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Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer Series

Enriching the academic experience ...


Upcoming Speakers

Judge Greg Mathis

Civil rights activist and noted television personality Judge Greg Mathis will present “Political Empowerment: Maintaining and Building Your Community” on Monday, Feb. 16, as part of Bloomsburg University’s 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration.

Mathis, a national figure known for his advocacy campaigns for equal justice, will speak at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium. His visit is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. His inspirational life story as a street youth who rose from jail to judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on his award-winning television court show each day.

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.

Great War Lecture Series explores Boardwalk

Boardwalk Empire

Brion White, instructor of communications studies, will present his research as part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s The Great War Centennial Lecture Series. White’s lecture, “Boardwalk Empire, PTSD and the Great War” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

White’s lecture brings discussion of World War I to “America’s Playground” Atlantic City. His lecture will present selections from the television series “Boardwalk Empire” and discuss the program's handling of the legacies of the Great War, with special attention to its treatment of shell shock, known today as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

White, who teaches public speaking and interpersonal communications, pursues research in media and militarism, especially during the Obama presidency. His most recent publication is an essay on peace activists Dorothy Day and Petra Kelly. All lectures in the series, sponsored by BU’s College of Liberal Arts, are free and open to the public.

Soledad O’Brien brings 'real conversation'

Soledad OBriend

Soledad O’Brien, critically acclaimed journalist and notable CNN personality, presents Black in America on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Haas Center for the Arts. Her presentation, which includes civil rights leader Benjamin Jealous and labor economist Julianne Malveaux, will begin at 6 p.m.

O’Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and television personality. At the forefront of the biggest breaking news stories of the past two decades, O’Brien is one of the most sought-after journalists of current day.

Jealous is the former president and CEO of the NAACP. He stepped down from his post at the end of 2013. The youngest president in its history, he began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. She is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Malveaux has been described by Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” A native San Franciscan, she is the Founder and Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company headquartered in Washington, D.C.