Spring Term 2014

Monday, February 24 through Friday, April 4


Lunch & Learn with BILL

Join BILL for a series of informal lunch programs held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg (Directions here (pdf) and here).

These events are free and open to the public. Programs start at noon; doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Beverages and a light dessert will be provided. Bring your lunch or purchase a soup-and-sandwich lunch ($6) by contacting the BILL office at 570-522-0105 or lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu up to noon of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door.

Berhanu NegaThursday, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m. (NOTE: special time)

“Democracy and Development in Africa: What Informs Western (U.S.) Policy-Making on the Continent” with Berhanu Nega, professor of economics, Bucknell University

Economic development is not just a political exercise for Nega; he has lived in turbulence and seen how economic progress or its lack interacts with the process of democratization.

After teaching at Bucknell in the early 1990s, he returned in 1994 to his native Ethiopia. Elected mayor of Addis Ababa in 2005, he was imprisoned by the national government. Released in 2007, he returned to the U.S. to resume teaching economics at Bucknell, trying to show students that issues they read about are not abstractions but impact millions of real people.

Menu: Cup of vegetable soup, roast beef wrap with cheese, lettuce, tomato. Note: This presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Andrea HalpernThursday, Feb. 13, Noon

“Aging and Music Cognition” with Andrea Halpern, professor of psychology, Bucknell University

Older people enjoy music as audience members and performers, but little is known about changes in music cognition during the normal course of healthy aging. Halpern will summarize some general principles of cognitive aging, then explore the extent to which music cognition (with an emphasis on memory) shows loss, gain and maintenance in older adults. She will also discuss whether positive effects of musicianship may offset negative effects of aging and conclude with a preview of some in-progress projects.

Menu: Cup of chicken corn chowder, grilled vegetables in a wrap.

Mark HaussmannTuesday, April 22, Noon

"A Bird’s-Eye View of Aging” with Mark Haussmann, professor of biology, Bucknell University

What can birds teach us about the aging process? How does aging in birds differ from aging in humans? How does stress impact aging and lifespan? An idea that has permeated gerontology for a century is that prolonged stress hastens the aging process. We're now at the exciting point where we have the knowledge and the tools to test that idea—and we're finding that it's true.

Haussmann's research explores questions related to the biology of aging. He has studied the molecular biology of aging in birds. His most recent findings have shown a direct correlation between prenatal stress and aging in birds.

Menu: Cup of lentil soup, ham salad on a croissant.

  


Tea & Talk with BILL

Join BILL for a series of informal "tea-time" programs held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common on Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg (Directions here (pdf) and here).

These events are free and open to the public. Teatime refreshments are provided free of charge. Program starts at 3:30 p.m.; doors open at 3 p.m.

Elaine WilliamsTuesday, March 4, 3:30 p.m.

“Making Space: Art, Technology and Collaboration” with F. Elaine Williams, professor of theatre, Bucknell University

F. Elaine Williams, scenographer, talks about the process of creating dynamic environments for stage performance. Join us for a show-and-tell featuring her scale scenic models, drawings, and images from Bucknell's Department of Theatre and Dance, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, and the Center for Puppetry Art.

Annie RandallTuesday, March 25, 3:30 p.m.

“Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: Exploring its many interpretations and permutations from the late 20th Century to the present” with Annie Randall, professor of music, Bucknell University

Randall is a musicologist whose works range from books on opera and political music to a book on pop singer Dusty Springfield ("Son of a Preacher Man"). She believes in crossing musical boundaries and blends research and teaching, encouraging students who want to explore popular music history.

Phil HaynesThursday, April 3, 3:30 p.m.

“The Role of a Master Drummer Beyond Africa and Jazz” (a live concert, discussion and masterclass) with Phil Haynes, lecturer in music, and his students

A collective of Bucknell private improvisation students will present, with Haynes, a live concert, discussion, and masterclass on how the ancient African talking drum tradition resonates, grows, and is once again in high demand by our contemporary culture, both inside and outside of music.

 


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Fall Term 2014: September 22 through October 31

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