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Moravian’s Fall Convocation Signals Start of 2012-2113 Academic Year

Author, orator and activist Winona LaDuke will deliver Cohen Keynote Address

Winona LaDukeBethlehem, Pa., September 5, 2012—The Moravian community (College, Seminary and Comenius Center) will gather in Johnston Hall On Thursday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to noon for Fall Convocation: an annual event that begins the academic year with a celebration of academic excellence. The Convocation also will mark the official kick-off of the IN FOCUS | Sustainability thematic programming for 2012-13.

Winona LaDuke is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist who will speak on “Building a Green Economy: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future.”

Well known for her work on sustainable development, climate change and environmental justice in Native America, LaDuke is amember of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and a graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development. She has devoted her life to protecting the lands and the ways of Native communities and is founder and co-director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for Native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.

LaDuke has written several books including Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations and Last Standing Woman. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for U.S. vice president, on a ticket with Ralph Nader, as nominees of the United States Green Party.

After LaDuke’s speech, an all-campus lunch will be served. In keeping with the theme of sustainability, campus food service will provide biodegradable plates, cups, utensils and even trash bags. Food waste will be composted through a collaborative program with Rodale Press.

“The majority of our foods will come from local providers,” says Chef Mike Kostalis. “That includes meats from Hatfield Meats and produce from local farms. I strongly believe that we have to reduce our carbon footprint and do the right thing, as well as support local farmers and producers.”

A variety of thematic programming is planned around the topic of Sustainability, beginning with LaDuke’s speech at Convocation. For up-to-date information and scheduling throughout the year, visit the IN FOCUS website http://home.moravian.edu/public/infocus/NEW/sustain/. Classes will not be held during the Convocation, and all administrative offices will close from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for the Fall Convocation event, please call Deborah Evans, 610 861-1340, at least one week prior to the event.


IN FOCUS is an innovative program to promote in-depth examination of complex issues from multidisciplinary perspectives. Through IN FOCUS the members of the Moravian College community engage in analysis and activism regarding important challenges facing human beings and the world in the 21st century.

Four issues have been identified as central to the Lehigh Valley, the US and the globe, including poverty and inequality, sustainability, health care, and war and peace. Each year academic and co-curricular activity will center on one of these challenges.

Our goal is for Moravian College, Moravian Theological Seminary, and the Comenius Center to realize the promise of becoming known as an institution that engages its students in the study of important issues that challenge humanity today and as we look to the future. Through grappling with complex problems, and examining them from several different perspectives Moravian’s graduates will be better prepared to contribute to a just society and a vibrant democracy.

About Moravian 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.