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Spring Events

MLK Convocation

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
Degenstein Theater

The Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost return to Susquehanna to present the annual MLK address by delivering music fueled by and written for the movement. The Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost is a holy concoction of soulful gospel and neo-blues.

Standing Tall: Building Resilience, Strengthening Roots

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 6 p.m.
Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 4 & 5 | Degenstein Campus Center

Sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Engagement

In this 90-minute workshop, students will learn five key ways we experience adversity in our lives. You will practice methods to prepare for and prevent derailment as well as process unavoidable events.

For trees to grow, there must be tension-between the downward pull of roots and the upward stretch of branches. They flourish by building strong, deep roots while accessing the nourishment that the sun, dirt, water and people provide. Trees are strong, yet flexible. Without strong roots the tree will be carried away during a storm. However, without flexibility,
the tree will break.

Putting this lesson into practice will help students develop skills to better cope with adversity. The workshop will end with tangible examples of how to create a new narrative that allows us to better deflect negative experiences that come into our lives.

Black History Month Film Series

Screening of 13th
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Center for Intercultural and Community Engagement

The screening of 13th kicks off a film series during Black History Month.

In 13th, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who directed Selma, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. 13th topped the list of nominees announced for the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards with five total nominations. Variety magazine film critic Owen Glieberman wrote, "When you watch 13th, you feel that you're seeing an essential dimension of America with new vision. That's what a cathartically clear-eyed work of documentary art can do."

How to Finish Better than You Started

By Nisan Trotter
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 7 p.m.
Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 | Degenstein Campus Center

Sponsored by the Student Health Center

Nisan Trotter is a local fitness trainer, entrepreneur, certified life coach and co-owner of TrotFitness, based in Lewisburg, Pa. A nationally recognized health and wellness motivational speaker, he was voted the nation's top "Fitness Business Summit Personal Trainer of the Year" in 2015. As a student who was recruited to play Division I football, Nisan was the first recipient of the Diversity Award at Bucknell University because of his ability to relate well to people of all ages and walks of life. Nisan returns to campus after a terrific visit last year!

Let's Talk: Civility and Differing Political Views

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 5-6:30 p.m.
Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 | Degenstein Campus Center

Sponsored by the Center for Academic Achievement

All students, faculty and staff are invited to engage in this candid, yet respectful, discussion of varying political views over dinner. This event will provide a safe space for participants to share views and insights.

Consuming the Political Process

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017; Wednesday, March 1, 2017; Thursday, March 9, 2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Evert Dining Room

Sponsored by the Department of Residence Life

The unknown is much less frightening when you have a strong construct of the political process. Come spend time with us during the dinner hour in the cafeteria, consuming food and knowledge as we watch Schoolhouse Rock videos and discuss the political processes of America. We hope to enhance not only your influence on our SU community, but our global community as well.

Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Institute

Kick-off: Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
Instructional Classroom #104 | Blough-Weis Library

Sponsored by the Counseling Center

MVP is a widely acclaimed leadership program that motivates both men and women to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered "women's issues": rape, relationship abuse, sexual assault and harassment. Founded in 1993, MVP is the original "bystander" program in the field of gender violence prevention education. The MVP approach views all individuals not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can recognize and confront harassment and abuse before, during and after the fact. The program inspires leadership by empowering individuals with tools to lead and with concrete options to effect change in their peer cultures, as well as with younger students and others.

Surviving and Thriving: Being a Person of Color in White Spaces

Two-part series: March 6 and 13 | 11:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Center for Intercultural and Community Engagement

Sponsored by the Counseling Center

This recent presidential election has highlighted an increase in microaggressions, racial harassment and bias incidents on our campus. Students of color experience discrimination, social isolation and psychological challenges during their educational experience, known as race-based stress. Given proper tools, students can not only survive, but thrive in these environments.

Combining research studies that clearly articulate the challenges and joys of being a student of color in a predominantly white institution with personal stories of success and strategies for growth, this two-part series will offer students practical lessons to hone the tools they need to thrive during their education in a post-election climate and beyond.

Leading Health Indicators Facing the College-aged Population- POSTPONED

By Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Student Health Center

In addition to serving as physician general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dr. Levine is also professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She has taught there on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics and has published articles and chapters on the medical management of eating disorders.

In addition, she started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program, which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She is the liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine. In that role, she has established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and is the facilitator for the LGBT student group.

Annual Activist in Residence: Fires in the Mirror with Dale Shields

Production in April

Sponsored by the Center for Intercultural and Community Engagement

Dale Shields will direct a student and staff production of Anna Deavere Smith's acclaimed play, which chronicles the viewpoints of people from two different communities, Black and Jewish, connected to the Crown Heights Riot in Brooklyn in 1991. Smith's Fires in the Mirror explores race, identity and the aftermath of the Crown Heights tragedies in a unique theatrical way. Her play presents more than two dozen people, real people, whom she interviewed about the Crown Heights events. These "characters" speak directly to us in their own words, creating a raw, multi-faceted portrait of what it means to live in a diverse, polarized urban America. Please contact Dena Salerno at if you are interested in acting or having a stage crew position. Auditions and rehearsals will be in March.

Fall Events

Let's Talk Dinner

Sept. 20, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m.
SDR 1-3, Degenstein Campus Center
Topic: The Presidential Election
Presenter: Michele DeMary

Opening Community Forum

Sept. 21, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m.
Degenstein Theater
This opening dialogue is an opportunity for students to express their questions, concerns and hopes for this academic year. It will be structured in a way that encourages interaction and discourse, and is purposely embedded in a series of fall events that stress community. As a forum potentially filled with diverse ideas, it is an ideal space to begin the process of intentional community building amidst the backdrop of contentious national "dialogue," violent current events, and Susquehanna's inclusive mission.

Cold Cuts

Join us at the GO House for free haircuts and cold-cut sandwiches from 1 - 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Sept. 26
  • Oct. 10 and 24
  • Nov. 7 and 21
  • Dec. 5

All lengths and textures welcomed!

Passion for the Arts & Everyday Life in the Middle East

Tuesday, Sept. 27
Small group workshops with the artists—Blough-Weis Library, 4-5 p.m.

Reception, including food and photo exhibition—Blough-Weis Library, 5-6 p.m.
Performance, film screening and round table—Isaacs Auditorium, 6-7:30 p.m.

Passion for the Arts is a dynamic event that brings award-winning international artists Ala Hamdan and Marwa Sayid Ahmad from the Middle East to Susquehanna to showcase their art and discuss the role of the arts and artists in the contemporary Middle East.

They offer a unique perspective as female artists navigating a largely male-dominated media and commercial space while demonstrating the diversity, variety and beauty of artistic expression as a vital part of everyday life in the region.

Both artists bridge the distance between tradition and modernity while offering a unique and intimate view of life in the region through photography, film, dance and instrumental music. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Susquehanna University Theme Fund, University Speaker's Fund, the University Chaplain's Office, the Office of Intercultural and Community Engagement, the Student Government Association, and the Departments of Religious Studies, History, Political Science & International Studies, Anthropology and Sociology.

Graduate Workshop

Oct. 4, 2016, 6 p.m.
Location TBA

Have dinner and listen to a panel of women who pursued graduate degrees at different points in their lives share their experiences. There also will be a chance for further conversations and a question and answer session.

Let's Talk Dinner

Oct. 10, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m.
SDR 1-3, Degenstein Campus Center
Topic and presenter TBA

Theresa Palmer Society Dinner- CANCELLED

Oct. 13, 2016, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
SDR 1-3, Degenstein Campus Center
Bringing together women of color to share, discover and celebrate issues related to women, culture and leadership.

Graduate Workshop

Oct. 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Location TBA
This session will include information on next steps, such as how to find and develop mentors, finding ways to minimize your costs for graduate school and more.

Let's Talk Dinner

Oct. 25, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m.
Meeting rooms 1-3, Degenstein Campus Center
Topic and presenter TBA

Theresa Palmer Society Dinner

Nov. 7, 2016, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Meeting rooms 2-5, Degenstein Campus Center
Bringing together women of color to share, discover and celebrate issues related to women, culture and leadership.

Let's Talk Dinner

Nov. 9, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m.
SDR 2-3, Degenstein Campus Center
Topic and presenter TBA

Transgender Inclusivity in the Classroom

Nov. 10, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Presented by Glen Retief and Annika Miller

A conversation among professors, aimed at brainstorming how teachers can affirm and celebrate gender diversity in the classroom.

In collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

ETHEL with guest artist Robert Mirabel

Nov. 15, 2016, 7:30 pm
Degenstein Center Theater
ETHEL and Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder and three-time Grammy Award winner, present The River, a cross-cultural concert experience inspired by water as the embodiment of Spirit and its essential role in life on Earth. The audience is immersed in a flow of music, narrative and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry. This engagement of ETHEL is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support.

They will also be speaking on Native American spirituality and music from 11:35-12:30 p.m. in the CICE office on the lower level of the Degenstein Campus Center.