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Earth Matters Program to Focus on Indigenous Cultures and Sustainability

GardeningBethlehem, Pa., April 10, 2013—Moravian College will host an Earth Matters Program focusing on organic gardening, indigenous cultures, and sustainability. Robert Drake and Anne Dutlinger will present a two-part talk, “Indigenous Cultures and Sustainability: Two Different Continents – Ghana, West Africa and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,” on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Snyder Room of the Haupert Union Building. They will describe their experiences related to organic gardening and supplementing basic food supplies and sustaining culture despite the challenges. The program is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Drake has worked in a variety of international development and sustainability projects in East, West and Southern Africa. As an outgrowth of this work, he continues to support a project that provides organic gardening instruction and seeds to residents of four villages in Western Ghana, West Africa, as a means of supplementing basic food supplies. He recently completed training in Natural Agriculture methods at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pa., and currently serves as project manager at the Sister’s of Saint Francis Monocacy Center for Renewal in Bethlehem, where he is responsible for establishing a 10-acre organic demonstration and production farm and designing and installing several walking and formal floral gardens.

Dutlinger, a former professor of art at Moravian, has studied and researched aspects of the history and culture of the local indigenous people, the Anishinaabe, under her year-long Fulbright Scholarship at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She attended classes, lectures, workshops, ceremonies, pow wows, drumming circles and feasts, and learned to speak a little of their language. Dutlinger’ s illustrated talk will discuss the relationships between identity and place, the history and power of naming and mapping, and the complex, often conflicted efforts between current descendants of the white settlers and the Anishinaabe to build a sustainable future that is based on mutual respect and understanding—together.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Sustainability Committee. For further information, please contact Sharon Brown, Director at the Office of Institutional Diversity at 610-625-7847 or email sabl@moravian.edu. 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, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 610-625-7847.

The event is part of Moravian’s Sustainability | In Focus program. Throughout the academic year, Moravian students will benefit from an opportunity to be part of an innovative program in sustainability that involves classroom activities and faculty-student scholarship focused on creating change on campus and in the broader community. It’s part of Moravian’s IN FOCUS program that examines one of four rotating issues that have been identified as central to the Lehigh Valley, the U.S. and the globe. They include poverty and inequality (last year’s topic), sustainability, health care, and war and peace. Each year academic and co-curricular activity centers on one of these challenges.

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.