Penn State Laureate

2014-2015: Susan Russell

  • All In: Leaping into Faith, part VI
    Susan Russell, associate professor in the School of Theatre and 2014-15 Penn State laureate, was a speaker at the "All In at Penn State" kickoff event in October 2016. This is the final installment in a six-part series that is part of the University's ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion.
  • All In: Leaping into Faith, part V
    Susan Russell, associate professor in the School of Theatre and 2014-15 Penn State laureate, was a speaker at the "All In at Penn State" kickoff event in October 2016. This is the fifth installment in a six-part series that is part of the University's ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion. In it, Russell talks about working with middle school students.
  • Russell helps audience create a vocabulary of peace at Luchinsky Lecture
    Penn State theatre professor Susan Russell encouraged her audience to find peace by giving to others during the annual Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture.
  • All In: Leaping into Faith, part II
    This is the second installment from Susan Russell, associate professor in the School of Theatre and 2014-15 Penn State laureate, in a six-part series that is part of the University's ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion.
  • All In: Leaping Into Faith
    Susan Russell, associate professor in the School of Theatre, was a speaker at the "All In at Penn State" kickoff event in October 2016. This series is part of the University's ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion.
  • Susan Russell to deliver 2017 Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture on Jan. 30
    Susan Russell, Penn State associate professor of theatre and 2014-15 Penn State Laureate, will present “The ABC’s of Peace: The Power of ‘U’” as part of the Schreyer Honors College’s 22nd annual Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. This year's lecture will focus on creating peace in everyday life.
  • Susan Russell named commencement speaker at Penn State Hazleton
    Susan Russell has been announced as the commencement speaker at Penn State Hazleton. Commencement will take place at 7 p.m. May 6 in the Dr. Thomas M. Caccese Gymnasium in the Physical Education Building.
  • The Dignity Tour: Penn State Laureates final reflection addresses choosing
    "I did something crazy last week. I stood five feet off the ground and fell backwards into the arms of 10 Penn State students. This was not an uncontrolled activity. Everyone involved spent the morning learning how to fall, catch, stand and trust, and then we had to handle our own fears about falling, catching, standing, and trusting. Fear is a powerful thing. It shuts you down, shuts you up, and shuts you off." -- Susan Russell, associate professor of theater, from her final essay as Penn State laureate for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Penn State Laureate Susan Russell to speak at Penn State Behrend
    As the 2014-15 Penn State laureate, Susan Russell is touring the state to promote dignity. On Friday, April 3, she brings that tour to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Russell’s presentation, “A Musician, an Engineer, and a Physicist Walk into a Bar… A Conversation with Dr. Susan Russell,” takes place at 12:15 p.m. in in the Reed Auditorium of the college’s Reed Union Building. It is free and open to the public.
  • Laureate Susan Russell to lecture in School of Music Freshman Experience Series
    Penn State Laureate Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre, will give a lecture, "A musician, an engineer, and a physicist walk into a bar...," from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Esber Recital Hall on the University Park campus. The lecture is part of the School of Music’s Freshmen Experience series but is open to the public.
  • Penn State Laureate Susan Russell to speak in Libraries
    "Thanks, Mrs. Sawyer: How My First Grade Teacher is Helping Me Translate 21st Century Education,” by Susan Russell, will be presented from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.
  • Penn State laureate reflects on anniversary of Kings speech at Penn State
    Susan Russell, the 2014-15 Penn State Laureate and associate professor of theatre, is taking her "Dignity Tour" to Penn State campuses, high schools and other locations across Pennsylvania, discussing "various languages of creativity, and how these languages can bridge communication gaps between diverse cultures and disciplines." Russell is reflecting on her laureate experiences through a series of essays. Her fourth essay, reflecting on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's speech at Penn State, appears below.
  • Laureate Russell to present at Penn State Schuylkill
    On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Penn State Schuylkill invites you to join Susan Russell, associate professor of theater and Penn State Laureate, for an interactive conversation titled, “Dignity: Changing Obstacles Into Opportunities.”
  • The Dignity Tour: Penn State laureates second reflection asks whats in a word
    Susan Russell, the 2014-15 Penn State Laureate, is reflecting on the experiences through a series of essays. In this edition, she has good news and bad news: Everyone wants dignity, but everyone is having difficulty defining the word.
  • The Dignity Tour: Penn State Laureate to visit Lehigh Valley Oct. 22
    Penn State Lehigh Valley will welcome the University's 2014-2015 Laureate, Susan Russell, as part of her statewide Dignity Tour at 1 p.m. Oct. 22 in Room 135 at the campus in Center Valley. The event is free and open to the public.
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