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Series of Panel Discussions to Address Human Rights and the Practice of Justice

Bethlehem, Pa., March 9, 2005—Moravian College will hold a series of panel discussions addressing human rights and the practice of justice. The discussions are part of a special program, “Race, Repression, and Reconciliation: Voices from Home and Abroad, from the Past and Present,” which features a number of distinguished speakers and in-depth panel discussions throughout the spring semester. All of the events are open to the public and admission is free.

Donald P. St. John, professor of religion, and faculty advisor for the Amnesty International Club at Moravian will serve as moderator for the series. The first discussion, focusing on current issues affecting human rights, will be held on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. The panel will be comprised of Stacey Zaremba, Moravian College professor and chair of the Psychology Department 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, and Attorney Fred Rooney, a Moravian College alumnus, will focus on minority youth and the justice system.

A panel discussion will focus on human rights in Latin America and Africa on Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. Panelists will include Christina Haddad, assistant professor of political science at Moravian College, who will present human rights and the seductions of universality. Karen Morrison, assistant professor of history at Moravian College, will explore human rights in the Caribbean. Visiting instructor of Spanish at Moravian College, Ferrnando Rivera-Diaz, will address indigenous rights in Latin America. Kofi Opoku, professor of religious studies, Lafayette College, will discuss rights in sub-Saharan Africa.

On Thursday, March 31, 7:00 p.m., UBC Room, Haupert Union Building, a panel discussion will be conducted to discuss human rights in Asia. The panel will include Lisa Fischler, assistant professor of political science at Moravian College, who will focus on China. Other panelists include Dan Jasper, assistant professor of sociology, Moravian College, who will speak about India; Shalahudin Kafrawi, assistant professor Islamic Studies, an expert on Islam in Asia; and Jean Kim, assistant professor of the new testament, Moravian Theological Seminary, who will discuss the Koreas.

All of the panel discussion will be held in the United Brethren Church Room, Haupert Union Building, located at the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets.

This program 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.