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Bethlehem, Pa., February 4, 2008—Moravian College will hold a public lecture by photographer and photojournalist Steven Shames, titled, "Facing Race: 21st Century Americans from the Four Corners of the Earth.” on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Admission is free of charge. The talk is part of a series of programs during the spring semester as an effort to inspire the Moravian community to think about race and identity.
essays on social issues in the Paty Eiffe Gallery, located in Haupert Union Building. The exhibit is a series of portraits that capture the increasingly multiracial, multicultural face of America.
Shames will discuss the face of America which continues to change. “Many of our 21st century American children will be hybrids of six continents. Today, there are more than 2 million multiracial Americans. This group has grown 400% in the past two decades,” Shames notes. “Like water that slowly wears away a seeming impenetrable mountain, each multiracial baby dilutes divisions and gives hope to our polarized nation.”
Shames’ images have been exhibited and are in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography, the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Photographic Arts, The Bancroft Library of the University of California, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He received awards from Kodak Crystal Eagle for Impact in Photojournalism, World Hunger Year, Leica, International Center of Photography, and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Foundation. Esquire and CBS Sunday Morning profiled him. PBS named Hine, Wolcott, and Shames as photographers whose work promotes social change. Shames has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, Esquire, US News, Ford Foundation, Photo District News, and American Photo.
The Ford, Charles Stewart Mott, Robert Wood Johnson, and Annie E. Casey Foundations have underwritten his work. He testified about child poverty to the US Senate; was featured speaker at Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France; the American Bar Association and Children’s Defense Fund national conferences; and University of California at Berkeley.
He started the Steven Shames Foundation which locates forgotten children with innate talents and molds them into leaders. His foundation for assisting Ugandan children was featured in People magazine during December of 2007.
They raise funds for and partner with Concern for the Future, an indigenous Ugandan non-profit (NGO). Concern for the Future finds bright, motivated AIDS orphans, child soldiers, sex slaves, children living in refugee camps, child laborers, and other vulnerable children in Uganda who want to go to college but can't because of poverty, AIDS, and war. Concern for the Future pays their school fees and prepares them for university.
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.