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Bethlehem, Pa., January 19, 2005 – Moravian College will hold a series of lectures and panel discussions that address human rights and the practice of justice. This special program, “Race, Repression, and Reconciliation: Voices from Home and Abroad, from the Past and Present,” will feature a number of distinguished speakers and in-depth panel discussions during the coming months. All of the events are open to the public and admission is free.
The first lecture of the series will be presented by Patricia J. Williams, professor of law at Columbia University, who will speak on civil rights and social wrongs, for Moravian’s annual birthday tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her talk, “Civil Rights in an Era of Social Wrongs” will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 7:30 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building.
It is through William’s exploration of the status quo—the system that maintains repressive hierarchies—that her scholarship has made its mark as original and important. Williams uses stories from her own life, those she hears from friends and relatives, and those she reads in the news, to personalize and contextualize the social, political and legal structures that we encounter in our lives.
Williams is professor of law at Columbia University School of Law. A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, she has served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Harvard University Women’s Studies Program, and the City University of New York Law School at Queen’s College. She has held fellowships at the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College, the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California at Irvine, and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Before entering academia she practiced law as a consumer advocate and Deputy City attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.
In celebration of Black History Month, Moravian will present a documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Till, and a discussion with its director, Keith Beauchamp, who spent nine years investigating the brutal death of Emmett Till and its aftermath. The film will be shown on Thursday, February 10, at 4:00 p.m., followed by a lecture-discussion with Beauchamp at 7:30 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building.
During Women’s History Month, Moravian will present Nontombi Naomi-Cecilia Tutu, daughter of South Africa’s Episcopal prelate, Desmond Tutu, one of the leading voices of the anti-apartheid movement. Tutu will speak on Tuesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. Tutu is associate director of the Office of International Relations at Tennessee State University. But she is a busy speaker around the world on issues of race and gender equality. Among her many activities, she was one of the first Brandeis International Fellows in Coexistence and South Africa’s representative to the Africa Network of the International Conference on Safe Communities.
A panel discussion focusing on current issues affecting human rights will be held on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the UBC room in the Haupert Union Building. Moravian College professor and chair of the Psychology Department, Stacey Zaremba, will discuss women’s rights. Carol Moeller, assistant professor of philosophy, Moravian College, will discuss issues surrounding gay and lesbian rights. Patricia Dervish, Lehigh Valley Children and Youth Services, will discuss children’s rights. Attorney Fred Rooney, a Moravian College alumnus, will focus on minority youth and the justice system.
A panel discussion will be held to discuss human rights in Latin America and Africa, on Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m., in the UBC Room, Haupert Union Building. The panel will include Christina Haddad, assistant professor of political science at Moravian, who will present human rights and the seductions of universality. Karen Morrison, assistant professor of history at Moravian will discuss human rights in the Caribbean. Visiting instructor of Spanish at Moravian, Ferrnando Rivera-Diaz will address indigenous rights in Latin America. Kofi Opoku, professor of religious studies, Lafayette College, will focus on rights in sub-Saharan Africa.
During Women’s History Month, Moravian will hold a program on Tuesday, March 29, with author Jane Lazarre, who has written of her biracial sons in a memoir, “Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness.” She will hold an informal discussion with faculty and staff at 1 p.m. followed by a lecture and book signing at 4:00 p.m. in the UBC Room in the Haupert Union Building. Lazaree is director of the Writing Program and professor of writing and literature at Eugene Lang College, at the New School for Social Research. Her books include The Mother Knot: A Memoir, and the novels Some Kind of Innocence, The Powers of Charlotte, Worlds Beyond My Control, and a volume of essays, On Loving Men.
A panel discussion will be held to discuss human rights in Asia on Thursday, March 31, 7:00 p.m., UBC Room, Haupert Union Building. The panel will include Lisa Fischler, assistant professor of political science, who will focus on China. Other panelists include Dan Jasper, assistant professor of sociology, Moravian College, who will speak on India; Shalahudin Kafrawi, an expert on Islam in Asia; and Jean Kim, assistant professor of the new testament, Moravian Theological Seminary, who will discuss the Koreas.
The series is sponsored and supported by: Office of Institutional Diversity, Moravian College trustee John Kemps, Arts and Lectures Committee, Multicultural Club, Office of Human Resources, Women Studies Program, History Department, Psychology Department, and the Religion Department. For more information contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 610 625-7847.