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
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.