ARTS @ Oswego

February – November 2014

Shakespeare Comes to Oswego: An Evening Celebration of The Bard @ the river's end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm


In anticipation of the February 26-27 visit by The Acting Company, the river’s end bookstore and ARTSwego present an evening celebration of the Bard, his era and his legacy.

Recently retired SUNY Oswego political science professor Bruce Altschuler (author of Shakespeare and Politics) addresses why today’s audiences should care about Hamlet.

SUNY Oswego English professor Patrick Murphy presents a conversation about Shakespeare and playwright Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead).

In between these discussions, the female vocal ensemble Concinnity entertains with music based on Shakespearean texts.

the river’s end bookstore & The Bard

Living Writers Series: Stephanie Vanderslice, “Literary Citizenship” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Sep 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Stephanie Vanderslice

A writing-life blogger for the Huffington Post, Stephanie Vanderslice’s scholarly essays on the teaching of creative writing have been published nationally and internationally. She has published three books, including Rethinking Creative Writing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and online publications. In 2012 she was named CASE U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of Arkansas; in 2009 she was named ACTELA College English Teacher of the Year. Vanderslice will speak about literary citizenship.

Living Writers Series: Richard Duggin, “The Authorial Voice Behind the Narrator” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Richard Duggin 1

Richard Duggin’s fiction includes three novels: The Music Box Treaty, Woman Refusing To Leave, and Snipehunters. Duggin has taught fiction writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the past fifty years. In 2005 he founded and is currently director of the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program, a low-residency graduate program in creative writing in which he currently directs and teaches. Duggin’s talk is called “Psst! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” He’ll discuss the authorial voice behind the narrator.

Dr. Elizabeth Vivero: “The Representation of the Mexican Grandmother” @ Room 114, Marano Campus Center
Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm

Dr. Elizabeth Vivero

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
The International Education & Programs Office

Dr. Elizabeth Vivero
Director of Gender Studies
University of Guadalajara

The Representation of the Mexican Grandmother
Written by Women


TALK: Concerning the ORI (Oswego Reading Initiative) Book “The Round House” @ Room 132, Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Round House

ORI (the Oswego Reading Intiative) presents a talk on the book selected as the reading for this year’s first-year and transfer students. Professor Eric Cheyfitz of Cornell University discusses his paper (co-authored with Professor Shari Huhndorf of UC Berkeley) “Genocide By Other Means: US Federal Indian Law and Violence Against Native Women in Louise Erdrich’s The Round House.”

Talk: ORI 2014-15 Selection “The Round House” @ Sheldon Hall Ballroom
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm

Scott  Stevens

The Oswego Reading Initiative (ORI) committee presents a talk on this year’s choice for first-year and transfer students. Scott Manning Stevens addresses “Coming of Age along the Red Road: Observations of Louise Erdrich’s The Round House. Stevens, a citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, is Associate Professor and Director of Native American Studies at Syracuse University.

Living Writers Series: Penny Guisinger, “Living a Writerly Life” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Penny Guisinger

Penny Guisinger lives and writes on the easternmost tip of the United States. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many literary journals and her reviews appear regularly in The Quoddy Tides and The Review Review. Her essay “Coming Out” was named as a finalist in the 2013 Fourth Genre essay contest, and the essay “Provincetown” was awarded an editor’s choice award from Solstice. She is the founding organizer of Iota: The Conference of Short Prose. A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, Penny shares her home with her wife and the two most beautiful, talented children in the world. Guisinger will talk about “Living a Writerly Life.”

Author’s Website

Living Writers Series: Andy Breckman, “Writing For the Screen” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Nov 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm


From sketches for Saturday Night Live to creator of Monk, Andy Breckman has written for the small screen and the big screen. Favorite film credits include: Moving, Arthur 2, True Identity, I.Q., Sgt. Bilko, Tourist Trap and Rat Race. Breckman will talk about writing for the screen.

Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 – see Parking

Living Writers Series: William Trowbridge, “Humor in Poetry” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

William Trowbridge

William Trowbridge’s latest poetry collection, Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems, was published by Red Hen Press in 2014. His other collections are Ship of Fool, The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger. Trowbridge lives in the Kansas City area and was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2014. He’ll speak on humor in poetry.

Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 – see Parking

Author’s Website

Reading: A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks @ SUNY Oswego Rice Creek Field Station
Nov 15 @ 11:00 am

Winter In Adirondacks
The November 15 edition of Story Hour at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will feature the children’s book “A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks” by Brian J. Heinz with illustrations by Maggie Henry of Oswego. Henry will appear at the program at the station on Thompson Road in the town of Oswego.

Rice Creek Field Station offers Story Hour in support of the Read Aloud 15 Minutes partnership with SUNY campuses. Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a national non-profit organization that works with schools and communities to increase the time parents spend reading to children. Story Hour is a series of free programs at Rice Creek Field Station. They are designed for elementary-aged children, though all are welcome. An adult must accompany children.

For more information visit Rice Creek Programs or call 315-312-6677

Author’s Website