Bloomsburg University President’s Lecture Series to focus on Town-Gown Relations

For Immediate Release

Date: Oct. 4, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications

Bloomsburg University President’s Lecture Series to focus on Town-Gown Relations

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania presents Stephen Gavazzi, Ph.D., author of The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage, for the President’s Lecture Series on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., at Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Gavazzi will speak to community members, elected officials, local civic leaders, and university faculty and staff about what makes for a strong and long-lasting relationship between a university and the community that hosts it. His book on the subject is dedicated to helping campus and community leaders better understand how the twin components of the "town" and the "gown" come together to determine the relative health and well-being of relationships between institutions of higher education and the communities in which they are located.

In his book, he introduces the metaphor of marriage as a way of providing additional invaluable insights into the ways that campuses and communities interact with one another. A typology that borrows from the marital literature - using the terms harmonious, traditional, conflicted, and devitalized to describe the experiences of relationship partners - is presented as a way for observing and making sense of town-gown associations.

Gavazzi is a professor of human development and family science in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Gavazzi received his B.A. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and both his M.A. in marriage and family therapy and Ph.D. in family studies from the University of Connecticut.   

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and new Honors College.