ICS presents empowering documentary

For Immediate Release:  March 15, 2016

BLOOMSBURG— Following the struggles and ultimate triumph of the first Jordanian woman to attend a program training Indian women to become solar-energy engineers, Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Culture and Society presents the documentary “Solar Mamas.” The film will be shown on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jordanian wife and mother Rafea leaves her home for the first time to attend a college in India that is training rural women to become solar energy engineers. Once there, she will join women from the developing world to learn concrete skills to change their communities. The film chronicles her dreams of returning to her village with new talents to help those in the village, as well as her family.

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

Bloomsburg Explores Poverty Symposium

These presentations will be followed by a question and answer session led by BU faculty members.

  • Poverty at the local level; a panel with Joy E. McGinnis (Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine), President Judge Thomas James (Columbia County Courthouse) and Rich Kisner (Columbia County Housing Authority), Thursday, March 31
  • The Price We Pay, Thursday, April 7
  • We Come as Friends, Thursday, April 14
  • A Rural Reconsideration of the Subculture of Violence Hypothesis, Thursday, April 21
  • The Effects of Poverty on Language and Literacy Development, Thursday, April 28

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.