Friday, August 7th, 2020

Weis Center Sessions #9: Jove Graham Recites Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116

Welcome to our ninth installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Jove Graham reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. Jove Graham is an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at Bucknell and president of the board of directors at RiverStage Community Theatre based in Lewisburg. He was an engineering and theatre double-major at Swarthmore College and has worked onstage or behind the scenes at People’s Light and Theatre Company, the Arden Theatre Company, Montgomery Playhouse, Bucknell and others.  “I memorized this sonnet twenty years ago,” he says, […]

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Friday, July 31st, 2020

Weis Center Sessions #8: Andrei Bucaloiu ’22 reads his poem, With Age

Welcome to our eighth installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Andrei Bucaloiu ’22 and his poem, With Age. Andrei is a rising junior studying Spanish and Creative Writing while working his way through the pre-med pathway. He is a Residential Fellow in the Res College program, a Writing Center Consultant and in the spring 2021 semester he will be a West Branch intern. The poem was inspired by a writing exercise he did in Professor Hays’ spring 2020 course, “Poetry, Mind, and Nature,” […]

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Friday, July 24th, 2020

Weis Center Sessions #7: Deirdre O’Connor reads her poem, The Obstacles

Welcome to our seventh installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we will release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Deirdre O’Connor reading her poem, The Obstacles. Deirdre directs the Writing Center at Bucknell and also serves as the Associate Director of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. She is the author of two books of poems, most recently The Cupped Field, from Able Muse Press. She says this about the poem, The Obstacles: “I wrote this poem before the pandemic, but chose to read it because I think it resonates in […]

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Weis Center Sessions #6: Virginia Zimmerman reads from The Rosemary Spell

Welcome to our sixth installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we will release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Professor Virginia Zimmerman as she reads a passage from her novel, The Rosemary Spell (2015). Virginia Zimmerman is Professor of English at Bucknell University, where she teaches children’s fiction and 19th-century British literature. Her scholarly work investigates time and traces, and her creative writing addresses similar themes. Her first novel, La Finestra del Temps (Cruïlla 2012), was translated into Catalan and published in Barcelona. The Rosemary Spell (Clarion 2015) was her American […]

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Friday, July 10th, 2020

Weis Center Sessions #5: Qing Jiang on piano

Welcome to our fifth installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we will release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Pianist Qing Jiang and a piece composed by Daniel Temkin. Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” Chinese-born Pianist Qing Jiang has performed to acclaim across the United States and abroad, including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, as well as the UK’s Snape Maltings Hall, and China’s Shenzhen Poly Theater. Jiang is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University, and Piano Faculty […]

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Monday, July 6th, 2020

Weis Center COVID-19 Update

July 6, 2020 Dear Weis Center Patrons, We trust that this finds you and your loved ones doing well and staying healthy. Typically, you receive a new Weis Center brochure in mid-July outlining all of our upcoming season performances. But as we all know, this hasn’t been a typical spring or summer by any means. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety concerns for patrons, artists, and staff, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts will not be hosting any public, large-scale performances through December 2020. We have made this decision in cooperation with Bucknell University, based […]

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Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Weis Center Sessions #4: Poetry of K.A. Hays

Welcome to our fourth installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we will release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature poet K.A. Hays and two of her original poems, “Anthropocene Sonnet” and “Lines written on Jasper Beach, Machiasport, Maine.” K.A. Hays is a poet, a Creative Writing professor, and the Director of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. She is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent of which is Windthrow (Carnegie Mellon 2017). The poems she reads here are from an in-progress manuscript. “Anthropocene Sonnet” was published in […]

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Friday, June 26th, 2020

Weis Center Sessions #3: Grace Kenny on violin, “Allegheny Ridge”

Welcome to our third installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we will release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature violinist Grace Kenny performing an original work, Allegheny Ridge. Grace Kenny is from Lewisburg. She earned a degree in violin performance from St. Olaf College and is currently studying to be certified to teach music K-12. Grace recently performed in the Bucknell Orchestra and the Bison Band, and her father is Dr. William Kenny, Professor of Music at Bucknell. “Allegheny Ridge” was written in September 2018 as a reflection on the simplistic […]

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Friday, June 19th, 2020

Weis Center Sessions #2: Blue Opening by Chet’la Sebree

Welcome to our second installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we will release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Chet’la Sebree and her poem Blue Opening. Chet’la Sebree is a poet, a Creative Writing professor, and the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts. Although she just finished her first year of teaching at Bucknell, she is not new to campus. From 2014 to 2016, she was a Stadler Fellow. The fellowship is one of the Center’s programs that supports postgraduates working on their first poetry collections. Chet’la […]

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Friday, June 12th, 2020

Weis Center Session #1: Ryan Flannery on guitar and Taylor Fleming on piano

Welcome to our first-ever weekly installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we will release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Lewisburg natives Ryan Flannery on guitar and Taylor Fleming on piano. You may remember that Ryan and his Trio kicked off our 2019-20 season last August. Special shout out to Ryan’s amazing parents and loyal Weis Center patrons, Pat Flannery who works with Bucknell’s Advancement team and Patti Flannery who works in Bucknell’s Center for Alumni & Family Engagement. Ryan Flannery is a guitarist and Lewisburg native. He studied jazz performance […]

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