Posted on January 17, 2017, BY Staff

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment (BCSE) will sponsor 12 events during the spring semester as part the yearlong series, Coal Collections: Local, National and International Stories. The series celebrates connections between the broader Bucknell community and Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region as it highlights histories, cultures, and stories from coal regions around the world.

Noon Lecture Series: Athletics in the Anthracite Coal Region
Thursday, Jan. 26, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Drew Kelly (94KX) will moderate two panel discussions about the relationship between the coal region and its athletes. Panelists will include current Bucknell student athletes, as well as Bucknell Hall of Fame alumni Jennifer Yuengling ('93), Clifford "Mickey" Melberger ('61, M'62, GP'14) and Pat Flannery ('80, M'83). Local sports commentators Chuck Souders and Tommy Ryan will join former MLB relief pitcher Steve Kline and former NFL running back Henry Hynoski Sr. in the second half of the program.

Film Screening of Stories from the Mines and Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 9, noon, Weis Center Atrium Side Lobby, free
WVIA's documentary, Stories from the Mines, dramatizes and documents anthracite coal's profound influence on the relationship among organized labor, organized wealth and the United States government. The film's executive producer and WVIA president Tom Curra and interim Dean of the School of Management Michael Johnson-Cramer will discuss the film.

Noon Lecture Series: Creators of El Silencio del Carbón
Thursday, Feb. 16, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Professor Fernando Blanco, Spanish, and puppeteers from Silencio Blanco will discuss coal mining in Chile and puppetry as a means of storytelling.

Weis Center Performance: Silencio Blanco: Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón
Friday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Weis Center, tickets required
This Chilean-based puppetry ensemble is known for working with white marionettes constructed with a newspaper base that perform in silence. The work explores the story of a young miner forced to find work in one of the most dangerous mines in Chile after the mine where he worked collapses. This is suggested for ages 10+.
Adults: $15, Seniors 62+: $12, Youth 18 and Under: $5, Bucknell Employees and Retirees (limit 2): $5, Bucknell Students (limit 2): $5.

Darwin Day Lecture: Coal-Bed Fossils
Thursday, Feb. 23, noon, Trout Auditorium, free
Ellen Currano, assistant professor of paleobotany at Wyoming, will present a talk titled "Tales of Plant Evolution and Ecology Recorded by the Fossils Between the Coal Beds." The talk is co-sponsored by the departments of biology and geology and Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics.

Art Installation: Dust & Light: Images of PA Coal Communities
Debuting on Monday, March 20, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
The Samek Art Museum curates this art exhibit.

Noon Lecture Series: Arts and Visual Culture of the Anthracite Coal Region
Thursday, March 23, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Greg Stuart, Samek Art Museum public programs & outreach manager, will discuss the art and visual culture of the region and how artists traveling to it both represented and misrepresented the area. Steven Lichak, managing trustee and curator of the WYSO Foundation, will share Frank Wysochansky's life and artwork. Wysochansky was a self-taught artist of the coal region and son of a coal miner, born to Ukrainian immigrants. The talk also promotes the Dust & Light: Images of PA Coal Communities art installation at the Weis Center.

Noon Lecture Series: Immigrant Experiences of the Anthracite Coal Region
Tuesday, March 28, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Nicholas Kupensky, former Bucknell visiting professor of comparative humanities, and Bode Morin, site administrator of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces, will discuss ways in which we can discover and share the physical and cultural stories of immigrant hard-coal mining experiences.

Noon Lecture Series: Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region: Present to Future
Thursday, March 30, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Carol Parenzan of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and Maureen Hauck of the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center — both of whom have significant connections to Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region — will discuss present and future prospects for the region.

Noon Lecture Series: The Creation of Anthracite Fields
Friday, March 31, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Professor G.C. Waldrep, English, will interview Julia Wolfe, composer of Anthracite Fields; Laurie McCants, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and advisor to the project; and Professor Beth Willer, music, who will conduct the upcoming Weis Center performance.  

Weis Center Performance: Anthracite Fields
Performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars, featuring Bucknell University Camerata
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center, tickets required
Haunting, poignant and relentlessly physical, Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, and a fitting recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Adults: $25, Seniors 62+: $20, Youth 18 and Under: $15, Bucknell Employees and Retirees (limit 2): $15, Bucknell Students (limit 2): $10.
The free opening act for Anthracite Fields will feature Jay Smar at 6 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Jay will serve his audience an "acoustic buffet" of traditional American and original folk, ol' time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as coal mining songs of Northeast PA.

Film Screening
Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m., Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., Lewisburg
This film is part of the University's Tuesday Film/Media Series and is co-sponsored by the BCSE. Admission is free for Bucknell students and $2 for others.



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