ICS symposium focuses on Diversity

For Immediate Release:  Jan. 19, 2017

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) will host its annual Bloomsburg Explores symposium on “Diversity” throughout the spring semester. Since diversity is a broad subject, the symposium will focus on four topics: gender, race, language and culture and religion. A series of events including a guest-speaker lecture, panels, discussions and two book clubs are scheduled to explore these topics. These events are free and open to the public.

The schedule for presentations this semester are:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., Centennial 218 – Guest Speaker: Imam Daayiee Abdullah
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Centennial 201 – Panel 1: Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m., Centennial 201 – Panel 2: Race, Racism and Ethnicity
  • Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Centennial 201 – Panel 3: Study Abroad and Cultural Exchange
  • Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m., Centennial 201 – Panel 4: Religion, Pluralism and Misconceptions
  • Tuesday, April 11, T.B.A., Multicultural Center 230-2 – Open Discussion: Language and Diversity 

Each panel discussion will feature BU students as participants who will receive the questions in advance to prepare for each panel. Faculty will moderate each ICS panel. The goal of these panels is to celebrate diversity on and off campus while highlighting issues that make diversity challenging in a healthy environment.

Book Club

In addition to the panels, the ICS will host two book club sessions. The first session will focus on the book, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The following session will be on “Faith Club” by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner.

The first sessions, all meeting in the TALE Center in the Andruss Library, are:

  • Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, Session 1a/2a, noon.
  • Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, Session 1b/2b, 11 a.m.
  • Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, Session 1c/2c, 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m.

The second book club session’s times and location will be determined for after spring break.

Created in 2001, The Institute for Culture and Society promotes research, scholarship and the creative and performing arts in the College of Liberal Arts. The Institute hosts lectures, presentations and performances that explore aspects of human culture and society. Through these events, the academic and creative achievements of faculty and students are shared to the community.

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.