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Alfred professors to share experience of iving/working in Russia for a semester

The Alfred University Bergren Forum program continues this semester on Thursday, Feb. 2 with a presentation by John Buckwalter, professor of biology at Alfred State College, and his wife, Laurel Buckwalter, Alfred University’s carillonneur and technical specialist in music. Their presentation is entitled "From Alfred to Astrakhan: A Semester in Russia."

The program begins at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center and is open to the public free of charge.

The Buckwalters will talk about their recent experiences living in Astrakhan, Russia for three months including the culture, traditions, and customs of the local community.

As a part of John Buckwalter’s Fulbright Scholar Grant, the couple was given the opportunity to reside on the Volga River Delta of the Caspian Sea, while he taught genetic engineering, microbial genetics, and history of scientific method at Astrakhan State Technical University.

John Buckwalter received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology at Houghton College and the State University (SUNY of New York at Geneseo, respectively. He is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Laurel Buckwalter received a bachelor of music degree from Houghton College and a master of education degree from Alfred University. She is a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and has presented guest recitals in six states as well as in the Province of Ontario, Canada. She has served as AU carillioner since 1994 and also currently teaches class piano and private piano lessons and accompanies university ensembles and recitalists. She is also the organist at the Union University Church in Alfred.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch: coffee and tea will be available.