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March Lectures to focus on Issues of Diversity and Expression

Bethlehem, Pa., March 10, 2010—Moravian College’s Office of Institutional Diversity is sponsoring a number of programs this month focusing on issues of diversity and expression.The public is welcome to attend these events and admission is free of charge.

Afrocentric psychologist Faruq T. N. Iman, a certified holistic practitioner and educator will host a workshop, “Using the “N” Word: It’s psychosocial and Health Effects,” on Tuesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the UBC Room of the Haupert Union Building.  This workshop will examine the psychosocial spiritual and physical health impact of using the “N” word and all profanity.

Guest artisans from Moravian College and Lehigh University will join Kashi Johnson on Thursday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion of the Haupert Union Building to demonstrate the power of poetry and performance. Johnson is an Equity actress, director, producer and associate professor of theatre at Lehigh University, where she teaches courses in performance, African-American theatre, and hip hop theatre.  She is dedicated to empowering others to find and use their voice  of self expression.  She motivates  and encourages her students to explore their natural abilities and express themselves more authentically.

In Honor of Women’s History Month, a multi-cultural reading and discussion group will be held Wednesday, March 24, 4:00 p.m., in the AfterWords Café, which is located in the Reeves Library at Moravian College. Students and faculty will discuss the work of African-American author and folklorist  Zora Neale Hurston.  Hurston is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature. She was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance and has influenced such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Gayle Jones, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara. Photocopied texts and refreshments will be provided. The English department, and Friends of Reeves Library, and the Office of Institutional Diversity are sponsoring this event.

Celtic Sunrise will perform on  St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Pavilion at the Haupert Union Building. Celtic Sunrise is an acoustic trio that plays lyrical ballads and hard driving fiddle tunes from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Brittany. Sponsored by Office of Institutional Diversity and Student Affairs, Goal 6-Aesthetic Appreciate Committee.

The Iman talk and Johnson poetry reading are sponsored by: Office of Institutional Diversity and I. D. E. A. (Instilling Diversity Equality and Awareness).

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.