KU hosts Bee Family Film Night

Kutztown UniversityProfessorDr. Robyn Underwood announced that the Biology Department and Rohrbach Library at KU are joining with the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association to bring the documentary film“Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” to a free community screening on Sept. 19.

In “Queen of the Sun” producer Taggart Siegel travels the World to look at the global bee crisis weaving in the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers and their views on the catastrophic disappearance of honeybees and the solutions they envision. During this pilgrimage around the world, the mysterious world of the beehive and 10,000 years of beekeeping are unveiled. Attendees will also learn about Rudolf Steiner, a highly trained Austrian scientist, respected philosopher and founder of biodynamics, who predicted in 1923 there would be a honeybee calamity in 80 to 100 years.

Considered one of the most beautifully filmed documentaries, a review by Barbara Booth of the Sante Fe Waldorf School wrote, “Queen of the Sun breathes love and hope into the catastrophic crisis inundating our oldest domesticated animal, the honey bee. I was moved from tears to hope as the film gently offered next steps anyone could take to make the world a better place…”

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In her work, Dr. Underwood focuses on aiding beekeepers in the management of pests and diseases. She is also involved in documenting winter losses of honey bees across the county. Following the screening, Dr. Underwood will lead an informal panel discussion to discuss the documentary’s findings in comparison to the plight of local beekeepers.

The Family FilmNight event will be held in Room 102 of the Academic Forum Building, Schaeffer Lane, north of Main Street on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Parking available in lots A5 and A6.Popcorn and beverages will be supplied.

Submitted by the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association.