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InFocus Town Hall 2020-2021

This Spring: Monday, April 19th 2021

InFocus Town Hall Courses

Town Hall course: “ART 119: ART PROCESSES & STRUCTURES” - Art Processes & Structures: Material Investigations. Students in this introductory, process based studio art course experiment extensively and in a variety of ways with tools and materials in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, metals, and fiber. While discovering the visual languages of materials and works of art, students learn cross disciplinary skills such as communicating ideas; problem solving; critical thinking and writing; recording and evaluating observations; forming meaning and metaphor; and constructing new knowledge. Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.

Dr. Kristin Baxter

Kristin Baxter, Associate Professor of Art, Coordinator of the Art Education Program


Town Hall course: “BIOL 220: APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS” - Biostatistics is the application of statistical analyses to topics in the biological, medical, health, agricultural and environmental sciences. This course will focus on the design of experiments, collection and analysis of data, and interpretation of the results for the life and environmental sciences. Specific topics include: experimental design and sampling principles, types of error, sample size and power, graphical techniques for data display, descriptive statistics, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and statistical inference. Problem sets and in-class examples will utilize real world data from laboratory, clinical and field studies. Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.

Daniel Proud Photo

Daniel Proud, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences


Town Hall course: “BIOL 372, CANCER BIOLOGY” - This course is intended to introduce students to the function and structure of cancerous cells, building on the knowledge of the workings of normal cells. Students will learn basic cell biology of cancer, such as signaling involved, viruses, oncogenes and growth factors. We will then discuss tumor types, tumorigenesis, metastasis and treatment strategies. This is a writing-intensive course with a combination of student-led presentations on primary research articles, case studies and traditional lectures by the Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19. 

 

Anastasia Thévenin, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences  


Town Hall course: "(EDUC 160, CULTURE,COMMUNITY,DIVERSITY” - Through field experience, reading, discussion, and intensive writing, students in the course will explore the diversity affecting their teaching, both within their classroom and within the broader community from which their students come. This examination will be both contemporary and historical. They will examine many forms of diversity, but in particular will examine how teachers need to consider language, culture, multiple intelligences, and learning styles in their work with diverse learners, including English language learners and students with disabilities. The course is unified through philosophical exploration of critical pedagogy, including the work of Paulo Freire and through the ethical issues related to teaching. (M3) Two 70-minute periods. 40-hour field experience. Clearances and other documents for fieldwork required. Fall and Spring. Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.

Yosung Song, Assistant Professor of Education

Yosung Song, Assistant Professor, Education


Town Hall course: “HLTP 315, HEALTH POLICY” - This course provides a foundation for both healthcare professionals and citizens to evaluate, and potentially change, health policies which influence the quality of their lives. It provides an overview of policymaking and the law, the U.S. healthcare system, and public health institutions. Current issues in health policy including individual rights, health economics, health insurance and reform, and healthcare quality are addressed. Students will practice basic skills in health policy analysis and communication for political success. Prerequisites: HLTP 110 Instructor's permission. Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.  

 

Cathy Coyne

Cathy Coyne, Associate Professor of Practice, Public Health


Town Hall course: “IDIS 195, ST: WHO OWNS OUTDOORS?” - For this community-based, interdisciplinary course we will read, discuss and write about race, culture, incarceration, and the natural world Partner with community organizations and sites—including Afros in Nature, Community Bike Works, Karl Stirner Arts Trail, Lehigh Gap Nature Center/Color of Nature Initiative, and several community gardens—for outdoor activities and volunteer opportunities Share and discuss reading and writing assignments, through U.S. mail and online messaging, with inside students at Muncy State Correctional Institution for Women in Lycoming County Meet keynote speakers Camille Dungy and J. Drew Lanham during the (virtual) Moravian College Writers’ Conference, March 26-27, 2021 Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.

Joyce Hinnefeld

Joyce Hinnefeld, Professor, English


Town Hall course: “POSC 250, CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY” - Topics have included democracy, totalitarianism, existential political thought, Marxism, nationalism. Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.

Khristina Haddad

Khristina Haddad, Associate Professor, Political Science


Town Hall course: “REL 245, RELIGION & POLITICS” - What is "civil religion"? This course examines the relationship between religious ideas and values, and political structures, decision-making and culture. Topics include the historical background of civil religion in the U.S., church-state relations and the First Amendment, the role of religion in politics in the 2020 election, the intersection of politics, religion and race, and other current issues. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (U2) Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.

Kelly

Kelly Denton-Borhaug Executive Director; Professor, Global Religions and Peace and Justice Studies 

Town Hall course: “REL 299, ST:ETHICS IN ASIAN CULTURES” - Ethical discourse from Asia does not neatly fit into the major western categories of consequentialism (utilitarianism), rule-based deontology, or virtue ethics. There is lively debate on how to classify Confucian ethics and Buddhist ethics. This course explores this classification problem and then examines how Confucians and Buddhist insights can help illuminate two contemporary issues: 1) lies, “alternative facts”, and theories of truth; and 2) the ethics of artificial intelligence. (U2) Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.

Kin Cheung

Kin Cheung, Assistant Professor, Global Religions 


Town Hall course: “SLP 553: ACQUIRED COMMUNICATION DISORDERS”  

   Monica Kaniamattam   Rebecca Becknal

Louise Keegan, Program Director Speech-Language Pathology 

Monica Kaniamattam, Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

Rebecca Becknal, Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

 

 

Coming soon!  The spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall 
The Town Hall brings together students, Moravian faculty, and expert consultants from the wider community to hear and learn from one another. By sharing research and deliberating about possible actions and advocacy, we contribute to the process of building the knowledge the world needs to meet society's most urgent challenges. 
Look for spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall courses that you can take to be a part of this unique opportunity to pursue your questions, explore and grow!

Please feel free to view photographs of the 2019 InFocus Town Hall event: Town Hall 2019 Photographs