BU’s All-Day Dialogue looks at social responsibility and civic engagement

For Immediate Release

Date:  April 12, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Students, faculty and guest speakers will debate today’s political and social issues during Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s All-Day Dialogue on Social Responsibility. The event, sponsored by Democracy Matters and the American Democracy Project, will be held Tuesday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre adjacent to the Scranton Commons.

During the All-Day Dialogue, professors will speak about issues facing the country and students from Democracy Matters will discuss each concern and how it relates to money in politics. Topics that will be covered include clean elections, women’s rights, the environment, civil rights and health care.

Jen Bonardi, east coast director of Democracy Matters, will take part in a clean election debate with Neil Strine, associate professor of political science, at 9:45 a.m. At 12:30 p.m. Jason Stevens, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, will speak on “Civil Engagement.”

In addition to sponsoring the debates, Democracy Matters has invited candidates for Bloomsburg Town Council and mayor to attend the All-Day Dialog to meet members of the campus community.

Everyone is invited to attend the event that will feature food, music and balloons. In case of inclement weather, the All-Day Dialog will be held in Kehr Union, Ballroom.

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.