment, September 3, 2012 10:57 PM
In more than one way a statue can represent the themes or image of the surrounding area serving as an emotional funnel point. Throughout history statues and monuments such as the Colossus of Rhodes have served as a reminder to all who gaze at them of what the idea and values of the surrounding area are. In the case of Penn State the football legacy, the reputation of the school, the surrounding community and state as well as personal pride were all intertwined into this statue of Joe Paterno. Indeed statues carry a significant share of the culture, history and emotional attachments individuals have to a particular landscape and when you remove that image you risk creating a void in the area and peoples conception of it. Presently, the image Penn State will need to fill this vacuum remains to be discovered.
Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:09 PM

The significance of Joe Paterno at Penn State was huge. At one point Joe Paterno was the heart beat of the Penn State football team and to fans. This statue meant a lot to Penn State fans and all college football fans all over. Until a sex scandal broke out that involved Joe Paterno although he did not commit any sexual acts people started to think differently about him and the program he was running. A statue that symbolized greatness at one time now is only looked at as a terrible crime.

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