World-class musicians, dancers and actors. Internationally recognized speakers. Acclaimed poets and writers. Four film series exploring such genres as classics, experimental, international and environmental. You can find an ever-changing choice of events  every night of the week.

Selected Lecture Series


Literary Luminaries

 The Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters is an award given bi-annually to honor and recognize an individual who represents the very highest level of achievement in the craft of writing within the realms of fiction, non-fiction, or biography. Poet Rita Dove was the 2013 recipient.

Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters

The Bucknell Forum

Anderson Cooper

Since 2007, the Bucknell Forum speaker series has featured nationally renowned leaders, scholars and commentators who have examined various issues from multidisciplinary and diverse of viewpoints.

The Bucknell Forum

The Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act: 50 Years After

In 2014-15, the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act with a series of lectures, film screenings, student workshops and discussions.

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On Campus Events


Arts & Performance

The arts are everywhere at Bucknell. You'll have your pick of professional performers at the Weis Center, evenings of jazz at Bucknell Hall, student theatre and dance showcases, poetry slams and more.

Arts & Performance at Bucknell

Fun Times

We love Central Pa., but we know it doesn't have all the entertainment options of the city. So we bring the magic to you — literally. Magicians, singers, bands and comedians visit campus often to give you a well-earned break from your studies. Every year we have one or two major concerts. Past acts include Third Eye Blind and Ke$ha.

A.C.E. Events

Events & Calendars

World-class musicians, dancers and actors. Internationally recognized speakers. Acclaimed poets and writers. Four film series exploring such genres as classics, experimental, international and environmental. You can find an ever-changing choice of events  every night of the week.

Chrysalis Ball

The last Friday night in April is like a University-wide prom for our campus. Everyone — including some of your professors, staff members and even a few trustees - dresses to the nines and dances the night away to live music. Pat Benatar, the Village People, KC and the Sunshine Band — they've all rocked the fieldhouse.

Chrysalis Ball
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