Moravian College has received a grant of $147,618 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support another Institute on J.S. Bach. The funding will allow twenty-five K-12 teachers (from several disciplines) to spend a month during the summer of 2010 in Germany studying the life and work of J. S. Bach. Hilde Binford, associate professor of music and co-director of the Institute, co-wrote the grant with Sue Schamberger, director of foundation relations.


Sonia Aziz, assistant professor of economics, was an invited speaker at the Twelfth Asian Conference on Diarrheal Disease, held May 2009 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She also chaired and moderated a session on "Avoiding Waterborne Disease." The conference, in accordance with the United Nations' first Millennium Development Goal, focuses on improving sanitation and providing safe water  for highly populated and poverty stricken communities in Asia.

In July 2009, Sonia Aziz spoke at the Seventh World Congress of the International Health Economics Association (IHEA), held in Beijing. She also was chair and moderator for a session on children's health outcomes and presented a paper, "Valuation of Avoiding Arsenic in Drinking Water in Rural Bangladesh: An Averting Behavior Analysis."

Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, presented "An Ethical Critique to the Doctrine of the Guardianship of Islamic Jurist" at the conference on Iran after the Tenth Presidential Election held at U.C.L.A. on July 1, 2009. The presentation was published August 27, 2009 on roozonline.

Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, co-authored and presented "Negro League Baseball's Daily Numbers" with Roberta J. Newman of New York University at the annual Coooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in June. This was the fifth collaboration between Rosen and Newman in anticipation of their larger study, The Post-'47 Challenge: Negro League Baseball and the Decline of an Ethnic Economy to be published by the University Press of Mississippi. In November the pair will present "Drawing the Battle Lines: The Desegregation of Major League Baseball and the Negro League Response" at the annual American Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C.


Kristin Baxter, visiting assistant professor of art, has published a new book, Recollections of Family Photographs from Five Generations: The Role Narrative and Reflexivity in Organizing Experience (2009). The book presents her recent research into the ways in which art and museum educators can use family snapshots in their curricula. Educators learn how family photographs may be used to nurture learners who recognize how their personal narratives give structure to their lives and through which connections to broader cultural contexts are made evident.

Bernardo Cantens, associate professor and chair of philosophy, edited APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues: Special Issue on the Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, Fall 2009.

A chapter written by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and eight colleagues appears in the new book Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of the Discipline, edited by Diane Halpern of Claremont McKenna College. Dunn was the lead writer and organizer of the chapter, "The Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Call for a Core." The team of nine writers, led by Dunn, completed a first draft of the chapter at the National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology held at the University of Puget Sound in June 2008.

Other News

Sandy Bardsley, associate professor of history, is a member of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton for the academic year 2009-2010. She is working on a book about the ways that the Black Death of the mid-fourteenth century affected gender systems in late medieval England.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of Learning in Common curriculum, has been elected a Fellow of Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association. The election is based on Dunn's "outstanding contributions to the field of rehabilitation psychology on a national level," according to Charles H. Bombardier, APA Fellows Committee Chair. Dunn is also a Fellow and president-elect of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, APA Division 2.

At the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention held August 6-9 in Toronto, Art Lyons, professor of psychology, was elected chair of the Divisions for Social Justice (DSJ), a group of thirteen APA divisions. DSJ pursues social justice issues within APA governance and in terms of research, action, and public policy. For the past three years DSJ has pushed APA to take a stronger stance against psychologists being involved in enemy interrogations that include torture. In 2010, DSJ will focus on two issues: immigration and California's passage of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Silvia Mandler, visiting instructor of Spanish, has been invited to become vice president of the greater Philadelphia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

"Rape as a Violation of Human Rights," an article by Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, was published August 23, 2009 on roozonline.

Arash Naraghi was interviewed for "Islamization of Human Sciences," which appeared on Radio Zamaneh September 7, 2009. Naraghi explained why "Islamization of knowledge" is incoherent and why Iranian government feels threatened by modern sciences.

"U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan All about Oil," an op-ed by Gary Olson, professor and chair of political science, appeared in the Express Times, September 13, 2009.

"Time to Get Back to Economic Basics," an essay by Jim West, professor and chair of economics and business, appeared in the Chicago Tribune on September 2, 2009.

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