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e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 2/18/14
A headshot of Tim Wise against a background with the words Black History Month.

ABOVE: Nationally recognized author and activist Tim Wise will present a keynote talk in recognition of Black History Month on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., in Foy Hall.


News & Notes

Nationally Recognized Author and Activist Tim Wise to Visit Feb. 25

Nationally recognized author and activist Tim Wise will present a keynote talk in recognition of Black History Month on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Foy Hall. Wise will speak about the responsibility we all have in celebrating and honoring black history. Wise is the author of six books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. His latest volume, Culture of Cruelty: How America’s Elite Demonize the PoorValorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future, will be released in 2014. He has contributed chapters or essays to more than 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” The film, which he co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans. For more information on Tim Wise, visit his website.

The public is invited to attend this even which is free of charge. Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa., near the corner of Church and Main Street. It is co-sponsored by IMPACT, Greek Life, Intercultural Advancement, and IDEA. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation regarding physical accessibility, please contact the Center for Intercultural Advancement & Inclusion at prior to the event.

Equality Pennsylvania To Host Kickoff Feb. 20

Equality Pennyslvania will host its Lehigh Valley Community Kickoff on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in PPHAC, room 102.

Support LGBT Rights in PA! Join us at our to learn how you can get involved! Right now 70% of Pennsylvanians agree that discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is wrong. And more than 50% of Pennsylvanians support the idea of marriage equality. Never before has support for LGBT rights in Pennsylvania been this strong. That’s why it’s time for Pennsylvania to do something about it! In 2014, Equality Pennsylvania’s grassroots network will work to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill in the PA State Legislature to ensure that no one is fired, evicted, or denied service for who they are. We will also build widespread public support for the freedom to marry for all committed couples. Join us to find out how you can help make 2014 a banner year for advancing LGBT equality in Pennsylvania!

In the Media

Joseph Shosh, associate professor of education and chair of the Education Department, was quoted in a Morning Call article titled, "Fewer PA college students want to be teachers." To read the full article, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Faculty and Staff Present at LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference

Diane Husic, professor of biological sciences, and Kate Brandes, science director at the Nurture Nature Center in Easton, co-facilitated a workshop exploring how faculty, students and staff can work with communities to help educate and build a resilient Lehigh Valley in the face of a changing climate at the recent How Green Is My Valley campus sustainability conference at Lehigh University Feb. 8. Several attendees from the workshop plan to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Earlier in the day Frank Kuserk, director of the environmental studies and sciences program, and Randy Haffling, FMP&C general services manager, gave a presentation on the Moravian College Tree Inventory Project: An Example of an Academic-Administrative Partnership to Enhance Campus Sustainability. The talk detailed how students from last fall’s ecology class assisted professional arborists from the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company in identifying and mapping more than 465 trees on campus and entering the information into a database that can be used by the College’s groundskeeping staff, students, researchers and the general public. The database and maps can be accessed here.

The conference was organized by Nick De Salvo, LVAIC Director of Sustainability Initiatives, and by representatives from the six Lehigh Valley colleges and universities.

Moravian Well-Represented at National Climate Solutions Conference

A group of people stand together before a National Council for Science and the Environment banner.

ABOVE: A large contingent of Moravian students, faculty and alumni attended the National Council for Science and the Environment’s Building Climate Solutions conference in Arlington, Va

Moravian environmental policy and economics majors Alexis Van Billiard '14, Connor Stone '14 and
Audrey McSain
'16, along with professors Diane Husic and Frank Kuserk, recently attended the National Council for Science and the Environment’s Building Climate Solutions conference in Arlington,
Va. The conference brought together individuals from government, industry and academia for presentations and workshops that address key issues and develop policy recommendations involving global climate change. The Moravian students volunteered their time helping with note taking and drafting position papers at the sessions, and were able to learn from key climate scientists and policymakers, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Kathryn Sullivan, and former Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson.

The contingent met with two Moravian alumni, Steven Feldman ’11, who now works for NCSE, and Sarabeth Brockley '10, a graduate student in the environmental policy design program at Lehigh University. Husic presented a poster entitled Lessons from the International Stage: Making Adaptation Policy and Case Studies Relevant at the Regional Level.

Subsequent to the conference, Kuserk participated in the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors meeting, where he is working with a group on issues that promote greater cooperation between two- and four-year environmental studies programs.

In the News

Attention, faculty: The LVAIC Coalition of Diversity Administrators presents Higher Education in a Post-Racial America: A Conversation with Tim Wise on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Moravian College's Prosser Auditorium. The event is free of charge, but an RSVP is required and space is limited. To register, click here.


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, recently completed a book review titled, Lennon, Lucy, and the Exploration of an Enigmatic Life: Methods for Meaning, which appeared in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. The book, written by psychologist Tim Kasser of Knox College, presents a psychological theory regarding the meaning underlying John Lennon's classic Beatle's song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." To read the review, click here.

Other News

President's Open Office Hours Return

President Bryon Grigsby ’90 will again host President's Open Office Hours during the month of February. Make sure to drop by at the following times to chat with our first-year president!

Tuesday, Feb. 18 - 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 - 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 - 10 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 10 to 11 a.m.

Save the Date: How to Get Paid What You are Worth Set for March 18

The College will present How To Get Paid What You are Worth: What Every Woman Should Know About Salary Negotiation, with Evelyn Murphy, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and Founder of the WAGE Project, Inc., on Tuesday, March 18. The talk will be begin at 7 p.m. in the HUB's Prosser Auditorium. The program is presented in part through a grant from the Moravian College Arts and Lectures Committee and the support of AAUW–Bethlehem. 

IMPACT to Host Comedian Dave Coulier April 4

Cut. It. Out! Moravian College's IMPACT presents Dave Coulier on Friday, April 4, in Johnston Hall. Coulier is best known for playing "Joey Gladstone" on ABC's sitcom Full House.

Dance Company to Present Annual Concert

The Moravian College Dance Company, under the direction of Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman, will present its 39th annual concert on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29. Following tradition, the concert will feature the diverse choreography of the company's artistic directors, students, alumni and guest artists. The concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The costs is $8, and $5 for seniors and non-Moravian students. For more information, contact Dawn Ketterman-Benner at 610-861-1530.

Body Talk Slated for Feb. 19

What is love? Who are we as male and female? What does it mean to be human? During "Body Talk" on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the HUB, the College will explore John Paul II’s groundbreaking anthropological vision in The Theology of the Body, and its ethical implications.

Sara Hulse, adjunct professor of theology at DeSales University, and an instructor for the Institute for Catechesis and Formation in the Diocese of Allentown, will attend. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC.

Students News & Notes

Breaking into the Untapped Job Market Slated for Feb. 20 

The Career Center's “Breaking into the Untapped Job Market” event has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in PPHAC, room 116. Please contact the Career Center with any questions at or 610-861-1509.

Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter Research Symposium April 26

The fifth annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter Research Symposium, a celebration of the scholarship of undergraduate students and faculty mentors in neuroscience, will be held Saturday, April 26, at DeSales University in Center Valley.

Undergraduates who have conducted research projects or educational outreach in Neuroscience, Psychology or Philosophy of the Mind will be encouraged to submit their work for presentation. 
Registration and abstract submission forms will be available shortly via

French College Schedules Trip Feb. 23

The French Club is organizing a trip to see Moliere's The Learned Ladies / Femmes Savantes at Muhlenburg College on Sunday, Feb. 23. The show begins at 2 p.m. Cars will leave from the HUB at 1:15 p.m.

Vagina Monologues Auditions Feb. 19-20

Auditions for the Vagina Monologues will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursday, Feb. 20, between 4-7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Individuals auditioning for the performance do not need to stay for the entire time. Interested individuals can collect audition materials from the HUB desk. For more information, contact Tara Pardini at

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