Since the fall of 2009, BILL has offered enthusiastic learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities in congenial community settings (more about this later). The program has become a learning partnership between Bucknell and area residents.

This program of the Office of the Provost at Bucknell, offers non-credit short courses and special presentations on a variety of topics during fall and spring terms with significant facilities support from area organizations such as the Public Library System for Union County; RiverWoods Senior Living Community; Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village; the American Red Cross; our new venue, Maria Joseph Manor in Danville; East Buffalo Township and Union County.

With this catalog, we present 22 short courses offered by a combination of members of the institute and retired faculty from various institutions. These courses bring the total number presented to 315. To date, the institute has enrolled over 1,200 members from 31 regional communities.

A bit more about our community partners: Sometimes people ask why we don’t hold classes on the Bucknell campus. The answer is two-fold: primarily, campus spaces and parking are fully utilized at the times BILL typically schedules classes; secondly, it is part of our mission to provide an easily accessible program to our members. None of the venues where BILL classes are held charges us rent. We do make a nominal contribution to each of them in lieu of rent so that we help with utilities, cleaning, and such. Some of our hosts view what they do for us as a community service; for others, our courses fit closely with their mission or serve their constituents in ways that make hosting BILL a win-win. We hope that all our participants share our gratitude for the facilities support we receive and thank our hosts if the opportunity arises.

And finally, I want to thank all members and friends who participate and contribute to our various program efforts. The program would not exist without the volunteer course leaders and all the hundreds of members who make it all possible. We hope we continue to merit your interest and involvement.

Anne P. Smith,  Coordinator

Photography by BILL member Janice Pearson

Message from the Provost

On behalf of Bucknell University, welcome to BILL!

Another wonderful season of BILL offerings is about to begin! It is my great pleasure to welcome you – or welcome you back – and invite you to consider the 22 courses coming up on topics ranging from Animal Behavior to the Vietnam War. This past year, I had the chance to see BILL in action myself. I gave a talk on my scholarship (the French Middle Ages), at which the delightfull and thoughtful participants weighed in with thought-provoking questions and comments. I also had the benefit of hearing from my husband, who took several BILL courses that introduced him to new subjects and allowed him to pursue an interest in writing. BILL does for Bucknell what every excellent university should do: reach beyond campus into the larger community, creating networks of the smart, well-informed, curious people living around and near the campus gates. Please join us in exploration, enrichment, and the fellowship of collaborative thinking. It's always the right time for learning.

Barbara K. Altmann, Ph.D.
Provost and Professor of French


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