BU’s Frederick Douglass Institute holds conference

For Immediate Release

Date: April 7, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Pedro Noguera, professor of teaching and learning at the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, will be the keynote speaker for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s fifth annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and April 21.

Noguera will speak on “Education and Globalization: Facing Challenges of the 21st Century” Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Kehr Union, Ballroom, in a talk that is open to the public free of charge.

Noguera is an urban sociologist who has conducted research on education, economics and social development in the Caribbean and Latin America. He previously was a professor of communities and schools at Harvard Graduate School of Education, professor in social and cultural studies at the Graduate School of Education and director of the Institute for Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkley.

The conference, sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts Institute for Cultural and Society, spotlights BU student projects. Students will present their research findings in panel discussions Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Frederick Douglass Institute, started in 1999 at BU, promotes cooperation between departments, faculty and students; pushes for academic excellence; and provides the resources to help students make their way in the diverse college environment. English professor S. Ekema Agbaw directs the institute.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.