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2011 Artists Spotlight from Advocate

Diva 4, Kurt Kauper

Diva 4, Kurt Kauper

 

Check out Advocate editors favorite art pieces from 2011 here.

 This painting by Aaron Smith is my favorite! What's yours? Maybe one way this class site can continue is each of us keeping an eye out for our favorite art piece entangled with gender and sexuality during 2012? Post here!

Rip-staver, Aaron Smith

Rip-staver, Andrew Smith 

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Wishing you a rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing start to 2012. 

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"Yarning" A Playful, Precarious, Potential Right Relationship

Our concluding activity is a diffraction of Eve Ensler's litany, Karen Barad's concept of entanglement, and John Humbach's discussion of right relationship.

Each member of the class wrote their individual contribution to the litany enumerated (anonymously) below. The model we offered was, "I am over ______./, (and) I commit to ______." All of the slips of paper were mixed together before being passed out at random. One by one, we entangled our ideas by tossing the ball of yarn to the member of the class whose utterance was shared. They then read the slip in their own hands and repeated the tossing process, being careful to pull enough excess string from the ball of yarn prior to toss! Below is a cropped image of our circle and the yarn, captured by Anne Dalke.

"Yarning" A Right Relationship

 

Please, classmates, return here for inspiration and conversation. If I did not procure your contribution, feel free to email me (jmussa@haverford.edu) and I'll gladly add it to this post. The semester is coming to a close now, but we're just getting started, eh? ;)
 
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I'm over observing from the sidelines as a passive ally for rape and sexual assault survivors. I commit to the active pursuit of JUSTICE.

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A Response To President Creighton's Email "Sexual Misconduct Awareness"

My web event is a response to Joanne V. Creighton's (Haverford's Interm President) email earlier this evening. Please see her email below, followed by my response.

Dear members of the community,

It has come to my attention that several messages posted as part of a sexual misconduct awareness campaign were vandalized in a way that at the least trivializes sexual assault and at worst seems to promote it.

It is difficult to understand these actions in light of the values articulated in the preamble to our Honor Code: 

“As Haverford students, we seek an environment in which members of a diverse student body can live together, interact, and learn from one another in ways that protect both personal freedom and community standards. If a diverse community is to prosper, its members must attempt to come to terms with their differences; this goal is only possible if students seek mutual understanding by means of respectful communication. By holding us accountable for our words and actions, the Honor Code acts as an educational tool, instructing us to resolve conflicts by engaging others in dialogues that yield greater awareness for all parties involved. By encouraging respectful conduct, we hope to create an atmosphere conducive to learning and growing.”

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Figuring Out Our Group and Performance!

A couple of us were going to continue the conversation about the group work for our last class here... I don't think we agreed who would start the thread... so here it is!

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It's Time

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Choice

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Choice

As we transitioned into snacktime, Anne summed up Part II of our class session by posing the question: 

Does something trump choice?

I was reminded of this video, which may contextualize, problematize, and/or stigmatize (y)our understanding of the choice(s) you/we have as individuals and as part of a larger American culture/society... is it just me or am I making this statement highly inclusive? 

Anyway, what do y'all think about this?


 

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You need to learn a lesson, Alison. Love, A

Alison DiLaurentis
Alison DiLaurentis

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