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Moravian to Host LVAIC Africana Symposium on Africa, Expression, Oppression

Distinguished Professors Davarian Baldwin and Guthrie Ramsey to present keynote talks

Davarian BaldwinBethlehem, Pa., March 23, 2011--Moravian will host the first annual LVAIC Africana Symposium: Expression and Oppression: Social Justice, Africa, and The Diaspora, on Friday, April 8 in the Haupert Union Building on the College's Main Street Campus. Geared specifically toward undergraduate research in Africana studies, the symposium will also feature two distinguished keynote speakers. The public is welcome to attend and admissions is free of charge.

Dr. Davarian L. Baldwin, a Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College, will present "In Pursuit of Obama's Cousin Pookie: Towards a History of Post-Racial America," at 12:30 p.m. Baldwin is a historian, cultural critic, and social theorist of urban America. His work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the Afro-Diasporic experience.

Student papers selected especially for this event will immediately follow the keynote address.

Guthrie RamseyDr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, an Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, will present "Black Music's Social Contracts", in Prosser Auditorium at 4 p.m. Ramsey's group MusiQology will also be performing as part of the presentation. The Moravian College Committee on Arts and Lectures sponsors the performance.

Ramsey is a music professor at the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in African-American and American music, jazz, cultural studies, popular music, film studies, and historiography. Ramsey, in 2003, formed MusiQology. The band plays jazz infused with R&B, funk, soul, Latin, and hip hop.

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.

The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, Inc. (LVAIC) is a non-profit, charitable organization whose members include Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College.

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.