On campus this week: Disabilites and communication; Bi-Co Orchestra; International Justice Week; Collective memory of intractable conflicts; Local food and wine with Judy Wicks, the Fit Club

Posted April 3rd, 2008 at 2:11 pm.

Symposium: Access, Awareness and Allies.

Have you ever been challenged to understand or be understood by someone with a disability that affects communication? Have you been curious about sign language interpreters or transcribers in your class? Have you seen a request for a note-taker for a classmate and wondered what that’s all about? The Office of Intercultural affairs has expanded a regularly scheduled Diversity Conversation about these issues to create a minisymposium on Friday, March 28 in Aelwyd house on Cambrian Row

Three film screenings and two open forums aim to spark discussion of issues that can have an impact on communication skills and approaches to minimizing these barriers for individuals with hearing impairments and learning disabilities. A sign-language interpreter and a real-time captionist will attend the noon discussion. the 2 p.m. discussion, featuring Dean Karen Tidmarsh, is sponsored by the mental-health-advocacy group Active Minds, whose Bryn Mawr chapter won an award for imaginative programming at the organization’s national conference last year.

Full Schedule (as MS Word document)

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestra performance.

On Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m., the Haverford-Bryn Mawr College Orchestra will perform its spring concert under the direction of Heidi Jacob in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium, on the Haverford campus. The program will include Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Francaix’s “L’Horloge de Flore” performed by oboist Kiran Bhardwaj BMC ’09, winner of this year’s student concerto competition. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call(610)896-1011.

International Justice Week

Monday, March 31, kicks off the student-organized International Justice Week. Each day’s exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, screenings or competitions will revolve around a central theme of the day; themes include children’s rights, human rights and the environment, women’s rights, activism, and living with conflict. For more information, download the schedule or e-mail jweek08@gmail.com.

Transforming the collective memory of intractable conflicts.

On Monday, March 31, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, the Social Science Center, and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program will present a lecture by Rafi Nets-Zehngut of Tel Aviv University, the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, and Teachers College, Columbia University. The lecture, titled “Transformation of the Collective Memory of Intractable Conflicts: A Theoretical Model and Empirical Findings from Israel,” will take place in Bettws-y-Coed 239.

“Collective memory of intractable conflict shapes the identities, emotions, attitudes and motivations of the conflicting parties,” Nets-Zenghut writes. “Collective memory tends to perpetuate conflict by unrealistically and dichotomously representing the rival in a negative manner and oneself in a positive light. Thus, transforming collective memory is a major challenge in enabling parties to conflicts to reach a peace agreement and reconciliation.”

Nets-Zehngut will suggest “a comprehensive theoretical model for the transformation of the collective memory of a conflict. The model includes six phases of the transformation process, six categories of variables that influence the transformation process, and six institutions implicated in this process. Empirical research consistent with the model is reviewed in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict, with special attention to transformation of collective memories that have occurred in the past decade.”

Hepburn Fellow Judy Wicks introduces local food and wine.

The Hepburn Center is sponsoring a local food and wine tasting event at Wyndham on Tuesday, April 1 (no kidding!), from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The tasting menu was selected by 2007-2008 Hepburn Fellow Judy Wicks. Wicks will offer some remarks about the local food scene in the Philadelphia area and then be available for informal conversation. An array of local cheeses, breads, snacks, and wines will be provided for sampling, along with information about the people who prepare each product locally. Entrepreneur, activist, and owner of Philadelphia’s famous White Dog Café, Wicks is the co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. This will be her final campus event for this academic year. The event is free of charge and is open to faculty, staff, students, emeriti, and alumnae. RSVP (to scoppola@brynmawr.edu, by Friday, March 28) is required.

The Fit Club springs into April.

As April approaches, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education is extending an encouraging hand to members of the faculty and staff who hope to emerge from a state of semi-hibernation and set out on the road to fitness. Participation in any April Fitness activity confers membership in the Fit Club, whose members will receive a special gift.

Activities are planned for a range of fitness levels, from marathon-ready to couch potato. For details, download the April Fitness calendar and descriptions of activities. Questions? Call Laura Kemper at x7422.

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