January 30, 2013


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell professors Katie Faull and Alf Siewers will give the talk, "Interpreting the Susquehanna: Renewing the Liberal Arts and Humanities in Regional Studies," Thursday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Faull, who is a professor of German and humanities, and Siewers, associate professor of English, are co-editors of the Stories of the Susquehanna Valley book and mapping project.

They will discuss the interdisciplinary and multimedia collaborations with students, faculty, and other organizations and institutions that helped to establish the Susquehanna River connector trail to the National Park Service's Chesapeake historic water trail system.

In addition, they will address the role of the humanities in regional environmental and digital projects, theoretical frameworks for the new environmental humanities, and implications for redefining and renewing the liberal arts in the future.

The event is sponsored by the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau and the Place Studies Initiative of the Bucknell University Environmental Center as part of the "Stories of the Susquehanna Valley" book and lecture series.

The first volumes in the book series, Native Americans in the Susquehanna Valley: Past and Present, a collection edited by Minderhout, and Coal Dust on Your Feet: Living through Prosperity and Decline in an Anthracite Mining Town, are scheduled for publication by the Bucknell University Press.

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