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Bethlehem, Pa., February 1, 2006 —The Moravian College will host a number of cultural programs this spring including lectures, a poetry reading, and a play. All of the events are free and open to the public.
Hector Cantu, co-creator/writer of Baldo, a nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip will present titled “The Funnies and Race: Why Is Everyone So Touchy about Stereotypes?,” on Thursday, February 2, 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. He will also speak about his career and give the audience advice on how to do what they really want to do. Cantu is the author of two books, The Lower You Ride, The Cooler You Are and Night of the Bilingual Telemarketers. He is co-producer of a television show in development based on Baldo.
A poetry reading by Saul Williams, a renowned slam poet will be presented on Friday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m., the Haupert Union Building Pavilion. Williams co-wrote and acted in the film Slam, which won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Camera, and the St. Louis International Film Festival Audience Choice Award in 1998. He has published three collections of poetry, said the gun shot to the head., She, and The Seventh Octave.
Kashi Johnson and Robert Riley will perform their play Untold Truths in Prosser Auditorium on Monday, March 6 at 8 p.m. A staged reading performance, the drama addresses the issues faced by black students at predominantly white schools. After the performance, there will be a “talk back” session. Johnson and Riley are both graduates of Lehigh University, where Johnson returned to teach after receiving her graduate degree in acting. Untold Truths has been staged previously at Lehigh University and Bethlehem’s Touchtone Theater.
The semester’s programs will conclude with Dr. Peggy McIntosh’s presentation “Unpacking the Invisible Backpack: White Privilege,” on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. McIntosh has written extensively about curriculum change, women’s studies, and systems of unearned privilege and is most well-known for her work, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies.” She is also founder and co-director of the National Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum. To this end, she travels worldwide to consult on matters of creating gender-fair and multicultural curricula. McIntosh’s appearance is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Lectures Committee at Moravian College.
Prosser Auditorium is located in Moravian College’s Haupert Union Building on Monocacy Street in Bethlehem. For more information about these or any other programs sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, please contact director Sharon A. Brown at (610) 625-7847.