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News and Notes

Dr. Julian Agyeman

Dr. Julian Agyeman, chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University will present a talk titled Understanding the Challenges of Environmental Justice in an Unequal World in Prosser Auditorium, Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m.  as part of the College’s In Focus program on Sustainability.

Agyeman is an environmental social scientist with degrees in botany, geography, conservation policy and environmental education. His expertise and current research critically explore aspects of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity.

The program is free and open to the public.


The academic, athletic and professional fields of America were changed forever with the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments in 1972. Signed into law by President Nixon 40 years ago, Title IX gave equal access to females and males in any federally assisted program. To commemorate the passage of this important piece of legislation, Moravian plans a week-long celebration beginning January 21 and including, among other events, a luncheon and a lecture on January 24, and a girls’ sports clinic on January 26. For more information and a list of events, visit this site.


Dana Dunn, assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology has been the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Bibliographies: psychology project for three years. The project includes annotated bibliographies of major topics in psychology that are now available at the Oxford University Press website. The bibliographies are written by experts and designed to help scholars, researchers, students (graduate and undergraduate), and lay people navigate the often overwhelming available material on a given topic. Current and forthcoming articles can be found here.


Christopher Shorr, director of theatre, was named Lehigh Valley’s producer of the year along with co-producers James Jordan and Lisa Jordan, for “A Resting Place,” a co-production of Moravian College and Touchstone Theatre.
Shorr also took honors for original play, “The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust,” co-written with James Jordan.


Dana S. Dunn, Assistant Dean for Special Projects and Professor of Psychology, was recently appointed to serve on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP). Dunn’s term began on January 1, 2013 and expires at the end of 2015.

The CDIP was formed in 1980 to promote the psychological welfare of people with disabilities; support the development and implementation of psychological service delivery models responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; enhance awareness of disability issues in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas; and encourage inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs and professional development of psychologists. Members of the six-person committee have expertise in one or more of these topical areas.

Dunn frequently publishes research on the social psychology of disability. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. Dunn is a fellow of the APA, the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Conferences and Presentations

Joel Wingard, professor of English, recently attended the 2013 SLAC-WPA (Small Liberal Arts College Writing Program Administrators) conference at Davidson College, where he conducted one of seven speed share sessions on using WAC assessment to learn about effective comments-and-revisions in student writing. 

Kristin Baxter's encaustic painting titled The blue and the dim and the dark cloths of night: To Yeats

The New Bridge Group, formed to showcase new and exciting artwork will hold an exhibit titled Out of the Blue January 26 through Feb. 9 at Antonio Salemme Foundation in Allentown. An opening reception is scheduled for January 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. Kristin Baxter, assistant professor of art, is one of 20 local and regional artists showing their work. The group welcomes new members, including art students who wish to begin exhibiting their work in professional settings. For more information, visit

Nicole Tabor, assistant professor of English, gave a paper titled Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai’i: Haunani-Kay Trask’s Linguistic Praxis and Indigenous Literary Labor at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities (HICAH) in January. In addition, she Tabor attended the Modern Language Association Conference (MLA) in Boston where she currently serves as the Drama Division’s Representative Delegate to the MLA Assembly.

Sandra Aguilar, assistant professor in Latin American History, presented the paper titled  Introducing Animal Protein at All Costs: Milk Consumption in 1940s and 1950s Mexico at the American Historical Association Conference in New Orleans, January 3 – 6.


Gary Olson, professor and chair of political science, has just had his book EMPATHY IMPERILED: Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain published by Springer Verlag Press.

Olson writes that the evolutionary process has given rise to a hard-wired neural system that equips us to connect with one another.  He argues that empathy, the "most radical of human emotions," has been short-circuited by the dynamic convergence of culture, politics and the brain under the dominant influence of hegemonic neoliberal capitalism.  The book, Olson's fourth, explores how the system blunts, brackets off and otherwise channels empathy's liberating potential. This study offers a provocative, empirically grounded dissent from capitalism's narrative about human nature. 

In the News

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, regularly blogs for ethics daily. Read her latest entry here. She also writes for Feminist Studies in Religion.

Diane Husic, professor of biological science and department chair attended the U.N. climate conference (COP18) in Qatar at the end of last year. She also is the co-chair of this year’s In Focus Center of Investigation on Sustainability. She recently noted that the global phenomenon of climate change is considered by many to be one of the biggest challenges to a sustainable future, and hopes to open a campus-wide dialog on these topics throughout the spring semester. Her analysis of the outcomes of COP18 can be read here

Student News and Notes

Moravian basketball player, Audrey Schiavone '15 interacts with students in the classroom of Nicole Erney '10.

Members of Moravian’s men’s and women’s basketball teams recently took part in a morning of service—the Dream and Believe Anti-Bullying event—at Fountain Hill Elementary School sponsored by the Cops ‘n’ Kids program. The players split their time between classrooms where they led self-esteem exercises and the gym, where they helped staff from Leading Edge Martial Arts demonstrate self-defense measures for the students.

Alexis Wright '15 works with students in the gym, practicing protective martial arts moves.