e-Newsletter of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary | September 14, 2012 Twitter Facebook

News and Notes


PublishAmerica has recently released Flavors of Panama, by Nilsa Lasso-von Lang, Associate professor of Spanish American literature and culture, and Jiwanda Rogers. The book is a chronological overviewof Panamanian cuisine, and focuses attention on to indigenous and othercultures that have had, and continue to have, an impact in Panama.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, recently served as lead editor of his seventh book in a series on best practices in psychology education. Wadsworth/Cengage Learning published the book, Assessing Teaching and Learning in Psychology: Current and Future Perspectives, this summer. This professional reference book explores assessment options and opportunities in the undergraduate psychology curriculum, offering practical guidance to educators to improve teaching and learning through assessment practices.

Conferences and Presentations

Sandra Aguilar, assistant professor of Latin American history, presented her work on domestic technology in modern Mexico at two prestigious history conferences. In May she talked about the corn mill and the blender at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference in San Francisco. In June Aguilar presented a paper on how women in Mexico used the refrigerator at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) in New York City.

Student News

The AAUW student affiliate will be showing the HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels (Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.) on Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in Prosser.  A voter registration table will be set up for two hours before the screening. Watch for more information about AAUW events

Other News

The Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary community gathered at noon on Tuesday for a worship service in the Saal of the Bahnson Center in observance of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 national tragedy. Students, staff and faculty shared in prayers, hymns, and a time of reflection led by the Dr. Riddick Weber, assistant professor of pastoral ministry. Other participants in the event were Chaplain Hopeton Clennon, Dr. Deborah Appler and Dr. Timothy Luckritz Marquis. Organist Rebecca Kleintop Owens provided the music. Photos by Alex Sestok can be seen here.

Rev. Clennon says: “The gathered community acknowledged the heroism and sacrifice of first responders as well as the courage of neighbors and community leaders. In the midst of the heartache and loss felt by so many who were directly affected by the tragedy, we noted the ongoing impact of events from 11 years ago on the national psyche. Among many possible reactions, the guest speaker identified forgiveness as an important moral imperative and also as a vehicle for moving forward.”

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Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, has been named book review editor for the interdisciplinary journal Theory in Action, one of six publications that operates through the Transformative Studies Institute in Fair Lawn, N.J. 

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Gary Olson, professor and chair of political science, has signed a contract with Springer Publishing to produce his book Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture and the Brain. In the book, he argues that empathy, the understanding and deep emotional sharing of another person's feelings, can be the foundation for a secular morality, one that's grounded in our primate heritage.  The book analyzes the dynamic convergence of empathy, neuroscience, culture and politics, and draws upon the new neurodisciplines of neuroanthropology, neuroethics, neuropolitics and even neurocinematics to show how the brain's neuroplasticity allows it to be shaped by culture.

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Tickets are now available at the HUB desk for the 12th Annual Moravian College International Dinner on Sunday, September 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Pavilion.  The dinner serves as the kick-off to Moravian’s annual International Education Week.  Members of the college community are entitled to one free ticket, each with Moravian ID. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5 each.  The event includes dinner in the Pavilion and a profession cultural performance in Prosser Hall featuring the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey.

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Be sure to visit the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery in the HUB before September 26 to bid on your favorite work of art. Benefits raised through the “Honor the Earth” auction will go to benefit this organization founded by Winona LaDuke, this year’s Convocation speaker.

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