Research and Publications

Joyce Hinnefeld, associate professor of English, has written her first novel In Hovering Flight, which has just been published by Unbridled Books.  (Joyce’s book will be featured in the next InCommon.)  Her first reading and book signing will be Thursday, September 11, 6 pm, at the Moravian Book Shop in downtown Bethlehem. 

In Hovering Flight is, in brief, the story of the struggles and triumphs of bird artist and activist Addie Sturmer Kavanagh, ornithologist and musician Tom Kavanagh, and their daughter, poet Scarlet Kavanagh. It’s a novel about mothers, daughters, and art; about illness, death, and burial; about fragile eco-systems and tenacious human relationships—all explored through characters who are inspired by the lives, and particularly the songs, of birds.

Joyce has created a webstite for the book at The book’s cover image is based on John James Audubon’s Plate No. 321 “Cuvier’s Kinglet” [Cuvier’s Wren] from his Birds of America.

Awards and Recognitions

Khristina Haddad, assistant professor of political science, was honored at a special reception for distinguished teachers hosted by the American Political Science Association at its annual conference in Boston, MA.  At the end of the 2007-08 academic year, she received Moravian College’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. The awards were established in 1961 with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Christian Lindback was president and principal owner of Abbotts Dairies Inc. and a Trustee of Bucknell University. The Foundation established Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at colleges and universities throughout Abbotts Dairies Inc.'s service area in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Moravian first offered the award in 1964.

Conferences and Presentations

Carmen Ferrero, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the 2nd International Conference on "Escritoras y Compromiso. Literatura Española e Hispanoamericana de los Siglos XX y XX," held in May in Madrid. Accepted for publication by St. Louis University, the paper explores the influence of Spanish writer Carmen Laforet and her novel Nada upon the work of Argentine writer Beatriz Guido.

Bill Falla, adjunct instructor of philosophy, attended the 28th Annual Institute on Religion in an Age of Science held July 26-August 2 on Star Island, N.H. He responded to The Semiosis of Self, a new book by Stacey Ake, professor of philosophy at Drexel University.

Silvia Mandler, visiting instructor of Spanish, presented "Un Neptuno alegórico y mordáz," at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) 90th Annual Conference, held July 8-11 in San Jose, Costa Rica. The study was included in a recently published compilation of studies on the selected literary works of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th-century Mexican nun.

Op-eds and Media

An article by Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, appeared recently in several media outlets. "More than Just another Overthrow: Let’s Not Forget Mossadeq in Iran," was published August 15 by Iran National Front News Agency Abroad. On August 20, the article was featured on ZNet,, and in Campaign against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, It appeared in the American-Iranian Council’s AIC Update for the end of August.

Other News

Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, has been appointed chair of Neuroscience Outreach Programs for NEURON (NorthEast Undergraduate Research Organization for Neuroscience). She will be responsible for providing outreach materials, coordinating local Brain Awareness Week activities (including Brain Awareness Day, Brain Bee, and Kids Judge Neuroscience), and developing program assessment tools.

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