November 08, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — NOTE:THIS TALK, scheduled for Nov. 14, HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Franklin Burroughs will give the talk, "Compression Wood," in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

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

"Franklin Burroughs is a native of the South Carolina low country, who became a thoughtful and observant citizen of Bowdoinham, Maine, near Merrymeeting Bay," said series director Christopher Camuto, author and assistant professor of English at Bucknell.

Locations and vocation

"Among other things, Burroughs is interested in the complicated connections between locations and vocation – the connections between where you come from and what you do," he said.

Burroughs is the author of three books: Billy Watson's Croker Sack, The River Home, and Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay. His essays have appeared in numerous publications including The American Scholar, The Gettysburg Review and Harper's Magazine, and have been reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Essays, The Pushcart Prize, and The Norton Anthology of Nature Writing.

"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.

Future Katrinas

The third writer scheduled to speak in the Institute series is 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 at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

The Charles H. Watts II Humanities Institute lecture series was 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 Nov. 8, 2007


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