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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 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

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 


"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) invites you 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. Invites you 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.


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.