January 25, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning will begin its spring term 2011 session on Monday, Feb. 28, and run through Friday, April 8. A variety of courses are offered, with topics including art and literature, architecture and health.

Course selections
Among the art and literature courses scheduled for the spring session are: "History of the English Language" with Dennis Baumwoll; "Interpreting Short Stories" with Dorothy Baumwoll; "Cranford and Beyond: The Worlds of Elizabeth Gaskell" with Nancy Weyant; and "Miscellany: Three Essays in Art and Faith" with James Turnure.

Courses in architecture include "That Old House: Lewisburg's Historic Architecture" with Tom Greaves.

Courses in health include "Psychological Health" with Jacqueline Sallade; "Primum non nocere? Adventures in Medical Ethics, Part 2" with Loren Amacher; "The Making of Monsters: The Social Production of Evil" with Matt Silberman; and "New Approaches to Body and Brain Health" with Farida Zaid. Note that it is not necessary to have taken part 1 of any course in order to take part 2.

"The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning provides adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities," said Mick Smyer, provost at Bucknell. "Since its inauguration during the fall of 2009, the program has presented more than 50 courses and has included more than 300 members from 26 regional communities."

Membership fees are $35 for one year or $20 for a half-year. Individual course fees are $35 for a six-week course, and $20 for a three-week course. Participants must first sign up as members, before registering for up to two courses per term.

Class locations include the Public Library for Union County, RiverWoods Senior Living Community, Saint John's United Church of Christ, Spring Run Conference Center, the Union County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Union/Snyder Area Agency on Aging, and the Village Common at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, all in Lewisburg. For more information about the BILL courses, call 570-577-7006.

Lunch and Learn
In addition to the regularly scheduled courses, the Institute offers "Lunch and Learn with BILL," a series of informal lunch programs held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common on Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg.

On Feb. 8 at noon, Smyer will lead the discussion, "Lewis and Clark Meet an Aging America." Stephen Ambrose in his book Undaunted Courage describes the process of exploration that Lewis and Clark undertook. Along the way, they sent scouts back to report to President Jefferson, describing the newly explored territory.

In much the same way, today's older adults are the "scouts" of a new territory of aging. In this lunchtime lecture, Smyer will explore some of the myths and facts about aging in America.

Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch for $5; beverages and a light dessert will be provided. To order a lunch, contact the BILL office at 570-577-7006 or e-mail lifelonglearning@bucknell.edu up to noon of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

On April 12, Katherine Faull, a professor of German and humanities at Bucknell, will lead the discussion, "The Moravian Mission Diaries at Shamokin, 1742-1755." Lunch arrangements are the same as those for Feb. 8

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