March 01, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning will host a "Tea & Talk" event on March 13.

Paula Davis, associate professor of theatre and dance at Bucknell University, will present, "In Search of Balkan Folk Dress: Revealing Identities," at 3:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public; no registration is necessary. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tea and regional refreshments will be served.

Davis will explore how costume engenders identity, the dynamics of that identity, and what the costume might signify to the wearer. Her research was conducted over five years at folk festivals in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.

The "Tea & Talk" event is part of a series of informal programs presented in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village and held in The Village Common on Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg.

Since its inauguration during the fall of 2009, the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning has provided adult learners in the central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities, including the "Lunch & Learn" and the "Tea & Talk" series.

The next event in the "Lunch & Learn" series will be held Tuesday, April 10. Janet Jones, Presidential Professor of classics at Bucknell, will give the talk, "Alexander the Great and the Seven Wonders of the World." Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon program, which is free and open to the public.

Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch (creamy tomato soup, BLT with mayonnaise) 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 up to noon of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door. No registration is required.

For more information about BILL events, call 570-577-7006 or visit

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