Bloomsburg University to host Conversations for the Common Good in November

For Immediate Release

Date: Oct. 16, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications


Bloomsburg University to host Conversations for the Common Good in November

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania presents two events in November for “Conversations for the Common Good.” “Conversations” is a series of events promoting dialogue that unites and bridges political and social divides. Both programs are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium, The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, in collaboration with Conversations for the Common Good, presents a public reading of “The Niceties,” a play by Eleanor Burgess, with provocative dialogue confronting racism at universities. The intense dialogue is described as a “verbal tennis match” between an African-American student and her white, female history professor, and provocatively contests the realities and significance of U.S. history. The reading, featuring Elizabeth Dowd (from BTE) as Janine, and Amber Williams (an actor from New York) as Zoe, will be followed by a discussion moderated by David Heineman, from the BU Department of Communication Studies, involving a panel of BTE and guest cast members, students, faculty and staff, with the audience. Carrie Winship, from the BU Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, is the director of the reading.

Then on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium, there will be a screening of a segment from “Retro Report,” plus community discussion. “Retro Report” is a new Public Broadcasting System (PBS) news-magazine production premiering this fall that delves into the background behind contemporary controversies. The segment to be screened explores the longer history behind National Anthem protests of athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Megan Rapinoe, including precedents to their actions in events like the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

VIA Public Media’s Larry Vojtko will moderate the discussion to follow, with panelists including one of the PBS producers of “Retro Report,” plus other experts.  The moderated discussion will be recorded for later broadcast by VIA Public Media.

For more information, contact BU Department of History faculty member, William Hudon, at or 570-389-4159.

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.