January 22, 2020

February welcomes academic lectures, an array of concerts, theatrical productions and more to a new semester at Susquehanna University.

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

Writers Institute Hosts Visiting Author

Author Thi Bui will present a reading of her work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

Bui is a teacher and cartoonist whose work sheds light on the treatment of minorities, foreigners and refugees. Among her publications is “The Best We Could Do,” a graphic essay detailing her family’s escape from Vietnam and life in the U.S.

Bui received her Bachelor of Arts in art and legal studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Arts in art education at New York University. She is a lecturer at the California College of the Arts.

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

Students, Faculty Present Concerts

Susquehanna students and faculty will present a variety of concerts and recitals this month.

David Steinau, associate professor and chair of the Department of Music, will join Jaime Namminga, lecturer in music, for a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

The 28th Annual Honors Band Festival will conclude with the finale concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in Weber Chapel Auditorium. This unique event recognizes the achievements of exceptional high school musicians.

The University Orchestra, under the direction of Jordan Randall Smith, visiting assistant professor of music, will perform the Third Symphony by Florence Price, the first African American woman to have a work performed by a major symphony orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Lecture Explores the Economics of the Beer Industry

Trey Malone, assistant professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, will deliver the lecture, Economics of the Beer Industry, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

Malone’s lecture will explain the economic forces behind the United States’ rapidly expanding beer industry.

Malone’s paper, “Brewing up Entrepreneurship: Government Intervention in Craft Beer,” was selected as the Outstanding Article of 2017 by the editorial board of the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.

London-Based Musicians to Perform Innovative Sound

The Septura Brass Septet will present its rendition of brass chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Currently the ensemble-in-residence at the Royal Academy of Music, the group is recording a series of discs, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a “counter-factual history” of brass chamber music. Weaving this ever-increasing repertoire into captivating live events, Septura is gaining a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and imaginative programming.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, and $5 for non-SU students. For tickets and information, call the box office at 570-372-ARTS (2787).

Students Stage First Productions of the Spring Semester

Susquehanna’s Department of Theatre presents Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, a play by Jane Chambers, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 22, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Degenstein Center Theater.

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is a warm and thoughtful play about love, friendship, loss and recovery.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 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).

Closing out the month is the Second Stage production, A Pageant of Agitating Women, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, through Saturday, Feb. 29, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Degenstein Center Theater. Admission is free but tickets are required.

They Led the Way consists of an evening of one-act plays reflecting on the 100th anniversary of women voting in the U.S.