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Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

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Upcoming Speakers

Luke Peterson

Luke Peterson, visiting professor of contemporary international issues at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “Palestine-Israel in the 21st Century: Ending Endless War” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in MCHS 1303. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Department of History, his talk is open free to the public. Peterson will focus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the future of the peace process in the region. The recent events in the Gaza Strip postponed any initiatives, at least for the moment, to continue negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Peterson will present his perspectives on the possibility and potential efficacy of the implementation of the Two-State solution versus the One-State solution. He will also entertain future political, civil, and social scenarios in Israel and Palestine.

175th Celebration presents Faculty Lecture Series

Robert Dunkelberger

Bloomsburg University continues its 175th anniversary celebration this fall with a lecture series featuring six faculty members representing each of the four colleges, as well as the university’s historical archives.

  • Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor of education, presented “Learning Styles Have Nothing to Do With Learning,” on Sept. 16
  • Stephen Hales, professor of philosophy, presented “Moral Luck,” on Sept. 24
  • Robert Dunkelberger, associate professor, archivist, “BU: An Institutional History,” on Tuesday Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium
  • Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, “Scientific History,” on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline
  • Barbara Wilson, Associate Professor of Exceptionalities, “Pre-K Reading is More Than Pictures,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., at Kuster Auditorium, 108 Hartline
  • Victoria Geyfman, associate professor of Finance, “The Benefits of Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis,” (invite only), at The Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis in Sutliff Hall

Bloomsburg University marks a milestone in 2014 — 175 years of providing outstanding educational opportunities. From its beginnings in 1839 as a Literary Institute to educate local youth to today’s Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a leader in higher education throughout the commonwealth, our institution has transformed over the decades to meet the changing needs of students from the region and beyond.

Civil Rights activist headlines MLK Jr. celebration

Myrlie Evers

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Mississippi civil rights activist Medgar Evers, continued her late husband’s advocacy for civic engagement and social justice as the keynote speaker of Bloomsburg University’s 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration in February at Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP, discussed “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Their Voices, Our Journey." Her visit was held in collaboration with Bloomsburg University’s year-long 175th anniversary celebration, co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and 175th Anniversary Committee.

Evers-Williams has become a symbol of courage and perseverance in the march toward social justice. She worked for more than three decades to seek justice for the murder of her husband, who was gunned down in their driveway by a white supremacist on June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s famed civil rights address. A year ago, she delivered the invocation at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Stephen A. Smith delivers motivating message

Bloomsburg University Speaker Series

ESPN multimedia personality Stephen A. Smith led students down “The Road to Great Leadership” in February as part of BU’s annual Sankofa Conference.

Smith delivered an energetic and motivational lecture about leadership and its impact on personal success. He specifically talked about goal-setting, motivation, tough decision-making and inspiration. Smith hosts “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on ESPN Radio New York 98.7 FM and is a featured columnist for ESPNNY.com. He is a regular on “ESPN First Take,” where he appears with Skip Bayless.

Civil Rights scholar preaches power of education

Bloomsburg University Speaker Series

Terrance Roberts — one of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students who volunteered to attend Little Rock Central High School in 1957 in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education — discussed his life experience and lessons learned. After Little Rock’s high schools were closed the following school year, Roberts completed his senior year at Los Angeles High School. He went on to CSULA, UCLA and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where in 1976 he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology. He was on the faculty of Antioch University and now runs a private psychology practice right here in Pasadena.

He is, by all accounts, a remarkable man, quiet but impressive. He wrote a book, “Lessons from Little Rock,” a memoir that offers Roberts’ perspective on our nation’s fitful march towards racial equality, sketches of the other members of the Nine, a portrait of his life before it took the stage of history, and more. He is said to both speak and write with precision, insight, humor and vision.