During the fall semester of 2013, the Place Studies Initiative of the Bucknell University Environmental Center hosted “Understanding Place,” a series of discussions about various concepts used to define and comprehend “place.”
The talks, which were free and open to the public, were delivered by students, faculty, and community members. During the fall of 2013, the following presentations were given:
“Identity” with geography professor Adrian Mulligan
Supported by the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the Place Studies Initiative undertakes and supports research within the social sciences and environmental humanities that examines the nature and role of place in human experience. The purpose of the Place Studies Initiative is to facilitate and encourage research on the human dimensions of environmental issues.
In the spring of 2013, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble presented “Same River,” a multimedia exploration of Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing. Bucknell students conducted interviews with Pennsylvania residents whose lives have been directly impacted by fracking. The performance was composed of numerous first-person accounts of the effects of natural gas production. The volume of material presented offered a complex picture of “fracking,” a trend we’ve seen on the rise in Pennsylvania for about a decade. “Same River” seeks to draw connections, to give voice to multiple viewpoints and to acknowledge that we are all downstream, that the earth’s water supply is all the same river. In order to process the performance, individuals were encouraged to share their thoughts at a town-hall style discussion afterwards.
In addition to the theatrical piece, other art forms were created and displayed. Local artist Nancy Cleaver and Bucknell scenographer Elaine Williams lead art-making sessions, with participants creating artwork on the topic, “Clean Water: Who Needs It?”
The “Same River” project was sponsored by the Place Studies Initiative of the Bucknell Environmental Center, as well as the Residential Colleges and the Department of Theatre and Dance.
The “Same River” project and its related activities are sponsored by the Place Studies Initiative of the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the Residential Colleges, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Noon Lecture Series: Immigrant Experiences of the Anthracite Coal Region
Tuesday, March 28, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Nicholas Kupensky, former Bucknell visiting professor of comparative humanities, and Bode Morin, site administrator of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces, will discuss ways in which we can discover and share the physical and cultural stories of immigrant hard-coal mining experiences.
Noon Lecture Series: Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region: Present to Future
Thursday, March 30, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Carol Parenzan of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and Maureen Hauck of the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center — both of whom have significant connections to Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region — will discuss present and future prospects for the region.
Noon Lecture Series: The Creation of Anthracite Fields
Friday, March 31, noon, Weis Center Atrium Lobby, free
Professor G.C. Waldrep, English, will interview Julia Wolfe, composer of Anthracite Fields; Laurie McCants, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and advisor to the project; and Professor Beth Willer, music, who will conduct the upcoming Weis Center performance.
Weis Center Performance: Anthracite Fields
Performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars, featuring Bucknell University Camerata
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center, tickets required
Haunting, poignant and relentlessly physical, Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, and a fitting recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Adults: $25, Seniors 62+: $20, Youth 18 and Under: $15, Bucknell Employees and Retirees (limit 2): $15, Bucknell Students (limit 2): $10.
The free opening act for Anthracite Fields will feature Jay Smar at 6 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Jay will serve his audience an "acoustic buffet" of traditional American and original folk, ol' time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as coal mining songs of Northeast PA.
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