from the cover of the Coal Collections brochureThe Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment welcome you to join the campus and regional communities for the yearlong series, Coal Collections: Local, National, and International Stories.

Coal Collections features music, documentaries, noon lecture and panel discussions, invited speakers, theatre/puppetry and art throughout the 2016-17 academic year. This series celebrates the historic, growing and deepening connections between students, faculty and staff with Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, and brings the broader Bucknell community into conversation with experiences, histories, cultures and stories from coal regions locally, nationally and internationally.

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Highlights from this Series

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Harlan County USA

Harlan County USA

This Academy Award-winning film focuses on the 1973 strike of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky. The film is part of the Bucknell University's Film/Media Series.

Harlan County USA

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Stories from the Mines

The WVIA documentary, Stories from the Mines, dramatizes and documents anthracite coal's tragic and indisputable role in profoundly influencing the relationship among organized labor, organized wealth and the United States government.

WVIA President and executive producer of the film, Tom Curra, and Michael Johnson-Cramer will discuss the film.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Coal Town Rounders and Van Wagner

Coal Town Rounders

Grafting their passion for Appalachian music and harmony singing to 21st century sensibilities, Northeast Pa-based quartet Coal Town Rounders are making their own moves in a genre that's heavy on the tradition.

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Silencio Blanco: Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón

Translated as "Chiflón, the Silence of Coal," this 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.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

"Anthracite Fields" Performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars

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.

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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Guest Lecture: Ellen Currano

Ellen Currano

"Tales of plant evolution and ecology recorded by the fossils between the coal beds."

Dr. Ellen Currano (University of Wyoming) delivered the annual Darwin Day Talk.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Coal Region Bus Trip

Professor Ben Marsh took members of the Bucknell community on a tour of the Anthracite Coal Region.

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Noon Lecture Series

As part of the Coal Collections series, students, professors, artists and special guests discussed their work and how it relates to the coal region.

All brown bag talks took place in the Weis Center atrium lobby at noon. They were free and open to the public. Small tastes of regional food samples were provided.

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Coal Collections: Noon Lecture Series

All brown bag talks took place in the Weis Center atrium lobby at noon. They were free and open to the public.
Small tastes of regional food samples were provided.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region: Past to Present

Overview of the social and environmental histories of Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Molly Maguires in the Pennsylvania Coal Region

A panel of community members and faculty focus on the Molly Maguire secret society to explore nationalism and the Irish diaspora.

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

Athletics in the Anthracite Coal Region

Drew Kelly (94KX) will moderate two panel discussions about the relationship between the coal region and its athletes. Panelists will include Jennifer Yuengling ('93), Clifford Melberger ('61, M'62, GP'14), Pat Flannery ('80, M'83), Chuck Souders, Tommy Ryan,  Steve Kline and Henry Hynoski Sr..

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Silencio Blanco Puppeteers

Chilean puppeteers discuss coal mining and representing stories through puppetry.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Art of the Coal Region

Greg Stuart will discuss the art and visual culture of the region, and how artists traveling to it both represented and misrepresented the area. Steven Lichak (WYSO Foundation), will share the life and artwork of Frank Wysochansky, a self-taught artist of the coal region and son of a coal miner, born to Ukrainian immigrants.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region: Present to Future

Carol Parenzan, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Maureen B. Hauck, from the Bucknell University's Small Business Development Center, and Kathy Jeremiah, from the Northumberland County Planning Office, will discuss present and future prospects as well as answer audience questions.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Creation of Anthracite Fields

Professor G.C. Waldrep will interview Julia Wolfe, composer of Anthracite Fields, Laurie McCants, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and advisor to the project, and Beth Willer, conductor for the Weis Center performance.


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