Bryn Mawr Hosts Friends Association for Higher Education Conference June 16-19

Posted May 12th, 2011 at 2:09 pm.

The Friends Association for Higher Education annual conference, titled “Living our Heritage:  Seeking Equality Through Education,” is being held at Bryn Mawr College June 16-19.

“I haven’t missed an FAHE conference in over 15 years.  They provide a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, and students pursuing academic careers who share a  common concern for equality; justice; integrity; peace through mutual understanding; the unity of mind, spirit and action in service; right sharing of the world’s resources; environmental sustainability and other values that are central to the Quaker faith.  These values helped found Bryn Mawr and are, of course, central to other religious and ethical traditions as well,” wrote Economics Professor and conference organizer David Ross in an email to faculty inviting them to attend.

The conference features concurrent sessions around several important threads, including classroom practice; career paths for young academics; how FAHE member institutions live out their founding principles; Quaker studies; and building connections between colleges and secondary schools.  However, at the core of this year’s conference are sessions focused on the continued need to remove obstacles to women reaching their full potential in the global community and the challenges and opportunities in international experiential learning, study abroad, civic engagement and welcoming international students and scholars to our campuses.

These themes will be emphasized at the first plenary, Thursday afternoon, when a panel of presidents of FAHE member colleges will reflect on ways in which the increasingly globalized environment and the continued need to promote opportunities for women world-wide impacts their particular institution.

“In essence, they will cast this conference as an opportunity to check in on progress made since Fall 2010’s  “Heritage and Hope:  Women’s Education in a Global Context—the scholarly kick-off to our anniversary celebration,” writes Ross.

Friday morning, the plenary will focus on ways in which the Quaker group ProNica combines the mission of empowering marginalized communities in Nicaragua with a goal of developing programs that engage students, teachers, and others from outside Nicaragua.  During the Friday afternoon plenary, Eboo Patel, Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, will speak to how working together to serve others energizes students and fosters religious and cultural pluralism.

Bryn Mawr students, faculty, and staff can register online to attend for the discounted rate of $70 thanks to a subsidy from the College. At the payment screen choose the option to pay via Bryn Mawr Controller’s Office.

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