Sunday, April 13, 2014

Economist to discuss globalization and jobs

An expert on economics and public policy will share his perspective on the global economy and what it will mean for college graduates during a lecture, “How the Global Economy Works – And Will It be Working to Find You a Job?” on Tuesday, April 15, at 12:30 pm in Bloomsburg University’s Kehr Union Ballroom.

Peter Navarro, a professor of economics and public policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, will explain how the global economy works in a relationship of consumer, producer and commodity nations and forecast future conditions with an eye toward the job market for college graduates. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

As a preview of his lecture, Navarro will show the film he directed, “Death by China,” Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m., also in the KUB Ballroom. The film, based on his book of the same title, discusses the economic trade relationship between the United States and China and its effects on U.S. workers. A question-and-answer session with Navarro will follow the free screening.

 Navarro  has written best-selling books about management strategy, the stock market and public policy that include “The Well-Timed Strategy,” “Always a Winner,” “If It’s Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks” and “The Coming China Wars.” He is a frequent media commentator on networks such as CNBC, CNN and MSNBC. He has written articles that have appeared in Business Week, the Harvard Business Review, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 1986 and became a professor of economics and public policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, in 1988.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend concerts

Bloomsburg University will sponsor four concerts this weekend and next week.

A Choral Concert will be held Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Market St. The concert will feature the Women's Choral Ensemble, Husky Singers and Concert Choir.

The University Concert Band will perform Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 pm in Haas Center for the Arts. Featured selections will include modern band music, marches and film music.

The Guitar Ensemble will perform Tuesday, April 15, at 7 pm in Haas Center for the Arts.

The Percussion Ensemble will perform Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 pm in Haas Center for the Arts.

Monday, April 07, 2014

BU Players to stage 'The Children's Hour'

The BU Players will present The Children’s Hour By Lillian Hellman from April 11 to 15 at the Alvina Krause Theatre, Center Street, Bloomsburg. David A. Miller directs.
Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3 pm, Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 pm.

About the play: It is 1934. Two women successfully run a school for girls. One of their students is determined to do as she pleases, even if it means creating a corrosive lie that undoes the women’s lives. Tickets are free to BU students with ID, $6 for Adults, $4 Students & Seniors. Advanced tickets available at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Haas Center for the Arts, weekdays noon to 5pm, Wednesdays noon to 7 pm. 570-389-4340. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door starting one hour before curtain time.

 For more information about the current and upcoming season, visit For “behind the scenes” photos and information about The Children’s Hour, visit and follow BU Players on Twitter at @buplayers.

Film explores genetically modified seeds

The Green Campus Initiative at Bloomsburg University and the Moose Exchange are partnering to show two movies related to agriculture and nature.

Bitter Seeds will be shown Tuesday, April 8, at 7pm at St Paul's Episcopal church (at the corner of Iron and Main, Bloomsburg). India has more farmers than any country in the world, and they are in a crisis that is unprecedented in human history. Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself in despair. In a village at the center of the suicide epidemic, a farmer and his family struggle to keep his land and a teenage girl makes her first steps to become a journalist and tell the world about the crisis. "Bitter Seeds" raises questions about the human cost of genetically-modified agriculture and the future of how we grow things. This is the third film in Micha Peled's globalization trilogy, following the award-winning Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town and China Blue.

Play Again will be shown on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 pm at St Paul's Episcopal church. Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature. At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, this documentary unplugs a group of tech savvy teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure, documenting the wonder that comes from time spent in nature and inspiring action for a sustainable future. 

Painter to discuss theatricality in his art

Jason Godeke, associate professor of art and art history at Bloomsburg University, will discuss how incorporating theatrical elements has improved his art on Thursday, April 10, at 5 p.m. His lecture, “Theatricality in Painting,” will be in the Warren Student Services Center, room 004.

For the past few years, Godeke has taken his work out of the studio and painted through the direct observation of a landscape. These landscapes act as backdrops for his own troupe of “actors” in the form of miniatures and figurines. He will discuss how these theatrical elements come together when he creates a narrative. Godeke’s lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Culture and Society and the College of Liberal Arts.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Pianist to perform with Orchestra Sunday

Pianist and BU music professor Charisse Baldoria will perform with the University-Community Orchestra Sunday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts Mitrani Hall. The concert will feature Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor (an intense and dynamic, piece with lots of runs and a lyrical middle movement) and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Admission is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Prepare for some Friday jazz

BU will host its 15th Annual Jazz Festival Friday, April 4. As part of the festival public concerts will be given at 11 am by the BU Jazz Band and special guests The Dave Stryker Trio will perform at noon with a clinic immediately following at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Guitarist Dave Stryker has fronted his own group (with 23 CD’s as a leader to date), and been a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others. Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Downbeat Readers poll, and a Rising Star for the last 5 years in the Downbeat Critics Poll. His approach combining the jazz burn to a soulful blues feeling is communicating to new fans wherever he plays. His most recent CD “Blue Strike” has made many Best of 2011 lists including WBGO Jazz Radio and Tom Reney/New England Public Radio.