Enriching the academic experience ...

Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

Enriching the academic experience ...

Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky, a motivational speaker with A Vision in Motion Speakers Bureau who was born with cerebral palsy and hearing loss, has transformed difficult obstacles into unique opportunities and encouraged and educated others since he was 10-years-old. In April 2015, he did the same for Bloomsburg University students with his presentation, “Overcoming Adversity as a Person with Disabilities."

Speaker Series begins with Sesame Street icon

Sonia Manzano

Featured speakers this fall include legendary Sesame Street actress, an awarding-winning author and an Iraq War veteran who each will bring stories of success, determination and survival.

  • Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street for more than 40 years, will present, “From the Bronx to Sesame Street,” on Monday, Sept. 21, in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium, 7 p.m.. Manzano is a 15-time Emmy award winner and winner of the Association of Hispanic Arts, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education in 2003, and the "Groundbreaking Latina Lifetime Achievement" award from the National Association of Latina Leaders in 2005.
  • Phil Klay, who once served in Iraq’s Anbar Province as a public affairs officer, will discuss his book, “Redeployment” on Monday, Oct. 5, in the Greenly Center, 7 p.m. as part of the Big Dog Reading Series. Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth. His book won the National Book Award for Fiction, along with many other prestigious awards.
  • Bryan Anderson, a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient of the Iraq War, will tell his story of courage, grit and determination on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Mitrani Hall, 7 p.m. Anderson was hit by a road side bombing with the result of loss of both legs and arm. He is one of few amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq.