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Lecture Series to offer Varied Perspectives on Key Political Issues

Obery Hendricks, Rosa Clemente, and Manning Marable to speak at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., September 12, 2008—With the election season reaching a fever pitch, a series of lectures at Moravian College will address some of the hot topic issues that are emerging during the 2008 campaign.  The Office of Institutional Diversity at Moravian College has invited three distinguished  individuals to provide their perspectives: Dr. Obery Hendricks (September 22), Rosa Clemente (September 30), and Dr. Manning Marable (October 20). There will also be a panel discussion, “Media and the Election on Wednesday, October 1. The lectures and panel discussion are open to the public and admission is free of charge.

The series will begin when Dr. Obery Hendricks presents, “Religion and Politics” on Monday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium.  A Faith Advisor to the Barack Obama presidential campaign, Hendricks is considered a provocative and innovative commentator on the intersection of religion, politics and social policy in America. He is a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee and has been featured on C-SPAN, PBS, National Public Radio, al-Jazeera Television, NHK Japan Television, Air-America, Radio One, Fox News and the Bloomberg Network.

Hendricks is a featured writer for the political blogs Godspolitics.com and Faithfuldemocrats.com. He is also an editorial advisor to the award-winning Tikkun magazine, a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, and a principal commentator in The Oxford Annotated Bible, one of the most widely used academic Bibles in the English-speaking world. The Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation calls his work “the boldest post-colonial writing ever seen in Western biblical studies.”

“Essential reading for Americans” is what The Washington Post called Hendricks’ most recent book, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted. Social critic Michael Eric Dyson describes it as “an instant classic” that “immediately thrusts Hendricks into the front ranks of American religious thinkers.” The Politics of Jesus was the featured subject of the C-SPAN program “Class, Politics and Christianity.”

A former Wall Street investment executive and past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American theological seminary in the United States, Hendricks is currently professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary. He holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University.

Hip-Hop journalist, activist, and community organizer, Rosa Clemente will present, “Politics and the Role of Hip-Hop Activism” on Tuesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. A black Puerto Rican scholar, activist, and journalist, Clemente has dedicated her academic work to researching national liberation struggles inside the US, with a specific focus on the Young Lords Party and the Black Liberation Army. While a student at SUNY Albany, she was President of the Albany State University Black Alliance and Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Student Association. At Cornell University, she was a founding member of La Voz Boriken, a social/political organization dedicated to supporting Puerto Rican political prisoners and the independence of Puerto Rico.

Clemente has recently been named the Deputy Director of the Hip-Hop Caucus, and will join other Hip Hop activists this year on two tours, the Rap Sessions Tour and the Hip-Hop for President Tour that includes Hip-Hop artist(s) Dead Prez, Rebel Diaz, Blitz the Ambassador; author of the book That White Girl, Jennifer “J Love” Calderon; DJ Kuttin Kandi, Dr. Jared Ball, Green Party Candidate of the Green Party and Def Poetry poet Kahlil Almustafa.

One of America’s most influential scholars, Dr. Manning Marable will present “The Politics of Race, Classism, and Racism” on Monday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Since 1993, Marable has been professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, History and African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York City. Marable was founding director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, from 1993 to 2003.

“Media and the Election,” a panel presentation of faculty and media professional on responsible journalism related to the presidential election, will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m.in Prosser Auditorium.  Members of the panel will include journalist and faculty member that will discuss how the media plays an important role in the political process.  It is sponsored by the Leadership Center, Office of Career Development, and Moravian College Business and Industry Council

A prolific author, Marable has written over 275 articles in academic journals and edited volumes. He has written and/or edited 21 books and scholarly anthologies, including Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America’s Racial Future (New York:Basic Civitas Books, 2006); Co-editor with Myrlie Evers Williams, wife of slain civil rights worker Medgar Evers, have edited , The Autobiography of Medgar Evers, a reconstruction of his hero’s life through his writings, letters, and papers. Marable’s talk is cosponsored by LVAIC Minority Affairs Coalition.

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.