August 19, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) will present several programs as part of the Institute's Lunch & Learn series and the Tea & Talk series.

Each discussion will be held at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, located at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg.

The first Lunch & Learn program, "Navigating the Technical Becoming," will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, at noon. Bucknell professor Joe Tranquillo, biomedical and electrical engineering, will explore the idea that the more our technology performs the functions normally associated with being human, the more human we will become.

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 and assorted cookies and brownies) for $6 by contacting the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong 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, "The Role of a Master Drummer Beyond Africa and Jazz," with Phil Haynes, lecturer in music at Bucknell, will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village. Lunch is navy bean soup, chicken salad on a roll and assorted cookies and peanut butter brownies.

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 free teatime refreshments. Tea & Talk is held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg. [directions]

The Tea & Talk schedule includes:

  • "Love All, Serve All: Shirdi Sai Baba Devotion in the United States," with Bucknell professor Karline McLain, religion, on Tuesday, Sept. 23. McLain will focus on worshippers at temples in Chicago and Austin.
  • "Writing Across Borders," with Bucknell professor Robert Rosenberg, English, on Tuesday, Sept. 30. A 2014 Fulbright Scholar to India, Rosenberg will read from recent work and discuss the art of writing fiction and essays from home.
  • "The Art of Making Prints: Concept and Process," with Rosalyn Richards, Bucknell professor emerita of art, on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Richards will show examples of her work in printmaking and discuss how the medium lends itself to creative inquiry and improvisation.

Special presentation
The Institute will host two special presentations this fall. Both are free and open to the public; registration is not required.

The first, "Evolution of Classical Music to Popular Music and Musical Theatre," is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

Emily Martin-Moberley, professor of music and director of the Bucknell Opera Company, will examine the work of composers Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim, considered the transition between opera and musical theater. The Bucknell Opera Company will perform works by Weill and Sondheim as well as opera and more contemporary musical theater.

In the second presentation, James Turnure, Samuel H. Kress Professor Emeritus and former acting director of the Samek Art Gallery, will discuss Italian art of the 14th to 17th centuries directly from original pictures on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Samek Gallery.

The discussion will involve the place of these paintings in history, how they were made, their views on religion and subtleties the average viewer might miss. The Kress Collection is located in the Samek Art Gallery on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

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 programs, call 570-522-0105 or email