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Moravian College Celebrating Black History Month

Nationally recognized author and activist Tim Wise to visit February 25

Tim WiseBethlehem, Pa., February 7, 2014—Moravian College will celebrate Black History Month with an array of activities that honor the contributions and heritage of African-Americans in the United States. Events at Moravian College will include, lunchtime presentations, a special dinner, and a talk by nationally recognized author and activist Tim Wise. The public is invited to attend the talk by Tim Wise. Admission is free of charge.

Moravian will hold a program, "Lunch and Learn: The Harlem Renaissance," on Tuesday, February 11. Moravian College English Professor Nicole Tabor will discuss the impact of the Harlem Renaissance in America. Tabor will also present a talk, “Lunch and Learn: A Raisin In the Sun," on Tuesday, February 18, where she will present an analysis of Lorainne Hansbury's novel "A Raisin in the Sun." Students and faculty members will travel to New York City to attend “A Raisin in the Sun” starring Denzel Washington on Broadway during March. Moravian College will hold a "Sunday Soul Food Dinner," with music, food, and fellowship in the Seminary’s Bahnson Center on Sunday, February 23.

Nationally recognized author and activist, Tim Wise will present a keynote talk in recognition of Black History Month on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m., in Foy Hall. Wise will speak about the responsibility we all have in celebrating and honoring black history. Wise is the author of six books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. His latest volume, Culture of Cruelty: How America’s Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future, will be released in 2014. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” The film, which he co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans. For more information on Tim Wise, visit his website at: http://www.timwise.org/.

The public is invited to attend this even which is free of charge. Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa., near the corner of Church and Main Street. It is co-sponsored by IMPACT, Greek Life, Intercultural Advancement, and IDEA. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation regarding physical accessibility, please contact the Center for Intercultural Advancement & Inclusion at hunt@moravian.edu prior to the event.

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.