Lunch & Learn
Lunch & Learn programs start at noon; doors open at 11:30 a.m. Beverages and a light des-sert 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, January 13, noon
"Perspectives on Gas Shale Development" with Carl Kirby, professor of geology, Bucknell University.
Pennsylvania has been and is a resource-rich state. This talk will discuss numerous is- sues related to natural gas development from tight shales like the Marcellus. This new industrial-scale development is made possible by the combination of hydraulic fractur- ing and horizontal drilling, but producing gas involves many, many other steps. Some
pretty outrageous claims have been made by industry supporters and by environmentalists alike. By the end of the talk some participants may be able to stop referring to "fracking," and talk more specifically about what the potential and actual environmental issues are.
Menu: Cup of vegetable soup, ham salad on a croissant, assorted cookies, chocolate cake with icing.
Tuesday, February 3, noon
"It's a Wonderful Life: Family and Childhood in Denmark" with Chris Boyatzis, professor of psychology and director of the Bucknell in Denmark program.
Year after year, in international surveys the people of Denmark score as the "happiest" people on earth. Why are they so happy? I will try to answer this question by describing policies and cultural values of the social-democratic state of Den- mark that help families and children lead fulfilling, happy lives that are free of many stressors that Americans must endure on a daily basis. Two cultural values central to Danish life are the philosophy of Janteloven, which promotes equality between all people, and en god barndom, or "the good childhood." The presentation will be enlivened with many photos, anec- dotes, and interviews from my research on Danish parenting to convey how these philosophies are ex- pressed in children's lives in the family, the day care and education system, the Danish political system, and in the natural world. The result is a good childhood, and a wonderful life.
Menu: Cup of chicken noodle soup, vegetable wrap, brownies, and assorted cookies.
Tuesday, April 7, noon
"Band History and Performance Through the Penn Central Wind Band Lens" with William Kenny, professor of music, director of bands, music department chair, Bucknell University.
William Kenny founded the Penn Central Wind Band over twenty years ago. Since the time of its founding, the professional-level band has programmed cornerstone works of the band repertory, new commissions, orchestral transcriptions, marches, and even novelty pieces such as a gem called "The Elephant and the Fly." Kenny will play video and audio excerpts from some of the band's performances to illustrate this varied repertoire that (he thinks) supports his contention that distinc- tions between "low brow" and "highbrow" music ("Art versus Arthur"--as it has been called) distract from, rather than enhance, the music listening experience.
Menu: Cup of smoked tomato bisque, chicken salad on a roll, assorted cookies, and sunshine cake.
Tea & Talk
Tea & Talk
afternoon programs start at 3:30 p.m.; doors open at 3 p.m. Teatime refreshments provided free of charge.
Thursday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.
"Past, Present, and Future of the West Branch Susquehanna River" with Jessica Newlin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, Bucknell University.
Scientists and engineers working with the Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program in the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment have spent count- less hours on the river, collecting data that help us to understand the past, present, and future of our river. I will present a summary of our efforts to understand the impacts of glaciers 2 million years ago on the current state of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. This work involves mapping of the current river bed and analysis of potential flood flows during several glacial advances in the Susquehanna Valley. Our work also is investigating current variations in river water temperature in an effort to understand the future conditions of the river given our management practices of the surrounding watershed. Water temperature is often an indicator or water quality and ecosystem health of the river system.