August 21, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning will begin its fall term 2013 session on Sept. 23, and run through Nov. 1. Registration is open now.

A selection of 17 courses with topics in art and literature, health, history and politics will be led by a combination of retired faculty from various institutions and members of the Institute.

Courses exploring literature include: "The Narrative Voice: Four Intriguing 20th-century Novels — Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Roth's The Professor of Desire, Barth's The Floating Opera and Ford's The Good Soldier" — with Dennis Baumwoll; "Writers Who Gave You the Modern World: Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud, Part 1" with Michael Payne; and "Interpreting Short Stories" with Dorothy Baumwoll.

History courses include: "The History of the Christian Church from the Reformation to the Present" with John Dromazos; "Causes of War and Peace" with Tom Travis; "Spicing Up History: How the Search for and Discovery of Exotic Chemicals Changed the Course of Humanity" with David Pearson; "Tracing Mifflinburg's History Through its Architecture" with Tom Greaves and Joannah Skucek; "The Lives of America's First Ladies" with Barbara Yorks; and "Brave Women of 1863: Their Lives and Civil War Experiences" with Linda Snook.

Art courses include: "Triptych: Three Subjects of Unusual Interest in the Visual Arts" with James Turnure; and "From Manet to Britto: Major Transformations in Artistic Style" with Wolfgang Gunter.

Other courses are "Behavioral Foundations of Human Sexuality" with William Stayton; "That's Psychology? Topics and Principles that May Surprise You, Part 3" with Howard Berthold; "Morality Without God" with Pauline and David Fletcher; "Discovering Stability and Connectedness in a World of Uncertainties" with David Clark and Andy France; "Workers' Rights and 'Freedom': Comparing Democratic Rights in Capitalist and in Worker-owned Firms" with Joe Detelj and Charles Sackrey; and "Diversity of Life: From its Origin to Today's Many Forms" with Russ Wells.

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) provides adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities. Since its inauguration during the fall of 2009, the program has presented 141 courses and has included 512 members from 28 regional communities.

Membership fees are $50 for one year or $30 for a half-year. Individual course fees are $40 for a six-week course, and $30 for a three-week course. Participants must first sign up as members, before registering for up to two courses per term.

Class locations include The Public Library for Union County, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Community Room, Spring Run Business Community Conference Room, SUN Chapter American Red Cross and RiverWoods Senior Living Community.

Copies of the Fall 2013 catalog are available at local public libraries. To download the catalog, visit For more information about the BILL program, call 570-522-0105 or email