BU to Host ICS Lecture Series

BLOOMSBURG— Five Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania faculty members will present three lectures as a part of the 2018 Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 21, April 11, and April 18, in Warren Student Services Center, room 004 at 5 p.m.

John M. Hranitz, professor of biological and allied health sciences, will present the first lecture on March 21 titled “Ten Years in Turkey: Scientific and Social Outcomes of an International Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.”

Hranitz’ lecture will focus on his collaborative studies with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) International Programs division and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Hranitz, along with several scientists from the U.S., Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, studied the ecology and behavior of bees in the Mediterranean ecoregion while training undergraduates for international research. Hranitz will discuss the scientific and social outcomes of the international research collaboration, specifically on Turkish students and scientists.

On April 11, BU art and art history instructor, Margaret Murphy, will present her lecture, “Under Construction,” discussing how paintings and mixed media works reflect the construction of gender and its social, sexual and political implications on women’s lives. Murphy will examine her work from the last decade and discuss how color, domestic patterns, fashion, artifacts and news, speak about women’s’ experiences in history.

The 2018 ICS Lecture Series will conclude with a combined lecture on April 18, featuring three BU professors, Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Kristin Lizor, and Kelly Roth from the department of exceptionality programs and sociology.

The lecture titled “Using Polygraph on Deaf People” will present Lizor’s research on the administration of polygraph tests to the deaf. The research examined the reactions of deaf candidates exposed to polygraph exams with and without an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and revealed several deaf culture clashes with the participating hearing researchers. The lecture will emphasize the importance of researchers’ understanding and awareness of deaf culture.

The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the College of Liberal Arts at Bloomsburg University was created in 2001 to promote scholarly research, creative activity, and educational excellence in the liberal arts. The Institute and its programs are supported by the College of Liberal Arts.

For more information on the ICS Lecture Series, please visit https://intranet.bloomu.edu/ics-lectures.

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.