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Noted Defense Attorney Jonathan Marks '65 Will Speak at Philosophy Conference March 26

Jonathan MarksBethlehem, Pa., March 15, 2011--Moravian's second annual Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, March 26, will feature Jonathan Marks '65, who is perhaps best known as the defender of Mark David Chapman, who murdered John Lennon. Attorney Marks has led a distinguished and high-profile career as a criminal defense lawyer. Marks's firm has earned an outstanding reputation for defending its clients' rights through all stages of the criminal justice process in cases that range from complicated white collar prosecutions to narcotics and violent crimes. Marks has received the highest rating for competence and integrity from Martindale-Hubbell for the past 30 years. He has taught trial advocacy to lawyers and at law schools in the New York area.

Plenary Address: A meet and greet with Marks will be held 2:00-2:30 in the HUB lounge. The plenary session follows, 2:30-3:40 p.m. The address is free and open to the public.

Sessions: In addition to the plenary speech by Marks, the conference will feature presentations by undergraduate students from Moravian and other area colleges, such as Lafayette, Muhlenberg, Kutztown, East Stroudsburg, and Villanova. Moravian's Ren Wylder, Kathryn Miller '13, Armando Chapelliquen '12, Ruby Johnson '11, and Cindy Wise will present papers on religion and faith, moral questions, and the mind and consciousness. "We are very excited about the presentations," said Bernie Cantens, associate professor and chair of philosophy. "The sessions will cover both classic and new philosophers. None of the sessions are concurrent—everyone will be present for each presentation—so it should be a very dynamic environment."

Fred McConnell Alumni Reception: From 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., a reception will be held in honor of Fred McConnell, Moravian emeritus professor of philosophy who passed away July 27, 2010. McConnell (fondly known as "Jiggs") was beloved by his students, including plenary speaker Jonathan Marks, and fellow faculty members. The reception is being organized by the Moravian Department of Philosophy, Alumni Association, and Institutional Advancement. "We are hoping that an endowment can be started to support a Fred McConnell memorial lecture series," said Cantens.

The conference will be held in the Haupert Union Building; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For the schedule of sessions and events, visit here.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.