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Lecture to Explain Influence of Race and Culture on Perception of Sports Figure

Bethlehem, Pa., August 21, 2008—Moravian College will hold lecture focusing on the implications of race and American culture on the public perception of home run king Barry Bonds. Lisa Doris Alexander, assistant professor of Africana studies at Wayne State University, will present “Race, Culture, and the Continuing Saga of Barry Bonds” on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The program is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.

It was a little over a year ago when the Washington Nationals left-hander Mike Bacsik threw a 3-2 pitch to Bonds, who hit the ball an estimated 435 feet to surpass Hank Aaron and claim the most cherished record in sports—the career home run mark.  Bonds has been both praised for the accomplishment and derided as the face of the steroid era in Major League  Baseball.

Professor Alexander earned her Bachelor's degree in political science from Grinnell College; Master's Degree in African American studies at UCLA; and  Ph.D. in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University. Her dissertation was titled, “Race on First, Class on Second, Gender on Third, and Sexuality Up to Bat: Intersectionality and Power in Major League Baseball 1995-2005.”

Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building (HUB) near the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets in Bethlehem, Pa. For more information, call 610-861-1491.The program is supported by LVAIC Africana Consortium with contributions from Moravian College's Committee on Arts and Lectures, Department of Sociology, Athletic Department, and the Center for the Study of Media in Culture (CoSMiC).

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.