ICS explores poverty in the old South

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 29, 2016

BLOOMSBURG—Jennifer Oast, associate professor of history at Bloomsburg University, examines the economic and psychological impact of the system of slavery in a lecture, “Slaves of the Poor Whites in the Old South.”

The lecture will be on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. Admission is free and open to the public.

“When most imagine southern slaveholders, they think of upper-class whites on prosperous plantations. But poor whites also became masters of slaves, and many more were the indirect beneficiaries of slavery,” Oast said.

The lecture is part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium, aimed at increasing awareness of poverty throughout the ages while encouraging members of the campus community to become involved in organizing activities during the academic year.

Additional programs this semester, each followed by a question-and-answer session led by BU faculty members, are listed below. Each starts at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218.

Bloomsburg Explores Poverty

  • Panel discussion, “Poverty at the Local Level” with Joy E. McGinnis, Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine; Columbia County President Judge Thomas James; and Rich Kissner, Columbia County Housing Authority; Thursday, March 31; led by Heather Feldhaus, professor, sociology, social work and criminal justice
  • Documentary, “Price We Pay,” Thursday, April 7, led by Safa Saracoglu, associate professor of history
  • Panel discussion, “We Come as Friends,” Thursday, April 14, led by Mark Usry, associate professor, business education, information technology management
  • Lecture, “A Rural Reconsideration of the Subculture of Violence Hypothesis,” Thursday, April 21, led by Bob Moschgat, assistant professor, sociology, social work and criminal justice
  • Lecture, “The Effects of Poverty on Language and Literacy Development,” Thursday, April 28, led by Patricia Lawton, assistant professor, audiology and speech pathology

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.