Friday, September 12, 2008

12:30 - 4:00 pm - Outdoor Tent
Registration is required to attend Friday's dinner and Saturday's luncheon and to hear both keynote addresses. Cost is $10; please pay with cash or personal checks (made out to "Bucknell University"). Credit cards cannot be accepted. Receipts provided upon request.

Moderated by Professor Katherine Faull
Bucknell University Environmental Center

1:30 - 3:30 pm - Trout Auditorium
A look at the history and ongoing heritage of Native American agriculture in the region, and insights from it for today. This panel is coordinated by the Bucknell Environmental Humanities Initiative and is a logical first step leading up to next year's 4th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium - "Native Americans in the Susquehanna Valley".

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Indigenous peoples of the Susquehanna Valley
Katherine Faull, Bucknell University

Insights into the relation between indigenous peoples and the land of the valley based on her work in studying and translating diaries of Moravian Christians living and traveling through the area in the eighteenth century.

2:00 - 2:30 pm
Native Americans and the Land
David Minderhout, Bloomsburg University
Andrea Frantz, Arizona State University

Both authors of the new book "Invisible Indians" on the Native American tribes of Pennsylvania, will discuss their findings on the history of Amerindian agriculture in the region.

2:30 - 3:00 pm
The Food Culture of Pennsylvania Native Americans
Susan Plaisted, Director of Foodways

Susan is also director of foodways for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, will share her own research and experiences in reconstructing Pennsylvania Indian food culture from ethnobotany and archaeology.

3:00 - 3:30 pm
Local Native Americans and the Susquehanna Watershed
Jenny Dalzell, Bucknell University student

Research to support the proposed extension of the John Smith Trail farther north into the Susquehanna Valley in commemoration of the watershed's importance in seventeenth-century Indian history.

Moderated by H. W. "Skip" Wieder, Director
Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies


4:30 - 5:30 pm - Outdoor Tent
Display booths, picnic dinner, and entertainment
Visit over a dozen display booths from a variety of regional and state organizations
involved with Pennsylvania agriculture and the Susquehanna River, including:

   • Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)
Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PADA)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR)
Penn State Center for Agriculture and Environment
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)
Buy Fresh, Buy Local
Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance (BCWA)
Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy
Union County Conservation District (UCCD)
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SEDA-COG)
WVIA Public Radio/Television
   • Gary Holthaus' book, From the Farm to the Table

Registered guests can enjoy a picnic meal featuring sustainably-grown food from local farms. Entertainment will be provide by Susquehanna Valley resident and recording artist
K.J. Wagner.

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Outdoor Tent
Opening comments and keynote address
University welcome by Dr. Michael Smyer, Bucknell University Provost.
Opening comments by
Chris Carney, U.S. Congressman, 10th Pennsylvania District.
Keynote address by
Dennis Wolff, Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture.

7:00 - 8:00 pm - Trout Auditorium
Documentary films on Pennsylvania agriculture
Preview of documentary films produced and directed by WVIA, Wilkes-Barre Scranton.

8:00 - 9:30 pm - Center Room, Elaine Langone Center
Student research posters and evening social
Student research posters on display.
Evening social featuring wines from local vineyards.

Union county farm
Field of soybeans in late summer, Union County, Pennsylvania (photograph by B. Hayes)

S P E C I A L    G U E S T S

Master farmer and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture.

Penn State University Professor and U.S. Congressman representing the 10th Pennsylvania district.

Folk singer/songwriter and native of the Susquehanna Valley, K.J. performs original works about agriculture and farm life for audiences worldwide.


PA Department of Agriculture

SRBC logo
Susquehanna River Basin Commission

DEP Logo1PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

PA Dept. of Conservation of Natural Resources

CBF logo

Center for Agriculture and Environment


Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance
Union County Conservation District

Linn Conservancy Logo
Merrill Linn Conservancy

Buy Fresh - Buy Local

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