August 23, 2023

September brings theatre performances, a gallery exhibition, a reading, a concert and a unique lecture to Susquehanna University’s campus. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Gallery opens season with Flow exhibition

The Lore Degenstein Gallery will kick off its 2023-24 season with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, to celebrate the exhibition Flow. Artists sTo Len, Stacy Levy and Allie Wist will attend and give remarks.

The exhibition continues through Oct. 13. Student-led tours will be conducted Sept. 26, Sept. 28, Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 at 12 p.m.

Water is life; a remarkable, inimitable substance that covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface and is fundamental to the survival of all living things. This exhibition addresses how water systems support life, while acknowledging that water is more than its use-value as a commodity. From perspectives like storytelling, community and sensory experience, artists Len, Levy, Wist and Naoe Suzuki look beyond water’s role as a standing reserve to consider its personal, social and cultural meanings.

The Lore Degenstein Gallery, located in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year. It is closed during university breaks. Call 570-372-4059 for an appointment when classes are not in session.

Lecture to explore economics and environment

Claudia Williamson Kramer, professor of economics at Gary W. Rollins College of Business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Carson Reeling, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, will present the lecture How Much Should We Regulate the Economy To Fix the Environment? at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Degenstein Center Theater in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

Scholars differ on what regulations should be implemented to improve the environment and the effectiveness of those regulations. In this debate, scholars with different views will discuss the role government should play in regulating the economy to improve the environment. The goal is twofold: to learn more about an important issue and to model how people with different views on a contentious issue can engage in a civil discussion.

Artist Series presents traditional Anatolian shadow theater

Susquehanna’s Artist Series presents U.S. Karagöz Theatre Company in a traditional Anatolian shadow theater production of The Forest of the Witch at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Degenstein Center Theater in Susquehanna’s Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

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

The theater company was founded in 2017 by Ayhan Hulagu as the first traditional Turkish theater in the United States. The company’s primary goal is to showcase traditional Anatolian theater on an international scale, devoting special attention to Karagöz and meddah (the Anatolian art of storytelling), traditions on the list of Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage. Hulagu brought the 700-year-old Karagöz art form to Broadway for the first time, marking a special moment in the history of this traditional art.

The Forest of the Witch is an adaptation of a play named The Bloody Poplar of Muhittin Sevilen, here rewritten by Ayhan Hulagu.

Author to present reading

The Seavey Visiting Writers Series presents Phuc Tran at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

Tran’s 2020 memoir Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In, tells the story of Tran’s family’s 1975 immigration from Vietnam, their arrival in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and their struggle to assimilate into their new life.

Tran has been a high school Latin teacher for more than 20 years while simultaneously establishing himself as a highly sought-after tattooer in the Northeast. He graduated from Bard College in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in classics and received the Callanan Classics Prize. He taught German, Greek, Latin and Sanskrit in New York and Maine. His 2012 TEDx talk, Grammar, Identity and the Dark Side of the Subjunctive, was featured on NPR’s Ted Radio Hour.

An occasional guest on Maine Public Radio discussing grammar, the classics and Strunk and White’s legacy, Tran currently tattoos at and owns Tsunami Tattoo in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his family.

Theatre to present modern retelling of ‘Eurydice’

Susquehanna’s Department of Theatre will present Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for seniors and non-SU students.

Eurydice is a modern retelling of the ancient myth and love story of Orpheus and Eurydice told from the perspective of Eurydice as she travels between the living world and the underworld.

University Orchestra to present concert

Susquehanna’s University Orchestra will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music & Art.

Ticket information

Tickets for Artist Series and theater events can be purchased in person at the Degenstein Center Box Office Monday through Friday while classes are in session, 12 p.m. noon to 5 p.m.; by calling 570-372-ARTS; or online at