September 13, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a bee biology and beekeeping symposium Sept. 23 and 24.

"The workshop is designed for any interested members of the community to foster and encourage the growing interest in beekeeping in our region," said Elizabeth Capaldi Evans, associate professor of biology and animal behavior at Bucknell. Evans will give an introductory talk Sept. 23 in the Traditional Reading Room of the Bertrand Library.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, a hands-on workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop will include equipment and teaching hives in the Bucknell apiary.

Due to space limitations, advance registration is required. The registration fee is $20 per person. For more information, visit

The symposium, which is sponsored by the departments of biology and animal behavior, involves professionals from the Bucknell departments of chemistry and Library and Information Technology.

'Queen of the Sun' movie
In conjunction with the symposium, the art movie "Queen of the Sun" will be shown Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. The film will be followed by a discussion by local bee experts. Both the film and the discussion are free and open to the public.

"Queen of the Sun" examines the global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers. The film juxtaposes the catastrophic disappearance of bees with the mysterious world of the beehive, revealing both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder where bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear explanation.

Prior to the movie, a reception will be held in the Campus Theatre with honey tasting, informational tables and posters. The reception begins at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact David Rovnyak, associate professor of chemistry, at or by phone at 570-577-3676.

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