BU presents revolutions symposium

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) symposium series will explore the role of revolutions in shaping today’s world.

To mark the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Bloomsburg Explores Revolutions symposium will feature a series of lectures, a book group, and a student panel that examine ways revolutions have shaped our society and culture.  The lecture series features experts from several academic disciplines addressing topics relevant to controversial contemporary issues. 

The book group will bring community members together to discuss Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s graphic autobiography of childhood during the Iranian Revolution. An additional panel discussion will feature Bloomsburg University students discussing their experiences in living through revolutions in various parts of the world. The symposium series will conclude with a keynote address on Monday, April 16 by noted political scientist Eric Selbin, “Revolution, Resistance, Rebellion: The Story of Power.” All lectures in this symposium series are free and open to the public.

Lectures will be held at Kuster Auditorium in the Hartline Science Building.

  • “The 2016 Candlelight Revolution in South Korea and the Art of Memento Mori,” Nogin Chung, BU Department of Art and Art History, Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
  • “The Ukrainian Revolution of 2013-14: Russia’s Information War and its Transnational Implications,” Olga Bertelsen, Harvard Ukrainian Studies Center, Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Urban Revolutions: How Cities Reconfigure Conceptions of Space, Place, and Society,” Damien Marken, BU Department of Anthropology, Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Agricultural Revolutions meet Revolutionary Agriculture: The power and promise of life as it was meant to be lived,” David Fazzino, BU Department of Anthropology, Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Unsustainable: The Paris Climate Accord and the Techno-Utopian Delusion that ‘Free Markets’ Can Forestall Climate Change Catastrophe,” Wendy Lee, BU Department of Philosophy, Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Keynote Address:  “Revolution, Resistance, Rebellion: The Story of Power,” Eric Selbin, Southwestern University, Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

For more information regarding the book group and student panel, contact David Fazzino, director of the Institute for Culture and Society dfazzino@bloomu.edu.  

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.