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“Coal Collections” Series Offered by Bucknell University

Aug 29, 2016 02:05PM ● By Erica Shames
The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment are pleased to announce a year-long series of events related to anthracite coal.

“Coal Collections: Local, National and International Stories” will include performances, monthly noon-time lectures and panel discussions, films, and guest speakers. Many events are free.

The performances included in the series are:
  • Coal Town Rounders and Van Wagner on Thursday, September 22
  • Hard Coal: The Concert with music by Guy Klucevsek (opener for September 22 performance)
  • Chilean theatre/puppetry company Silencio Blanco presenting the piece Chiflon, El Silencio del Carbon on Friday, February 17
  • Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer-prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields on Saturday, April 1
  • Jay Smar (opener for Anthracite Fields on April 1)
The full schedule of events is as follows:

DOCUMENTARY
Harlan County USA
Barbara Kopple (U.S. 1976) 104 min. 35MM.
Tuesday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Campus Theatre, 413 Market Street, Lewisburg
Associate Provost Robert Midkiff will introduce this Academy Award-winning film, which focuses on the 1973 strike of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Duke Power Company-owned Eastover Coal Company's Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky.
The film is part of the university's Tuesday Film/Media Series. Admission is free for Bucknell students and $2 for others.

WEIS CENTER PERFORMANCE
Coal Town Rounders and Van Wagner
Thursday, September 22, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
With a foundational repertoire of bluegrass material you’d expect in a group twice their age, the Coal Town Rounders is poised to expand the reach and relevance of traditional music with their unique and hard-driving sound. Van Wagner’s music has been featured on the History Channel, WVIA, and Country Music Television. He has released 20 original albums and published a book entitled Coal Dust Rust and Saw Dust.
Adults: $20, Seniors 62+: $16, Youth 18 and Under: $10, Bucknell Employees & Retirees (limit 2): $10, Bucknell Students (limit 2): $10
Tickets: 570-577-1000, Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice, or at a Campus Box Office location

NOTE: We are pleased to offer a free shuttle from Shamokin and Mount Carmel for this performance, courtesy of Catawese Coach Lines. The shuttle will depart from Weis Markets in Shamokin at approximately 5:15 p.m. and from Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel at 5:30 p.m. The shuttle will return between 10-10:30 p.m.

OPENING ACT
Hard Coal: The Concert
Thursday, September 22, 6 p.m. – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
A performance by the sometimes folksy, sometimes haunting, always beautiful music that Guy Klucevsek composed for the play Hard Coal: Life in the Region along with singer/performers from the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

NOON LECTURE SERIES
Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region: Past to Present
Thursday, September 29, Noon – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
Overview of the social and environmental histories of PA’s anthracite coal region.

SPEAKER SERIES
Shannon Bell: “Bridging Activism and the Academy: Exposing Environmental Injustices through the Feminist Ethnographic Method of Photovoice”
Thursday, October 13, Noon – FREE!
113 Dana Engineering (Gardner Lecture Hall)
Co-sponsored by Field Research Teaching Lab. Dr. Shannon Bell demonstrates how photovoice ethnography can provide an opportunity for research participants' stories to be heard - and acted upon - by those with political power.

SPEAKER SERIES
Shannon Bell: “Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia”
Thursday, October 13, 5-6:15 p.m. followed by a reception – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
A discussion of her new book, which examines why so few of the many people who suffer from industry-produced environmental hazards and pollution participate in social movements aimed at bringing about social justice and industry accountability. Book signing to follow.

NOON LECTURE SERIES
Bucknell in the Coal Region: Community-Based Research
Thursday, October 27, Noon – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
A panel of students, faculty, and community partners will discuss incorporating the anthracite coal region into student learning through classes and summer projects.

NOON LECTURE SERIES
Molly Maguires in the Pennsylvania Coal Region
Thursday, November 17, Noon – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
A panel of community members and faculty discuss the Molly Maguire secret society and nationalism related to the Irish diaspora.

NOON LECTURE SERIES
Sports Talk: Athletes from the Anthracite Coal Region
Thursday, January 26, Noon-2 p.m. - FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby

NOON LECTURE SERIES
Silencio Blanco Puppeteers
Thursday, February 16, Noon – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
Chilean puppeteers discuss coal mining and representing stories through puppetry.

WEIS CENTER PERFORMANCE
Silencio Blanco: Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón
Friday, February 17, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Weis Center
This Chilean-based puppetry ensemble is known for working with white marionettes, constructed with a newspaper base, that perform in silence; no dialogue is used and the marionettes do not speak. The work explores the story of a young miner forced to find work in one of the most dangerous mines in Chile after the mine where he worked collapses.
Adults: $15, Seniors 62+: $12, Youth 18 and Under: $5, Bucknell Employees & Retirees (limit 2): $5, Bucknell Students (limit 2): $5
Tickets: 570-577-1000, Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice, or at a Campus Box Office location

ART EXHIBIT
Dust and Light: Images of Pennsylvania Coal Communities
March 14 onward – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby

NOON LECTURE SERIES
Art and Visual Culture of the Anthracite Coal Region
Thursday, March 23, Noon – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
Greg Stuart, Samek Art Museum

NOON LECTURE SERIES
Immigrant Experiences of the Anthracite Coal Region
Tuesday, March 28, Noon – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
A panel of community members and faculty discuss the enduring legacy of the immigrant experience.

NOON LECTURE SERIES
Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region: Present to Future
Thursday, March 30, Noon – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
An interdisciplinary panel of faculty and community members to discuss present and future prospects of PA’s anthracite coal region.

NOON LECTURE SERIES
The Creation of Anthracite Fields
Friday, March 31, Noon – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
G.C. Waldrep, Associate Professor of English, will interview Julia Wolfe, composer of Anthracite Fields, Laurie McCants, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and advisor to the project, and Beth Willer, conductor for the Weis Center performance.

WEIS CENTER PERFORMANCE & POST-PERFORMANCE TALK
Anthracite Fields Performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars, featuring Bucknell University Camerata
Saturday, April 1
Performance: 7:30 pm, Weis Center
Post-Performance Talk with Julia Wolfe:  9:30 p.m., Weis Center Atrium Lobby
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 & Retirees (limit 2): $15, Bucknell Students (limit 2): $10
Tickets: 570-577-1000, Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice, or at a Campus Box Office location

NOTE: We are pleased to offer a free shuttle from Shamokin and Mount Carmel for this performance, courtesy of Catawese Coach Lines. The shuttle will depart from Weis Markets in Shamokin at approximately 5:15 p.m. and from Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel at 5:30 p.m. The shuttle will return between 10-10:30 p.m.

OPENING ACT FOR ANTHRACITE FIELDS
Jay Smar
Saturday, April 1, 6 p.m. – FREE!
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
Jay Smar serves his audiences 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.

Coal Collections Brochure Available

To request a hardcopy brochure about the “Coal Collections” series, contact Lisa Leighton, Weis Center marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or email lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu and one will be mailed to you at no cost.

For more information about the Coal Collections series, please visit www.Bucknell.edu/CoalCollections

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