Penn State Laureate
William J. Doan
Professor of Theatre in the College of Arts and Architecture
and Artist-in-Residence in the College of Nursing
The Anxiety Project includes over four hundred drawings, four graphic medicine publications in the Annals of Internal Medicine, and a live performance, all of which explore what it’s like to live with anxiety and depression, using a combination of personal experience and research into the complex world of mental health.
2019-20 Penn State Laureate News and Events
Take Note: A Penn State Laureate On Art And Mental Health
WPSU audio interview with Dr. Doan by Anne Danahy, March 6, 2020
The February Penn State Forum will feature Dr. Doan, who will present “The Anxiety Project: An Artist’s Look at Mental Health and Wellness. The event will be held on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Presidents Hall at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
Dr. Doan shared his “Anxiety Project” with a standing-room-only crowd at Penn State Scranton on Oct. 24, 2019.
Dr. Doan is featured in Cleaver, Philadelphia’s International Literary Magazine.
On Sept. 7, 2019, Dr. Doan presented Huddle with the Faculty: “The Anxiety Project: An Artist’s Look at Mental Health and Wellness” at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. Watch a videorecording of the Penn State Laureate’s talk online.
About the Penn State Laureate
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. The Laureate brings an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic, and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences.
The annual honoree is a full-time faculty member who is assigned half-time to serve as the University Laureate for one academic year. The Laureate appears regularly at events throughout Pennsylvania. Other responsibilities include:
- Visits to Penn State campuses throughout the Commonwealth
- WPSU-TV and radio appearances, readings, and features
- Community outreach
- Facilitating opportunities for other faculty and students to engage in the above activities
Read the updated Penn State Laureate Guidelines for more information.
2018-19 Penn State Laureate News
April 2, 2019: Penn State Laureate to visit New Kensington on April 18
February 22, 2019: Take Note: The Penn State Laureate on Art and Politics
WPSU’s Anne Danahy talks with John Champagne, a professor of English at Penn State Behrend, the Erie campus, chair of the Global Languages and Cultures program, and this year’s Penn State Laureate. They talk about politics in art, the difference between meanings and messages in art, and the role of art in fascism. (Audio interview: 27 minutes)
January 30, 2019: Penn State Laureate to discuss the relationship of art and politics
November 6, 2018: Penn State Harrisburg to welcome Laureate John Champagne
October 4, 2018: Penn State Laureate John Champagne to present at DuBois
September 4, 2018: Penn State Laureate John Champagne to speak at Hazleton Campus
May 14, 2018: 2018-19 Penn State Laureate announced
The 2017-18 Penn State Laureate
The 2017-18 Penn State Laureate was Andrew Belser, professor of movement, voice, and acting and director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture. As laureate, he toured the award-winning “FaceAge” exhibition — a multimedia video installation created from cross-generational
Previous Penn State Laureates
2018-19: John Champagne, Professor of English and Chair of the Global Languages and Cultures program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
2017-18: Andrew Belser, Professor of Movement, Voice, and Acting, and Director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture, University Park
2016-17: Rebecca Strzelec, Professor of Visual Arts, Penn State Altoona
2015-16: Carol Reardon, George Winfree Professor of American History, College of the Liberal Arts, University Park
2014-15: Susan Russell, Associate Professor of Theatre, College of Arts and Architecture, University Park
2013-14: Kenneth Womack, Former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of English and Integrative Arts, Penn State Altoona
2012-13: Christopher Staley, Distinguished Professor of Art, College of Arts and Architecture, University Park
2011-12: Linda Patterson Miller, Professor of English, Penn State Abington
2010-11: Robin Becker, Professor of English and Women’s Studies, College of the Liberal Arts, University Park
2009-10: Anthony T. Leach, Associate Professor of Music/Music Education, College of Arts and Architecture, University Park
2008-09: Kim Cook, Professor of Music in Cello, College of Arts and Architecture, University Park