Student Arts Fund Support: Voice of Witness Oral History Reading and Workshop

Student Arts Fund Support: Voice of Witness Oral History Reading and Workshop

Storytelling is the central theme of my academic work as a Religion major. I consider how the narratives we create give us a sense of identity, shape power dynamics, and imbue our perceived realities with meaning. On the most fundamental level, to me, narrative is a way of engaging with others. Because of my deep passion for storytelling and all of the ethical conundrums and practical challenges it entails, I was very excited to hear that oral history educator and publisher Voice of Witness (VOW) was willing to facilitate a workshop and a reading at Haverford.  The events took place earlier this spring, (on what seemed like the coldest weekend of the year!), through the generous support of the Student Arts Fund, the CPGC, and Collection Committee.  Despite the devastatingly frigid temperatures, a wonderful group of Tri-Co community members came to the Friday night reading. VOW Narrator Ashley Jacobs told her story, as recorded in Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons,a collection of oral histories detailing the human rights abuses women experienced in the U.S. prison system. Ashley spoke about her experience of pregnancy while incarcerated, one that included a forced C-section and shackling during labor, two practices she is working to end. Ashley, along with VOW Managing Editor Luke Gerwe and Education Program Associate Claire Kiefer, shared their thoughts about the criminal justice and prison systems, about oral history, and about hope for change during the Q&A that followed the reading. One of the most impactful moments for me was when Ashley noted that somewhere, sometime, it won’t be raining. You just have to keep going until you locate that place, find...
Throwback Thursday 11

Throwback Thursday 11

Hi guys! It’s Thursday again, and today we’re talking about an art show in James House. The HCAH Student Arts Fund enables a variety of artistic endeavors, including the mounting of exhibitions. In April 2009, James House displayed work by Ryan Cameron, ’09, and Allyn Gaestel, ’09, in the exhibition, Nudes, featuring work from both artists spanning the past year. The exhibit included paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs that tip-toed the line between the artistic and the pornographic. The visitors and artist discussed this dynamic on the opening night. While James House looks nothing like it did in the photos above, the building still hosts exciting students arts events. This Friday, come to James House for another Student Arts Fund exhibition, “A Terrarium of Books: New Work by Honglan Huang.” Honglan Huang, ’16, has created a system of interacting texts and plants in the James House Pop-Up Gallery. Andrew Szczureck, ’16, will perform an original composition at the opening, so be there tomorrow, April 18th at 7:00 PM! For more information on “A Terrarium of Books,” see: http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/260639 Hope to see you there! Anna and Miriam...