Penn State Greater Allegheny to welcome Penn State laureate

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. 

Russell’s laureate year is focused on dignity. She deals with strong and difficult topics, but this presentation is focused on the strategy of change through identifying what is dignified behavior, and how that behavior can be a part of moment-to-moment life. She has developed a website,, and is inviting everyone at the campuses she visits to provide examples and contribute to the discussion.

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. The individual appears at University events at Penn State campuses and throughout the state at various community programs in hopes of adding a more human dimension to the conduct of the usual affairs and business of these locations.

Russell graduated summa cum laude with a doctorate in theater studies from Florida State University in 2008.  She received her undergraduate degree in theater from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina, in 1979. She has served as a cultural ambassador and advocate at the University Park campus and in the State College community. Russell teaches playwriting, history of American musical theater, women in theater, and graduate literature and criticism seminars. 

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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