January 23, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) will present the discussion, "It's a Wonderful Life: Family and Childhood in Denmark," Tuesday, Feb. 3, at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, located at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg. The program is free and open to the public without registration.

Chris Boyatzis, professor of psychology at Bucknell and director of the Bucknell in Denmark program, will describe policies and cultural values of the social-democratic state of Denmark that help families and children lead happy lives. In international surveys year after year, the people of Denmark score as the "happiest people on Earth."

Boyatzis will share photos, anecdotes and interviews from his research on Danish parenting, exploring the cultural values of equality and the good childhood.

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, vegetable wrap, brownies and assorted cookies) for $6 by contacting the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning office at 570-522-0105 or lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu up to noon of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door.

From the intersection of State Route 45 and U.S. Route 15 in Lewisburg, drive west on SR 45 for 1.1 miles; turn right (north) onto Reitz Boulevard into Brookpark Farm. Drive 0.6 mile; turn left onto Tressler Boulevard. The Village Common is directly ahead.

The Lunch & Learn presentation schedule includes "Band History and Performance Through the Penn Central Wind Band Lens," with William Kenny, Bucknell professor of music and founder of the Penn Central Wind Band, on April 7.

A Tea & Talk event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, at 3:30 p.m. Jessica Newlin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Bucknell, will discuss "Past, Present and Future of the West Branch Susquehanna River." Tea time refreshments are provided free of charge; registration is not necessary.

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.