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Moravian College to host Student Summit on World Affairs

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College will host the Student Summit on World Affairs on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 in the Haupert Union Building's Prosser Auditorium. High school and college students will attend the Summit, which is designed to create a dialogue by providing a diversity of perspectives on world affairs and events surrounding September 11, 2001.

The Friday program will be held from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Moravian College president, Dr. Ervin J. Rokke will present the opening remarks, exploring the issues that will set the tone for the program. He will be followed by two panel discussions. From 4:15-6:00 p.m., Panel One will provide an historical backdrop, setting the stage for the discussion of events that led up to September 11, 2001. Panelists will present their views on social, cultural and religious factors that have promulgated extremist thought and terrorist actions.

Panel One consists of the following:

Dr. Rebecca Dean, associate professor of speech communication, Northampton Community College will serve as the moderator. Dean has taught advanced courses in American Rhetoric at Lafayette College and has lectured on history of presidential debates. She is on the Board of Bethlehem League of Women Voters, and has served as moderator of many local candidates' debates.

Accomplished Jewish educator, Jeanette Eichenwald is a child of Holocaust survivors. She is a passionate speaker who is the recipient of many awards including B'nai B'rith Humanitarian Award and, most recently, Raoul Wallenberg Award from Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding of Muhlenberg College.

Saed Atshan, was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland and moved to West Bank when as a youngster. He attended Friends School in Ramallah. Atshan is completing senior year of high school at Westtown Friends (West Chester, PA). He plans to attend college in the U.S. for psychology and then return to Palestine.

Elias Saratovsky is a senior and Student Body President at Muhlenberg College with a double major in Political Science and Russian Studies. He has studied Middle Eastern history and politics at Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Faramarz Farbod is a political science professor at Moravian College. Farbod, a native of Iran, is also an alumni of Moravian College.

Dr. James West, professor of economics at Moravian College has extensive background in international relations. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Slovakia, worked in economic rural development in India for 3 years, and has visited in professional capacity countries including Japan, China, Brazil, Western and Central Europe, and the Middle East.

From 7:00-9:00 p.m., Panel Two will explore the aftermath of September 11 with respect to the immediate and long-term effects of the event on American society. Panelists will present their views on the U.S. political, legal and military response to the terrorist attacks.

Panel Two consists of the following:

Jim DeSouza will serve as moderator for Panel Two. DeSouze holds degree in European history from Washington & Lee University. He served 2 ½ years in Peace Corps (Nepal and India). Now a degree probation officer in Virginia, DeSouza, has also worked in radio news in South Carolina.

After graduating from Lehigh University, former congressman Paul McHale, served 2 years on active duty in Marine Corps. After release from service, he achieved law degree from Georgetown Law Center. McHale was elected to 5 consecutive terms in Pennsylvania State House. He resigned his seat in 1991 to resume active duty during Desert Storm and Desert Shield in Persian Gulf. In 1993, he was elected to U.S. House of Representatives where he served 3 terms and was an active member of House Armed Services Committee. Has lectured frequently on government, law,and military policy and is adjunct professor at U.S. Army War College. He also serves on Board of Advisors at Naval War College.

Jed Adam Gross is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in history and sociology. As a high school student, he attended Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies with a focus on politics and law. Currently, he serves as vice chair of Penn's Undergraduate Assembly and is co-editor-in-chief of Penn History Review.

Professor Earl Page has taught history, political science, and sociology at Northampton Community College for 32 years. He is the Robert J. Kopecek Endowed Chair for the Humanities. Page has lectured on the "roots of terrorism" in the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions lecture series.

Dr. John McCartney is the department head and associate professor of government & law at Lafayette College. He teaches variety of courses including Political and Social Change in the Third World and others related to comparative political thought . He is the past president of Vanguard Party (a Social Democratic political party) in the Bahamas and candidate for Bahamian Parliament

David Vaida, Esq., originally from Puerto Rico, is a political leader of Latino community in Lehigh Valley. He has taught Jewish and Christian theology, and is a frequent contributor of articles to The Morning Call. The former prosecuting attorney in New Jersey, has been a criminal defense attorney for past 20 years.

The two-day program has been organized for area students under the leadership of the "Partnership for Successful KIDS" from Northampton. Day two consists of small group discussions based on the various topic presented on Friday.

The Partnership for Successful KIDS is a collaborative initiative with Northampton Area Senior High School, originally formed to re-connect community, parents, students, faculty and school administration through involvement in educational and societal issues and events. The Partnership continues to identify areas of need, and provides a variety of programming that works toward problem resolution, strong citizenry and the promotion of character building endeavors.

The Friday program is open to college students. Admission is free with student identification. For additional information, contact Dick Claussen at 610-625-7859.