Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

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Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series


Top economist to speak in lecture series

Alan B. Krueger

Alan B. Krueger, professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, will present “The Rise of Alternative Work Arrangements in the U.S.” on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Krueger has published 85 articles, earned numerous economic awards and held positions including assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is known for being an “empiricist” with a diverse range of knowledge and research in economics.

Distinguished scholars and economists are invited every year for the lecture series. Past invitees include Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and the following professors: Peter Navarro from the University of California, Irvine; Chad Syverson from the University of Chicago; Dominick Salvatore from Fordham University; and George Borjas from Harvard University.

This lecture series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Economics.

Lecture series looks at interracial romance

Erin Brummett

Erin Brummett, assistant professor of communication studies, will examine the role of race in interracial romantic relationships as part of Bloomsburg University’s Communication Studies Scholarship Symposium. The presentation, “ ‘Race doesn’t matter’: A Dialogic Analysis of Interracial Romantic Partners’ Stories about Racial Differences,” will be held this coming spring. Admission is free and open to the public.

Brummett earned her doctorate in communication studies from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree from the University of Delaware. Her research on communication surrounding alternative romantic relationships, information and privacy management, and social support processes has appeared in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the Western Journal of Communication. She served as an ad hoc reviewer for Personal Relationships and Health Communication and a conference paper reviewer for the National Communication Association. At BU, she is an adviser to the BU Forensics Team and a Center for Leadership and Engagement workshop leader. 

The next scholarship symposium lecture is “Russian Hegemony in the Black Sea Basin: The ‘Third Rome’ in Contemporary Geopolitics” by Dale Bertelsen, professor of communication studies, on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 3237.

Discovering ‘the third Rome’

Black Sea Basin

Dale Bertelsen, professor of communication studies, will focus on the post-Cold War political landscape in his lecture, “Russian Hegemony in the Black Sea Basin: The ‘Third Rome’ in Contemporary Geopolitics.” The final lecture in the Communications Studies Scholarship Symposium, Bertelsen’s talk will be presented this spring in McCormick Center for Human Services, room 3237. Admission is free and open to the public.

Co-author of “Analyzing Media: Communication Technologies as Symbolic and Cognitive Systems,” Bertelsen also published articles in journals such as Communication Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication Quarterly, The Speech Communication Teacher and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. He served as newsletter editor and editor of publications for the Kenneth Burke Society, president of the Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania, book review editor for critical studies in Media Communication and editor of Communication Quarterly.

Bertelsen’s awards include the Kenneth Burke Society’s Emerging Scholar Award, Dean’s Salute for Excellence Award at BU, and the Eastern Communication Associations’ Everett Lee Hunt Award for outstanding scholarship.