Small College Brings Big Names to Bethlehem for Lecture Series for 20 Years

Released: 19-Sep-2003 9:00 AM EDT
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Newswise — Moravian will celebrate 20 years of the Cohen Arts and Lectures Series with a timely lecture by Thomas L. Friedman, "The global economy and U.S. foreign policy," on Thursday, October 2, at 8 p.m. This 20th annual Cohen Arts and Lecture Series program will be held in Johnston Hall at Moravian College, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Friedman's appearance marks the 20th anniversary of the Cohen Arts and Lectures Series at Moravian College, which has brought a diverse group of speakers and performers to campus, including television journalist David Brinkley; folk singer Burl Ives; scientist Carl Sagan; feminist writer and lecturer Gloria Steinem; political analysts Andrea Mitchell, David Gergen, and Tom Wicker; former president Jimmy Carter; pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philomusica chamber ensemble; author Kurt Vonnegut; a political panel comprising commentator Cokie Roberts, former New York governor Mario Cuomo, political consultant James Carville, and former governor and presidential chief of staff John Sununu; former ambassador Andrew Young; and environmental activist Joseph P. Kennedy II, NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell, and best-selling author Anna Quindlen.

The Cohen Arts and Lectures Series at Moravian College was established in 1984 through the generosity of Bertha F. (Berte) Cohen '37 and the late Bernard L. Cohen. The series represents a personal expression of appreciation for their longtime association with the College and the Bethlehem community. Bertha Cohen is a 1937 Moravian graduate and a former member of the college's board of trustees. Bernard Cohen was a member of the Lehigh University class of 1936.
"Moravian College extends our most heartfelt gratitude to Berte Cohen who has so generously supported this series," said Ervin J. Rokke, Moravian College president.

"As a dedicated alumna, an effective and committed trustee, and a most generous benefactress Berte with her late husband Bernie has enriched our lives at Moravian for more than half a century by making it possible for us to welcome distinguished and inspiring figures to our campus."

The proceeds of the Cohen Arts and Lectures Series support the Cohen Arts and Lectures Scholarships which are awarded to high-achieving full-time Moravian College seniors. Over 50 Moravian students have benefited from the scholarships.
Recipients have demonstrated superior academic achievement and active participation in college or community activities. Nominations for the scholarships come from the director of financial aid, and selection is made by the vice president for enrollment, the vice president for institutional advancement, and the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at

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Cohen Arts and Lectures Speakers

1984 Mark Russell
1985 David Brinkley
1985 Burl Ives
1986 Carl Sagan
1987 Gloria Steinem
1988 Political Analysts Mitchell, Gergen, Wicker
1989 Vladimir Feltsman
1990 Jimmy Carter
1991 The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
1992 Kurt Vonnegut
1993 Mark Russell
1994 Cokie Roberts
1995 Mario Cuomo
1996 David Gergen
1997 New York Philomusica
1998 James Carville & John Sununu
1999 Andrew Young
2000 Joseph P. Kennedy II
2001 Andrea Mitchell
2002 Anna Quindlen
2003 Thomas L. Friedman

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