Help Us To Heal ~ an evening of soulful music with Tribe 1 Tribe 1 Thursday, June 12 – 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Tribe 1, an ensemble of singers, poets and drummers will guide an exploration in right relationship through song. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Tribe 1 has seasoned a powerful musical experience. They will perform songs of peace, joy, prayer and transformation. The conference audience will be invited to sit back and listen as well as discovering together the right relationship that exists when we join our voices in song.
Tribe 1 Members: Niyonu Spann, Founder and Director ~ Jonathan Snipes, Ingrid Lakey, Kevin Parker, Benson Sebastian, Deborra Sines Pancoe, Foluke Bennett, Sonia Rosen, Joe Moore & Carly Frintner.
Embracing the Contradictions of Working Toward Justice Sarah Willie-LeBreton Friday, June 13 – 9:30am-10:45 a.m.
Clear definitions of justice are a relief, but such clarity is sometimes at odds with the appreciation that justice is a social concept, arrived at collectively. Our work in the academy can help us understand this contradiction and the wisdom of our elders can help us to live with it, even as we stumble toward right relationship with each other.
Sarah Willie-LeBreton (HC ’86) is professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College where she chairs the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Program in Black Studies. A convinced Friend, she is member of the Haverford Corporation and the Board of Managers of Haverford College and a member of the Board of Pendle Hill.
Celebrating 325 years of Quaker education in North America (Still a draft) Robin Baker, Kimberly Wright Cassidy, Darryl J.Ford, and Nancy O. Starmer Moderated by Daniel H. Weiss and Irene McHenry Friday, June 13 – 7:30-9:00 p.m. Daniel Weiss invites two Heads of Quaker Schools and two Presidents to reflect on the theme and the queries which have called us all together: • How do our history and our Quaker philosophy of truth seeking inform our educational and scholarly practices in the 21st century? • How can we use our collective strength to cross boundaries, overcome obstacles and move towards our visionary goals? Robin Baker is the President of George Fox University
Kimberly Wright Cassidy is the President of Bryn Mawr College
Darryl J. Ford is the Head of School of William Penn Charter School
Nancy O. Starmer is Head of School of George School
Daniel H. Weiss is President of Haverford College
Irene McHenry is Executive Director of Friends Council on Education
“Consider the Connections of Things”: John Woolman and International Relations Michael Birkel, Shan Cretin, and Diane Randall Saturday, June 14 – 7:30-9:00 p.m.
How does the inward life of worship and the outward life of ministry for peace and social justice live in today’s world among Friends? We will consider the document “Shared Security” (a collaboration of Friends Committee on National Legislation and American Friends Service Committee for re-imagining US foreign policy) as read in the company of the 18th-century Quaker mystic and social reformer John Woolman. Michael Birkel teaches religion at Earlham College and has written on Quaker spirituality and, more recently, interfaith understanding.
Shan Cretin is General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.
Diane Randall is Executive Secretary at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Washington, DC-based Quaker lobby in the public interest.
Concurrent Sessions A - Friday, June 13 – 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Title: Active Learning: Is this an effective student - instructor relationship? (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Gary Farlow Description: This presentation is based on experience with converting introductory physics material to an active learning format (version of flipped classroom). Results from this experience will be used as basis for discussion of effectiveness. Title: Revitalizing a Quaker Honors Program (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Donald Smith Description: I will describe how we revitalized the Honors Program at Guilford College, shifting it from a list of course requirements to an intentional community for intellectual support.
Title: Building Right Relationships Through an All-School Accreditation Process (Link 205) Presenter (s): Galen Hamann, Dan Ohl, and Erik Wilker Description: Accreditation is a necessary learning tool for which the process can be its own teaching devise. We will share how we strengthened right relationships by growing Friends business practices.
Title: Corporate Authority and Individual Conscience: An Outsider's View of the Tension between the Individual and the Community (East 115) Presenter (s): Donald Tucker and Jacci Welling Description: This session will focus on exploring tensions between the care and concern for individual persons and the preservation of corporate (community) identity and strength, especially as institutions like colleges and universities face budget constraints and downsizing.
Title: Each a Teacher: Reflection as a Tool for Seeking Right Relationship in an International Summer Internship Program (Sharpless 412) Presenter (s): Alice Lesnick, Theresa Cann, Esteniolla Maitre Description: A strengths-based approach to reflection positions all contributors as teachers and learners. Leaders of a cross-cultural, cross-role team applying this philosophy in a summer internship program in Northern Ghana will present a case study and guide educators seeking to lead parallel initiatives to discover how reflection serves as a global competency.
Title: Interfaith Conversations: Crossing Boundaries of Identity and Beliefs in Quaker Institutions (Sharpless 217) Presenter (s): Priscilla Taylor-Williams, Karen Washington, Meredith Hanamirian, and Melissa McCourt Description: This experiential workshop will identify strengths in having respectful interfaith conversations, institutional barriers to conversations and the identification of ways to overcome them.
Title: Mindfulness in Education: Exploring Right Relationships through Mindful Awareness (Hilles 108) Presenter (s): Irene McHenry Description: By exploring research from neuroscience and participating in short mindfulness practices, we will examine how mindfulness can lead to increase academic achievement, healthy relationships, and reduced stress in educational settings.
Title: Racial Mainstreams and Margins: Learning to See Group Dynamics that Fracture Relationships and Communities (Sharpless 410) Presenter (s): Ali Michael Description: Part of having a mainstream – or privileged – identity is that it’s hard to see and recognize that part of ourselves. This workshop will support all participants to see their mainstream identities and begin to recognize the impact that we have on others when we are unaware of those identities. Especially relevant to K-12 educators and White people.
Title: Study Abroad Opportunities within the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Costa Rica (Hilles 109) Presenter (s): Mac Given Description: This presentation will focus on opportunities within the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (Monteverde, Costa Rica) for seminars on a variety of themes related to tropical ecology, scientific research and student internships.
Concurrent Sessions B - Friday, June 13 – 2:00 pm to 3:15pm
Title: Creating a Space for Mindfulness and Metacognition in the Classroom (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Elizabeth Kriynovich Description: Exploring mindfulness meditation in the classroom as a way to improve students' focus, decrease anxiety, and nurture a more positive learning environment. Participants will also experience a mindfulness meditation session.
Title: Black Belt Yankee: Right Relationship in Alabama (East 115) Presenter (s): Diana White Description: In my three years at Tuskegee University I have been working for economic and social justice. In the white community my work has generated support and anger.
Title: Posthuman Right Relationships: Can there be a Quaker cyber-pedagogy? (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Janet Gray Description: How does posthumanism challenge Quaker educational practice? What insights and strategies do Quaker educators bring to the often dehumanizing experience of online study?
Title: Affinity Groups - Honoring Differences, Seeking Unity (Sharpless 412) Presenter (s): Marissa Colston, Deborra Sines Pancoe, and Toni Williamson Description: Wholeness as individuals and in communities involves exploring cultural experiences, traditions and assumptions about ourselves and others. In diverse communities, affinity groups provide opportunities to create unity among differences and to honor many voices.
Title: The Hero's Journey into Right Relationship with Mother Earth: New Student Dreams from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica (Hilles 109) Presenter (s): Stephen Potthoff Description: I will present and reflect upon the dreams contributed by students from our latest tropical ecology field trip to Costa Rica in January of 2014. Title: Instant Oatmeal: Filmmaking for the Bridge Film Festival (Sharpless 217) Presenter (s): Andy Cohen Description: The Bridge Film Festival inspires students of Friends schools and of the Quaker faith to make short films that reflect Quaker values/testimonies such as: community, peace, integrity, stewardship, simplicity and equality. The annual festival also encourages faculty to be actively engaged in the process. To that end, this workshop will briefly review the rules and regulations of the festival before breaking into teams of filmmakers. Each team will be given a testimony and have one hour to brainstorm and film the movie. All editing will be done “in camera.” Title: How Literature’s Portrayal of Violence Can Teach Us About Peace (Sharpless 410) Presenter (s): Abby Phyfe Description: How is a depressing and death-filled Greek tragedy perfect for teaching teenagers how to be nice to their moms? How do we learn about right relationships through very wrong relationships? Title: Elizabeth Bathurst: 'Tis not Inky Character can make a saint. (Sharpless 202) Presenter (s): Mary Garman Description: This session will introduce Friends to the theological writings of Elizabeth Bathurst, whose writings from the 17th century offer today's Friends inspiration and encouragement. Title: Right Relationship with Congress: College Students and Professors Bringing Quaker Values to National Policy (Link 205) Presenter (s): Sandy Robson and Donn Weinholtz Description: Sandy Robson, program planner for FCNL, and Donn Weinholtz, professor at University of Hartford, will brief participants on opportunities FCNL offers for authentic political engagement, and ask participants for ideas to facilitate growth of this initiative. Concurrent Sessions C - Friday, June 13 – 3:30 pm to 5:00pm (90 minute sessions unless noted) Title: Exploring Right Relationships across Boundaries of Faith Traditions: Collaborations within and beyond the classroom (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Michael Birkel, Kelly Burk, and Trish Eckert Description: How does our Quaker faith shape our understanding of interfaith relationships? Title: From Conflict to Beloved Community: Movements Toward Reconciliation and Right Relationships (Sharpless 412) Presenter (s): Theresa Tensuan, Cara Curtis, and Elizabeth Nicolas Description: Through exercises ranging from written reflections, physical movement and improvisational choreography, we will explore how to relate to one another with kindness, equality and grace and share how to make intentional choices that will leave room for transformation. Title: Leading in the Light: Sustainability of Friends Schools and Colleges (Hilles 109) Presenter (s): Ari Betof Description: To thrive in the 21st century and beyond, Friends schools and colleges must openly confront difficult realities while protecting and cultivating the core purpose of the organization. Title: Learning Differently within a Friends Education (Sharpless 410) Presenter (s): William Keeney, Gray Goodman, and Dave Calamaro Description: An overview of LD, how to identify SLD, and strategies and techniques for serving an LD population in academically demanding educational institutions such as typify the Philadelphia area Friends schools. Title: Reflections on Eight Years of Maintaining a Campus Peace Vigil (East 115) Presenter (s): Donn Weinholtz Description: This session examines the influence of an eight-year, weekly, campus peace vigil. Time has tempered my previous euphoria over the vigil's impact; however various positive effects remain apparent. Title: Right Relationship to the Economic System: Countering Economic Idolatry (Sharpless 202) Presenter (s): Laura Rediehs Description: We have come to place economic considerations at the center of decision making, even above ethical considerations. This inverts right relationship. How can we address this problem? Title: Bryn Mawr's 360 Program: Collaborating Through a Cross-Disciplinary Course Cluster (Sharpless 217) Presenter (s): David Ross and Sarah Theobald Description: This session introduces participants to the benefits and challenges of students and faculty engaging in close collaboration across a cluster of courses that the students take in common. While each maintains its separate structure, courses in a 360° share a common theme or research question, incorporate non-traditional classroom experiences with community outreach and opportunities for interdisciplinary reflection. Title: Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America's Native Peoples (Hilles 108) Presenter (s): Paula Palmer Description: An experiential workshop on the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the way forward via the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and actions toward right relationship. Concurrent Sessions D - Saturday, June 14 – 9:30 am to 10:45am (During FAHE business meeting. FCE specific workshops) Title: Fostering Quaker Dispositions in Teacher Education Candidates (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Martha Hendricks Description: Engage participants in discussion and inquiry into fostering and measuring Quaker values in teacher education candidates. Title: Recovering a Sense of Place: The Pendle Hill Case (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Doug Gwyn Description: How can we enrich the social texture of our search for truth and explore sustainable patterns of living through educational practices more grounded in the school's place? Title: Bringing Together Clerks of All Ages (Sharpless 217) Presenter (s): Kiri Harris Description: How do clerking and participating in Meeting for Business sustain right relationships? Clerks from our school and Meeting, ages 9 to 90, came together to talk shop. Learn what they learned. Title: Recovering a Quaker Tradition of Communal Discipline/Eldering (Hilles 109) Presenter (s): Herb Lape and John Scardina Description: Many modern Quaker schools are uncertain about the role of communal authority and discipline. We'd like to briefly look at the early Quaker embrace of discipline to counter excessive individualism in its ranks as a model for feeling more comfortable with legitimate communal authority in our schools. Title: The Right Relationship in Peer Coaching and Collaboration as a Strategy for Teacher Feedback and Evaluation (Sharpless 412) Presenter (s): Renee Prillaman Description: How can professional development and teacher evaluation become powerful points of reflection, support and growth? And how can collegial relationships be nourished in the context of professional development and evaluation? In this workshop we will share the journey of a teacher in the review process, what she learned, and how she experienced this process as a teacher and as a colleague. Participants will join us in reflecting about how the teacher evaluation and professional growth process can build right relationships among administrators and teachers. Title: Building A Sister School Relationship: Brooklyn to Tanzania (Sharpless 410) Presenter (s): Marna Herrity Description: The history of the relationship between Brooklyn Friends School and Kisangura School in Tanzania will be shared. Time will be allotted for sharing questions, plus parallel experiences from session participants. Title: Deepening our Middle School Meeting for Worship (East 115) Presenter (s): Ida Trisolini Description: I will share our middle school's process that resulted in a much deepened experience of Meeting for Worship for students and faculty. Title: Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America's Native Peoples (Hilles 108) Presenter (s): Paula Palmer Description: An experiential workshop on the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the way forward via the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and actions toward right relationship. Specifically for teachers of middle school and high school students.
Concurrent Sessions E - Saturday, June 14 – 11:15 am to 12:30pm Title: The rhetoric of plain and simple: "The high places must be thrown down” (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Diane Reynolds Description: By forgetting the rich connotations of the words "plain" and "simple" in early Quakerism, have Friends lost a valuable heritage? Title: Right Relationship in Scholarly Practices (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Julie Meadows Description: Scholarly norms of speech and writing invite us to fall into habits that may not be consonant with Quaker values. This workshop explores some of the ways in which standards of academic life encourage us to do violence to ourselves and others. I invite participants to explore the conflicts we are drawn into and possible creative responses to them. Title: The challenges of a "smarter planet": right relationship on a wiser earth (East 115) Presenter (s): Gray Cox Description: As ever “smarter” artificial intelligence regulates our world, how can Quakers promote right relationships between people and those systems? We’ll consider strategies for sharing discernment amongst Quakers of all ages. Title: Collaboratively Advancing Our Institutions (Hilles 108) Presenter (s): Ari Betof, Odie LeFever, Christian Donovan, and Jenna Davis Description: In a landscape where educational institutions must maximize organizational capacity to thrive, Friends schools have an opportunity to model collaborative and agile efforts that integrate admissions, marketing, communications, and fundraising. Title: In the Window: Professional and Personal Challenges and Insights on the Approach to Retirement (Sharpless 202) Presenter (s): Barbara Dixson and Patricia Finley Description: This session will explore the challenges, discoveries, and joys of the Quaker teacher approaching retirement. Title: Peace Through Participation: A global approach (Sharpless 412) Presenter (s): Christen Clougherty Description: This workshop explores an experiential approach to teaching about Quakers’ historical and contemporary expression of peace and is ideal for educators looking to enhance their teaching about global social justice.
Title: Right Relationship and Professional Responsibility (Sharpless 217) Presenter(s): Laura Arcila Villa Description: A discussion of the concept of right relationship in connection to professional responsibility and professional ethics. Title: Public/Private Partnerships: Building relationships over time (Hilles 109) Presenter (s): James Ballengee, Tom Rickards, George Eastburn, and Justine Kimbel Description: We will examine a two decades long partnership between a Friends school and a public school for the disabled. How have we managed to maintain and grow relationships between students and faculty over time? Title: Spiritual Direction and Psychotherapy: Exploring right relationship with God and the self. (Sharpless 410) Presenter (s): Kathleen Gathercoal Description: A number of studies have shown that as religious graduate students progress through their training in psychotherapy, they begin to rely less on God and more on themselves. The Clinical Psychology program at George Fox University has responded to these findings by asking students to engage in a year of spiritual direction. Sharing stories and outcome data followed by open discussion. Concurrent Sessions F - Saturday, June 14 – 2:00 pm to 3:15pm Title: Goodness of Fit: A reflection on Quaker responses to injustice and inequality and their place in society (Sharpless 410) Presenter (s): Barbara Heather Description: I see a pattern of conflict for Quakers in the interface between their culture and their religious beliefs. They want to be socially acceptable in an unequal and often violent society and they want to defend absolute equality, human rights, justice and peace. Title: Keeping faith with the future: Moving from disregard for the consequences of our energy use to living in right relation (East 115) Presenter (s): Paula Kline Description: To live in right relation with the future, Friends’ schools and those who support them must consider three great concerns (ecological, moral, financial). This workshop will review these concerns and the various barriers that keep us from acting in alignment with our Quaker values. We will consider how we may strive to be in right relation with the students we nurture by re-assessing our investments and our energy politics. Title: Truth, a Central Value for Early Friends but a Stumbling Block for Modern Popular Culture (Sharpless 217) Presenter (s): Caroline Whitbeck Description: Although many young people are hungry for truth, modern popular culture embraces the political advice "don't make enemies" even at the cost of lying. How might Friends reject popular secularism and again become "a peculiar people"? Title: “Caught and Not Taught”: How Can We Use Developmentally Appropriate Experiences of Relationship to “Teach” Quakerism in Friends Schools? (Hilles 108) Presenter (s): John Scardina and Angie Martin Description: Making Quakerism come alive in our schools so that our young people will "catch" the message. Title: The Calm Clarity Project: synthesizing neuroscience and spiritual practices to cultivate harmony (Hilles 108) Presenter (s): Due Quach Description: Progress report on Calm Clarity's initiatives to train high school students and college students to apply contemplative neuroscience to regulate their inner experiences and cultivate harmony and well-being. Title: Quakers & the war tax concern: unfinished business? (Sharpless 412) Presenter (s): Lonnie Valentine Description: The basis of this exploration of the war tax concern will be highlights from the history of Friends on our struggle with this question, including recent efforts to resolve the dilemma for those Quakers opposed to being forced to pay taxes used for the military. Title: Social Justice and Academic Integration (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Janice Lion Description: Staff and students from the Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship will discuss its global internship program. How can educators prepare students to value “local knowledge” and to integrate their summer experiences with academic learning? Title: Whither God, today? Contemporary Quakerism and the Viability of Theology (Hilles 109) Presenter (s): Jeffrey Dudiak Description: In this presentation I will provide an overview of how certain recent philosophers of religion are attempting to think “God” in a post-metaphysical context, and begin to explore some possible resonances and implications of such thinking for Friends. Concurrent Sessions G - Saturday, June 14 – 3:45pm to 5:00pm (75 minutes sessions unless noted) Title: Earlham College Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee: Lessons Learned (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Karen Tibbals Description: The Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee at Earlham College had a very different response to two different student groups. BDS at Earlham and RE-Investment. This presentation will discuss the differences and lessons learned. Title: Research Agendas in Peace Psychology (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Rachel MacNair Description: Three task forces with people of varying perspectives are considering the psychology behind weaponized drones, the death penalty, and abortion. Questions more comprehensive than usual in these areas are addressed. Title: Where Does FAHE Fit? FAHE’s relationship to other Quaker organizations (Sharpless Auditorium) Presenter (s): Gary Farlow Description: This workshop is an extension of a presentation prepared for the “Developing Leaders” conference organized by the Friends Center of Guilford College. It will address questions of relationship given that FAHE‘s primary energy is devoted to the organization of its conference and to the Quaker College fair. Title: How a Community Heals: The Truth and Reconciliation Process between the Wabanaki and Maine (90 minute session) (Sharpless 412) Presenter (s): Lucy Duncan and Denise Altvater Description: When there has been generational trauma between peoples, how does real healing begin? Find out how the first Truth & Reconciliation commission between a sovereign tribal nation, the Wabanaki, and a US state, Maine, came about and how it is promoting healing of both victims and perpetrators. Title: International Relation(ship)s: building cross-cultural communities through educational delegations (Sharpless 217) Presenter (s): Kaye Edwards, Nell Anderson, Laura Hopps, and Irene King Description: What structures and practices help international delegations be mutually generative, nourishing and sustainable for our students, for our colleagues in other countries, and for trip leaders? Title: On Seeking the Truth (and being found by it)—A Christocentric Double Search (Hilles 108) Presenter (s): Paul Anderson Description: Building on my previous QRT essay on a Quaker Spirituality of Education, this presentation continues to explore the practical aspects of learning as the quest for truth, but also (with Parker Palmer) being open to being "found by truth" as a transformative possibility--relevant to all disciplines. Title: Shared Security: Re-imagining U.S. Foreign Policy (Sharpless 410) Presenter (s): Douglas Bennett Description: A panel presentation introducing conference attendees to Shared Security, a joint project of AFSC and FCNL to re-imagine U.S. foreign policy. Title: A Quaker Approach to Research: Collaborative Practice and Communal Discernment (90 minute session) (Sharpless 202) Presenter (s): Keith Helmuth and Gray Cox Description: Quaker Institute for the Future has been experimenting for ten years with ways of doing Spirit-led research governed by Quaker practices: A presentation on theory, practice, and results.
Title: When and How do Separations Unite? Building sustainable relationships across lines of religious difference (Hilles 109) Presenter (s): Rebecca Mays and Ron Rembert (via Skype) Description: From their work in international settings, Rebecca and Ron will share a Quaker orientation for interfaith relations, exploring ways Quakers can make a significant contribution to the global movement promoting interreligious dialogue, preventing religious violence, and building sustainable communities.
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