April 12, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Harvey Edwards will give the lecture, "Seeking Understanding through Engagement and Dialogue," April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is part of the annual Virginia Travis Lecture in Social Justice series at Bucknell.

Edwards, who graduated from Bucknell in 1978, has been a teacher in the Selinsgrove Area School District for the past 18 years. A semi-finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year last year, he has been nominated for the honor and is in consideration as a finalist for 2007.

He also is the director of the Tolerance Troupe, a group of students from grades nine to 12 from Selinsgrove Area High School. Through the Tolerance Troupe's interactive skits, Edwards aims to foster respect, appreciation and understanding among people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The Troupe has presented skits, which portray situations of intolerance and encourage the audience to engage in a discussion, to schools on all grade levels, colleges, civic groups and state conference organizations.

The recipient of a master's degree in humanities from Penn State Capitol Campus in Harrisburg, Edwards has served as a co-instructor of graduate courses in composition and instruction for the Capitol Area Writing Project, a National Writing Project affiliate for three summers over the past six years.

He has worked with future teachers and taught Reading in the Content Area at Susquehanna University as a lecturer in the education department. He also has presented Writing across the Curriculum in-service training in numerous regional school districts including Harrisburg, Montgomery, Shikellamy and Sullivan County.

The Virginia Travis Lectureship in Social Justice was established in 1982 by Tom Travis, Bucknell professor of political science, and his family in honor of his mother for her personal and political work toward a vision of a better world. Virginia Travis died in 1973.

The lectureship is awarded to a member of the Bucknell or local community who has worked compassionately and diligently to promote justice and social change at the local, national or global level.

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Story posted April 11, 2006

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