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Moravian to celebrate Constitution Day with Timely Discussion on Partisanship and War

Bethlehem, Pa., September 13, 2006—Moravian College will pay tribute to Constitution Day on Monday, September 18 with a panel discussion entitled “What the Constitution Means to Me:  Constitutional Essentials in an Age of Partisanship and War,” at 7:00 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall located in the Collier Hall of Science, Locust and Monocacy Streets. Admission to the panel discussion is free and open to the public.

Dr. Christopher Thomforde, the new president of Moravian College, will moderate the discussion, and will be joined by panel participants John M. Morganelli ‘77, District Attorney for Northampton County; Robert L. Freeman ‘78, Pennsylvania State Representative; Patricia H. Dervish, deputy District Attorney at the Child Advocacy Center of Lehigh County; and Attorney Fred Rooney ’75, director of the City University of New York’s Community Legal Resources Network.

Morganelli, in his fourth term as District Attorney, holds the longest record of service in that post in Northampton County’s history.  He also served as president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association in 2000 and 2001.

Freeman has served the House from 1983 through 1994 and from 1999 to the present.  He currently serves as chairman to the Committee on Committees and as a member of the Environmental Resources and Energy, Labor Relations, Local Government, State Government, and Democratic Policy committees.

Dervish, a former Moravian College adjunct professor in the Sociology department, serves on the board of directors for the Child Advocacy Center of Lehigh County. 

Rooney, the 2002 recipient of Moravian College’s Haupert Humanitarian Award, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Latin American Studies before continuing on to earn master’s and law degrees.  His widespread pro bono efforts have encompassed working with both domestic and international child abductions and resourcing medical care for Latin American children with life threatening medical conditions.

Recent federal law mandates that institutions of higher learning must present an educational event on the U.S. constitution on or about September 17 of every year.  In 2005 the college sponsored a lecture about former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

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.