BU lecture discusses Moose Exchange memories

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 13, 2014

BLOOMSBURG—Sue O’Donnell, associate professor of digital art at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, will explore the tangible nature of memory in her lecture, “Collective Memory,” on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Warren Student Services Center, room 004.

The lecture is based on O’Donnell’s book, “Collective Memory: Recollections from 203 West Main Street Bloomsburg, PA: a Workbook,” published in 2012. The book centers on the Moose Exchange, a well-known community center in downtown Bloomsburg that received heavy damage from a fire on Jan. 30.

When O’Donnell rented studio space in the Moose Exchange, she heard people reminiscing over their times in the building for proms, weddings and holiday parties. O’Donnell collaborated with various community members to get those memories published.

“As an artist who works with memory,” said O’Donnell, “I was fascinated by the stories that seemed to emanate through the walls.”

O’Donnell’s lecture, sponsored by the Institute for Culture and Society and the College of Liberal Arts, is free and open to the public. .

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.