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Spring 2019 Highlights


 

 

Moravian college dance company presents: dancers in concert

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Artistic Director Lisa Busfield I Assistant Director Karen Riehl

Company Advisor Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman

Founding Director  Dawn Ketterman-Benner

Guest Choreographers 

Jessica Marino I Amy Browne Smith I Jennifer Dite Weaver

Student Choreographers

Christiana Anselmo I Emily Bolger I Kasey Draude

Guest Companies

Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts I In Motion Dance Company

Repertory Dance Company I Tap Ties & TTApp

Friday & Saturday I March 29 & 30, 2019 I 7:30 p.m. I Foy Hall

All Seats $10 I Free With Moravian ID

Foy Concert Hall is located on the Hurd Campus of Moravian College

Historic Downtown Bethlehem at Main & Church Streets I Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

For More Info: 610-861-1650 or dance@moravian.edu

 

 

 

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for the event, please contact the Department of Music at music@moravian.edu, or call 610-861-1650 prior to the event. 

 


 

Spring 2019 Highlights

 

Please watch the video below to see some of the wonderful opportunities, work and events taking place in spring 2019 as a part of InFocus: War, Peacebuilding and the Just Society


INFOCUS IS PROUD TO SUPPORT: MORAVIAN COLLEGE WRITERS' CONFERENCE 2019

Join us for:

  • an afternoon generative writing workshop with acclaimed young adult author A.S. King;
  • a panel discussion with King, Josh Berk, Justina Ireland, and Saundra Mitchell that asks What Books Can Do: Writing for Young People In an Age of Extremism and Chronic War;
  • and a public reading, given by King, at the Bethlehem Area Public Library.
  • for more information please visit Moravian College Writer's Conference

The 2019 Moravian College Writers' Conference is free and open to the public. It is presented in collaboration with the College's year-long InFocus Programming on War, Peacebuilding, and the Just Society, the Moravian College English Department and Arts and Lectures Committee, and the Bethlehem Area Public Library.

Register today! We can’t wait to see you at the Conference. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.


Clergy Workshop Photos:

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FREE COMMUNITY CLERGY TRAINING PROVIDED BY THE V.A.

Are you interested in attending sessions of free community clergy training?

There will be four 3-hour long sessions held on the following dates: March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 2019. The community clergy training provided by the V.A. is intended to develop the capacity of congregations to welcome and care for veterans and their families. 

If you would like to participate, please register (registration required) at: mrvn.co/clergytraining  

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Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for the event, please contact Elizabeth Johnson at johnsone@moravian.edu prior to the event. 

HOPE IN HARD TIMES: PRISON ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

The lecture will be held in Prosser Auditorium on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm 

Mr. Tyrone Werts, Soros Fellow 2013, will be discussing the role of education and the arts in prison and the concepts of hope, justice, legacy and change. 

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Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for the event, please contact Elizabeth Johnson at johnsone@moravian.edu prior to the event. 

brain awareness week

Spring 2019 Highlights

You Might be Sparked!!

This Thursday, 3/14/19, members of our BRAIN Club will be traveling the campus with plush neurons for photo ops in celebration of Brain Awareness Week!!!

In keeping with our Brain Awareness Week theme of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, our BRAIN Club is raising funds for an organization known as Alpha Bravo Canine. Alpha Bravo Canine’s mission is to provide trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat related disabilities. For more information, please visit http://alphabravocanine.org.

 

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 A fundraising form will also be provided. There is no obligation to make a donation. But, if you are inclined to do so, simply visit the following link to make your donation electronically. http://alphabravocanine.org/donate/


Academics for Veterans (A’s for Vets) and LVMAC (The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council) invites you to participate in Green Zone Training:

Please join us for GREEN ZONE TRAINING rescheduled to Friday, April 12, 2019 at Moravian College.  

Hosted by Academics for Veterans (A's for Vets) and sponsored by LVHN Veteran Health Program, this professional development program is designed for higher education administrators, faculty and staff. Named for the secure international zone in Baghdad, Iraq,this program will assist attendees in developing a supportive network and campus community for veterans, active service members and their families. 

Named for the secure international zone in Baghdad, Iraq, this professional development program is designed for higher education administrators, faculty, and staff.  This program will assist attendees in developing a supportive network and campus community for veterans, active service members, and their families. Green Zone training has been adopted nationwide by universities and colleges to assist military students as they navigate the complexities of today’s educational environment. By attending Green Zone Training, you are saying yes to supporting your veteran and active military students.  At the end of the training, you will receive a Green Zone seal and certificate to put in your area for veterans and their families to know that you are a safe space.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019

Facility: Moravian College, Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Bldg.

Time: Check in: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast included

Program: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Cost: $15.00 – Individual

To register, please click on this link:  Green Zone Training Registration - April 12, 2019

 

Stephen Ross.jpg Guest Speaker/Trainer – Stephen Ross – Virginia Commonwealth University: 

Mr. Ross is the Director of Military Student Services at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the USAF and has a master’s in Operations Management from University of Arkansas. He was an Economics instructor for 27 years at VMI and began at VCU in Dec of 2014.  There, Mr. Ross revamped the GREEN ZONE and has since trained over 100 colleges and universities. This training has now been adopted nationwide by colleges and universities, and will be tailored to the Lehigh Valley area.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Carole Reese (reesec@moravian.edu) at least one week prior to the event.

GREAT DECISIONS: FOREIGN POLICY LECTURE SERIES. 

Kirkland Village Auditorium, Bethlehem, PA 18017 

Wednesdays at 11:00 am through 12:30 pm, starting on February 6th and concluding on March 27, 2019.  Please visit the following link to view dates and subject matter for each lectures.


WHAT EDUCATORS NEED TO LEARN ABOUT REFUGEES 

Please join us in Prosser Auditorium on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm for "What Educators Need to Learn About Refugees". 

Faculty Members Kin Cheung and Yosung Song host Grace Han, a North Korean refugee, and Professor Melissa Borja, a scholar of migration, religion, politics, race and ethnicity. This is a continuation of the conversation started last spring by the screening of the PBS documentary "The Chinese Exclusion Act".

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Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for the event, please contact Dr. Kin Cheung cheungk@moravian.edu or Dr. Yosung Song at songy@moravian.edu prior to the event. 

INFOCUS PEACE AND JUSTICE SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE 

Emiko Okada Visits Moravian College 

The Comenian, the student news site of Moravian College, article:  

Hiroshima Survivor Emiko Okada Visits Moravian To Share Her Story

Steve Leeper and Emiko Okada will be visiting Moravian College on January 28th through January 30th, serving as the InFocus Peace and Justice Scholars.

Steve Leeper has been an activist for the abolition of nuclear weapons since 1998. From 2002 to 2013 he worked for the city of Hiroshima and its campaigning NGO, Mayors for Peace. He has recently been appointed international campaign manager for the Hibakusha Appeal Campaign, which has collected 10 million signatures in Japan but is almost unknown in the U.S. and around the world. 

Emiko Okada is a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and has been active for decades raising consciousness about the horror of nuclear weapons. She speaks about her experience of the bombing, the long-term effects of the bombing on Hiroshima and the survivors, and why we need to eliminate nuclear weapons, and is involved in grassroots campaigning to bring the issue of nuclear weapons into gobal public consciousness.     

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Please join us in Prosser Auditorium on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm for the presentation entitled "Life under the Mushroom Cloud: Peacebuilding and Activism". 

Emiko Okada, Hiroshima hibakusha (survivor of the atomic bomb), speaks about her life experience before, during and following the first ever use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. Stever Leeper joins her to present their work in peacebuilding activism in Japan and throughout the world. This lecture is brought to you by JUSFC (Japan - United States Friendship Commission). 

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Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for the event, please contact Dr. Daniel Jasper at jasperd@moravian.edu or Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug at denton-borhaugk@moravian.edu prior to the event. 

 


ERIC SEMIEN, HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL LAWYER

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TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW IN POST-CONFLICT CÔTE D’IVOIRE Tuesday, November 27 | 4:00 p.m. | PPHAC 102 Reception to follow. 

Eric-Aimé Semien is a human rights lawyer, specialist in international humanitarian law, and president of the Ivorian Observatory for Human Rights (OIDH), in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. As president of OIDH, Mr. Semien spearheads a wide range of transitional justice related projects in Côte d’Ivoire, including being a victims’ advocate, and monitoring international criminal justice procedures as they relate to Ivorian cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. In 2016, he was elected Chair of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for the African Peer Review Mechanism – a governance self-monitoring system within the African Union. In 2017, he was named by NewAfrican Le Magazine de l’Afrique as one of the 100 Africans of the year. His work has been supported by and he has partnered with a number of internationally recognized human rights organizations, including REDRESS UK, FIACAT, the Open Society Foundation, and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum. Mr. Semien has 10 years of experience teaching international law and human rights. He teaches international law at the National Judicial Academy of the Ivorian Ministry of Justice, the professional school for training magistrates and court clerks in Côte d’Ivoire. He is also a lecturer at the Institute of Dignity and Human Rights of the Center for Research and Actions for Peace (CERAP) in Abidjan. Mr Semien is completing his Ph.D. in international criminal law at University Paris II Pantheon Assas in France. His current research examines the rights to defense in international law with special reference to ICC cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Côte d’Ivoire.

Sponsored by Arts and Lectures, In-Focus, Political Science and Africana Studies. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided for the event, please call Faith Okpotor at okpotorf@moravian.edu prior to the event. 

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Salaam-Shalom Interfaith Activism: Jews, Muslims and Allies against Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe

Come hear anti-hate activist Armin Langer share his story of his work for peaceful co-existence in Germany and Europe Thursday, 8 November, 7pm, UBC Room (HUB)

Racism and nationalism are rising in Europe, and antisemitism and Islamophobia are thriving. In 2016, a far-right party entered the German parliament for the first-time since the 1930s. Austria, Hungary, and Italy elected far-right parties to lead their countries. There is, however, an alternative to fear and hate: Solidarity. The Salaam-Shalom Initiative, which started in Berlin in 2013 and now has chapters in seven other European cities, stands for a joint struggle of Jews, Muslims, and allies for an open society.

Armin Langer, PhD candidate in sociology at Humboldt University in Berlin, has studiedphilosophy and Jewish theology in Budapest, Jerusalem, and Potsdam. Author of Ein Jude in Neukölln (“A Jew in Neukölln”), editor of the  anthology Fremdgemacht & Reorientiert (Alienated & Reoriented), Mr. Langer writes on a freelance basis for German and international outlets like "Die Zeit", "Spiegel Online", "Deutsche Welle,” and "JEU - European Jewish
Magazine." He is the coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim activist group Salaam-Shalom Initiative. A selection of his op-eds in German and English can be found at arminlanger.net.

Sponsored by the Department of Global Religions and the Department of Modern Languages. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its events and programs. If you have any questions about the access provided, please contact Dr. Jason Radine at radine@moravian.edu. 

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"Exploring InFocus through Neuroscience"

Friday, Nov. 9, 1 pm, 338 PPHAC

Moravian College and public community members are invited to hear talks by neuroscience students focusing the topic on stress, including post-traumatic stress disorder.  The students are tasked with explaining a neuroimaging technique (MRI, functional MRI, PET, and EEG) to a layperson who might be asked to get such a test but who has no background in medicine or neuroscience.  They are also asked to use stress-related examples of research and clinical uses of these techniques in their ~20-min talk. 

Students in the Introduction to Neuroscience Methodology course will give ~20-min presentations introducing an assigned neuroimaging technique--magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, electroencephalography (EEG), or positron emission tomography (PET)--to an audience of people from the community (i.e., those who might have to undergo such a procedure but who lack background knowledge about it).  Presenters must tailor their content and tone to an audience that has little to no background in neuroscience, medicine, or radiology, but still manage to present technical information accurately. Key points to the presentation include: the basics of the methodology, basics of neuroanatomy relevant to understanding the technique, how the technology is used, one clinical example and one research example related to stress and/or trauma, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of the assigned technique compared to other comparable techniques.


Academics for Veterans (A’s for Vets) and LVMAC (The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council)

Please join us to participate in Green Zone Training:

Named for the secure international zone in Baghdad, Iraq, this professional development program is designed for higher education administrators, faculty, and staff.  This program will assist attendees in developing a supportive network and campus community for veterans, active service members, and their families. Green Zone training has been adopted nationwide by universities and colleges to assist military students as they navigate the complexities of today’s educational environment. By attending Green Zone Training, you are saying yes to supporting your veteran and active military students.  At the end of the training, you will receive a Green Zone seal and certificate to put in your area for veterans and their families to know that you are a safe space.

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018

Facility: Moravian College, Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Bldg.

Time: Check in: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast included

Program: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Cost: $20.00 – Individual, $15.00 – Groups of 10 or more


StephenRoss.jpg Guest Speaker/Trainer – Stephen Ross – Virginia Commonwealth University: 

Mr. Ross is the Director of Military Student Services at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the USAF and has a master’s in Operations Management from University of Arkansas. He was an Economics instructor for 27 years at VMI and began at VCU in Dec of 2014.  There, Mr. Ross revamped the GREEN ZONE and has since trained over 100 colleges and universities. This training has now been adopted nationwide by colleges and universities, and will be tailored to the Lehigh Valley area.


Moravian College Office for D.E.I.

You are invited to join Friday Forum Nov. 2nd

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion joins lnFocus and the Office of Religious Life and Spiritual Life: in a Conversation about the PA Crisis of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church 
The recent report from the PA Attorney General's Office about long-standing sexual abuse within the Catholic Church indicates that we are witnessing a crisis that is far from being resolved, and that deeply impacts people and communities' lives. This Friday Forum opens a space on our campus for students, staff and faculty to engage in dialouge regarding this issue. When: Nov 2nd, Location: UBC room, Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00pm, Lunch will be served!


 

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Town Hall on the Second Amendment

Moravian College Political Science, InFocus: War & Peace, and Sociology & Anthropology Invite You to Attend the Town Hall on the Second Amendment, a structured debate.

The guest speaker, Meg Mott, is a Professor of Politics at Marlboro College and the Town Moderator for Putney, Vermont. Participation is welcomed from all members of the community who are concerned about gun ownership and gun safety.

Monday, October 29, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Snyder Room/Haupert Union Building (HUB).

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Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Political Science Department at 610-861-1417 at least one week prior to the event.

INFOCUS OUTDOORS:

The Haywagon Stage

Moravian College’s Theater Company is adding an outdoor performance venue to our campus during 2018-19: the HAYWAGON STAGE. A wide variety of events will take place at this new temporary space: concerts, performance art installations, social gatherings, micro plays, and more. Many will pop up as a surprise! All of the events–no matter the style or artistic medium–will in some way provide for the free expression and learning with regard to this year’s InFocus: War, Peacebuilding and the Just Society.

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Departments, student clubs, and individuals from across campus may contribute–contact Professor Christopher Shorr (or co-directors, professors Dr. Daniel Jasper/Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug) for more information about how to get involved if you have an idea.

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"The Bomb," an InFocus at Moravian College presentation

An Incredible Film

After the screening of The Bomb, Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug and Dr. Daniel Jasper hosted a talkback session with filmmaker Smriti Keshari. The Bomb is a critically acclaimed film that explores the strange and compelling story of nuclear weapons, from 1945 to present day, using moving imagery and music to immerse the viewer in a sensory experience which allows us to delve into the history of the nuclear bomb.

Moravian College students were encouraged to participate in the talkback session and were able to ask questions and discuss the different views related to nuclear arsenals. It provided enlightenment on a very disturbing subject.

Filmmaker Smriti Keshari, Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug and Dr. Daniel Jasper are seated on stage during the talkback session.

 

 

 

 

 

Filmmaker Smriti Keshari (center), Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug and Dr. Daniel Jasper are seated on stage during the talkback session.

Moravian students were given microphones to ask questions of the film maker Smriti Keshari.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moravian students were given microphones to ask questions of the filmmaker Smriti Keshari.

Moravian students were given microphones to ask questions of the film maker Smriti Keshari.