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Hearst Connecticut featured Dyson Professor Maria Luskay and her class’s film project in "Westport, Weston bees offer lesson in resiliency in documentary"

04/21/2021

Hearst Connecticut featured Dyson Professor Maria Luskay and her class’s film project in "Westport, Weston bees offer lesson in resiliency in documentary"

The world watched as a fire raged through the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in April 2019, leaving a wake of destruction. As the smoke cleared, people soon learned that the rooftop beehives survived, offering some hope amid a tragedy.

It captivated the interest of Maria Luskay, a professor of media, communications and digital arts at nearby Pace University, so much so that she decided it would be the subject of her annual documentary program.

But when the pandemic hit last March, the class had to shift, instead getting a first-hand lesson in resiliency from the bees in their own backyards, visiting apiaries in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Among them were hives in Westport and Weston.

“They took what could have been a disaster and these students made honey,” Luskay said.

After months of work — going beyond the semester and even past graduation for some — adapting to collaborating and editing in a pandemic, their final product, “Bee Aware” is set to premiere at www.pace.edu/beeaware at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, with a question and answer session to follow on Zoom at 8 p.m.

The 20 undergraduate and graduate students in the class spent more than two months researching urban beekeeping, setting up interviews, securing permits and booking flights for Paris. Their bags were packed and they were ready to go, when Italy started to lock down due to COVID and it soon became apparent they would need a new approach.

Read the full Hearst Connecticut article.