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Peace and Justice Scholar to speak about Teaching and Learning in a New Age

Bethlehem, Pa., August 29, 2007—Moravian College will hold a public lecture featuring Dr. William Ayers, author of the book, Teaching Toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom (2004).  Ayers who was named a Peace and Justice scholar-in-residence at Moravian College, will present, Free Minds, Free People: Teaching and Learning in a New Age on Thursday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium.  Admission is free of charge and the public is welcome.

Ayers is a distinguished professor of education and senior university scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the founder of the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society. He is the author of many books on education, including Teaching the Personal and Political, On the Side of the Child, To Teach, A Simple Justice, and A Kind and Just Parent. For additional information about Dr. Ayers, or an introduction to some of his ideas, please visit www.billayers.org.

The Peace and Justice scholar-in-residence is an early step in establishing a Peace and Justice Studies program at Moravian, which brings a distinguished speaker to campus to raise awareness of peace and justice issues among students, faculty members, and the public.  Peace and Justice studies programs at colleges and universities are multidisciplinary initiatives that provide an intellectual focus on the connections between social analysis, ethical deliberation, peacemaking and conflict resolution. Their goal is to prepare students to be responsible critical analysts of society and effective agents for positive social transformation.

While visiting the College on Thursday, and Friday, September 7, Ayers will participate in a number of activities, visit classes, and meet faculty during the day.

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.