August 16, 2022

September brings an art exhibition, a theatre production, a visiting writer, a Japanese musical performance and academic lectures to Susquehanna University’s campus. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Gallery To Honor Black Artists

The Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University will host Terms of Service with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. The exhibition runs through Oct. 23.

This exhibition honors and celebrates Black women artists who use their creative practice as linchpin and springboard for their work in activism, advocacy and leadership.

Co-curated by members of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, who were inspired by their organization’s motto, “Greater Service, Greater Progress,” local and regional artists were selected whose creativity and service work to advance equity, empathy and social justice

Chris Hogan To Lecture on Financial Literacy

No. 1 national bestselling author and personal financial expert Chris Hogan will present the lecture Everyday Millionaires at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the Degenstein Center Theater in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

Hogan spent the last 25 years speaking, teaching and coaching Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including businesses of all sizes, national trade associations and nonprofit organizations. His latest book, Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth – And How You Can Too, is based on the largest study of net-worth millionaires ever conducted.

Fiction Writer To Present Reading

Award-winning author Rivka Galchen will present a reading of her work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

Galchen is the author of two novels, a short story collection, an essay collection and a novel for children. She is also a staff writer for The New Yorker, which in 2010 named her to its “20 Under 40” list of fiction writers. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American series and elsewhere, and she has in the past been a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, Harper’s and The New York Times Magazine. Her most recent novel, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, is centered on the true history of the witch trial of the mother of astronomer Johannes Kepler.

Foreign Policy Expert To Lecture on Ukraine

John Scherpereel, professor of political science at James Madison University, will deliver the lecture The Invasion of Ukraine and the Future of Europe at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

An expert on foreign policy and internal governance within the European Union, Scherpereel will discuss the implications of the conflict in the Ukraine for foreign policy and cooperation within the EU.

Lecture To Explore Renewal

Allison Carr, associate professor of rhetoric and director of writing across the curriculum at Coe College, will deliver the Common Reading Lecture, Renewal, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Weber Chapel Auditorium.

What does it mean to begin again; to look back on experiences with a fresh pair of eyes? Carr explores what it means to “renew” in the face of failure and ways that failure can serve as a productive path for exploring, reflecting and reexamining our learning.

The goal of Susquehanna’s Common Reading Program is to create a shared academic experience and point of discussion for first-year students.

Japanese Ensemble Brings Big Drums, Big Energy

Japanese musical ensemble Taikoza will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Weber Chapel Auditorium as part of Susquehanna’s Artist Series.

Roughly translated, taiko means “big drums” — and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Drawing on Japan’s rich legacy of music and performance to develop a highly visual experience with colorful costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza created a new sound using ancestral taiko drums and bamboo flutes. Taikoza has performed in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and House of Music, Osaka Festival Hall and Lincoln Center.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for non-SU students.

Susquehanna’s Artist Series seeks to encourage an aesthetic appreciation of diverse cultures as well as the artistic heritage of humankind. Performances are often linked in ways that advance intellectual engagement through master classes, lectures, or content of the artistic presentation.

University Orchestra To Perform Concert

The University Orchestra, under the direction of Zachary Levi, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

The Symphony Orchestra performs the great music of the Western canon along with lesser-known works and premieres. The ensemble accompanies an annual concerto competition winner and regularly collaborates on opera productions and oratorios.

Theatre To Present 110 in the Shade

The Department of Theatre will present 110 in the Shade Thursday, Sept. 29, through Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2:30 p.m., in Degenstein Center Theater.

Set in the tiny town of Three Point, in the hot and drought-stricken American southwest, the musical by N. Richard Nash, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, stars traveling con man Bill Starbuck, who promises the local farmers he can conjure some much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, blossoms as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.

Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors and $5 for non-SU students.

For Tickets

For tickets and information, visit the box office in the Degenstein Center Theater lobby or call 570-372-ARTS (2787) Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. during the academic year. Tickets can also be purchased online at