To know this place is to know the stories, history and creative expressions of individuals and social groups who have populated our region over time. Through an emphasis on regionally-based expressions of the humanities our students and faculty engage in nationally-recognized scholarship and are on the leading edge of developing methods for the digital humanities. We have a major book series focused on the Stories of the Susquehanna Valley and encourage artists of all types to use their energies to express the contradictions, ambiguities and uncertainties people face when deciding how to live in this place.
Although grouped in this focus area, many of these projects overlap with other area. They are all projects which are currently being managed, directed, assisted with or initiated by the Place Studies Initiative staff, student interns and affiliated faculty, and they are in various stages of development.
- Same River Performance and Community Art Workshops (For a YouTube video overview of the Same River project, click HERE)
- Stories of the Susquehanna Valley Book Series & Lecture Series (Native Americans in the Susquehanna River Valley, Past and Present, Rural Homelessness, Marcellus Community Impacts, Prisons as Contested Spaces, Water Wheel Documentary Screening, Rural Health, Historic Architecture of Lewisburg and The African-American Experience in Milton)
- Environmental Humanities for the 21st Century Conference
- Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Susquehanna River connecting trail) National Park Service press release, Bucknell University press release
- Residential Colleges & IP Course class trip to Cooperstown, NY
- Summer student research support for professors Alf Siewers and Katie Faull
- Historical Church designation research support in Mifflinburg
- Collaborations with the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance for student research opportunities