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Programming Designed to Develop Students’ Aesthetic Appreciation

Bethlehem, Pa., September 22, 2009—Amidst the classes, papers, tests, and research, a number of programs at Moravian College this fall will focus on developing students’ appreciation for aesthetics. The Student Affairs office has planned a variety of programs that encourage students to explore the world of art, dance, drumming,  careers, and theater.

“It is important that students understand and develop a personal aesthetic response that is not an abstraction but a reflection of personal values,” said Beverly Kochard, vice president for student affairs. “We’re  seeking to expand their aesthetic appreciation through exposure to the arts and increasing their understanding the role of the arts plays in enhancing the quality of one’s life.”

The program begins with a lecture by Dr. Melanie Richards, professional musician/teacher at Barnard College, titled, “Art Speaks” on Wednesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium. Richards is the author of A Call to Arts:  How Artistic Living Can Redeem Us. The talk is open to the public.

The Artist-in-Residence Bettina Castagno, a talented artisan with expertise in jewelry design and handcrafts made with natural found objects,  will demonstrate her craft in beadwork jewelry, using glass, bone, stone, and metals on Thursday, October 1, 10:30 a.m. to  1:00 p.m., HUB Lounge.

The International Films Series, Movies on Monocacy, will commence with a movie titled, Machuca, on Thursday October 22, Working in cooperation with the Foreign Language Department, students can enjoy award-winning international films preceded by a small dinner and discussion. The series will continue with Das Untergang, and Entre les murs and Nuovomondo at later dates

During Family Day and Homecoming Weekend on Friday and Saturday October 23-24, the art students will be taking visitors on tours of the Moravian College permanent art collection on both campuses. Art students created the tour as a part of an art class with Professor Diane Rydacki. The tours start at the HUB and then head to the Hurd Campus to visit the Animal Room, Blue Parlor in Main Hall and conclude the tour in the Payne Gallery.  Students will have their arts studios open to visitors as well.

The College will present An Evening of African Drumming and Dance on Friday, October 2, 8:00 p.m., in the HUB Pavilion. Zul-Latiftu Zahiratu and Spectrum Afrikans will present a talk about the history of the drum and percussion instruments from West Africa and how they were used from the 12th-15th century BC,  how the music has been passed down from generation to generation, and how it was kept alive during slavery.  Spectrum Afrikans will demonstrate the music of various rituals such as birth, marriage, and death. The Moravian College community will have the opportunity to learn to drum and do some African dancing.

The Career Center will offer students a unique opportunity to meet key representatives from a variety of organizations who have hired art majors during the Careers in Art program on Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m., in Foy Hall. Representatives will also be there to talk specifically about current and future career options including internships.  Students are encouraged to bring portfolios/resumes to share with professionals during the connection reception.

The fall programming will concludes with an Art Department Auction on Tuesday, December 1, 4:30 p.m., in the UBC Room, Haupert Union Building.  Members of the College community will be invited to bid on items made by the students and staff of the Art Department.