“Eyes Wide Open” stops at BU

Date: 10/11/06

BLOOMSBURG—“Eyes Wide Open,” an exhibit on the impact of the Iraq War, will be displayed at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multicultural Center. The displays are free and open to the public.

“Eyes Wide Open” has been described as “an exhibit that speaks directly to our hearts and reminds us of the human cost of the Iraq War.” The traveling exhibit of more than 120 pairs of empty combat boots, tagged with the names of Pennsylvania soldiers who have died in the current Iraq war, will be displayed along with a visual representation of thousands of Iraqi civilians who have died during the conflict.

The American Friends Service Committee, an international social justice organization, originally created “Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War” to illustrate the lives lost in the war in Iraq. The exhibit opened in Chicago and has visited more than 60 cities since January 2004. 

At BU, the event is sponsored by the university chapter of the American Democracy Project, Millville Friends Meeting and Greenwood Friends School.


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.