Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist to Speak at Moravian Oct. 22
Hedges Helps Introduce College’s Peace and Justice Studies Minor
By Alyssa D’Ippolito ’15
American journalist and activist Chris Hedges will be presenting a public lecture in the HUB’s Prosser Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., discussing topics from his most recent book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. For over two decades, Hedges reported on war and terrorism from more than 50 countries as a foreign correspondent, with published works in The New York Times and Christian Science Monitor, among other national publications.
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which is a mixture of prose with a graphic novel approach, details Hedges’ work with graphic cartoonist Joe Sacco as they traveled around the country and spent time with people whose lives have been negatively impacted by corporate capitalism. It touches on what Hedges calls “sacrifice zones” in the United States, where people’s lives are characterized by poverty, and systemic exclusion from the most basic of human resources such as health care, education, legal assistance, adequate shelter and more.
“In his book, Hedges attempts to describe the stories of suffering, resistance and hope in these zones and a social analysis about why these zones exist in the United States,” said Kelly Denton-Borhaug, associate professor of religious studies and co-director of Peace and Justice Studies.
Hedges, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize with other reporters for his coverage of global terrorism in 2002, is the seventh speaker in the Peace and Justice Scholar in Residence program. The talk is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies minor and initiatives, Religion Department, Arts and Lectures Committee, Moravian Theological Seminary and the Academic Dean’s Office.
The Peace and Justice Scholar in Residence program invites speakers to stay for a minimum of two days and participate in a free public lecture that is open to the broader community as well as students. Speakers also spend time with the residents of the College, visit classes at the College, as well as the Seminary, and engage in discussion at a faculty lunch in order to infuse many different areas of the campus.
“Now that the Peace and Justice Studies minor has been approved, we are using the opportunity of Mr. Hedges’ visit to more officially launch and publicize it,” said Denton-Borhaug.
We see the minor as being a wonderful compliment to a diverse group of majors at the College. Our graduates include people from all different departments including nursing, English and business and economics.””
– Kelly Denton-Borhaug
The Peace and Justice Minor has been developed to accompany just about any student’s choice of major at Moravian College. In the program students have the opportunity to explore their own lives, as well as their broader communities and world with respect to questions of peace and justice, in order to develop skills for personal and social transformation. Students engage in the writing of their own “Memoir of Peace and Justice” and participate in some sort of peace and justice “hand-on” intervention.
“We see the minor as being a wonderful compliment to a diverse group of majors at the College,” Denton-Borhaug said. “Our graduates include people from all different departments including nursing, English and business and economics.”
Denton-Borhaug also said that having a Peace and Justice Studies minor in addition to a range of majors will set students apart from the competition, adding an interesting dimension to their resume when they go to fill out a job application.
The minor, which has been under development for the past seven years, officially commenced this semester.
As an interdisciplinary minor, Peace and Justice Studies includes courses from different departments across the College. Interested students should look into the introductory course, taught by Denton-Borhaug and Daniel Jasper, associate professor of sociology, co-directors of the minor, which will be offered this spring.
Denton-Borhaug hopes that students will take advantage of this new option that is now available to them, and that the different departments will see the minor as a wonderful addition to the programs that they already have. “In addition, we are grateful to have many partners who have supported the Scholar in Residence Program over the years, such as Arts and Lectures at the College, and Moravian Theological Seminary this current year,” she said.
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