The goal of IN FOCUS is for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary to realize the promise of becoming known as an institution that engages its students in the study of important issues that challenge humanity today and as we look to the future. Through grappling with complex problems, and examining them from several different perspectives Moravian’s graduates will be better prepared to contribute to a just society and a vibrant democracy.
IN FOCUS Highlights
Common Reading: The Story of Stuff
"The Story of Stuff" by Annie Leonard, in which the author takes us on a journey -- through the extraction, distribution, consumption, and disposal of all the many things we use during our daily lives. Through her own stories and those of the people she profiles, Leonard leads us to consider the impact that humans are having on the the enviroment, and the changes that are necessary to help mitigate that impact.
Monday, September 19
“Cultivating high impact sustainability on campus, for the world”
Dr. Shana Weber is founding director of Princeton's Office of Sustainability, which opened its doors in 2006. She comes to the sustainability field with a background in ecology, climate science research, teaching and communications. Current research interests periodically take her to the mountains of the American West, but the bulk of her work focuses on helping Princeton University become an exemplar of sustainable practices, campus-as-lab research, and education. Weber also serves as President of the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability, and administrative sponsor for the NE Campus Sustainability Consortium.
International Day of Peace Campus Tree Planting
Wednesday, September 21
As part of our Heritage Day celebration of tradition, community, and service, and in conjunction with our In Focus theme of Sustainability, we will be planting a white pine tree - the Native American tree of peace, in honor of the International Day of Peace. Please join us for the planting, the music of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Hillfonia, and a few moments of reflection.
Vik Muniz | Wasteland
Poster Exhibition - showcasing the work of Vik Muniz
Interactive Vik Muniz-inspired piece
Brazilian artist Vik Muniz showcased the "pickers" from the world's largest waste dump in artwork created using materials from the dump. The works of art in "Wasteland" were often inspired by iconic paintings.
Dr. Caleb Gallemore - Politics and the Environment in a Presidential Election Year
Wednesday, October 12
Dr. Caleb Gallemore, International Affairs Program
Dr. Gallemore teaches courses on globalization, global sustainability and geographic information systems with a specialization in inter-organizational collaboration in these areas. Dr. Gallemore has a Ph.D. in Geography and an M.A. in Political Science both from the Ohio State University and is the author of numerous scholarly articles including ones published in such journals as World Development, Ecological Economics, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Ecology and Society, and Applied Geography.
Erik Rutkow -The Great Shift: How Trees Became a Renewable Resource in the U.S.
Tuesday, October 18
Eric Rutkow is the author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, And the Making of a Nation, which tells the extraordinary story of the relationship between Americans and trees across the entire span of the nation’s history. Rutkow reconceives America’s historical relationship with the trees and forests that shaped the development of the nation, recognizing that as symbols of liberty, community, and civilization, trees are perhaps the loudest silent figures in America’s complicated history. Rukow is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, has worked as a lawyer on environmental and corporate issues, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in American History at Yale University.
The event is free and open to the public.