Tea & Talk and Lunch & Learn programs are cosponsored by Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village. Membership is not required to attend.
Tea & Talk
Tea & Talk Afternoon programs start at 3:30 p.m.; doors open at 3 p.m. Teatime refreshments provided free of charge.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m.
"The Complex, Contested Roles of Religion in American Politics" with Brantley Gasaway, assistant professor of religious studies, Bucknell University.
As even casual observers know, religion permeates American public life. Its influence seeps beyond private practices and places of worship into communal and civic affairs. And while nearly all Americans affirm the constitutional separation of church and state, in practice religion and politics consistently intermix. As a result, religion profoundly shapes American politics, law, and society. Participants in pressing debates about such issues as war, immigration, abortion, poverty, health care, and same-sex marriage unabashedly appeal to religious convictions and principles. In this talk, I will briefly describe four different types of analyses— historical, legal, electoral, and philosophical—that can help us understand the complex, contested roles of religion in American politics.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 3:30 p.m.
"Wild Eggplants and Bush Tomatoes: The Hunt for New Species" with Christopher Martine, associate professor of biology and David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics & Research, and the Director of the Manning Herbarium, Bucknell University.
In 2014, while on a research expedition to Australia with his family, Professor Martine discovered two new species of wild eggplant. The species were later described and named with help from Bucknell undergrads and 150 local 7th grade students. While these discoveries were certainly special experiences for those involved, the discovery of new species is not all that uncommon. In fact, there are more things still out there than we might ever get to. So why should we even try?
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m.
" Dodging Avalanches, Bears, and Storms to Reconstruct the Geologic Development of Alaskan Mountain Ranges" with Jeffrey Trop, professor of geology, Bucknell University.
This presentation will highlight geologic field studies in Alaska by Jeff Trop and student colleagues. Alaska provides an exceptional natural laboratory for deciphering geologic processes that shape the evolution of topography, environments, and climate. However, much of the geology of Alaska remains largely unexplored compared to conterminous U.S. standards. Since 2000, Jeff and student colleagues have mapped and sampled the geology of the Alaska Range, Talkeetna Mountains, and Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. Collectively, these studies document the evolution of southern Alaska over the past 200 million years, including environmental shifts from tropical coral-sponge reefs to forested ecosystems inhabited by dinosaurs to rugged mountain ranges currently experiencing deglaciation. This history provides new insights on poorly understood first-order tectonic processes that build continents, including terrane accretion and flat-slab subduction. In addition to highlighting key scientific results, the presentation will introduce some of the challenges of field studies in rugged wilderness as well as recent technological advances that assist our investigations.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m.
"A Career Spent Laboring in the Vineyards of Non-representational Painting" with Neil Anderson, Bucknell professor emeritus of art.
Anderson is an established artist whose work has been shown in museums and is collected nationally. He will speak about his most recent work, including work shown in Williamsport, Pennsylvania at the Converge Gallery in July 2015. He will discuss “the place and meaning of nonrepresentational painting.”
Lunch & Learn
Lunch & Learn Lunchtime programs start at noon; doors open at 11:30 a.m. Beverages and a light dessert are provided. Bring your lunch or purchase a soup-and-sandwich lunch ($6) by contacting the BILL office up to noon of the day prior to the program.
Tuesday, Dec. 8, noon
"States of Immigration" with Elizabeth Durden, associate professor of sociology & anthropology, Bucknell University.
Today, as in the past, it is impossible to discuss a single American immigrant experience. The integration process has been shaped over time by not just who the immigrant is, but also where one settles within the United States and when one arrives. Despite the incredible part U.S. states play in shaping immigrant reception, our understanding of how different states have influenced the lives of newcomers and their families over time is remarkably limited. I will present on my current research which explores these issues. Drawing on a rare combination of archival and historical materials as well as on-site interviews and fieldwork, this project studies the interaction between local, state, and national forces on immigrant incorporation or exclusion. By exploring variations in state immigrant and nativist traditions, this research provides a crucial window onto the origins and evolution of state-specific cultures and how those cultures contribute to a national conversation on the American identity.
Menu: vegetable soup, chicken salad sandwich.
Thursday, Dec.17, noon
"Change, the Crossroads, and the Terror of Life" with Carmen Gillespie, professor of English and Director of the Griot Institute of Africana Studies, Bucknell University. She also serves as the Bucknell University Arts Coordinator.
How can the inevitable crises of life teach an individual to more fully appreciate the human experience? Drawing from a combination of literature and personal stories, Carmen Gillespie explores how generating a creative response to traumatic events can cultivate a richer engagement with life and can help us to confront the fear of the inevitability of change that so often controls our behavior.
Menu: potato soup, ham salad on a roll.
Members-Only Seminar (special benefit for BILL members)
Membership is required to attend this seminar.
Wednesday, Sept. 2 OR Wednesday, Sept. 9 (choose one date or the other), noon to 2 p.m. at the Spring Run Conference Room, 115 Farley Circle, Suite 100, Lewisburg.
"Interpreting the Visual Arts: A Seminar" with James Turnure, Kress Professor Emeritus, Bucknell University.
Jim is a graduate of Princeton University in art history and archaeology. He has taught at Cornell and Bucknell, and has also served as acting director of the Samek Art Museum. Aristotle remarked that “art is something both entertaining and edifying.” Still, viewers of art are often not truly aware of what they see, what underlying meanings may be present, what the effects of expression are, or what the aims of the artist were.
By examining together a number of examples in a variety of media, we hope to increase our understanding of what talent and imagination have created. Individual participation is encouraged.
This seminar will be offered twice. Due to space limitations, registration is required; maximum of 15 participants each session. Register online, by calling the BILL office (570-522-0105), or in person at 115 Farley Circle, Suite 302.