Get Your Calendar: "Arts and Lectures" Offers Exciting Line-Up

From a performance by a Grammy winner to an exploration of evolution and faith led by a renowned philosopher-theologian, the 2009-10 Moravian Arts and Lectures season has something for everyone. "Our programming is very diverse this year," noted Santo Marabella, professor of business management and chair of the Arts and Lectures committee. "The committee wants to provide programs that will engage our students and others in ways that both entertain and inform."

In addition to the events below, Arts and Lectures sponsors the Movies on Monocacy international film series and the Sipple Lecture series (see Datebook for details). All are open to the public except as noted.

October 16, John F. Haught lecture, "Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?" The season opens with a major event to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species. John F. Haught, senior fellow, science and religion at Georgetown University, will present an evening lecture, "Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?" Dr. Haught is a leading expert in the field of science and religion with a particular interest in issues raised by Darwin and the Darwinians. Free. (Dr. Haught also will lead an afternoon seminar,  "Is Nature Enough?" for interested faculty and students.)

October 26, Mark Smith lecture on the emergence of monotheism in ancient Israel. Mark Smith, professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, is the leading scholar on this topic. Free, mid-day.

November 5, Fred Pearce lecture on sustainability. Fred Pearce, environment consultant for New Scientist magazine, is the author of three recent books on sustainability, global warming and climate change: When the Rivers Run Dry, With Speed and Violence, and Confessions of an Eco-Sinner. Free.

February 5 (tentative), "The IQ: the Moravia-Moravian Jazz Connection," concert and clinic. The first U.S. Performance of The IQ International Jazz Quintet—Moravian faculty members Wetzel, Rissmiller, and Wilkins and noted Czech jazz musicians Rosta Fras and Josef Feco. Admission for concert.

March 24, John Relethford lecture on genetics and population movements. Prof. Relethford, biological anthropologist at SUNY Oneonta, is one of the best-known and most widely published modern authorities on this topic. He is the author of Reflections of Our Past, a fascinating account of the ways genetics give us data about the past.