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Sept. 28: Bucknell to Celebrate Carmen Gillespie’s Life

The Bucknell community has been deeply affected by the loss of Carmen Gillespie, professor of English and director of the Griot Center for the Study of Black Lives & Cultures. The University will remember Gillespie through a celebration of her life on Saturday, Sept. 28. The schedule of events includes:

3-3:45 p.m. — Campus walk to arts locations special to Gillespie, beginning at Bucknell Hall and continuing to Seventh Street House, Samek Art Museum, the Weis Center, Vaughan Literature Building, the Edward Brawley statue, Hildreth-Mirza Hall and the Carnegie Building. The walk will end at the uphill side of the Elaine Langone Center (ELC).

4-4:30 p.m. — Drum performance with Soul in Motion on the uphill side of the ELC.

4:40-6:45 p.m. — Speeches, readings and performances in the Terrace Room, 2nd floor ELC. As a tribute to Gillespie’s love of reading and flowers, guests are welcome to bring a bouquet of flowers and a book to exchange.

6:45 p.m. (sundown) — Candlelight walk from the ELC to the Humanities Center (Hildreth-Mirza Hall).

7-9 p.m. — Reception at the Humanities Center (Hildreth-Mirza Great Room).
Transportation assistance will be available for anyone unable to participate in the opening and closing walks.

Please contact English professor Meenakshi Ponnuswami at if you would like to speak or perform at the memorial.

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