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Cultural Awareness is the topic of Moravian College Roundtable

Cultural Awareness(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) -- The Moravian College Alumni Association announced the first lecture of the Spring Monday Roundtable series. Dr. Karen Keim and Dr. Carol Moeller will present "Ghayna 2000," a lecture with slides in the Moravian College Prosser Auditorium on February 12, at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Keim and Dr. Moeller will talk about their summer study in Ghana, West Africa, on a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Lehigh University, and the Africana Studies Committee of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. The group included fourteen area K-12 teachers and college professors who spent a month in the African country to learn about Ghanaian thought, history, culture, economy, and society.

Dr. Keim is an adjunct assistant professor of English at Moravian College. She studied English as an undergraduate and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She specializes in twentieth-century literature and African studies and has researched folktales and literature in Congo (Zaire) and Cameroon. Dr. Keim has received research grants from Fulbright-Hays and the Social Science Research Council and has published articles and book reviews on African literature. She offers courses on the theme of intercultural experience as well as African and postcolonial literatures. She also coordinates study abroad programs for the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges.

Dr. Moeller is an assistant professor of philosophy at Moravian College. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh as well as Ph.D. Certificates in Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies. She was an Andrew Mellon Fellow, a Dean’s Fellow, and a Sloan Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Moeller focuses on ethics, social and political philosophy, and issues in race and gender. She is currently publishing articles on Dewey, education, and feminist philosophy and on realism, identity, and postmodernist theory. She has also studied African philosophy and the thought and literature of the African diaspora. This semester Dr. Moeller is teaching a new course that evolved from her Ghana experience entitled Topics in Global Philosophies: Akan Values. She will continue research and writing on African philosophy next summer funded by a Moravian College Faculty Research and Development grant. A year prior to the trip to Ghana, Dr. Moeller was selected by Rotary International and the local Bethlehem Morningstar Rotary Club to be a Group Study Exchange Fellow to Norway and Sweden.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem, Pennyslvania. For more information, call 610-625-7880.