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Moravian University Rabindranath Tagore Distinguished Lecture Series presents:

Lessons I have Learned from Rabindranath Tagore

Presented by Dr. Martin Kämpchen

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. EDT
Moravian University | Foy Concert Hall
342 Main Street | Bethlehem, PA


RABINDRANATH TAGORE was a Bengali poet, philosopher, novelist, social reformer, and painter best known for being the first nonEuropean to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Tagore was highly influential in introducing Indian culture to the West and is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern India. Rabindranath Tagore lived through the agonies and destruction of the First World War and witnessed the unfolding of the second one. Tagore wrote, spoke, and preached relentlessly against the perils of nationalism and the utmost need to honor human dignity even for the weakest and destitute. His messages for a well-connected global human society are immensely relevant today.

"Thou hast brought the distance near and made a brother of the stranger" Gitanjali: Verse 63


DR. MARTIN KÄMPCHEN published his autobiography in 2022, Mein Leben in Indien. For more than twenty years, Kämpchen has written for the cultural section of the reputed German national daily Frankfurter Allgemeine on Indian culture and has contributed to The Statesman and The Telegraph in Kolkata. He lectures and conducts seminars, gives book- readings and Tagore recitals in Europe every year. For more than three decades Dr. Martin Kämpchen has guided the development efforts of several Santal tribal villages around Santiniketan. The educational, economic and cultural activities of their NGO are modelled on Tagore’s ideas and example. At Santiniketan, he learned Bengali, and has been translating Rabindranath Tagore and Sri Ramakrishna directly from Bengali to German, and Swami Vivekananda from English to German.


Moravian University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Suzanne Moyer at or 610-861-1491 at least one week prior to the event.

General Information

  • The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. We encourage you to arrive early as seating will be first come, first served.
  • The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Q&A to follow.
  • Due to the overwhelming response to this event, we have moved the venue to our Main Street Campus - Johnston Hall. A campus map is below.

Parking & Crosswalks

  • We encourage you to arrive early.
  • You may park on campus using one of the following lots:
    • Lot A, F, M, N, O, R, W, X
    • Lot F is available for handicapped parking only
    • Lots X and W will have shuttle service available (in the event of heavy rain, Lot X will be unavailable).
    • For those who prefer to walk from either Lot X or W, please walk at your own risk and reference this walking path.
  • You may also utilize street parking or one of Bethlehem's Parking Authority lots.
  • You will need to walk to campus from these locations.
  • Please pay attention to crosswalk signs and kindly use one of the designated crosswalks located at:
    • Elizabeth & Monocacy St
    • Main & West Elizabeth
    • West Locust & Main
    • West Laurel & Main
    • Mauch Chunk & West Laurel
  • For a link to our campus map showing where the shuttle will be located and the venue, click here.