Philadelphia to Host National Community Arts Education Conference

Philadelphia to Host National Community Arts Education Conference

This year Philadelphia will the National Guild for Community Arts’ Conference for Community Arts Education. Bringing together community arts education leaders from around the country, this annual conference explores “innovative ideas and practical strategies for growing community art programs, securing financial support, and increasing impact and participation.” Workshops will discuss topics such as storytelling for change, mobilizing parents and families as advocates, recruiting talented staff, and responding to social injustice through the arts. Along with plenary sessions and workshops, site visits will be available to organizations such as The Clay Studio, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Koresh Kids Dance, and Village of Arts and...

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Join Us for the Urban Studies Open House

             

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The Paul, Jay and Stan Blog #11

In which, Jay and Stan talk about Paul. Jay and Stan are two guys who dream about changing the world. Together, they are reading Paul Farmer’s To Repair the World. Paul has a great reputation as someone who changes the world. This week, Jay and Stan are talking about the eleventh of Farmer’s speeches, “Making Public Health Matter,” a commencement speech given to the 2006 graduates of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Jay to Stan: “On page 152, Paul Farmer introduces a metaphor with a medical anecdote: ‘You have to drain a deep infection if you want to cure it.’ His metaphor was concerned with making public health matter, which makes sense because that’s his niche. In your niche, I’d be interested to...

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Summer MA in Urban Studies Open House

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Congratulations Class of 2015

Congratulations Class of 2015

The Urban Studies Department celebrated the MA in Urban Studies class of 2015 this week. Joined by the President and Provost, the Department hosted a research forum and dinner to recognize the accomplishments of this class. Every year it is amazing to witness the diversity and flexibility of the Urban Studies program because of the sheer range in research topics. This year was no exception, as topics of study included urban beekeeping, the stories of successful black men, storytelling through dance, multicultural churches, and integrating project based learning in non-profit settings. There were a number of  theses honored by the department for their excellence. Theses of Distinction Two Thesis of Distinction awards were given this year. One was awarded...

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Weapons of Mass Salvation

THE PAUL, JAY and STAN BLOG #10 In which, Jay and Stan talk about Paul. Jay and Stan are two guys who dream about changing the world. Together, they are reading Paul Farmer’s To Repair the World. Paul has a great reputation as someone who changes the world. This week, Jay and Stan are talking about the tenth of Farmer’s speeches, “Global Health Equity and the Missing Weapons of Mass Salvation,” a commencement speech given to the 2004 graduates of the Harvard School of Public Health. Jay to Stan: “I love the exchange Farmer has with gentleman at the conference on pg.136. The man asks a sincere, but pernicious question insinuating that diseases are helpful mechanisms for population control, and Farmer answers with civility and brilliance. As a...

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Powerful Poetry

“Young people, like adults, receive countless confusing and negative messages about the implications of skin color.” Katharine Johnson is an educator that works within a diverse classroom setting, so she is always looking for ways to improve accessibility and student affirmation in her learning environment. After attending a workshop on teaching preschool children to celebrate and understand the biological basis of skin color, Johnson developed a unit integrating these themes. Beginning with an explanation of the science behind skin tone, Johnson followed with an activity matching paint samples to the skin colors of students in the classroom and reading poetry by Sheila Hamanka. After several activities compelling students to brainstorm statements about their...

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