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Author John Burke ’79 to discuss “Mestizo Democracy” at Moravian – March 3

Distinguished alum to present model for cultivating cultural diversity

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College will hold a special presentation featuring educator, author, and Moravian Alumni, Dr. John Burke ’79 on Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m., in Peter Hall. Drawing from his recently published book, Mestizo Democracy: The Politics of Crossing Borders, Burke will offer a model for cultivating an American community that takes advantage of our increasing cultural diversity. Admission is free and open to the public.

In his book, Burke offers a “mestizo” theory of democracy and traces its implications for public policy. Mestizo or “mixture,” represents the rich blend of cultures form Latin American, now prevalent in the social and political experience throughout the United States. Burke asserts that America is truly and inevitable becoming this mixture and that by embracing this movement, the country can forge a future together that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Burke analyzes both American democratic theory and multiculturalism within political theology to develop a model for cultivating a democratic political community that can deal constructively with its cultural diversity. He applies this new model to a number of important policy issues: official language(s), voting and participation, equal employment opportunity, housing, and free trade.
Burke is an associate professor of political science and chair of the department at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He is an active lay minister in a Houston Catholic parish characterized by diversity. Burke received his B.A. from Moravian College in 1979. He earned his M.A. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) from the University of Notre Dame.

The program follows the Latino Networking Mixer hosted by Moravian College in the Payne Gallery. HOLA of Agere Systems and the Hispanic Business Council of the Lehigh Valley are sponsoring the mixer.