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February 5, 2014

Lunch & Learn Feb. 13: ‘Aging and Music Cognition’

— LEWISBURG — The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning’s Lunch & Learn program will host a discussion of aging and music cognition on Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, located at 6 Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg.

Older people enjoy music as audience members and performers, but little is known about changes in music cognition during the normal course of healthy aging.

Bucknell psychology professor Andrea Halpern will summarize some general principles of cognitive aging, then explore the extent to which music cognition (with an emphasis on memory) shows loss, gain and maintenance in older adults. She also will discuss whether positive effects of musicianship may offset negative effects of aging and conclude with a preview of some in-progress projects.

Lunch is chicken corn chowder and grilled vegetables in a wrap.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; beverages and a light dessert will be provided. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase a soup-and-sandwich lunch (cup of vegetable soup and a roast beef wrap with cheese, lettuce, tomato) for $6 by contacting the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning office at (570) 522-0105 or up to 11:30 a.m. of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door.

A future Lunch & Learn program is scheduled for April 22. Biology professor Mark Haussman will present “A Bird’s-Eye View of Aging” at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village. Lunch is lentil soup and ham salad on a croissant.

Tea & Talk

In addition to the Lunch & Learn programs, the Institute will host a series of free informal tea-time programs. Tea & Talk begins at 3:30 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. Each event includes teatime refreshments. Tea & Talk is held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common at 6 Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg.

The Tea & Talk schedule includes: “Making Space: Art, Technology and Collaboration,” with F. Elaine Williams, theatre professor, on March 4; “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: Exploring its many interpretations and permutations from the late-20th century to the present” with Annie Randall, music professor, on March 25; and “The Role of a Master Drummer: Beyond Africa and Jazz,” with Phil Haynes, lecturer, on April 3.

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning 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. The Institute is a self-supporting affiliate of Bucknell University. All of its programs and events are supported by membership and course registration fees and donations from members and friends.

For more information about the Institute’s programs, call (570) 522-0105 or email


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