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The Penn State Laureate is an annual faculty honor established in 2008 to bring greater visibility to the arts, the humanities, the honoree's work, and the University.

Military historian appointed Penn State laureate

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Carol Reardon, the George Winfree Professor of American History, has been named the Penn State laureate for the 2015-16 academic year. The Penn State laureate, an honorary position established in 2008, is a full-time faculty member in the humanities or the arts who is assigned half-time for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences. (more)

Penn State Laureate Susan Russell to speak at Penn State Behrend

Monday, March 16, 2015

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. (more)

Penn State Laureate Susan Russell spreads message of dignity across campuses

Friday, March 13, 2015

As Penn State Laureate, Associate Professor of Theatre Susan Russell has dedicated herself to opening a dialogue among Penn Staters and beyond about dignity and humanity. (more)

Heard on Campus: Susan Russell, Penn State Laureate

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre and the 2014-15 Penn State Laureate, spoke on "Making Change Make Sense," at the Penn State Forum Speaker Series, held Feb. 11 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. (more)

Laureate Susan Russell to lecture in School of Music Freshman Experience Series

Friday, February 06, 2015

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. (more)

Penn State Laureate professor to address music students

Friday, February 06, 2015

Associate Professor of Theatre and 2014-15 Penn State Laureate Susan Russell will present a lecture at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Esber Recital Hall on the University Park campus. Titled "A Musician, an Engineer, and a Physicist Walk into a Bar, " the lecture is designed for the School of Music's weekly "Freshmen Experience" series. It is free admission and open to the general public. (more)

Penn State Laureate Susan Russell to speak in Libraries

Friday, January 30, 2015

"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. (more)

Penn State laureate reflects on anniversary of King's speech at Penn State

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

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. (more)

Laureate Russell to present at Penn State Schuylkill

Monday, October 27, 2014

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.” (more)

The Dignity Tour: Penn State laureate's second reflection asks what's in a word

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

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. (more)

The Dignity Tour: Penn State Laureate to visit Lehigh Valley Oct. 22

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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. (more)

Penn State Greater Allegheny to welcome Penn State laureate

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Penn State Greater Allegheny will welcome the Penn State Laureate for 2014-15, professor Susan Russell, who will be presenting at noon Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Ostermayer Room in the Student Community Center on campus. (more)

Penn State laureate, theater professor to visit Brandywine on Oct. 13

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Susan Russell, associate professor of theater, and Penn State’s 2014-15 laureate will visit the Brandywine campus as part of her “Dignity Tour” on Monday, Oct. 13. (more)

Berks campus community comes together for Unity Day

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Unity Day, an annual Penn State event that helps bring students, faculty, staff and the community together to celebrate diversity, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The official kick-off will be at 1 p.m. at the Perkins Plaza. All Unity Day activities are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. (more)

The Dignity Tour: Penn State laureate to visit Berks Oct. 15

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre in the College of Arts and Architecture and Penn State laureate for 2014-15, will visit Penn State Berks on Wednesday, Oct. 15, as part of her statewide “Dignity Tour” as laureate in which she will lead a public Town Hall-style meeting on Dignity and Diversity at 1 p.m. in room 121 of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. This presentation is free and open to public. (more)

Penn State Laureate Russell launches website to spark conversations on dignity

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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The Dignity Tour: Penn State laureate’s first reflection ‘poses the question’

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Susan Russell, the 2014-15 Penn State laureate, begins a yearlong series of reflections on dignity today, June 30, as our nation approaches the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act enacted on July 2, 1964. Russell will be visiting each Penn State campus during the upcoming academic year and sharing her reflections following each visit. (more)

The Dignity Tour: Penn State laureate’s first reflection ‘poses the question’

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Susan Russell, the 2014-15 Penn State laureate, begins a yearlong series of reflections on dignity today, June 30, as our nation approaches the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act enacted on July 2, 1964. Russell will be visiting each Penn State campus during the upcoming academic year and sharing her reflections following each visit. (more)

Penn State Laureate to discuss The Beatles, their music

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“Textualizing The Beatles,” a discussion on the nature of scholarly research related to the band, will be presented by Kenneth Womack at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and on MediaSite Live. (more)

Theatre Professor Susan Russell named Penn State laureate for 2014-15

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre, has been named the Penn State laureate for the 2014-15 academic year. She succeeds 2013-14 Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona. (more)

Womack featured on Voice of America's 'Music Alley'

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kenneth Womack is featured in a recent Voice of America segment about the Beatles' invasion of America. (more)

50 Years of Beatles: 'The greatest showbiz town ever'

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived to unprecedented fanfare at New York City’s newly renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport. With “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and "Meet the Beatles!" ruling the top slots in the Billboard hit singles and albums charts, Beatlemania had come to America. And as cultural life in the 50 intervening years has demonstrated, it had come to stay. (more)

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: Beatles expert to speak at Brandywine

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, will visit Penn State Brandywine at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, to present “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles.” Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to join Womack in Room 113 of the Main Building for this interactive, multimedia presentation. (more)

Third edition of Womack's book published

Monday, January 13, 2014

The revised third edition of Kenneth Womack’s book "Key Concepts in Literary Theory" was published this week by Edinburgh University Press. (more)

50 Years of Beatles: The Beatles Take Paris!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

In January 1964, only a few scant weeks before the Beatles took America by storm, the band mates settled in for an extended stay in Paris. For the group, the Parisian visit proved to be a magical experience, with the Beatles playing 18 shows at the Olympia Theatre between Jan. 16 and Feb. 4. (more)