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Special lectures a highlight of Moravian College homecoming week

Judith Share Yaphe Ph.D. ’66 and April Major Esq. ’93 to receive awards and present timely lectures

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Two distinguished Moravian College alumnae who are returning to campus to accept Alumni Association Awards on Friday, October 24, will present special lectures to the campus community on Thursday, October 23. Both lectures are open to the public and admission is free.

Judith Share Yaphe, Ph.D. ’66 will speak on “Iraq and the Politics of Intelligence: How does an Intelligence Expert Do His or Her Job and What Happens When Politics Intrudes,” at 4:00 p.m., in the UBC Room, Haupert Union Building.

April Major Esq. ’93 will present, “The Practice of Law in the Digital Age: How do the Internet and other types of information technology affect the rules that govern the practice of law?,” at 7:00 p.m., in the UBC Room. Her talk will focus on two areas of professional responsibility: client confidentiality and the formation of the attorney-client relationships, and the unauthorized practice of law.

Dr. Yaphe is a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), the National Defense University, Washington D.C., Yaphe is a specialist in Middle Eastern political analysis, with a focus on Iraq, Persian Gulf, Arab, Islamic and regional issues. Prior to joining the INSS in 1995, Yaphe served with the Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis at the Central Intelligence Agency. Considered to be one of the most respected authorities on Iraq in the U.S., Yaphe received the Intelligence Medal of Commendation for her work on the 1990-1991 Iraq/Persian Gulf war.

Dr. Yaphe will receive the Moravian College Alumni Association’s Comenius Award at its 4th Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m., Peter Hall, Moravian College. The Comenius award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement or service in an alumna's or alumnus' field of work. This is the Alumni Association's lifetime achievement award and is the Association’s most prestigious award.

April Major is the assistant dean for academic computing at Villanova Law School. After receiving her law degree from Villanova in 1996, she became director of operations at Villanova’s Center for Information Law and Policy, a think tank dedicated to exploring the intersection of law and technology and its global implications for modernizing legal systems. From 1996 to 2000, Major served as manager and faculty director of Project Bosnia, a project established to use modern information technology to help rebuild the rule of law and civil society in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She also helped promote the Global Democracy Project, which extended the use of technology to help rebuild a system of law in nations such as Russia and Croatia.

At the 4th Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, Major will be granted the Young Alumni Achievement Award which is given to an alumna or alumnus who has achieved exceptional success in his or her profession and who has graduated within the past two to ten years.