September 04, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning's Lunch & Learn program will host a discussion of Inuit culture Thursday, Sept. 12, at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, located at 6 Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg.

Ned Searles, a professor of anthropology at Bucknell, will lead the informal lecture presentation, "Making Places, Making Selves: Locating Inuit Culture and Identity in the Canadian Arctic."

Searles will examine how images of land and town inform Inuit ideas about what it means to be Inuit and why. He has studied the culture of the Inuit people over several field seasons in the Canadian Arctic, including living with an Inuit family at a remote outpost camp.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; beverages and a light dessert will be provided. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase a soup-and-sandwich lunch (chicken noodle soup with ham salad on croissant) for $5 by contacting the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning Learning office at 570-522-0105 or up to noon of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door. [directions]

Another Lunch & Learn program, "Traveling Xinjiang, China's Western Province" with Wolfgang Gunter, will be held on Nov. 19 at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village. Lunch is broccoli cheddar soup and ham and swiss wrap.

'Tea & Talk'
In addition to the Lunch & Learn programs, the Institute will host a series of free informal tea-time programs. Tea & Talk begins at 3:30 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. Each event includes teatime refreshments. Tea & Talk is held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common on Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg. [directions]

The Tea & Talk schedule includes: "Would the Real Mona Lisa Please Stand Up? New Insights on the World's Most Famous Painting" with Christine Sperling, professor of art history at Bloomsburg University, on Sept. 18; "My Journey with Watercolors" with painter Brad Shoemaker on Sept. 24; and "Dance Therapy for Personal Growth" with Iris Rifkin-Gainer, dance movement therapist, on Oct. 29. This session includes a simple movement experience for all abilities; no special clothing is required.

Special presentations
The Institute will host two special presentations this fall:

  • Shara McCallum, director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell, will lead a Poetry Walk on Sept. 16. Participants should meet at noon in front of Bucknell Hall on Loomis Street for an hour-long walk through campus and downtown Lewisburg. [rain location: Bucknell Hall]
  • James Turnure, Bucknell professor emeritus of art, will give a presentation about the Kress Collection of Renaissance paintings on Oct. 20; Turnure's presentation will be repeated on Oct. 27. The Kress Collection is located in the Samek Art Gallery on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Registration is required as space is limited; interested participants should indicate which presentation they would like to attend.

John Bravman, Bucknell University president, will give the talk, "Diamonds from Peanut Butter: A Brief History of Airplanes, Computers, Golf Clubs and Just About Everything Else." [NOTE: This event, originally scheduled for Oct. 30, has been postponed; it will be rescheduled at a later date.]

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning has provided adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities since its inauguration during the fall of 2009. The Institute is a self-supporting affiliate of Bucknell University. All of its programs and events are supported by membership and course registration fees and donations from members and friends.

For more information about the Institute's program, call 570-522-0105 or email