August 24, 2018

Derrick R. Brooms, photo by Patrick Caven Brown Derrick R. Brooms, photo by Patrick Caven BrownEach year, Susquehanna University chooses a theme around which the common reading for incoming first-year students is designed.

The 2018-19 theme is resilience. Events throughout the academic year will reflect on resilient people and systems, allowing us to examine the characteristics that lead to resilience.

Susquehanna will host four lectures during the fall semester that focus on resilience. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Holly B. Rogers, M.D.
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018—7:30 p.m.
Weber Chapel Auditorium
Rogers is a developer of the Koru Mindfulness® program, founder of the Center for Koru Mindfulness® and a psychiatrist at Duke University. Her book The Mindful Twenty-Something is a handbook for young adults who wish to learn about mindfulness and meditation. In her lecture, Rogers will explain how mindfulness can help develop the ability to bounce back from difficult experiences.

Derrick R. Brooms, Ph.D.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018—7:30 p.m.
Weber Chapel Auditorium
Brooms is an associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at the University of Cincinnati. Brooms will discuss resilience and Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting the Black Male Collegiate Experiences, his 2017 book.

Martín Espada, J.D.
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018—7:30 p.m.
Degenstein Center Theater
Espada is a poet, editor, essayist and translator. He is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Espada has published nearly 20 books. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed.

Rob Babcock
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018—6 p.m.
Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 3-5
Babcock is the Dorothy Weyer Creigh distinguished professor of history at Hastings College, Nebraska, where he has taught European history, Latin and Russian since 1992. His lecture is titled, Cossack Rebellions and the Resilience of the Russian State.