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News and Notes

Annual Graduate Studies Symposium

Peter Crownfield, a board member of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities Lehigh Valley, speaks with Glenn M. Price, M.B.A. ’98, a certified purchasing manager and vice president for global sourcing and sustainability for Crayola, LLC.

On Wednesday, September 12, the Comenius Center hosted current graduate students, faculty, alumni, panelists, exhibitors and staff at the 7th Annual Graduate Studies Symposium.  Each year’s symposium is aligned with the IN FOCUS program of the College.   This year, the Comenius Center focused the symposium on the business case for sustainability.

Joining panelists and exhibitors from PPL, Lehigh Economic Development Corporation, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc., Wells Fargo, and Crayola in examining sustainability in business was Winona LaDuke the College’s Cohen Keynote Speaker on sustainability.  The panelists, under the guidance of President Christopher Thomforde, discussed why their businesses’ sustainability efforts were worth the time, expense and effort, and the impact those efforts have on business and society.  Those attending had the opportunity to join the discussion with the panelists.  Attendees were able to touch and feel some of the products of the companies’ sustainability efforts and follow the trail from recycling to final product.

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Contemporary works of art by Quakertown, Pa., sculptor Steve Tobin grace Moravian’s campus—Moravian Roots I and Moravian Roots II can be seen on the Hurd Campus, outside Payne Gallery. The third, Moravian Roots III, is a bright orange sculpture that celebrates its first anniversary here in November. Tobin’s reputation is growing across the country, and Moravian was the first college campus to have one of his works, thanks to Joann Trotsky ’64. Tobin’s work is part of a year-long exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., and a clip of his work can be seen here

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Freelance writer, Holly Metz, will speak to Joyce Hinnefeld’s Writing as Activism class Wednesday, October 3, from 2:35 to 3:45 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall in Collier Hall of Science. Metz has written about law, culture and social issues for a broad range of newspapers, journals and magazines. Her work includes essays on the ubiquity of asbestos in American homes and articles about the use of military use of animals to test weapons later used on humans.

Metz’s latest book, Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression, chronicles the events that lead up to—and follow—the death of Harry Barck, a poormaster who was granted the authority to decide who would and would not receive public aid in Hoboken, N.J. Grappling with issues that are still vital—massive unemployment, endemic poverty, and the inadequacy of public assistance—Killing the Poormaster lends insight into the current social contract, relaying a gripping narrative that reads like today’s news. Copies of Killing the Poormaster will be available at the Moravian Book Shop, where Metz will hold a signing immediately after the class session.

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Tell Me How You Really Feel, an exhibition at the Payne Gallery, opens Thursday, September 27, and runs through November 4, and features handcrafted diaries and journals from the Center of Book Arts. An opening reception will be held September 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gallery.  The exhibition focuses on artwork that has been inspired by the concept or content of graphic novels, memoirs and travel journals with a strong visual presence.


An article written by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, associate professor and chair of the religion department, titled Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan: Religion and Politics in United States War-Culture, was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Dialog. This article has also been included in a collection of materials being made available for Lutheran clergy and congregations in the ELCA. Because of this, the publisher of Dialog has made her article available for reading for free through the end of November to commemorate Veterans Day, November 11. 

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 overview of Panamanian cuisine, drawing attention to indigenous cultures and to the different cultures that have had, and continue to have, an impact on Panama’s gastronomy. The book brings together delicious and popular native foods and variations of many cultures and highlights regional foods, holidays, celebrations and eating patterns.

In the News

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, has written two columns for Ethicsdaily.  They can be read here and here.

Conferences and Presentations

Neil Wetzel, associate professor of music, completed his ninth European performance tour in as many years this summer. Wetzel toured with the Rosta Fras/Skip Wilkins Jazz Quintet in August, performing in jazz clubs in Prague and festivals in the historic Frydlant Castle. He was also invited back to teach and perform at the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop where over 150 students from all over Europe come to learn to play jazz—one of America's indigenous art forms. Wetzel traveled with Moravian College artist lecturers Gary Rissmiller (jazz drum set instructor) and Skip Wilkins (jazz piano). In previous tours Wetzel taught and performed at the Lana Jazz Festival in Lana, Italy, and has played in jazz clubs in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy.

Kristin Baxter, assistant professor of art, will have two encaustic paintings in a group show featuring the works of members of the New Bridge Group, a network of local artists who regularly show their work in the Lehigh Valley area. This exhibition will be held  from Sept 29 to Oct 13 at the Antonio Salemme Foundation Gallery, 542 N Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pa.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, recently gave the keynote address at the launch of the Psychology KC website on the campus of Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. Psychology KC is an information and resource hub for psychology teachers in colleges and universities, community colleges and high schools in Kansas City and surrounding areas. The title of Dunn's address was Psychology of Adjustment: Teaching Our Students to Become More Psychologically Literate.