Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Former president draws 3,000 at Lafayette College for discussion of human rights initiatives.
President Jimmy Carter is proud of his country. He just wants it to do better. “I would like to see America become a nation that is champion of peace, champion of human rights," the 39th president said Monday at Lafayette College in Easton. "I’m not criticizing America, because I know America is the greatest country on earth." But the country needs to do more to promote peace, Carter said, and that includes talking with countries like North Korea, which Carter visited in 1994. "What the North Koreans want is a peace treaty with the United States," he said, describing it as a "paranoid" nation. "They're honestly convinced the US wants to attack them." Carter said the nation also needs to work on improving its human rights record, singling …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
World famous primate expert and conservationist visits Lafayette College.
For more than half a century, Jane Goodall has lived with and studied chimpanzees. But what has that time taught her about humans? "We've been jolly arrogant," Goodall said Thursday afternoon, speaking to reporters at Lafayette College in Easton. "We're part of the animal kingdom. We're not separate from it." Goodall was at the school to deliver its Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Visiting Lecture for 2012-13. She said she hoped students would come away with the "recognition, the hope, that it's not too late to turn things around." She also shared what she's learned from animals, and "what we can continue to learn from there." Goodall, who runs the global non-profit that bears her name, said she continues to be surprised by chimps. For …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Speaking at Lafayette College, former British Prime Minister deals with the Middle East, and the world economy.
During his tenure as Great Britain's prime minister, Tony Blair sent troops into wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. But while his 10 years in office—1997 to 2007—were volatile ones, 2013 could prove to be "the toughest time to be a leader," Blair told students at Lafayette College Monday afternoon. Today's leaders need to adapt to a fast-changing world, Blair said, one where crises won't come sequentially. For example, British and American leaders are dealing with both continued unrest in the Middle East, as well as fallout from the 2008 financial meltdown, Blair said. “Your country and my country are tired of intervention," in the Middle East, Blair said, but added that some level of engagement is "absolutely fundamental." Since …
Tony Blair pays tribute to Margaret Thatcher in Lafayette College speech.
Although a divisive leader, Margaret Thatcher will be "missed profoundly" on both sides of the Atlantic, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday. Speaking at Lafayette College in Easton a few hours after Thatcher's death was reported, Blair said Thatcher was someone who believed in a strong bond between the United States and the United Kingdom. “Whether you agree with her or disagree with her, and I had plenty of times where I disagreed with her, she was a remarkable, empowering figure," Blair said at the start of his speech, which was the college's 2013 Lives of Liberty Lecture. Thatcher, 87, died Monday after suffering a stroke. She had led England's Conservative Party for nearly 12 years, the longest tenure of any 20th …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Lafayette knocks off Holy Cross and will play Lehigh University in semifinals Saturday in Patriot League Tournament.
The Lafayette Leopards are moving on. The Lafayette College mens basketball team knocked off Holy Cross Wednesday night, 77-54, in the Patriot League quarterfinals to advance to the next round. The team was sparked by star guard Tony Johnson, who scored 19 points. The No. 2 seeded Leopards will play No. 3 Lehigh University at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Kirby Sports Center in College Hill in a semifinals matchup. The tournament winner gets an automatic bid in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. See video of the opening tip-off, some warm-ups and a section of Leopards fans cheering.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Lafayette College will present a lecture by former President Jimmy Carter in April.
Former President Jimmy Carter is coming to Lafayette College in April, the school announced Tuesday. Carter's Monday, April 22 address will inaugurate the college’s Robert and Margaret Pastor Annual Lecture Series in International Affairs. He will be the second major political figure to speak at the college this spring. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is due to give Lafayette's annual Lives of Liberty lecture later this year. Their speeches follow ones from Vice President Joe Biden last May, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 2011. Winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, Carter will speak at 4 p.m. about his work on behalf of human rights, democracy and peace at the Carter Center, which he founded in 1982. Information on …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
150th anniversary Lehigh-Lafayette game to be played in New York City in 2014.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
For its 150th anniversary, the Lehigh-Lafayette game is going to New York City. The schools' presidents announced Saturday that The Rivalry -- as it's known -- will be played at Yankee Stadium in 2014. It's the first time in more than a century that Lafayette College and Lehigh University will be facing off at a neutral site. "This important milestone for the most-played football rivalry in the country will be celebrated at our nation’s most iconic sports facility,” Lafayette President Daniel Weiss said in a statement on the school website. “Our fans deserve nothing less, and our student-athletes will remember this day for the rest of their lives.” Weiss and Lehigh President Alice Gast made the announcement Saturday morning before the …
Friday, October 19, 2012
After the recent earthquake in Maine, what are the chances one could hit the Lehigh Valley?
As far as natural disasters go, earthquakes tend to be far from the minds of Lehigh Valley residents. That is, of course, until a recent 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Maine brought the possibility closer to home. That earthquake, as well as the one last year in Virginia, have several Lehigh Valley residents questioning whether an earthquake of similar magnitude could possible hit the Lehigh Valley. So, could the Lehigh Valley experience an earthquake? It's not very likely, says Dr. Larry Malinconico, associate professor of Geology and Geophysics at Lafayette College in Easton. "The fact of the matter is that earthquakes tend to occur at active tectonic margins," said Malinconico. "The recent earthquake occurred on old faults that are …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Judith’s Reading Room is one of eight winners of the 2012 American Library Association’s
Krug Memorial Fund grant.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The American Library Association (ALA) recently named Judith’s Reading Room as one of eight recipients of this year’s Krug Fund Grant in support of Banned Books Week. To celebrate, Judith's Reading Room will sponsor Flash Mob Read-Outs of 30 years of banned books at at three universities: Lafayette College in Easton, Villanova University and the University of Southern California (USC) in October. At Lafayette College, Alan Gribben, editor of the recently-published expurgated versions of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” will be the featured speaker at Skillman Library on October 3. “Judith’s Reading Room is exceptionally proud to be named a winner of the Krug Fund grant,” said Scott Leiber, …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Vice President tells Lafayette students they'll see "extraordinary changes" in their lives.
Vice President Joe Biden's great-grandfather graduated from Lafayette College in 1875, and went on to witness unheard of innovations in communication and transportation. But young people attending the college today will see even greater technological leaps, the vice president told Lafayette students Wednesday night. "Since you've been born, the world has fundamentally changed," Biden told a capacity crowd at Lafayette's Kirby Sports Center. "It will change utterly again." And America will lead that change, the vice president said during his hourlong address in which he promoted President Barack Obama's education agenda, while making only oblique references to "our opponents." For example: "I wish our opponents would read and understand …