Penn State laureate, theatre professor, to visit Brandywine Oct. 13

Penn State's 2014-15 laureate will visit the Brandywine campus as part of her "Dignity Tour" on Monday, Oct. 13.

Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre, has been named the Penn State laureate for the current academic year. She will visit classes at Brandywine in the morning. During common hour, 12:30-1:20 p.m., in Main Building 101 she will give her campus talk on "Dignity and Civil Rights," her philosophy of the Civil Rights Act's 50th anniversary. 

"I will speak about various languages of creativity and how these languages can bridge communication gaps between diverse cultures and disciplines," Russell said. "And I will work diligently to open dialogues between our campuses and communities that will foster, promote and maintain an environment where everyone — students and citizens alike — learns, experiences and creates."

As laureate, Russell plans to highlight, promote and enhance the programs at Penn State and in surrounding communities that work to address the many social challenges faced by young people.

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.