November 26, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, will discuss "Healthcare delivery in a rural context: Why place matters," Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is part of the "Stories of the Susquehanna Valley" book and lecture series. Light refreshments will be served; no registration is necessary.

Sponsored by the Place Studies Initiative of Bucknell University's Environmental Center and the University Lectureship Committee, the series links to the Bucknell University Press book series of the same name.

David Minderhout, professor emeritus of anthropology at Bloomsburg University, writes on Native Americans in the valley. Janet MacGaffey, professor emerita of anthropology at Bucknell, writes on the coal region. Other volumes are expected to focus on river towns, the Moravians in the valley, the region's literary history, and its natural history.

The first volumes in the book series are Native Americans in the Susquehanna Valley: Past and Present, a collection edited by Minderhout, and Coal Dust on Your Feet: Living through Prosperity and Decline in an Anthracite Mining Town.

The series will culminate in a talk in late January with "Interpreting the Susquehanna" by the co-editors of the book series, Bucknell professors Katherine Faull and Alf Siewers, coinciding with an author talk by Minderhout at the Bucknell Barnes & Noble bookstore, dates still to be determined.

For more information about the lecture series or about the Place Studies Initiative, contact Brandn Green at 570-577-1724 or

For more information about the Environmental Center contact Carol High at 570-577-1490 or

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