October Events at Susquehanna – Susquehanna University

September 19, 2022

October brings presentations on the James Webb Space Telescope, immigration and war, as well as a guest author, a theatrical performance and other academic presentations to the Susquehanna University campus. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Theater to present 110 in the shade

The theater department introduces itself 110 in the shade Thursday, September 29th to Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 2, 2:30 p.m., in the Degenstein Center Theater.

Set in the tiny southwest town of Three Point, the musical by N. Richard Nash, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt stars traveling con artist Bill Starbuck, who promises local farmers he can summon much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, thrives as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.

Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors and $5 for non-SU students. Tickets and information are available at the box office in the lobby of the Degenstein Center Theater or by calling 570-372-ARTS (2787) Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://susqu.universitytickets.com/.

Groundbreaking James Webb telescope Focus of the lecture

NASA engineer Michael Davis will deliver The James Webb Space Telescope: It Works; Perfect! at this year’s Claritas Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 10, at the Degenstein Center Theater.

Davis will provide an overview of the James Webb Telescope and some of the latest images and scientific data from this revolutionary telescope that is already rewriting physics and astronomy textbooks.

Lecture highlighting immigrant travel

Saul Flores will give the lecture The way of the immigrants at 7 p.m. Monday, October 3, at the Degenstein Center Theater.

Flores is the founder and owner of LoveWalk, an organization that raises awareness of immigrant journeys. As a student at North Carolina State University, Flores took a “walk”—starting in Ecuador and ending in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2010, he walked 5,328 miles through 10 countries and nine border crossings over three months to document just how grueling and dangerous the immigrant journey can be.

Flore’s lecture in Susquehanna is a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Queer poet presents reading

Rachel Wiley, a queer, multiracial poet and performer, will present a reading on Tuesday, October 11 at 7pm in the Stretansky Concert Hall at the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

Wiley is the author of three full-length collections of poetry published by Button Poetry: Fat girl finishing school, nothing is okay and the recently released ones revenge bodyand has performed at slam venues, colleges and festivals nationwide.

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

Lecture on research into women in the judiciary

Political scientist Christina Boyd delivers Susquehanna’s Arlin Adams Lecture, Women in the federal judiciary: tendencies in selection and decision-making Monday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Faylor Lecture Hall at Fisher Hall.

Boyd is Professor of Political Science and Professor of Public Affairs Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She also has a courtesy appointment at the School of Law, also at the University of Georgia. She has a PhD in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from Wake Forest University.

Foreign policy expert offers insight into military withdrawals

The lecture will be moderated by foreign policy expert Baris Kesgin Who’s taking the “boys” home? A leadership-oriented approach to military retreats at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 27, at the Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall.

Are there common characteristics of leaders making the decision to withdraw from an intervention? Kesgin’s presentation seeks answers to this question using the examples of former Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon and their respective decisions to withdraw from southern Lebanon in 1999 and Gaza in 2005. Kesgin will portray both leaders and present an in-depth analysis of the leaders’ decision-making processes and their reactions to the relevant national and international factors.

Kesgin is Associate Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University, where he teaches courses in international relations and comparative politics – specifically foreign policy analysis, political psychology and the Middle East. He received his bachelor’s degree from Middle East Technical University, his master’s degree from the University of Memphis, and his doctorate from the University of Kansas. He was an assistant professor of political science at Susquehanna before joining the faculty at Elon.

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