‘1.4 Billion Reasons,’ A Colloquium on Global Poverty, offered at BU

‘1.4 Billion Reasons,’ A Colloquium on Global Poverty, offered at BU

For immediate release: Jan. 28, 2013

BLOOMSBURG — An estimated 1.4 billion people survive on less than $1.25 every day with little chance of opportunity or change. To draw attention to extreme poverty worldwide, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Human Rights and Social Justice will offer the multimedia presentation, “1.4 Billion Reasons,” by the Global Poverty Project as part of its Colloquium on Global Poverty. The colloquium will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium.

“1.4 Billion Reasons” will be centered on five sections: what is life like under extreme poverty, why is it important to take action, what obstacles stand in the way of change, why should students care about making change, and what can students do to get started. It will also address issues such as the importance of policy to fight corruption, increasing foreign aid, increasing the trading market in developing countries, and creating an environment in which people facing poverty can help themselves.

The Institute of Human Rights Colloquium on Global Poverty is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. The program is open to the public free of charge. For information, contact Babak Mohassel, assistant professor of criminal justice, (570) 389-4693 or bmohasse@bloomu.edu.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.