October 05, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center (BUEC) will host two events Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, exploring energy management and the African-American experience in Milton.

The first is the green lunch bag seminar, "Bucknell Energy Management and High Performance Buildings," with Stephen Durfee, campus energy manager at Bucknell. The seminar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Environmental Center, located on Fraternity Road across from the Observatory. No registration is necessary.

Green Lunch Bag seminars provide an opportunity to share current research and projects related to the environment. Attendees are invited to bring lunches; beverages are provided by BUEC.

The second is the talk, "The African-American Experience in Milton," a presentation by Kate Hastings, on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell.

Hastings, who is an associate professor of communications at Susquehanna University, will discuss her work on the African-American history of central Pennsylvania from 1772-1940, particularly as it was told in area newspapers.

Hastings' talk is held as part of the fall 2012 series of "Stories of the Susquehanna Valley," presented by the Place Studies Initiative (formerly the Nature and Human Communities Initiative) of the BUEC. Light refreshments will be served; no registration is necessary.

"The series links to the book series of the same name," said Brandn Green, program coordinator. Scholars featured in the new Bucknell University Press series include David Minderhout, professor emerita of anthropology at Bloomsburg University, writing on Native Americans in the valley, and Janet MacGaffey, professor emeritus of anthropology at Bucknell, writing on the coal region.

Other volumes are expected to focus on river towns, the Moravians in the valley, the region's literary history, and its natural history.

For more information about Environmental Center programs and projects, visit http://www.bucknell.edu/x2250.xml, or contact environmental.center@bucknell.edu or 577-1490.

Contact: Division of Communications