August 28, 2019

September brings an art exhibition, lectures, readings and a unique series of concerts as a fresh academic year gets underway at Susquehanna University.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Lecture to Address Sexual Assault

Keith E. Edwards, scholar and educator on sexual violence prevention, will deliver the lecture, The Power of Consent: A Proactive Approach to Sexual Violence Prevention, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Edwards is the co-author of Putting My Man Face On, published in The Power of Stories: Susquehanna University Common Reading Anthology 2019–20.

Listeners will be taught to recognize their miseducation via cultural stories at the roots of sexual violence and leave the session with a vivid understanding of the issues and tangible ways to make change happen.

Gallery to Exhibit Selections from its Permanent Collection

This season’s first exhibition at the Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selections from the Permanent Collection, opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the gallery in the Degenstein Campus Center.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, fiber art, photography, sculpture and mid-20th century French posters.

Curated by gallery Director Dan Olivetti, the exhibition includes American Regionalist prints by such prominent artists as John Steuart Curry, Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. Two extraordinary pieces in the show, hewn from Italian Carrara marble, harken back to the classical days of sculpture. Polaroids and prints by Andy Warhol, donated to the gallery from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, will also be on display.

The exhibition runs through Oct. 6. The gallery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed during university recesses; call 570-372-4059 for an appointment when classes are not in session.

Concert Series Features Women Composers

The Department of Music embarks on a yearlong exploration of the rich contributions of women composers from the 12th century to the present.

The Festival of Women Composers is comprised of three concerts, lectures and panel discussions celebrating women’s music and specifically commemorating the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann, one of the great pianists of the 19th century, a distinguished composer and the editor of the first critical edition of the works of her husband, Robert Schumann.

The three evenings include music of various composers, including vocal and chamber works of Clara Schumann, performed by faculty, students and guest artists.

Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 12 and 13 in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

This festival is supported by Susquehanna’s Women’s Leadership Fund.

Political Science Lecture to Explore the Evolving Supreme Court

Lee Epstein will deliver The Evolving U.S. Supreme Court, Susquehanna’s Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society Lecture, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Faylor Lecture Hall in Fisher Hall.

Epstein is an Ethan A.H. Shepley distinguished university professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Her research and teaching interests center on law and legal institutions, especially the behavior of judges.

Publisher to Deliver Lecture

Independent publisher Lisa Pearson will deliver the annual Publishing and Editing Lecture, On the Small and the Contrary, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall.

Pearson is the founder of Siglio Press, an independent publishing house driven by its feminist ethos and committed to publishing uncommon books that live at the intersection of art and literature.

She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Oregon and Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Authors to Present Reading

Authors Matthew Neill Null and Sarah Rose Nordgren will present a reading of their works at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall.

Null, an assistant professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. A native of West Virginia, he is a recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, Mary McCarthy Prize and O. Henry Award.

Originally from North Carolina, Nordgren is a poet, teacher and multiform text artist. Her books of poetry, Best Bones (2014) and Darwin’s Mother (2017), were published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Among her awards are two winter fellowships in Provincetown and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Nordgren is an associate editor at 32 Poems.

Their reading is a part of Susquehanna’s Seavey Visiting Writers Series.