BU faculty to hold poverty lecture

BLOOMSBURG — The impact of poverty on parenting, children’s cognitive development, and their language acquisition is the focus of a lecture by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania faculty member Patricia Lawton on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. The lecture, “The Effects of Poverty on Language and Literacy Development,” is presented by BU’s Institute for Culture and Society and open to the public free of charge.

Lawton will discuss how social policies influence the identification and treatment of at-risk children, as well as how effective policy could potentially help break the cycle of poverty.

The lecture 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.

For more information, contact the chair of the ICS committee, Safa Saracoglu, at msaracog@bloomu.edu, or the director of the institute for culture and society, Michael Hickey, 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.