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Lunchtime Program for Faculty at Moravian Stirs Intellectual Curiosity

Faculty are getting to know each other as scholars, whose scholarship informs and inspires teaching

Bethlehem, Pa., January 15, 2008—Moravian College faculty members are getting a better understanding of the work of their colleagues through a lunchtime program that features discussions on a variety of academic topics.

The luncheons are something of a different take on the faculty lectures held in previous semesters, says assistant professor of history Heikki Lempa, who organized the series. “What has been missing is not intellectual excitement, but a natural venue of getting to know each other beyond the mere intellectual curiosity,” he says. “What are we actually doing when we are not teaching? Faculty Luncheon is a way of getting to know each other as scholars, whose scholarship informs and inspires teaching.”

Gordon Weil, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Moravian, considers the faculty luncheon series an important addition to scholarly life at the College. “It's an opportunity for members of the faculty to learn about areas in which their colleagues are working,” said Dean Weil. “It's also an opportunity for faculty members to sharpen their own presentations, practice fielding questions, and get new perspectives on their work.”

The program, which is attended by faculty members and staff, will resume when Larry Lipkis, professor of music and composer-in-residence, presents The Genesis of the Flute Concerto (January 17).  Professor Kerry Cheever, chair of the Nursing Department, will discuss the Effectiveness of a Pressure Ulcer Educational Intervention (January 24).

During February, Shari Dunham and Steve Dunham, a husband and wife team of chemistry professors, will present DNA-binding of antitumor-active metal compounds (February 7). Professor Gary Olson, chair of the Political Science Department, will present I Feel, Therefore I Am: The Neuropolitics of Empathy (February 21).

Peter von Allmen, professor of economics and business, will present The Underpayment of Restricted Players in North American Sports Leagues (March 13).  Theresa Dougal, associated professor of English will present Mary Wollstonecraft: From Classroom to Screenplay (March 20). Sociology professors Joel Nathan Rosen and Debra Wetcher-Hendricks will present Repression at the Ballpark: Sport, Socialization, and the Birth of a New Stadium Etiquette (March 27).

During April, Neil Wetzel, director of jazz studies, will present Making the Gig; The Jazz Musician and Academia (April 10). The spring semester series concludes when Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, presents Defining the Good Life Following Acquired Physical Disability (April 24).

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.