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Conversations for the Common Good
November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
One event on November 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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 [email protected] or 570-389-4159.