September 18, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) will present two programs in September as part of the Institute's Tea & Talk series.

Held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Tea & Talk is a series of free informal tea-time programs that begin at 3:30 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. Each event includes free teatime refreshments and is open to the public; BILL membership is not required.

Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common is located at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg. [directions]

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Bucknell professor Karline McLain, religion, will lead the program "Love All, Serve All: Shirdi Sai Baba Devotion in the United States." Shirdi Sai Baba, who died in 1918 in Maharashtra, was revered among a small circle of devotees from Hindu, Muslim and other religious backgrounds. By the 1970s, Shirdi Sai Baba devotion had spread through western and south-central India as well as the United States.

McLain will focus on temples in Chicago and Austin and investigate who worships at these temples, how they interpret this sacred figure and how Hindu temple founders and attendees seek to redefine Hinduism in the diaspora through devotion to Shirdi Sai Baba.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Bucknell professor Robert Rosenberg, English, will present the program, "Writing Across Borders." A 2014 Fulbright Scholar to India, Rosenberg will read from recent work and discuss the art of writing fiction and essays far from home.

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 lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu.

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