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Author Jack Levin to Explain Origins of Hatred

Talk is part of program designed to reduce bigotry and prejudice in society

Bethlehem, Pa., September 6, 2007—Moravian's lecture series on the topic of "hate" launches with a talk by Jack Levin, Brudnick professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University on Tuesday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium.  His presentation, “Why we Hate,” is free of charge and the public is welcome.

Levin has authored or coauthored a number of books, including Elementary Statistics in Social Research, The Functions of Prejudice, Gossip: The Inside Scoop, Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed, and Overkill: Mass Murder and Serial Killing Exposed. A dedicated educator and social advocate, Levin received Northeastern University's Excellence in Teaching Award and was honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as its Professor of the Year in Massachusetts.

Levin’s work has appeared in professional journals, including Youth & Society, Criminology, The Gerontologist, and Sex Roles, as well as in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune and USA Today. He has lectured on campuses around the country about serial murder, hate crimes, and domestic terrorism.

Levin has appeared frequently on national television programs from Larry King Live to Good Morning America, to Dateline NBC. He has addressed the issue of hate crimes in numerous venues including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Justice Department, and the Department of Education.

The department of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Moravian College has initiated a year-long series on HATE that grew out of the awareness and concern that there is too much hate born of prejudices, leading to violent and mean-spirited acts in the world.  The goal of the program is to try to understand the history and dynamics of hate, and to explore the skills individuals need to cultivate to challenge this divisive force lurking at all levels in our society — necessary skills for the benefit of all to promote peace in our world.

During the program a moment of silence will be observed for all those individuals who have lost their lives to such hateful and violent criminal acts. All students are encouraged to attend this informative and dynamic lecture, and it is free and open to the public. Sponsors for the program are: the Office of Institutional Diversity, Peace and Justice Committee, Philosophy Department, Multicultural Club, and Student Life.

Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building (HUB), at the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets in Bethlehem.. For additional information please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 610 625-7847.

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.