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Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

Enriching the academic experience ...

Upcoming Speakers

Francesca Segal

Francesca Segal, award winning author and journalist, who lives in London, England, will visit campus on Thursday, April 16. In the afternoon, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., she will conduct a question and answer session in SSC 004. In the evening, at 7:30 p.m., she will give a lecture, "Tea and Sympathy: On Being a British, Jewish, Woman Writer," in McCormick Center 2303.

Her question and answer session and lecture will be free and open to the public. I hope you will join these events, include them in your syllabi, and encourage your students to attend them.

Victim’s Right Advocate brings story of survival

Beverly Gooden

To honor Women’s History Month, the Bloomsburg University Women’s Resource Center and the Multicultural Center invited Beverly Gooden, Victim’s Rights Advocate and Creator of the Viral Hashtag #WhyIStayed, to speak to the university community on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in KUB Multicultural Center. Gooden will discuss:

  • Her experience as a survivor of domestic violence
  • The myths and misunderstandings of domestic violence
  • Challenging the question “Why did she/he stay?”
  • How the current way we interact with survivors of domestic violence is “a house of cards”

ICS Series looks at life of immigrant soldiers

Nancy Gentile Ford, professor of history, will discuss the training and treatment of immigrant soldiers in World War I during her lecture, “Americans All!  Immigrant Soldiers in the U.S. Army in the Great War.” The lecture, part of BU’s Institute of Culture and Society Great War Series, will take place Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

With the outbreak of World War I, nearly half a million immigrant soldiers were drafted into the U.S. Army, making up almost 20 percent of the military force. These immigrants came from 46 nationalities, according to Ford’s book, “Americans All!: Foreign-Born Soldiers in World War I,” and challenged the military’s training techniques, as well as long-held cultural, linguistic and religious traditions.

While some historians would describe this experience as involuntary assimilation for the immigrant soldiers, Ford describes a period of respect and sensitivity to the traditions of the immigrants. The resulting challenge for military officials was to build American patriotism while also building individual morale.