September 19, 2019

October ushers in a new art exhibition, academic lectures, a reading, an array of recitals, as well as the beginning of the theatre season at Susquehanna University.

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

Lectures Explore Politics, Finance, Health Policy, Astronomy

Professor Timothy Hellwig will present the lecture, “What Moves Public Approval? Popularity for Governments Around the World,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 1-3 in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

Hellwig’s lecture will explore the social, economic and political forces that shape public support for incumbent governments in the United States and in other advanced industrial democracies. Hellwig is professor of political science at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Kim Holder will present “Be Free: Finding Your Own Path to Financial Independence” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in the Degenstein Center Theater at Susquehanna University.

Holder is the director of the University of West Georgia’s (UWG) Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy and a senior lecturer of economics in the Richards College of Business.

Jackie Faherty, Susquehanna University’s 2019 Claritas Distinguished Speaker in the Sciences, will deliver the lecture, “Our Cosmic Ballet,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

Faherty is a senior scientist and senior education manager in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education. She will guide her audience through cutting-edge visualizations of the most spectacular astronomical dataset of our time — a virtual tour of hundreds of millions of stars, highlighting astronomers’ revolutionary scientific progress. Her presentation will reveal the history of our galaxy, from recent stellar fly-bys to long-ago Milky Way mergers.

October’s lectures come to a close with the Edward S. and A Rita Schmidt Lecture in Ethics, “How Economics Fails Health Law and Policy,” presented by Allison K. Hoffman at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

Hoffman, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, will discuss how the influence of economics and market-based approaches in national health policy have affected access to care, and what industry and government can do to address inequality and broaden access to quality health care.

Stretansky Concert Hall to Host Recitals

Music is in the air as faculty and guests prepare for a month full of recitals. All recitals are in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

Soprano Alli Villines and pianist Jaime Namminga will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.


The following evening, clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman will play at 7:30 p.m.

The Susquehanna University Symphonic Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal and miniature preview performance at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Conducted by Jordan Randall Smith, the symphonic orchestra will perform Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in G Major (“London”) and other selections.

Trio Kisosen will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. The ensemble is composed of cellist An-Lin Bardin, pianist Naomi Niskala and violinist Matheus Sardinha Garcia Souza.

October wraps up with a recital from horn player Gabrielle Finck and pianist Jaime Namminga at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Gallery Opens Juried Exhibition

Susquehanna University will open the 11th annual Juried Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Lore Degenstein Gallery in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

This year’s juror is Alberto Carol, a figurative artist living and working in Miami, Florida. Carol will select the exhibition works from the pool of entries and announce the awards during his remarks at the opening reception.

The gallery’s national, juried visual art competition and exhibition is open to two-dimensional figurative artists (referencing the human figure), working in painting, drawing and printmaking who are over the age of 18.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 9 at the gallery, which is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Writer’s Institute Hosts Visiting Author

Susquehanna University’s Writers Institute will host a reading for author Kristina Marie Darling at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Darling, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a first-generation college student and an advocate for women in the arts, higher education and the professions. She is the author of 30 books, including “Look to Your Left: The Poetics of Spectacle,” “Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations,” and “DARK HORSE: Poems.”

Darling’s reading is part of the Seavey Visiting Writers Series.

Department of Theatre Takes the Stage in First Productions of the Year

Susquehanna’s Department of Theatre presents “Working,” a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Fasco et al., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 5, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Degenstein Center Theater.

“Working” is a vivid musical celebration of working people and their lives, featuring songs by Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor and others.

Tickets are free for SU students, $15 for adults, and $10 for non-SU students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call the box office Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at 570-372-ARTS (2787).

The Second Stage season kicks off with the 24-Hour Play Festival beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall.

Student teams will conceptualize, write, rehearse and perform exciting new short works in a 24-hour span.