Gannon University to Show Film for Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times Series

Posted: September 6, 2017

In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years, the population of honeybees would collapse. Almost as if on cue, beekeepers around the United States and around the world are now reporting an incredible loss of honeybees, a phenomenon deemed "Colony Collapse Disorder."

This phenomenon, and the response to it, are the subject of the documentary film "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" presented Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.  in Room 104 of the Zurn Science Center, 143 W. Seventh St. as part of Gannon University's yearlong Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times series.

The series explores how we persevere through life's challenges and learn from the adversities we all face at one time or another. These adversities may affect individuals and communities or, in the case of bee colony collapse, have a more global impact.

"Queen of the Sun" investigates the long-term causes behind the global bee crisis that beekeeper Gunther Hauk calls, "more important even than global warming. We could call it colony collapse of the human being too."

The film presents the bee crisis as a global wake-up call and illuminates a growing movement of beekeepers, community activists and scientists who are committed to renewing a culture in balance with nature. Local attorney, Jonathan D'Silva, will briefly talk about his experience with beekeeping in Erie.

Linda Fleming, dean of Gannon University's College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) said, "An annual speaker series is now part of the CHESS culture, and this year the faculty decided the topic would be Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times. We have an exciting line-up with a broad range of speakers, film, art and theater productions, plus a University-wide project for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to write their own experiences of surviving and thriving. These stories, which are like Gannon's version of 'StoryCorps' heard on NPR, will be archived in the library."

For more information on the Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times series, click here