October 19, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's annual Homecoming celebration will be held Oct. 26-28, with several free events open to the public, including a concert with Delta blues and reggae artist Corey Harris on Friday, and a conversation with Jim Cramer and Walter Isaacson on Saturday.

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Corey Harris and The Rasta Blues Experience will perform Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Admission is free; seating is first-come, first-served.

Harris, who began his career as a New Orleans street singer, lived in Cameroon, West Africa, for a year. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. He has performed, recorded and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant and others.

Cramer, host of CNBC's "Mad Money," will share the Weis Center stage Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling 2011 biography Steve Jobs as well as biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, former chairman and CEO of CNN, and former managing editor of TIME magazine.

After the talk, Bucknell President John Bravman will take the stage to interview three outstanding Bucknell students: Ana Aguilera Silva, a junior majoring in international relations, economics and education; Mairead Smith, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and political science; and Chris Spahr, a senior majoring in management. A book signing in the lobby will follow.

Bucknell students and faculty will perform in "Cultural Discovery: An Encounter with the Arts," Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. The event will include dance, music by Brahms, Vivaldi, Bartok, and Turina, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," and a performance by the Bucknell Gamelan Ensemble. Admission is free; seating is first-come, first-served.

Bucknell Professors Duane Griffin and Mark Spiro will lead an Arboretum Walking Tour of the campus beginning at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Bertrand Library. More than 1,700 trees representing nearly 100 species comprise the Bucknell University Arboretum.

Athletics events on Saturday, Oct. 27, include football vs. Colgate at 1 p.m., and men's soccer vs. Colgate at 4 p.m.

For more information about Homecoming festivities, including the public launch of the largest comprehensive campaign in the University's history, visit www.bucknell.edu/Homecoming2012

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