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Invitations into our Friday Afternoon Conversations, 2004-2005: An Archive

September 8, 2004
What is Customs?

What is its purpose?
How does it work for some and not others?
How can customs foster and not force sisterhood?
Customs is a big part of campus life, but it may not be viewed by others as inclusive. We must respect others' rights to participate if they choose to or not to participate in customs. Culture is also a big part of campus life, traditions, and people's personal preferences. How can we incorporate these views into customs?

Join us for lunch and a discussion led by Jackney Prioly (BMC '06) and Chris MacDonald-Dennis (Office of Intercultural Affairs) @ noon this Friday, September 10, in the Multicultural Center (229 Roberts Road).

The first in a series of on-going conversations about "Making Sense of Diversity," to be held throughout the year @ lunchtime on alternate Fridays. Full schedule available @
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon2.html

Co-sponsored by

the Dean's Office, the Office for Institutional Diversity,
the Center for Science in Society, the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy and
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program.

This year, the Center for Science in Society will provide email reminders
of sponsored events. If you would like to be notified of future meetings
of this group, or other Center-related information, subscribe to the
listserv by sending an email to majordomo@brynmawr.edu;
include"SUBSCRIBE scisoc" in the body of the message. (Alternatively: "UNSUBSCRIBE scisoc" will remove you from the list.)

September 23, 2004
Listening for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Struggle

The Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai wrote, "The place where we are right/ is hard and trampled/like a yard./ But doubts and loves/ dig up the world/ like a mole, a plow./ And a whisper will be heard in the place/ where the ruined/ house once stood."

BMC students Laura Kramer and Orah Minder will be joined by political scientist Deborah Harrold to talk about being right and having doubts; to talk about the problems that arise with even discussing the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Laura and Orah have set for themselves the task of creating a space for talking, for doubt, and for listening.

Please join us for lunch and a discussion at 12 noon this Friday (tomorrow), September 24, in the Multicultural Center (229 Roberts Road).

The second in a series of ongoing conversations about "Making Sense of Diversity," to be held throughout the year at lunchtime on alternate Fridays. Full schedule available at:
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon2.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Office of Intercultural Affairs,
the Center for Science in Society, the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy and
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program.

October 4, 2004
You are invited to this Friday's "Making Sense of Diversity" discussion (with lunch, at noon, on October 8, in the Multicultural Center on Roberts Road).

Topic: The FUTURE of SUSTAINED DIALOGUE at BRYN MAWR

Come, discuss your ideas about what you want Sustained Dialogue to become.

Sustained Dialogue is an opportunity for ongoing inter-group dialogue, a place for open and honest discussion about feelings, experiences, and opinions about diversity.

How do you envision Sustained Dialogue working for you???

Are you tired of having Politically Correct discussions about diversity??

Do you notice too many diversity discussions are comprised of mainly students of color or white students??

Come this Friday to discuss Sustained Dialogue, to hear what happened last year, both its failures and successes.

Bring your ideas, and become a part of its transformation!!!

BMC students Heather Davis and Maria Fernandez will be joined by Dean Michelle Mancini in leading the conversation.

The third in a series of ongoing discussions about "Making Sense of Diversity," held throughout the year at lunchtime on alternate Fridays. Full schedule available at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon2.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Office of Intercultural Affairs,
the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy and
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program.

October 19, 2004
Kindergarden. Cultivating a classroom. Organic discussion. Natural metaphors come up continually in our search for pedagogies which empower both student and professor. What other metaphors can we tap into which will help us structure our classrooms and pedagogies? What metaphors work for you? What do you look for as a student in a classroom, or a professor in a classroom, and how can this be accommodated by other students, professors, the administration?

You are invited to lunch and a discussion @ noon this Friday, October 22nd, in the Multicultural Center on Roberts Road, when Emily Madsen (BMC '06) and Linda-Susan Beard (English Department) will lead us into a conversation about "Organic Discussions": Diverse Pedagogies for Diverse Peoples."

The fourth in a series of ongoing discussions on "Making Sense of Diversity," held throughout the year at lunchtime on alternate Fridays. Full schedule available at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon2.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Office of Intercultural Affairs,
the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy and
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program.

November 3, 2004
International Human Rights Exchange
South Africa: Human Rights and Social Transformation

We would like to invite you to attend a discussion on South Africa. Lauren Friedman, Alnisa Bell, Nia Turner, and Paula Arboleda attended a human rights program this summer in Capetown, SA. Dean Chin and the South Africa group will be discussing their experiences, the issues they faced, the materials they covered, the solidarity and friendships that formed, and the impact of these challenges on their lives and future.

Come join us for lunch and a discussion @ noon this Friday, November 5, in the Multicultural Center on Roberts Road.

The fifth in a series of ongoing discussions on "Making Sense of Diversity," held throughout the year at lunchtime on alternate Fridays. Full schedule available at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon2.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Office of Intercultural Affairs,
the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy and
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program.

November 16, 2004
At noon this Friday, November 19, there will be a lunch discussion, open to all, about Posse on Campus, facilitated by Posse scholars and faculty mentors, addressing what Posse is, what its effect on campus is, and opinions and perceptions of Posse on Bryn Mawr's campus. Please stop by the Multicultural Center on Roberts Road, and bring your ideas, opinions, and conversation to share with each other in this safe space.

The sixth in a series of ongoing discussions on "Making Sense of Diversity," held throughout the year at lunchtime on alternate Fridays. Full schedule available at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon2.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Office of Intercultural Affairs,
the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy and
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program.

January 26, 2005
How Woman Fight: Making Nice at a Women's College

"I wanted to tell her to shut up. We have heard enough about what happened to her in high school."

"Our discussions never go anywhere interesting. We always talk about things that are safe and not the least bit edgy."

"I can't get my students to engage the really tough issues. They lay them out there in a statement or two, but they don't follow through and really grapple with the issue."

Participating fully in a diverse community sometimes involves having difficult conversations/discussions and at the same time wanting to "make nice." Bryn Mawr students Kyla Ellis, Diana Gibfried and Holly Katz joined by Kim Cassidy, Associate Professor of Psychology, will talk about their experiences participating in difficult and not-so-difficult conversations in an upper-level seminar that they participated in together, as a way of highlighting some of the particular challenges to truly open dialogue in the Bryn Mawr community.

Join us for lunch and a discussion @ noon this Friday, January 28, in the Living Room of the Multicultural Center (229 Roberts Road).

The first in a series of on-going conversations about "Making Sense of Diversity,"
to be held throughout the year @ lunchtime on alternate Fridays.
Full schedule available @
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy,
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program and
the Office for Intercultural Affairs.

This year, the Center for Science in Society is providing e-mail reminders
of sponsored events. If you would like to be notified of future meetings
of this group, or other Center-related information, subscribe to the
listserv by sending an email to majordomo@brynmawr.edu;
include"SUBSCRIBE scisoc" in the body of the message.
(Alternatively: "UNSUBSCRIBE scisoc" will remove you from the list.)


February 10, 2005
Campus Diversity from the Perspectives of Some Members of the Staff

You interact with us everyday. We support your efforts through our work on campus.
We are often the silent witnesses and untapped resources to Bryn Mawr students.
Did you ever wonder what we think about diversity at Bryn Mawr College?
Would you like to find out?

Join Paul Somerville & Arthur Taylor from Dining Services and Debbie Rubin & Ellie Esmond from the Community Service Office this Friday, February 11, 12-1 in the living room of the Multicultural Center (229 Roberts Road) for lunch and a discussion about staff perspectives related to campus diversity.

The second in a series of on-going conversations about "Making Sense of Diversity,"
held throughout the year @ lunchtime on alternate Fridays.
Full schedule available @
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy,
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program and
the Office for Intercultural Affairs.

February 24, 2005
What's in a Name? Re-defining Feminism

In what ways have you been involved, or how have you felt excluded, from feminist action on campus? Is there a feminist agenda here? Are there core feminist values? Is there such a thing as a feminist identity? What kinds of feminism do you see enacted--or not--on campus? What in Bryn Mawr's structure encourages or discourages feminist action? Does feminism mis-represent the most pressing social problems? Does it obscure issues of race and class?

Join us in the Multicultural Center this Friday @ noon for lunch and a discussion with Anne Dalke, Katy McMahon, Michelle Mueller, Jessie Payson and Gilda Rodriguez: "What's In a Name?: Re-defining Feminism at Bryn Mawr in 2005."

The third in a series of on-going conversations about"Making Sense of Diversity,"
held throughout the year @ lunchtime on alternate Fridays.
Full schedule available @
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy,
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program and
the Office for Intercultural Affairs.

March 16, 2005
One People, Many Stories

Over the past few years, Latinos have become the largest minority group in the United States. Latinos have ignited a vibrant Latin explosion in popular culture and deeply affected American society. But what connects such a disparate group? What does a light-skinned Argentinian emigre have in common with a fifth-generation indigenous Chicana? And what is in a name: Hispanic, Latino, Spanish?

Come find out this Friday!
--3/18 @ the Multicultural Center @ noon, with lunch:
a discussion with Yinnette Sano ('05)
and Chris MacDonald-Dennis (Office of Intercultural Affairs).

The fourth in a series of on-going conversations about "Making Sense of Diversity,"
held throughout the year on alternate Fridays.
Full schedule available @
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy,
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program and
the Office for Intercultural Affairs.

March 30, 2005
Red, Blue, Purple: Political Diversity

Two politically active members of the BMC community will briefly discuss their own experiences, thoughts and feelings about the range of political views represented on campus, and how they get talked about and enacted here. This will form a groundwork for all of us to consider political diversity at Bryn Mawr--and beyond.

Come join Diane Scarpa (06) and Sandy Schram (Graduate School of Social Work),
for the fifth of a series of on-going conversations about "Making Sense of Diversity,"
held throughout the year on alternate Fridays.

Full schedule available @
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy,
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program and
the Office for Intercultural Affairs.

April 12, 2005
Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Issues at Bryn Mawr

Difficult as it is to acknowledge and talk about visible differences among ourselves, it is probably even harder to recognize and talk about differences in internal experiences. People frequently feel that these are unique and private, if not potentially shameful. But there is much to be learned from sharing such experiences, and much more commonality to be found than most people expect. Maria Scott-Wittenborn will briefly describe the "inside" of ADD and Paul Grobstein the "inside" of depression and anxiety--as a basis for general discussion of internal experiences and ways to more effectively share and work with them.

Join us in the Multicultural Center this Friday @ noon for the fifth in a series of on-going conversations about "Making Sense of Diversity," held throughout the year @ lunchtime on alternate Fridays. Full schedule available @
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy,
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program and
the Office for Intercultural Affairs.

April 28, 2005
Intersections of Class and Race

In what ways do class issues manifest themselves on campus?
In what ways is class racialized?
How is race used to divide people of similar class backgrounds?
Does our campus use women's issues to distract us from issues of class and race?
Why are class differences not discussed when other forms of difference are (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation)?
After receiving a Bryn Mawr education, how do graduates from various socio-economic backgrounds use that privilege?
And what implications are there for race?

Join Allie Petonic (05), Christina Gubitosa (06) and Paula Arboleda (05) in the Multicultural Center this Friday, April 29 @ noon, for lunch and the last in this semester's series of on-going conversations about "Making Sense of Diversity." Full schedule available @
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/diversity/frinoon.html

Co-sponsored by
the Dean's Office, the Center for Science in Society,
the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy,
the Feminist and Gender Studies Program and
the Office for Intercultural Affairs.






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