Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

Donna Brazile

Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series


Top economists to speak in lecture series

Two renowned economists from Princeton University will come to Bloomsburg University to participate in the Department of Economics’ 2016-17 lecture series. These lectures are free and open to the public.

Roland J.M. Bénabou

On Monday, Nov. 14, Roland J.M. Bénabou will present “Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion and Growth” at 2 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Bénabou’s research and teaching cover a wide range of macro and micro issues with 44 articles published in professional journals including The American Economic Review, National Bureau of Economic Research Macroeconomics Annual and Review of Economic Studies, as well as invitations to lecture worldwide in locations such as France, Hungary and Italy.

Bénabou holds a joint position in the Princeton’s Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the Economic Society, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Alan B. Krueger

Alan B. Krueger, professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, will present “The Rise of Alternative Work Arrangements in the U.S.” on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Krueger has published 85 articles, earned numerous economic awards and held positions including assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is known for being an “empiricist” with a diverse range of knowledge and research in economics.

Distinguished scholars and economists are invited every year for the lecture series. Past invitees include Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and the following professors: Peter Navarro from the University of California, Irvine; Chad Syverson from the University of Chicago; Dominick Salvatore from Fordham University; and George Borjas from Harvard University.

This lecture series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Economics.

Lecture series looks at interracial romance

Erin Brummett

Erin Brummett, assistant professor of communication studies, will examine the role of race in interracial romantic relationships as part of Bloomsburg University’s Communication Studies Scholarship Symposium. The presentation, “ ‘Race doesn’t matter’: A Dialogic Analysis of Interracial Romantic Partners’ Stories about Racial Differences,” will be held this coming spring. Admission is free and open to the public.

Brummett earned her doctorate in communication studies from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree from the University of Delaware. Her research on communication surrounding alternative romantic relationships, information and privacy management, and social support processes has appeared in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the Western Journal of Communication. She served as an ad hoc reviewer for Personal Relationships and Health Communication and a conference paper reviewer for the National Communication Association. At BU, she is an adviser to the BU Forensics Team and a Center for Leadership and Engagement workshop leader. 

The next scholarship symposium lecture is “Russian Hegemony in the Black Sea Basin: The ‘Third Rome’ in Contemporary Geopolitics” by Dale Bertelsen, professor of communication studies, on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 3237.

Discovering ‘the third Rome’

Black Sea Basin

Dale Bertelsen, professor of communication studies, will focus on the post-Cold War political landscape in his lecture, “Russian Hegemony in the Black Sea Basin: The ‘Third Rome’ in Contemporary Geopolitics.” The final lecture in the Communications Studies Scholarship Symposium, Bertelsen’s talk will be presented this spring in McCormick Center for Human Services, room 3237. Admission is free and open to the public.

Co-author of “Analyzing Media: Communication Technologies as Symbolic and Cognitive Systems,” Bertelsen also published articles in journals such as Communication Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication Quarterly, The Speech Communication Teacher and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. He served as newsletter editor and editor of publications for the Kenneth Burke Society, president of the Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania, book review editor for critical studies in Media Communication and editor of Communication Quarterly.

Bertelsen’s awards include the Kenneth Burke Society’s Emerging Scholar Award, Dean’s Salute for Excellence Award at BU, and the Eastern Communication Associations’ Everett Lee Hunt Award for outstanding scholarship.

Teaching students with complex social-emotional-behavior needs

Rose Iovannone, Principal Investigator/Director of the Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource Center Multi-disciplinary Clinic within the Florida Mental Health Institute, is presenting on the topic of teaching students with complex social-emotional-behavior needs Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Monty’s Conference room at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Presented by the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Increasingly schools are installing both universal and targeted forms of positive behavior support to address non-academic barriers to learning. One outgrowth of this encouraging progress is that many schools are exploring ways in which to more effectively provide individual-intense supports for their students with more complex needs. Historically, many students with complex social-emotional-behavioral needs have ended up in highly restrictive educational settings including youth detention centers in response to increasing levels of problem behavior. While there are effective ways in which to effectively educate students with such needs within typical schools, educators often struggle with organizing systems and resources to provide the necessary intensive supports to meet the needs of these students. Guidance on how to organize systems of supports to meet the needs of this particularly vulnerable population of students will be highlighted throughout this presentation.

Rose Iovannone, Ph.D., works for the Division of Applied Research and Educational Support at the University of South Florida. Her current research and outreach endeavors emphasize design and implantation of sustainable individualized-intensive interventions and supports to address the needs of students with complex needs. She has authored an array of journal publications and books highlighting the comprehensive delivery of person-centered Positive Behavior Support and is a highly sought provider of training and systems design consultation by schools and human service agencies. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has served in numerous leadership capacities throughout her career for the Association for Behavior Analyst International as well as the international Association for Positive Behavior Support.