BU program promotes political awareness

For immediate release: March 18, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will host an All-Day Dialogue to promote political awareness and the importance of voting. The dialogue will be held Tuesday, April 1, beginning at 11 a.m., at the amphitheatre outside of Scranton Commons. Admission is free and the dialogue is open to the public.

The dialogue will begin with opening remarks from BU President David Soltz, followed by a debate on campaign finance reform, clean elections and voter rights between Daryn Cambridge, assistant director of Democracy Matters National, and Dan Knorr, mayor of the Town of Bloomsburg and 2007 BU graduate, at 11:15 a.m.

A series of discussions will be featured throughout the day, including students and teacher Jake Miller from Panther Valley High School, Lansford, discussing student voting issues at 12:30 p.m. Miller, who graduated from BU in 2005, is a previous campus coordinator for Democracy Matters.
James Ermatinger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will discuss the roots of democracy at 2 p.m. and Neil Strine, assistant professor of political science, and Jeff Davis, associate professor of history, will introduce a debate on voting issues in America -- College Republicans versus the University Democrats -- at 2:15 p.m.

After each discussion, the floor will be open to a question-and-answer session from the audience. Voting information and registration for the November elections will be available and, during brief intermissions between class periods, free pizza will be served and a band will perform.

History professor and Democracy Matters adviser Nancy Gentile Ford said, “The dialogue focuses on issues concerning politics, clean elections, environment and other key issues facing the nation.”

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.