ICS symposium focuses on poverty

For Immediate Release: Sept. 4, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) will screen the first of several documentaries on the subject of poverty on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. “Poor Us: An Animated History” by director Ben Lewis, explores the changing world of poverty, and the new poverty related to inequality. The screening is open to the public free of charge.

This animated documentary, told from the perspective of the poor, illustrates how countries in the northern hemisphere forced the southern hemisphere’s nations into poverty, according to Safa Saracoglu, associate professor of history.

“The World Bank tells us that 47 percent of the people in sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $1.25 a day and predicts that, as a region, Africa will witness the world’s fastest demographic growth in the next 35 years,” Saracoglu said. “Understanding the history of impoverishment in the southern hemisphere is essential today.”

The documentary is part of the ICS’s Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium, aimed at increasing awareness of this topic and encouraging members of the campus community to become involved in organizing activities during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Institute for Culture and Society promotes research, scholarship and the creative and performing arts in BU’s College of Liberal Arts. The institute organizes lectures, presentations and performances that explore and explain aspects of human culture and society.

For more information, contact Michael C. Hickey, professor of history, at mhickey@bloomu.edu.

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