April 06, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a weeklong teach-in, "Water, Water Everywhere," April 16 through 19. All events in the teach-in are free and open to the public.

The teach-in will explore the importance of water in an environmentally challenged 21st century from interdisciplinary perspectives — environmental humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering — according to Rivka Ulmer, professor of religion, and Alf Siewers, associate professor of English, who are co-organizers of the teach-in.

Featuring more than 20 speakers, the conference's daytime events will be in a "snap talk" format of 10 minutes per talk, followed by questions. Evening events will include presentations on scientific approaches to water issues today and Native American perspectives.

The teach-in is supported and organized by the Religion Department and the Nature and Human Communities Initiative of the Environmental Center, along with other co-sponsoring programs and departments.

Snaptalks schedule
April 16, noon, Traditional Reading Room (Room 213), Bertrand Library: "Religious Naturalism and Water," Carol Wayne White, professor of religion and humanities; "Water politics and power," Amanda Wooden, assistant professor of environmental studies; "Water: Reflections," Sheila Lintott, associate professor of philosophy; and "Rowing on the Susquehanna: Psychology, Interaction with Nature and Conservation Efforts," Kim Daubman, associate professor of psychology.

April 17, noon, Traditional Reading Room (Room 213), Bertrand Library: "Desert in the Sea, Ocean of Divinity," Alfred Siewers, associate professor of English; "Mills and Water Power," Tom Rich, professor of mechanical engineering emeritus, and David Del Testa, associate professor of history; "The Mysteries of Water Rights in American Water Law," Cathy Myers, interim executive director, Bucknell University Environmental Center.

April 18, noon, Traditional Reading Room (Room 213), Bertrand Library: "Ice, Snow, and Water in Inuit Culture," Ned Searles, associate professor of anthropology; "Buddhism and Water," James Shields, assistant professor of comparative humanities and Asian thought; "Women and Water in West Africa," Michelle Johnson, associate professor of anthropology; and "Early River Travel," Katie Faull, professor of German and humanities.

April 19, noon, C. Willard Smith Library, Vaughan Literature Building: "Ethics of Water Consumption," Maria Antonaccio, professor of religion; "Islam and Water," Zvi Stampfer, Fulbright Scholar; "Water and Modern Art," Roger Rothman, associate professor of art history; and "Water as Religious Symbol in Netherlandish Painting," Christiane Andersson, professor of art history.

April 19, 3 p.m., C. Willard Smith Library, Vaughan Literature Building: "Water Chemistry," Molly McGuire, associate professor of chemistry and environmental studies; "Water and Christianity," Paul MacDonald, associate professor of religion; "Israel and Water," Rivka Ulmer, professor of religion; and "Floodwater," Craig Kochel, professor of geology.

Two evening presentations will be longer programs framing the combination of scientific and cultural approaches to water issues featured in the snaptalks throughout the week.

Ahmed Lachab, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Susquehanna University, will give the evening presentation, "Water Studies from Micro to Regional Scale," Monday, April 16, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

Chief Jake Edwards of the Onondaga Nation will give the keynote talk, "Haudenosaunee Perspectives on Water: Native Views of Water and Water Issues," Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gardner Lecture Hall in the Dana Engineering Building.

Located in the Haudenosaunee Confederacy's traditional region, Bucknell and the Haudenosaunee have partnered in working to establish a Susquehanna River national historic corridor. The Haudenosaunee as a group of sovereign nations play an important role internationally in representing indigenous views of global environmental issues.

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