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Monday, March 30, 2015

Have ten minutes? See a play, or maybe several.

The Bloomsburg University Players will perform a concert reading of 5 original 10-minute plays written and directed by students. Performances will be April 1, 2, 6, and 7 at 7:30 pm in the Theatre Lab (Located at the back of the University Bookstore Building). The plays are:

  • The Compliment by Bry Kifolo – Directed Chris Creyer 
  • Legacy by Titus O’Neil – Directed by Bry Kifolo 
  • Pastime by Will Olsen – Directed by Kate Mochnacz 
  • The Opposition by Courtney Dunn – Directed by Titus O’Neil 
  • Dink by Titus O’Neil – Directed by Kate Mochnacz

More information here: and

African refugee to speak at BU

Bloomsburg University will host a political refugee who was national coordinator of both Zimbabwe’s AIDS education program and its program to bring primary education to rural schoolchildren in developing countries.

Clement A. Jumbe After political strife in Zimbabwe led to threats, harassment, intimidation and separation from his family, Clement A. Jumbe fled to Canada as a refugee. He will tell his story in “My Journey to Safety… and the Help that I Received from the Scholars at Risk Networks” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Jumbe has more than two decades of experience in education as a high school principal and district education officer in Zimbabwe. After starting a new career as national director for UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS Education Program and the national coordinator of the Commonwealth Education Fund, Zimbabwe was expelled from the Commonwealth of Nations for human rights abuses. The government branded the education program as a threat to national interests, leading to a lack of security for Jumbe and his family. In Canada, he was supported by the Scholars at Risk Program at Massey College of the University of Toronto, which provided him with room and board, contacts, speaking engagements and opportunities to teach again.

This event is sponsored by the International Faculty Association and the office of the provost at BU. For information, contact Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus, International Faculty Association president and professor of Spanish at BU, at

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fiction writer to give reading at Greenly Center

Crystal Wilkinson, short fiction writer and a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, will read from her work Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Greenly Center, 50 E. Main Street. The reading is free and open to the public.

 Wilkinson helped found the Affrilachian Poets Society in 1991. The society embraces a multicultural influence, a spectrum of people who consider Appalachia to be their home or identify strongly with the trials and triumphs of being of the Appalachian region.

Wilkinson has published a number of works and has received several awards for her writing. Her story, “Blackberries, Blackberries,” won the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature and “Water Street” was a finalist for the United Kingdom’s Orange Prize for fiction and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

In addition, Wilkinson won the Danny Plattner Award for Poetry from Appalachian Heritage Magazine and the Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women for the promotion of activism and artistic expression.

 Wilkinson’s visit marks the first event to be held in the new Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg. Other cultural events, including art exhibits and gallery receptions, are expected to follow. The reading is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English. For more information, contact Jerry Wemple, professor of English, at

Documentary highlights hunger in US

Bloomsburg University will screen A Place at the Table, a documentary film revealing hunger problems in the U.S. on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Fifty million U.S. citizens don’t know where their next meal is coming from, an issue caused not by food scarcity but by poverty. This poses economic, social and cultural implications for the nation.

A Place at the Table tells the stories of people, young and old, struggling with food insecurity in the U.S. Through these stories coupled with insights from experts, teachers and activists, the film proposes that healthy food can be available and affordable to all citizens.

The film screening is sponsored by BU’s Green Campus Initiative. For more information contact Tim Pelton, civic engagement coordinator, at

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Brahms on the program Feb. 6 at BU

The Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico will perform Brahms' First Symphony in C minor Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 pm at Bloomsburg University's Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students.

Performing for more than 40 years, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estada has moved audiences around the globe with classical and contemporary music from Mexico and Spain. Led by conductor Enrique Batiz, the orchestra has been recognized for having the broadest repertoire of any philharmonic in Mexico.

Their performance at BU is part of their second U.S. tour and will feature the symphonies of Brahms and include piano soloist, Irina Chistiakova, playing Manuel Ponce’s piano concerto, “Romantic.” The orchestra will also perform Alexander Borodin's Polovtsian Dances.

Upcoming BU Celebrity Artist Series productions include:

  • Tango Buenos Aires, a journey through dance and music from Argentina – Saturday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets $30. 
  • “Jekyll & Hyde,” the dazzling and dark national Broadway tour – Sunday, March 29, 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets: $45. 
  • Take 6, six voices combine to form the most awarded a cappella group in history – Thursday, April 2, 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets: $30. 
  • Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, American Spiritual, 150 years of American music in one event – Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Tickets $25. 
For tickets or more information, visit or or call the box office at 570-389-4409.

BU poets to give reading Feb. 11

Two Bloomsburg University faculty members will read their poetry on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 pm in Monty's Assembly Room on the university's upper campus.

Jerry Wemple, assistant professor of English and creative writing, and Shanna L. Smith, English instructor, will give the reading as part of the university's Big Dog Reading Series, which is free and open to the public. 

Wemple’s work includes three poetry collections, “You Can See It From Here,” selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaafor the Naomi Long Madgett poetry Award; “The Civil War in Baltimore”; and “The Artemas Poems.” Wemple has received awards for both writing and teaching, including a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Word Journal chapbook prize. His work has been included in journals and anthologies, including publications in Chile and Ireland. A Susquehanna Valley native, Wemple’s work often details the people and places of this area.

 Originally from Kentucky, Smith was featured in the 2001 documentary, “Coal Black Voices,” celebrating the Affrilachian Poets’ 10th anniversary, and performed with the group again in 2011 at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. Her work has been published in Artists in Revolution, Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium: An Anthology of Contemporary Mid-Western Poetry and Java House Anthology. In 1999, Smith was selected to attend the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Institute for poetry and received a grant for poetry from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

The Big Dog Reading Series is a part of the College of Liberal Arts’ Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The series will continue on Tuesday, March 24, with Domenica Ruta, author of the memoir “With or Without You.” For information, contact Wemple at

Monday, November 03, 2014

Guitar duo to perform at BU Tuesday

The guitar duo of Kenneth Meyer and Steven Thachuk have reunited after a 10-year hiatus to offer a master class Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Center for the Arts, room 227, and a concert at 7:30 that evening in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

The concert by the Meyer-Thachuk Guitar Duo will feature works by Domenico Scarlatti, Carlo Domeniconi, Joaquin Rodrigo, Marek Pasieczny, Isaac AlbĂ©niz and Enrique Granados, including Rodrigo’s “Tonadilla” and Pasieczny’s “Sakura No Hana.” Meyer-Thachuk Guitar Duo Meyer, an American, and Thachuk, a Canadian, met during their studies at the Eastman School of Music. They performed in recitals and concertos throughout North America between 1997 and 2001 and released a CD of Spanish works, “Evocacion,” in 1999.

Meyer, who received first prize at the Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, continues to appear as a chamber musician and soloist with orchestras throughout North America, South America and Europe. His performances have been featured on film, radio and most recently on the Albany records label. He directs a guitar studies program at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music.

Playing both traditional classical guitar and a steel string instrument, Thachuk has appeared as a chamber musician and soloist with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. His concerts were broadcast on NPR in the United States and the CBC in Canada. Thachuk, who released “Currents,” a solo recital CD of 20th century guitar works, was appointed professor of guitar and chair of guitar studies at California State University, Northridge, in 2002. The program is supported by a Curricular Enhancement Award from BU’s College of Liberal Arts. For information, contact Matthew Slotkin, assistant professor of music, at