Enriching the academic experience ...

Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

Enriching the academic experience ...


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."

Researcher discusses racial disproportionality

Kent McIntosh

Research shows that children from underrepresented minorities are exposed to more frequent and harsher disciplinary procedures than their white counterparts, similar to higher rates of arrests and incarceration for adults from racial minorities.

Kent McIntosh, who has done extensive research in positive behavior support, school systems change and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, will discuss this racial and ethnic disproportionality in a free lecture sponsored by Bloomsburg University’s McDowell Institute of Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Associate professor at the University of Oregon’s College of Education and director of the Educational and Community Supports research unit, McIntosh will present a multiple component approach, based on five interrelated steps, in “How Can We Reduce Racial Disproportionality in School Discipline?”

McIntosh’s research focuses on implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions, reducing discipline disparities, and integrated academic and behavior support. He is lead author of more than 50 publications and principal or co-investigator of research supported by more than $20 million in federal grant funding. In the past, he has worked as a school psychologist, teacher trainer and teacher in both general and special education.

Judge Mathis to discuss political empowerment

Judge Greg Mathis

Nationally known for his advocacy campaigns and popular reality courtroom television show, Judge Greg Mathis will visit campus Tuesday, Feb. 16, as part of Bloomsburg University’s 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Celebration.

Mathis will present, “Political Empowerment: Maintaining and Building Your Community,” at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hal.

His inspirational life story of a street youth who rose from jail to Judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on the award-winning television court show Judge Mathis each day.

In addition, his weekly newspaper column brings social and political insight to readers throughout the country. Mathis’s visit is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

CNN commentator to headline Sankofa Conference

Marc Lamont Hill

As one of the leading intellectual voices in the country and a popular BET News and CNN personality, Marc Lamont Hill will be the featured speaker of Bloomsburg University’s annual Sankofa Conference.

Hill will lead a discussion on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the KUB Ballroom, kicking off the daylong conference. Hill’s visit is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Hill is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and the inaugural host of Huff Post Live, as well as a former political contributor to Fox News Channel.

An award-winning journalist, Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University.