LEWISBURG - The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning's Tea and Talk program will host a series of informal tea-time programs in March exploring art, poetry and Union County's bicentennial.
Tea and Talk begins at 3:30 p.m., doors open at 3 p.m. Each event includes teatime refreshments and is held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common on Tressler Boulevard.
The schedule begins March 5, with the discussion, "An Artist's Narrative," with Joanne Landis, who will talk about her career. She was a model, illustrator, stylist, set designer, actor, teacher, painter, muralist and writer. She will discuss her views on the creative process and how it extends into these areas.
Landis is a figurative and narrative painter whose work can be seen in Studio No. 22 at The Pajama Factory.
The series continues March 19, with the discussion, "Living in the Imagination: Poetry and Daily Life," with G.C. Waldrep, Margaret Hollinshead ley professor of poetry and creative writing at Bucknell. Waldrep will read from his work and discuss how a life of the imagination intersects with the daily routines people engage in.
Jeannette Lasansky, president of the Union County Historical Society, will present the talk, "Centennials, Sesquicentennials and Bicentennials: Union County's Own Bicentennial, 1813-2013," at 4 p.m. March 12 in Marlow Hall at RiverWoods.
Lasansky moved to Union County in 1968 and, in 1973, joined the Oral Traditions project in preparation for the national Bicentennial celebration. This work led to multimedia shows, a PBS movie, exhibitions, books, symposia and recording.
The author of 16 books about local history and Pennsylvania craft traditions, Lasansky has guest curated major exhibitions at state and regional museums.
She has lectured at major national museums such as the Smithsonian, Winterthur and Sturbridge Village as well as numerous colleges and universities.
In addition, she organized a large fieldwork project on contemporary traditional quiltmaking. Her current research includes a project on parallels between Amish interiors and their decorative arts.
The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) has provided adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities since its inauguration during the fall of 2009.
Spring term classes begin today and will run through April 2. Fall term classes will run Sept. 23 through Nov. 1. Information for the fall class schedule will be available in July.
For more information about BILL events, call 522-0105.