Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 9/10/13
Arash Naraghi speaks at a table during the faculty luncheon Sept. 5.

ABOVE: Arash Naraghi, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion and philosophy, speaks at the first faculty luncheon on Sept. 5.


News & Notes

Naraghi Kicks Off Luncheon Series

Arash Naraghi, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion and philosophy, kicked off the College’s fall 2013 faculty luncheons series on Sept. 5 in the Snyder Room. He presented on the topic of “Literature and the Realist Account of Mystical Experience.”

The next luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, and will feature Dan Libby, Ph.D., professor of chemistry. His talk, which will also be held in the Snyder Room, is titled “Thinking Chemistry.”

Economics and Business Department to Host Film, Panel Discussion

The Department of Economics and Business will host a special screening of the film “Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve,” which will be followed by a panel discussion led by faculty and alumni, on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The film, which will be shown in Prosser Auditorium, will begin at 6 p.m., with the panel to follow at 7:45 p.m. There will be coffee and dessert at 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for the event.

Narrated by acclaimed actor Liev Schreiber, “Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve” is the first film to take viewers inside America’s central bank and reveal the impact of Fed policies – past, present and future – on our lives.

A trailer can be seen here,

The event’s panelists include James West, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Economics and Business; Eva Leeds, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and business; Joshua Dodd ’99, senior vice president of Univest; and Joan Keifer Dickinson ’86, vice president of Mid Penn Bank. It will be moderated by John Rossi, M.B.A., associate professor of accounting.

'Climate Change: European Policy Perspectives' Presentation Set for Sept. 16

Ken Addison, M.A., D.Phil., a scientist with a wide range of interests in glaciological, geomorphological and climate changes of the past 125,000 years and their implications for human society and global environmental security, will make a presentation titled “Climate Change: European Policy Perspectives” on Monday, Sept. 16 on the Hurd campus. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Pricilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, room 102. Addison is the Supernumerary Fellow & Tutor in Physical Geography and academic director of Summer Schools at St Peter's College, Oxford University.

Addison has also been a principal figure in the new field of geoconservation, chairing UKRIGS - the statutory conservation agency’s voluntary partner - from 1999 to 2003. A Fellow of the Geological Society, Royal Meteorological and Royal Geographical Societies and member of the key UK professional bodies covering his field of expertise, he has published papers in their principal journals and is co-writing the fourth edition of Routledge’s best-selling environmental textbook, "Fundamentals of the Physical Environment."

Mathematics and Computer Science Department Hosts Sept. 19 Colloquium

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department invites the campus to its colloquium, highlighting "The Mathematics of Income Inequality," by Klaus Volpert, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at Villanova University, on Thursday, Sept. 19. Volpert will discuss how we actually measure income inequality and compare a couple mathematical models. Those who read "The Spirit Level" (the College’s summer freshman reading text) should enjoy the discussion of what we actually mean when we try to quantify "inequality."

This is a general audience talk, but those with some familiarity with calculus will have a greater appreciation for the details in the talk. The talk, which is sponsored in part by the Marlyn Rader Fund, will begin at 11:45 a.m. in PPHAC, room102. Free pizza will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Conferences and Presentations

In conjunction with Russell Spinney, Ph.D., of Santa Fe, N.M., and Derek Hillard, Ph.D., of Kansas State University, Heikki Lempa, Ph.D., associate professor of history, has organized a seminar on the study of emotions at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association taking place in Denver, Colo., in October. Twenty-seven papers in fields from philosophy to literary criticism to history have been accepted. Dr. Lempa will also be commenting on the papers in one of the three sessions.

In the News

Gary Olson, Ph.D., professor of political science, penned an op-ed piece in the Morning Call titled “Washington's objective is to prolong Syrian civil war.” To read more, click here.

Sandy J. Bardsley, Ph.D., associate professor of history, is presenting a paper at the 28th International Conference on Medievalism at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisc., in October.

Awards and Publications

Heikki Lempa, Ph.D., associate professor of history, received an award from the Anna-Amalia Bibliothek, Weimar, Germany, to work on his book project, "Transformation of Honor in Germany, 1700-1914." The first draft of the manuscript has been completed.

Sandy J. Bardsley, Ph.D., associate professor of history, has had a chapter titled "Education and Work: Multiple Tasks and Lowly Status" published in the book "A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages," edited by Kim Phillips. In addition, Dr. Bardsley has a forthcoming article to be published in the Journal of British Studies in 2014.

Paul Peucker, Ph.D., faculty associate and director of the Moravian Archives, has finished a book manuscript about the Moravians during the so-called Sifting Time, a period of crisis experienced around 1750.

Carol Traupman-Carr
, dean of curriculum and academic programs and professor of music, recently had her first choral arrangement accepted for publication. “O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile” will be published by CanticaNova, a music publisher specializing in traditional Catholic music, in late 2014 or early 2015. The work is an a cappella setting from an old Gregorian hymnal, was written for the St. Ann R.C. Church Choir (which she directs), and is particularly well suited for Good Friday services.

Other News

Tri Sigma Hosts Run for a Cause ... Run, for Robbie! Sept. 29

Tri Sigma of Moravian College presents the inaugural Run for a Cause … Run, for Robbie! on Sunday Sept. 29. Come participate in a 5K run/walk to support “therapeutic play” for hospitalized children through the Robbie Page Memorial. The event will be held at Burnside Plantation, 1461 Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem. Race check will begin at 9 a.m., and the race will begin at 10 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee. Individuals 18 and under are $10, and it’s $10 for Moravian College students and staff.

To register, visit and click on the Run for Robbie tab under “Upcoming Events.” For more information regarding Tri Sigma or the Robbie Page Memorial, visit

For more race information, contact Elyssa Deeb at or Lauren Froschhauser at

Students News & Notes

French Club Hosts First Meeting

The French Club will hold its first meeting for the year on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Comenius 411. Drop by to discuss the activities of the club for the year and to choose officers. There will be refreshments. All are welcome!

Philosophy Club, Debate Team and Phi Sigma Tau to Meet

Are you interested in the meaning of life? The existence of God? The conception of justice? Why we should try to act ethically and morally right? The possibility that we are all living a reality that is simply a construct of our own minds?

The Philosophy Club, Debate Team and Phi Sigma Tau International Philosophy Honor Society will have its first organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rec room in the HUB. Bring your lunch!

Any interested students who are unable to make it and wish to be added to our mailing list, contact Jennifer Kober at

Equestrian College Team Meets Monday Nights

Now’s your chance to join the Equestrian College Team! Whether you’ve grown up around horses or never ridden before, there’s a place for you on the team! Join the team for activities like trail rides, horse shows, games on horseback and much more.

For more information join us in the Air Products room on Monday nights at 8 p.m. or email Macaire Kolchin,, or Chelsea Mursch,

Interested in Joining the Meditation Circle?

Interested in participating in the Meditation Circle? Join us and take a few minutes to carve out a bit of quiet space amid the hectic days! Newcomer? Curious? Experienced? All are welcome! In fall 2013, the Meditation Circle will gather from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in room 204 of Reeves Library (just behind the Circulation Desk Office). No experience necessary. Brief introduction provided.

Theatre Company Hosts Auditions

The Moravian College Theatre Company is hosting auditions for its fall productions of “Proof” and “Sketches” on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. If you cannot make it to auditions, contact Christopher Shorr,, to set up another time.

The performances of “Sketches” will be held Oct. 17 through 20, while the production of “Proof” will be Nov. 7-10.

Actors will be given a script to read at auditions, which will be held in the Arena Theatre. Everyone is welcome!

Students In the News

A locally produced television segment about Shane Burcaw ’14, a Moravian College student battling with muscular dystrophy, captured a 2013 Mid-Atlantic Emmy. The segment "Laughing At My Nightmare," by Emmaus-based FireRock Productions, aired on "The Peak," a show that can be seen at 6:30 p.m. Sundays on WFMZ-69. It won the Mid-Atlantic Emmy in the Human Interest Program Feature category. Nominations were announced in August. The segment was inspired by Burcaw, who maintains a blog by the same name. Burcaw, of Bethlehem, is a 20-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy type II. To read more, click here.

Anthony Orlando ’16, a free safety for the football team and education major, was profiled in The Express-Times. To read more, click here

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