September 05, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Place Studies Initiative of the Bucknell University Environmental Center will host "Understanding Place," a series of discussions about various concepts used to define and comprehend "place."

The talks, which are free and open to the public, will be held in Room 211 of Academic West.

Each talk will begin at noon with a 20-minute opening presentation about a specific concept, followed by a discussion. Attendees may bring their lunch.

The first discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11, with the opening talk, "Identity" with Adrian Mulligan, geography.

Other discussions are:

Sept. 25: "Rarity" with biology professor Chris Martine, who serves as the David Burpee Professor in Plant Genetics and Research and director of the Manning herbarium;

Oct. 9: "Headwaters" with Alf Siewers, English and affiliated faculty in environmental studies;

Oct. 23: "Natural" with Duane Griffin, geography;

Nov. 6: "Boundary" with Jason Cons, international relations;

Nov. 20: "Local" with Clare Hinrichs, professor of rural sociology and coordinator of Penn State's rural sociology graduate program. [note date change]

Supported by the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the Place Studies Initiative undertakes and supports research within the social sciences and environmental humanities that examines the nature and role of place in human experience. The purpose of the Place Studies Initiative is to facilitate and encourage research on the human dimensions of environmental issues.

For more information, contact Brandn Green, director of the Place Studies Initiative, at