News and Spotlights

Lehigh’s second annual university-wide day of giving is Tuesday, April 2.   Lehigh Giving Day is an opportunity for the College of Arts and Sciences community to step up and give in support of our students, college initiatives, and everything that make the College such a wonderful place in which to...
  The host of “PBS NewsHour” delivered the 2019 Kenner Lecture for Cultural Understanding.
  On March 29 and 30, in a concert called Shine On in the Zoellner Arts Center, Choral Arts will trace the history of choral singing at the university.
Lehigh undergraduate students Holly Gwydir and Brian Shannon will share the Libraries Student Research Prize for 2019.  Sponsored by Library and Technology Services (LTS) and the Friends of the Libraries, the Prize recognizes excellence in undergraduate scholarship and the use of library and...
Elizabeth A. Dolan, associate professor of English and founding director of the Health, Medicine and Society program at Lehigh, has been named to the newly created position of Deputy Provost for Graduate Education. Dolan will officially assume her new role July 1.
Dr. Lloyd Steffen, University Chaplain and professor of Religion Studies, traveled to Brazil during the fall semester to serve as a Fulbright Specialist. While there, he delivered a week-long seminar grounded in philosophical scholarship entitled Moral Obligation and Punishment at Universidad do...
An international group of scientists dug deep into the past to understand how peatlands, a type of wetland formed by incompletely decomposed organic matter and water, might respond to climate changes in the future.
The new College of Arts and Sciences film and documentary studies program will be introduced at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Roemmele Global Commons in Williams Hall. Students who are already taking courses for the minors will showcase their work, and professors in the program will...
A team of researchers from Lehigh University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lebanon Valley College and Corning Inc. has demonstrated, for the first time, that crystals manufactured by lasers within a glass matrix maintain full ferroelectric functionality.
Mapping how a mysterious liquid became all matter The leading theory about how the universe began is the Big Bang, which says that 14 billion years ago the universe existed as a singularity, a one-dimensional point, with a vast array of fundamental particles contained within it. Extremely high heat...
Kenneth Kraft, professor emeritus of religion studies, died October 1 at the age of 69. He was leading scholar in the area of Buddhist studies and Japanese religions and author of several books on contemporary Buddhism
China has become Africa’s largest trade partner and is expanding its economic and political ties to the continent. The country’s rapid economic growth and developing middle class have fueled an unparalleled need for resources, and it has turned to its longstanding relationship with African states...
Antarctica is going green—and that is not a good thing. Rising temperatures affect the growth of moss on the continent, and these climatic changes are being studied by paleoecologist Zicheng Yu.
Lehigh’s Humanities Center sits modestly on a slope off West Packer Avenue. Notwithstanding its porch, tea selection and inspiration from the busts of Aristotle, Plato, Hippocrates and Homer, the center is more than a charming space—it is where creative sparks can fly from the intersection of...
In December 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency that funds high-quality research, education and public programs at colleges and universities, museums and other institutions across the United States, awarded the Africana Studies program a prestigious $500,...
The question is deceptively simple—and seemingly straightforward. It applies to every dimension of life, from the personal to the professional to the political and beyond. Yet, all too often, it goes unasked. On those occasions when the question is asked, it can cause intense internal conflict,...
The role of women in early America is the focus of a recently published book by English professor Scott Gordon. In The Letters of Mary Penry: A Single Moravian Woman in Early America, Gordon provides unprecedented access to the intimate world of a Moravian single sister. This extensive collection...
While some people may choose to seek help for their mental illnesses, others can be substantially influenced by family and friends or coerced into care by court order. Understanding the variations through which people enter mental health care—by choice or coercion—will enable health care providers...
When Eccentricities of a Nightingale debuted on Broadway in 1976 after being tweaked for 25 years, Tennessee Williams brought to the stage a story about outcasts which was seen as an amalgam of anguish and poetry. Costume designer Erica Hoelscher created a languid and reserved atmosphere of the...
Bill Warfield’s latest album release, For Lew, is personal. Warfield, professor of music, released an anthology of works by his Bill Warfield Big Band from four album releases of 1990 to 2014; two tracks are previously unreleased. This collection of jazz is a tribute to one of New York City’s great...

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