September 25, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jane Brox will give the talk, "The Particulars of Place," Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is the first event in the series, "American Writers/ American Places: Toward a Poetics and a Practice of Sustainability."

Future of the family farm

"Members of the public from Lewisburg and Union and Northumberland counties who are interested in the tradition and fate of the family farm may be especially interested in Brox's talk," said series director Christopher Camuto, author and assistant professor of English at Bucknell.

"Jane Brox is most closely associated with the disappearing family farms and working-class, mill-town heritage of Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley. She writes with passion and precision about her family's entanglement with the land, about the overlapping histories of generations, and about a landscape she loves besieged by change," he said.

Brox's books include Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm; Five Thousand Days Like This One, a 1999 finalist for the National Critics Circle Award in non-fiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L Winship PEN New England Award. Her essays have appeared in many anthologies including The Norton Book of Nature Writing.

She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as the New England Book Award for non-fiction. Earlier this year she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on her fourth book, a history of artificial light.


"This year's Humanities Institute program brings to campus three distinguished American writers, each of whom has written eloquently and wisely about American places rooted deeply in American history and nature, and each of whom has a good deal to say about what might make our lives and our culture 'sustainable' in the future," said Camuto.

Other writers scheduled to speak in the Institute series are Franklin Burroughs, who will give the talk, "Compression Wood," Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall; and Mike Tidwell, who will give the talk, "The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities," Feb. 5 in Bucknell Hall.

This talk is the inaugural event in the Charles H. Watts II Humanities Institute lecture series, established in 2006 by the CTW Foundation and its officers to honor the memory of Bucknell's 11th president. The Institute honors President Watts' love of the humanities, his dedication to learning, and his exceptional leadership at Bucknell by providing annual support for the interdisciplinary study of a selected topic of interest in the humanities.

For more information about the Humanities Institute series, see

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Posted Sept. 25, 2007


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