Special Presentations

This spring BILL will offer its Special Presentations — periodic lectures by distinguished presenters on new, interesting topics — with three in person and one by Zoom. As with all BILL events, any Special Presentation held in person requires participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear face masks indoors, unless seated to eat and drink.

BILL membership is NOT required to attend Special Presentations, so invite friends and family, wherever they may be, to attend. NOTE: If we reach our Zoom limit of 300 attendees, BILL members will have first priority in attending the presentations.

PROGRAMS ARE FREE. However, you must RSVP to each event. An email invitation with instructions for registering is sent to BILL members and friends before each program. You may also contact the office up to five days beforehand to RSVP.  To receive the link to a Zoom presentation, you must register three days in advance. Only those with a BILL-provided link will be able to see the presentation. 

In-person Special Presentations currently are scheduled for Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village Common (unless indicated); if conditions require a change of venue, ample notification will be given.

Here’s how to be part of these dynamic lectures, followed by a question and answer period:

  1. Watch for the email reminder, sent to all current members before each program.
  2. Register using the form provided in the email.
  3. Email the BILL office at lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu with names and emails of friends and family you’d like to invite.

For in-person Special Presentations, doors open one-half hour ahead of the program. Come early and mingle.

Coming up this spring

Thursday, Jan. 20, Noon, via Zoom

Samantha Pearson, Pennsylvania Downtown Center

Road Safety in a New Light - Streets Are for Everyone

Walking or biking around our hometown as children may have been a common experience for many of us. For today's children, it's probably not; many believe the world too dangerous. But statistics show what has grown worse is not child abductions or stranger danger, but traffic and hazardous streets. The impulse to keep ourselves safe by limiting walking and wheeling turns out to be unsafe in the long term. It's costing us our physical wellness and the associated health care/insurance costs. Furthermore, car-dependent development patterns saddle communities with extraordinarily costly, financially unsustainable infrastructure.

How did we get ourselves into this pickle and how can we get ourselves out? Former Lewisburg Neighborhoods Manager Samantha Pearson discusses how making a commitment to active transportation connecting everyday destinations in our policy, planning and design processes can have important benefits to all ages.

As the Pennsylvania Downtown Center's Healthy Communities program manager, Samantha Pearson promotes active transportation in core communities around the state. With degrees from Princeton and the University of Virginia, she previously worked in architecture and urban planning. Locals know Sam served as the Elm Street/Lewisburg Neighborhoods manager from 2013 to 2021, addressing flood mitigation, conservation, preservation and active transportation efforts - including launching WalkIt! BikeIt! Lewisburg. She participates in the new Middle Susquehanna Active Transportation Committee and helps the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs offer hands-on full-day Complete Streets workshops.

Tea & Talk - Thursday, Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m., at the Village Common, Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg

Susan Ball Faeder, Bucknell University class of ‘76

Inspirations and Influences of Japan

Quilters’ Express to Japan, the company Susan Ball Faeder created in 1988 to teach people about the culture of Japan through its indigenous textiles, is celebrating a 50-year friendship anniversary with Japan. Susan will show vintage Japanese textiles that exemplify the dyeing, stitching and fabrication techniques unique to that country. These beautiful samples will then be paired with her own handmade fiber art in the mediums of quilting, Japanese sashiko embroidery, fiber collage and rag weaving.

Susan Ball Faeder led 30 textiles tours to Japan, designed six collections of Japanesque fabric, imported and sold both new and vintage Japanese fabrics and exhibited her own fiber artwork around the world. A book featuring her 100 Cloth Amulets, which will be on view as part of her solo exhibit at the Milton Art Bank this spring, will soon be released. Founding member of NYC's Empire Quilt and Manhattan Quilt Guilds, she is well known as a lecturer and teacher in the U.S. quilt community. Susan is a juried artist member of the Studio Artists Quilt Guild (SAQA) and a member of the Surface Design Association (SDA). Susan lived and studied in Japan on two occasions, both times as a scholarship recipient. A native of Williamsport, she graduated from Bucknell University in 1976 with honors in Japanese and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Lunch & Learn - Thursday, April 14, Noon, at the Village Common, Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg

Jeffrey C. Evans, professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, emeritus, Bucknell University

Legacy Coal Combustion Residuals: Sustainable Solutions

Combustion of coal has been a means of generating electrical power for more than 100 years and has resulted in billions of tons of wastes known as coal combustion residuals (CCRs). Even with reduced emphasis on generating electricity from coal, nearly 100 million tons of CCRs continue to be produced yearly. The 2008 dike failure at a Tennessee coal plant resulted in over 5 million cubic yards of CCRs being spilled into the adjacent river system, bringing this CCR concern to the public’s attention. In 2015, the EPA issued a comprehensive set of requirements for management of CCRs to promote recycling and beneficial use over disposal. This presentation will explore questions of sustainability as they relate to the future management of these wastes.

Jeff Evans joined the Bucknell faculty in 1998. He has served as an Academic Visitor at Cambridge University, a Visiting Academic at University of Nottingham and senior scientific officer at Warren Spring Laboratory and has chaired the International Education Committee. He is credited with creating Bucknell's engineering exchange program with the University of Nottingham and for co-founding Engineering 290, a summer study abroad course for engineers. In 2015, he was given the Burma-Bucknell Award for "outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding within the Bucknell community." Jeff is also a current BILL member.

Tea & Talk - Tuesday, April 19, 3:30 p.m., at the Village Common, Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg

Charles Duff, Jubilee Baltimore

The North Atlantic Cities

From 1600s Amsterdam to today’s London and Washington, the people who live beside the North Atlantic Ocean have built cities with row houses. But why do London and Washington have row houses, while Par-is and Minneapolis do not? In The North Atlantic Cities, this planner, teacher, developer and historian takes his readers on a journey that begins in 17th century Holland and ends in the 21st century United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. Duff will visit Lewisburg to discuss how North Atlantic cities grow, become beautiful and invent many of the things we take for granted today: parks, mass transit, downtowns, even suburbia.

Charles Duff has since 1987 been President of Jubilee Baltimore, a nonprofit organization helping people build safe, stable, historic, attractive, diverse neighborhoods. Known as an expert in historic architecture and urban history, he has also pioneered in the development of residential and commercial buildings for artists and arts organizations. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University, he studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland and has lectured on architectural history at the Walters Art Museum and Johns Hopkins University. A past president of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Patterson Park Community Development Corporation, he now serves on the Board of the Baltimore Design School.

Contact Details

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