Friday, December 8 | 9am - 1pm
Everyone in the Barnard community has experienced firsthand the impact words can have, especially in the aftermath of violence or in ongoing crises. In this moment of immense loss of life, political strife, and public assembly, many in this community are using their words to effect change. There is no substitute for political protest and the staggering meaning it can make and break on the public stage.
This half-day workshop is not a substitute for political protest or speech, but another outlet for individual and collective sensemaking in profoundly troubling times. The goal is to bring students from a variety of positionalities and political perspectives together to interpret relevant poetry and literature surrounding the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict, to write or tell their own stories (fictional or biographical), and together to read and interpret those stories with as much rigor and respect as published works of literature. We invite students to recommend poetry, short fiction, or excerpts from novels for the group to read at the beginning of the workshop. We seek students who wish to draw on their own creative energies to share something of their experience with others in a space devoted to careful reading, active listening, and self-expression. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Join Athena for Dinner and Dialogue, a series of delicious dinners and quality conversations about topics that we don't often find ourselves having the right time, space, or conditions to discuss.
Each dinner will take place at the NYC home of an alum and will bring together up to 5 students and 5 alums for a lively, facilitated conversation that we hope will leave you feeling like you have a better understanding of another perspective and like you're part of an amazing community - because you are.
The next dinner will take place from 6:30-8:30 PM on Monday, February 12, location TBC.
The topic: political engagement. What does it mean to you? What does it look like for you?
Questions? Reach out to Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an idea for a future dinner, or want to host one? Reach out to Umbreen at email@example.com.
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Athena visited Peoplehood's flagship NYC location to learn about their mission “to equip people with space, support and skills to build deeper, more meaningful relationships with others and themselves.
Founded by the same people that created SoulCycle, Peoplehood provides 60-minute sessions called “Gathers,” where participants practice active listening, the #1 relationship-building skill and a key component in healthy dialogue. To get better at listening you need to practice. Peoplehood is that practice! Sign up is closed.
A few of the questions we're asking: What does healthy, productive dialogue look like — and what does it require? How can we create spaces for healthy, productive dialogue, starting right here, on our racially diverse, economically diverse, and gender diverse campus? What changes and what's possible when individuals are able to engage in dialogue themselves, rather than through intermediaries?
Sign up to join faculty members for lunch + conversation about how this theme shows up in their lives and work. Note that space is limited - once your spot is confirmed, you'll receive a G-cal invite. And note that we'll be adding lunches to the list below all year!
- October 23 :: Dr. Erika Kitzmiller - sign up closed
- November 2 :: Tamara Walker - sign up closed