Lunch & Learn and Tea & Talk presentations are cosponsored by Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, and take place at The Village Common, 6 Tressler Boulevard, Lewisburg. See Directions, page 2. Membership is not required.

Lunch & Learn

Lunchtime programs (Lunch & Learn) 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, April 5, noon

"Using Autosomal DNA to Break Genealogical Brick Walls" with Margaret (Marj) Kastner, retired professor of chemistry, Bucknell.

Kastner found that the now widely available autosomal DNA testing has broken down two “brick walls” in her study of her own family history. This program briefly describes how DNA answered her questions and explains autosomal DNA (as opposed to Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA) and the related statistics. She will point out the differences among the commercial companies doing DNA for genealogical work and will explain how some DNA results may not be as conclusive as DNA companies and television shows suggest.

Menu: turkey salad sandwich, kale and vegetable soup.


Special Theatre Forum

Friday, April 22, 4:30 p.m.

Gary Grant "Spring Awakening" with Gary Grant, professor of theatre & dance, Bucknell.Center Room, Elaine Langone Center, Bucknell University

This is a special forum led by Grant for BILL members and friends on Spring Awakening, a campus musical production. Grant will direct the musical, Spring Awakening, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 and Monday, April 18. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. A free preview (tickets not required) is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. All performances are in the Harvey Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall, Bucknell. BILL members are welcome to attend any of the performances. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any Bucknell box office (no BILL discount applies).


Lunch & Learn

Lunchtime programs (Lunch & Learn) 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.

Thursday, May 5, noon

"Carol Wayne WhiteBlack Lives and Sacred Humanity: Toward an African- American Religious Naturalism" with Carol Wayne White, professor of religious studies, Bucknell.

White presents ideas from her forthcoming book on African-American religious naturalism (Fordham Press, 2016). She sees that religiosity is an effort to find meaningful existence amid culturally coded racist rhetoric and practices. Constructing a concept of “sacred humanity,” she explores its significance within African-American intellectual thought and culture. The concept offers new ways to understand a theme of traditional religiosity: the need of African-Americans to establish and value their full humanity. White will trace indications of the concept in works by three major African-American intellectuals of the early and mid-20th century: Anna Julia Cooper, W.E.B. Dubois and James Baldwin.

Menu: eggplant and asparagus wrap/cream of potato soup.


Recent Events

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Erin Jablonski "Addressing Basic Needs Through the Lens of Engineering" with Erin Jablonski, associate professor of chemical engineering, Bucknell.

This talk focuses on the opportunities presented when simple technologies are applied to providing basic needs: food, water, shelter, power and sanitation. Examples are drawn from several current events such as the impact of the California drought on food production and prices, recent initiatives to eliminate food waste (e.g., the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge), emerging means of water reclamation, homes that have smaller carbon footprints, advances in alternative energy and different management of waste streams. Jablonski draws from her own research and courses she has taught to provide a broad perspective on how engineers play major roles, environmentally and socially, in providing for basic needs on a global scale.

Thursday, Feb. 4

J.T. Ptacek "Say It Ain’t So ... Giving and Getting Bad News" with J. T. Ptacek, associate professor of psychology, Bucknell.

Everyone either delivers or receives bad news at some point in life. This talk examines issues associated with the process and explores whether the way news is delivered affects the recipient in meaningful ways. Ptacek also considers the stress associated with giving bad news. Using data from physicians, veterinarians, parents, patients, clients, and students, he hopes to begin answering two questions: Are there good ways to deliver bad news? Why is giving bad news so difficult?

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn are lunchtime programs. Beverages and a light dessert are provided.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Programs start at noon.

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.

Tea & Talk

Tea & Talk are afternoon programs. Teatime refreshments are provided free of charge.

Doors open at 3 p.m. Programs begin at 3:30 p.m.

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