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Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

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    Kris Causey

  • LGBTQA Student Services present Kris Causey on Thursday, Nov. 20, as part of its Transgender Day or Remembrance at the KUB Multicultural Center. Causey will present "Trigger Warning: Discussion of Emotional and Physical Violence” at 6 p.m., along with reading of names as part of the discussion on violence toward the transgender community. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a national day to gather and commemorate those in the transgender community who have been harassed, bullied, assaulted, and murdered.
  • Mike Folmer

  • BU NORML, College Republicans, and the Department of Sociology present Sen. Mike Folmer on Thursday, Nov. 20, in Centennial 218 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on medical cannabis in Pennsylvania. The senator will comment on reasons why he supports medical cannabis and elaborate on plans for reintroducing legislation. This past year, Folmer joined several of his fellow senators in sponsoring The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. The act received and overwhelming majority in the State Senate (43-7) and it is reported upwards of 85 percent of Pennsylvanians support medical cannabis. Despite the setback of the State House of Representatives failing to vote on the measure this year, plans are in place to reintroduce the legislation in 2015.
  • Dane Egli

  • Dane Egli, national security adviser to former president George W. Bush, will speak on terrorism and terrorism preparedness Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s McCormick Center 1303. His lecture is open to the public free of charge. A native of Danville, Egli is a senior adviser for national security strategies at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., focused on homeland security, critical infrastructure resilience and maritime security. He also is an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, Whiting School of Engineering and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, as well as distinguished professor at the Colorado Technical University.

Civil Rights activist headlines MLK Jr. celebration

Myrlie Evers

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Mississippi civil rights activist Medgar Evers, continued her late husband’s advocacy for civic engagement and social justice as the keynote speaker of Bloomsburg University’s 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration in February at Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP, discussed “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Their Voices, Our Journey." Her visit was held in collaboration with Bloomsburg University’s year-long 175th anniversary celebration, co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and 175th Anniversary Committee.

Evers-Williams has become a symbol of courage and perseverance in the march toward social justice. She worked for more than three decades to seek justice for the murder of her husband, who was gunned down in their driveway by a white supremacist on June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s famed civil rights address. A year ago, she delivered the invocation at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Stephen A. Smith delivers motivating message

Bloomsburg University Speaker Series

ESPN multimedia personality Stephen A. Smith led students down “The Road to Great Leadership” in February as part of BU’s annual Sankofa Conference.

Smith delivered an energetic and motivational lecture about leadership and its impact on personal success. He specifically talked about goal-setting, motivation, tough decision-making and inspiration. Smith hosts “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on ESPN Radio New York 98.7 FM and is a featured columnist for ESPNNY.com. He is a regular on “ESPN First Take,” where he appears with Skip Bayless.

Civil Rights scholar preaches power of education

Bloomsburg University Speaker Series

Terrance Roberts — one of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students who volunteered to attend Little Rock Central High School in 1957 in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education — discussed his life experience and lessons learned. After Little Rock’s high schools were closed the following school year, Roberts completed his senior year at Los Angeles High School. He went on to CSULA, UCLA and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where in 1976 he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology. He was on the faculty of Antioch University and now runs a private psychology practice right here in Pasadena.

He is, by all accounts, a remarkable man, quiet but impressive. He wrote a book, “Lessons from Little Rock,” a memoir that offers Roberts’ perspective on our nation’s fitful march towards racial equality, sketches of the other members of the Nine, a portrait of his life before it took the stage of history, and more. He is said to both speak and write with precision, insight, humor and vision.