Lunch & Learn
Lunch & Learn 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 ($7) by contacting the BILL office at least two weeks prior to the program.
Thursday, Sept. 7, noon, Lewisburg
"Pocket Maps of the English Language" with Kat Lecky, assistant professor of English, Bucknell University.
How does changing the size of a map transform what it represents? Lecky’s presentation explores the way people in Renaissance England thought with maps…not ornate, collectors’ maps, but little prints that ordinary people carried in pockets. Cartographic playing cards and tiny atlases reveal a nation of the people, and these portable maps foster an imagery that paints England as a commonwealth. Lots of images highlight the talk.
Menu: Assorted sandwiches, French onion soup, beverage service $7
Wednesday, Sept. 20, noon, Danville
Sarah Jane Ferguson will talk about her life in the Women’s Baseball League made famous in the movie “A League of their Own.”
Menu: TBD $7
Tuesday, Nov. 28, noon, Lewisburg
"Human Rights and the Age of Displacement: Lessons from Europe" with Emek Uçarer, professor of international relations, Bucknell University.
In the summer of 2015, Europe faced the most pronounced wave of human displacement since the end of World War II. As individuals who were fleeing from repressive regimes, civil war and poverty tried to make their way to Europe, risking life and limb in the process, European countries attempted to assist and simultaneously stem the tide of arrivals. Uçarer discusses how human rights protections and the solidarity of residents with each other and with those fleeing raised concerns about refugee protection in Europe.
Menu: Butternut squash and coconut soup, choice of wraps, chocolate mousse, beverage service $7
Tuesday, Dec. 5, noon, Lewisburg
"Too much of a good thing: Marijuana Use as a Case Study for Addiction." with Judy Grisel, professor of psychology, Bucknell University.
In his well-known play Henry IV, Shakespeare’s Prince Harry says that people quickly tire of anything familiar: if every day were a holiday, he says, then holidays would be as tiresome as work, because “nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.” Indeed, 21st century neuroscientists have reached much the same conclusion. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana and like its analog the neurotransmitter anandamide, provides a potent neural signal for noteworthy happenings. However, chronic exposure to the drug, like a perpetual holiday, makes life dull and uninteresting. Abuse of any psychoactive drug, in fact, produces its opposite effect: chronic stimulants result in lethargy, sedatives lead to anxiety, and euphoriants guarantee misery. These consequences are so predictable because they follow directly from fundamental features of the nervous system, namely, its capacity to recognize, predict, and adapt to change.
Menu: TBD $7
Tea & Talk
Tea & Talk programs begin at 3:30 p.m.; doors open at 3 p.m. Teatime refreshments ($5)
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m., Lewisburg
"Hidden Giants - the Forgotten Forest Elephants and Other Mammals of South Sudan" with DeeAnn Reeder, professor of biology, Bucknell University.
Reeder talks about her work as a wildlife biologist working in South Sudan. Due to years of political conflict, which continues to this day, the biodiversity of South Sudan is poorly known. She discusses her work that led to the (re)discovery of the elusive forest elephant and other mammals and how she hopes to secure their future by enhancing protected area management
Menu: Hummus, crudités, mini sandwiches, beverage service $5
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m., Lewisburg
"Thirty Years of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra: An Informance." with Rick Benjamin, founder/director of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.
Lewisburg resident and nationally-known ragtime expert Rick Benjamin supplements his talk with recorded music, videos and photos.
Menu: Fruit and yogurt parfaits, grilled vegetable, hummus, assorted cookies, beverage service $5
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3:30 p.m., Danville
"On the Bench - the View From up Here."
Louise Knight served from July 1998 to January 2010 as a judge for the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas of the 17th Judicial District
Louise will talk about her life’s work as a Common Pleas Court Judge, she’ll discuss cases that have intrigued her and lessons she has learned. Who knows…maybe she’ll tell you how to get out of or into jury duty!
Menu: TBD $5