Enriching the academic experience ...

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.

Shifting Paradigm or Shifting Sands?

Diana Zoelle

Bloomsburg University’s ICS Lecture Series presents Diana Zoelle, associate professor of political science, who will discuss “Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness: Paradigm Shift or Shifting Sands?” on Thursday, March 5, at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

The recent economic crisis (2007-08) and the concomitant assertion of rights to be heard by leaders of developing countries have forced a significant change in international development policies and programs. The Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness is a state-centered framework for cooperative development, recognizing participation by both private business and civil society in conjunction with government as essential to the success of future development activities.

This approach to development, also known as the Post-2015 plan, requires micro- rather than macro-economic assessment, including a structure to enable participating countries to gather data at the transaction level of interaction to help ensure transparency at all levels. The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), an idea that was conceived in the mid-’90s under the Clinton administration, is now well positioned to reinforce and assess the operation of the Global Partnership.