Campus explores ‘The End of Poverty?’

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 22, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — “The End of Poverty?” a thought-provoking documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, will be screened by Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Culture and Society as part of the Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium series. The film will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. Admission is free and open to the public.

Shown at more than 25 international film festivals since its release in 2009, “The End of Poverty?” connects today’s financial crisis with policies that have lasted since the beginning of colonialization. Today, global poverty has reached new levels, with 20 percent of the Earth’s population using 80 percent of its resources and consuming 30 percent more than the planet can regenerate.

Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, the documentary features insights from Nobel prize winners in economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins and Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; government ministers, such as Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera; and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania.

The presentation will be hosted by John Hintz, associate professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences. The ICS is sponsored by the Bloomsburg University College of Liberal Arts.

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.