BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania presents “Conversations for the Common Good,” on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. “Conversations” is a civil discourse, civic engagement, and interdisciplinary event to promote dialogue that unites and bridges political and social divides featuring keynote speakers Lata Nott, Dave Janoski, Kara Schultz, and Joar Dahn.
Nott is the executive director of the Freedom Forum Institute’s First Amendment Center, a nonpartisan foundation that champions the five freedoms of the first amendment. She graduated from University of California, Davis, with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. Nott earned her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2010. At Columbia, she was a staff editor on the Human Rights Law Review and chair of the South Asian Law Students Association. After graduation, she became a litigator in New York City at the law firms of Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke. She remains an active member of the New York Bar and the American Bar Association.
Janoski has been managing editor of the Citizens’ Voice (CV), a daily newspaper in Wilkes-Barre since 2013. He is a Penn State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Janoski has been the editor and reporter in the Wilkes-Barre market since 1984, beginning at the Times Leader. He has won numerous statewide journalism awards for investigative reporting and editorial writing. Among these was a national Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial writing in 2009. He was the CV’s lead reporter on the Luzerne County kids-for-cash investigation.
Kara Schultz, Ph.D, is a faculty member and chairperson of communication studies at Bloomsburg University. She encourages civic engagement in community life and regularly teaches courses in leadership. Schultz has published essays on the rhetoric of persons with disabilities that have appeared in “Quarterly Journal of Speech” and “The Howard Journal of Communications.” She has co-edited an undergraduate textbook on communications and also studies environmental and food rhetoric.
Joar Dahn is a senior political science major at Bloomsburg University and president of the Community Government Association. Dahn was elected as CGA president in April 2017 and serves as the organization’s chief executive officer. A Board of Governor’s scholar, he also serves as the president of the class of 2019 and the African Student Association at Bloomsburg. He has received numerous awards and honors while a student at Bloomsburg, including the Bloomsburg University Legacy of Leadership award and the International Student Association Award of Excellence.
Event co-sponsor, WVIA-TV, will record the event for broadcast at a later date.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,300 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.