September 19, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host its annual Family Weekend Sept. 26  and 27 with several of the weekend events open to the local community.

Two exhibitions, part of the University's 'Peace & Resistance Series,' may be viewed in the Samek Art Gallery: "Yoko Ono Imagine Peace" and "The Peace Paintings" by Noriko Yamamoto." Gallery hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center and is accessible via elevator.

The Weis Center Series presents a performance of "The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Year Edition," on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents a rollercoaster ride – 600 years of U.S. history in 6,000 seconds, from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from the New World to the New World Order. Tickets are $20, available from box office website at, by phone (570-577-1000), or at the door.

The Focus Year on the Susquehanna Valley series will present the panel discussion, "Academia and the Region, or Blind Men and the Elephant: Humanities Perspectives," with three humanities scholars on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center. The series will host a Roundtable discussion, "Regional Environmental Humanities in the Susquehanna Valley," with the panelists as well as community leaders and Bucknell staff on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Arches Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center.

Friday sports include women's soccer vs. Robert Morris at 7 p.m. at the West Fields complex. Saturday sports include men's rugby vs. Franklin and Marshall at 11 a.m. on the West Fields; women's field hockey vs. Siena at noon on Graham Field; and men's soccer vs. Navy at 7 p.m. at the West Fields Complex.

Open Houses
The Observatory will hold an Open House on Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. View the stars (weather permitting), tour the facility and listen to physics professor Ned Ladd give the short talk, "The King of Planets," several times during the evening. The Observatory is located on the south end of campus near the stadium.

The Bucknell Army ROTC will hold an Open House on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. in Spratt House. The open house includes a tour of Spratt House and a brief video of cadet activities this semester

Lewisburg tours
The Packwood House Museum will host Bucknell-themed tours on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum was founded by Bucknell alumna Edith Kelly Fetherston and contains ties to Bucknell and the early life of Lewisburg. Tickets are $5 for Bucknell families. For more information, call 570-524-0323 or visit

The Slifer House Museum will sponsor "Harvesting the Past to Secure the Future," a tour of homes and churches on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Featured homes in addition to the Slifer House will include an octagonal home, a renovated farm home, a recently constructed home, and a renovated green home. Lewisburg church sanctuaries will be open to display harvest themes in their chancel areas. Tickets can be bought online at, or at the Welcome Center.

Other events
Chi Omega sorority will host a Make-A-Wish Auction on Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. near the Bookstore in the Elaine Langone Center. The silent auction prizes include gift certificates, gift baskets, and jewelry as well as many other prizes.

Colleges Against Cancer will sponsor the "Paint Bucknell Pink 5K Run" on Sunday. Registration is $20 per person and begins at 8 a.m. at the football practice field. The race begins at 9 a.m. Money raised supports the American Cancer Society.

For more information about this year's Family Weekend activities, see

Contact: Division of Communications


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