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Noted Local Author to Discuss Moravian College during WWII Era

“Friends of Reeves Library sponsors talk by Edward Steers, Jr. on November 10.

Bethlehem, Pa., November 4, 2008—Edward Steers, Jr., author of Don’t You Know There’s a War On,? will present highlights from his book that offer a personal and reflective account of a unique episode of Moravian’s legacy during the World War II era.  His talk will be held on Monday, November 10, at 4 p.m. in the AfterWords Café on the lower level of Reeves Library.  The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge. Friends of Reeves Library (FORL) is sponsoring this presentation of local and historical interest featuring Steers, whose father was a member of the Moravian faculty during the WWII period, grew up in Bethlehem, and attended Moravian as a freshman.

After his freshman year at Moravian, Steers transferred to the University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship and studied in the biological sciences. He earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and enjoyed a full and distinguished career conducting and directing biomedical research. On his retirement in 1994, he expanded upon long-held interests in historical narrative and took up writing full-time. Since retiring, he has published seven books with both popular and academic presses, including several titles on Lincoln. Three new manuscripts are currently in production and scheduled for release in 2009 for the Lincoln Bicentennial.

Steers’ writing has been well-received and has garnered attention widely. He has appeared on BookNotes, the History Channel, C-Span Book TV, the Today Show, and CNN’s Crossfire, as well as on several radio programs in the U.S. and Canada, including programs aired on PBS and on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition, he has published over 50 articles in various magazines and historical journals, and has served in several editorial positions.

“Given current concerns over issues of war, economics, and the impact of both on the Moravian community, Steers’ presentation seems especially timely and apt,” said John R. Black, assistant professor of English and member of FORL. “Steer regards Don’t You Know There’s a War On? as a labor of love, describing the home front during WWII and the role of Moravian College in the V-5 program. This book, part memoir and part history of those dynamic years, will be the focus of his presentation at Reeves, ‘War Comes to Moravian.’”

Friends of Reeves Library is an association dedicated to the library and its growing collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, archival materials, electronic services, and other important scholarly resources for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. The Friends have three main functions: to provide funds for enhancing the collections and services of the library, to support special projects and programs which will make the Library’s resources better known both on and off campus, and to sponsor lectures, receptions, and openings throughout the year for members and others.

The Friends of Reeves Library welcome as members all those who share an interest in supporting the library. For more information visit: http://home.moravian.edu/public/reeves/FORL/membership.htm.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.