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Moravian Professors to Tell of Sojourn in Japan

Bethlehem, Pa., January 24, 2005—The Moravian College Speaker Series will present a slide/lecture entitled, “Sojourners in Japan: A Moravian May Term,” on Monday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Moravian College.

Moravian professors, Anne Dutlinger and Lisa Fischler, designed a May term focused on developing more opportunities for Moravian students to learn about Asian cultures and societies. It was planned to be interdisciplinary and to encompass two distinct courses of study—art as cross-cultural aesthetics and art as politics. Eight Moravian art majors, and Jane Schaffer, secretary to the academic dean at Moravian College, chair of the Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission, participated on the trip which covered six cities, Tokyo, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kanazawa, and Tondabayashi.

Because of Bethlehem’s long-standing "sister city" relationship with Tondabayashi, the faculty and students involved in the trip went as representatives of both Moravian College and the City of Bethlehem.

Dutlinger is associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at Moravian College. She is a graphic and exhibition designer and a design educator who combines design history with contemporary computer technology. Her teaching focuses on design as a collaborative, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural endeavor, and on artists as activists. Her research includes persuasion, propaganda, and poetry in Graphic Design History, and the Art of the Holocaust. She lectures and leads workshops on aspects of art "framed by extremity" and the role of artists in society.

Fischler is assistant professor of political science at Moravian College. Her professional duties and intense educational pursuits have led her to work as a Researcher at UCLA’s East Asian Studies Center, travel throughout East Asia, and fieldwork in South China and Hong Kong. Her recent publication is a chapter about “Women’s Activism during Hong Kong’s Political Transition” that was published in a book entitled Gender and Change in Hong Kong by Eliza Lee (University of British Columbia Press, 2003). Dr. Fischler is proficient in Mandarin, Cantonese and French and speaks German and Japanese.

The Speaker Series program is free and open to the public. A cafeteria-style dinner ($8.25) is available at 6:15 p.m. in the United Brethren Church room. Lectures in Prosser Auditorium begin at 7 p.m. promptly. For more information, call 610-625-7880.