Category Archives: 2015-16

OAR & Chill

Congrats on making it to finals! The bouncy house has been deflated, the colored powder has dissipated in the atmosphere and all other remnants of Haverfest now reside in a recycling bin or tucked away in storage for next year and the library seems more crowded than Citizens Bank Park… studying and finals has commenced! But everyone needs a break and the OAR invites you to join us this week as we’ll be a creating space to relax, enjoy some good company and good food.

Along with the activities listed on the flyer below, we’ll have snacks, coffee and tea available throughout finals. We hope to see you soon!

Study Breaks

Be well Haverford!


Recap and Wisdom of Finals Panel

Last night in the OAR five Haverford Upperclassmen shared advice on approaching finals. There insights ranged from strategies to scheduling finals, enjoying Haverfest to effectively balancing studying with chill time.

Know Thy Self
A common theme that emerged in the discussion was that there isn’t one strategy or approach to finals week. The panel was a testament to what works for one student might not work for others. An example was that some of the panelists use a scheduler, such as Google Calendar, and schedule everything down to the hour. They have found that having a strict schedule helps them stay on target and focused. A couple of the panelists offered a different approach: They have a list of what they have to do and when they would like to do it, but the details are unscheduled. Regardless of how detailed your schedule the panelists insisted that you create a plan that helps you see everything you have to do and when you have to do it, so nothing falls through the cracks.

“Stay in Your Lane”
Every panelist agreed that knowing themselves (strengths, weaknesses) is imperative to how they decide which approach or strategy will work for them. This sense of self and ability to reflect and think about one’s thinking (metacognition) can be achieved by simply asking oneself at the end of the day: what worked or what was not helpful? In the case of finals, think about what worked (or didn’t the last three semesters) and build a strategy based on that reflection. Thus, the more you self-reflect, the more you will not be concerned about others. While it’s also important to learn from others and possibly borrow strategies that you think will be effective for you, the panelists warned about worrying what others are doing and causing yourself unnecessary anxiety. They stressed staying focused on yourself and realizing that everyone is different and studies at different paces.

Study and Chill
The panelists stressed the importance of finding balance between your studies and finding time to chill. They shared that HaverFest provides two days to relax and create some cognitive dissonance between the last week of classes and finals. The trick of the two days is to find activities that align with what you need in order to find the space to recover. You can participate in HaverFest, or you can spend two days in bed with NetFlix, either way, do what YOU need to do to recharge and be ready for what lies ahead.

It’s Just Another Two Weeks in the Semester
One parting piece of advise from a graduating senior was about student’s mindset at Finals. Remember that Finals is not that drastically different from any other point of the year. Don’t psyche yourself out in a detrimental manner. Yes, finals is important and should not be taken lightly, but it’s not a life or death scenario. You have been taking exams and writing papers all semester and finals is no different—just condensed.


Finishing Strong!

It’s April – famously the most chaotic, demanding, and cram-it-all-in-before-Haverfest month at Haverford. Midterms may have just concluded, but finals are around the corner, and the stress of predicting the impending Pinwheel Day (at least once the snow is a distant memory) may understandably be weighing heavily on you.

With just five weeks to go, it’s time to streamline your schedule, focus on your top priorities and tune out the rest. But even the best intentions hit roadblocks, and as the days tick down and the work only increases, please remember that there are an immense number of people at Haverford who are here to help you. That might include a faculty mentor, your Dean, a research librarian, CAPS counselor, or another member of the staff or faculty with whom you feel comfortable. You may want to talk over a challenging assignment, review your planned finals schedule, or prepare for your summer adventure. You should! So often, Haverford students say, “I didn’t want to bother you since I know you’re really really busy, and my stuff isn’t that important, so I didn’t email you/set up an appointment.” It’s not a bother at all – in fact, it’s their job and passion to help!

Continue reading Finishing Strong!

Get Off Campus!

There are times when all the priorities compete at once. Friends. Work. Family. Major declaration. Crushes. Landing an internship. Lunch.

Clear your head and jump off campus for an afternoon or weekend. The only rule? Break the rules. (especially your own)

Schedules are made to be flexible. Make time for self-care away from a screen in early April and I’ll bet the rest of the semester will be a bit more fulfilling.
While I can’t legally condone crashing a Main Line wedding or sneaking into a private garden, I think your spring will be more interesting and story-worthy if you attempt to step outside your own rules a little!

Ideas for an off-the-beaten-track weekend:

Um, this awesome place exists in Philadelphia.
And this one does in Wayne if you like coffee.
This community out in Coatesville is warm, welcoming and beautiful. How often have you visited a Sufi saint’s farm?
I may or may not have tried a Bi-Co staycation as a student: taking a tour of Bryn Mawr College through a different lens, eating all my meals at their dining hall, going swimming, reading in their beautiful library. As a bonus, it’s cheap as free!
Photoshoots at spots featured in 90s Philadelphia music videos: some Will Smith, a little Motown Philly

There’s a tendency to view trips into the city as a privilege or reward for finishing your work. Instead, try a week where these weird little side trips are part of the plans, no matter what. That’s self-care, too!

So that’s it: step away from the homework: if you prioritize yourself, you might feel more like this guy as the semester shifts into high gear:

neon will smith

Film Opportunities at Haverford

Hey Sophomores!

We’ve compiled a list of film opportunities available to students at Haverford. For the most part, these are extra-curricular events open to all students, however, these opportunities are also linked to production courses here at Haverford. If you’re interested, check out the Independent College Programs page as well as the Bi-Co Film Studies page in the Tri-Co Course Guide for updates about production classes available to students. Take a look at our list, see what strikes you, and contact us if you would like to learn more about the opportunities listed below!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Christine Dickerson –

The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities


The annual Tri-Co Film Festival features the work of students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges, covering a variety of genres and aesthetics. All Tri-Co students are eligible to submit short films completed after June 1, 2015. Films may be no longer than 10 minutes in length and must not be works-in-progress. Shorter works in the 1-5 minute range are STRONGLY encouraged. Films done outside of coursework are eligible. This year we will also consider submissions consisting of interactive digital media content, such as websites, online maps, video games, etc. Applicants interested in submitting this kind of work should send an email to with a project description and a link, if applicable.  More information here.

Projects DUE: Friday, April 22, 11:59 pm

Festival date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 7pm at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Strange Truth Film Series

STRANGE TRUTH 2016 offers up bodies: bodies in labor and in ecstasy, bodies inscribed by history and time, bodies conducting the sacred, bodies memorialized or erased, bodies retrieved through ritual and performance. Featuring films by Natalia Almada, Alan Berliner, Stan Brakhage, Bruce Conner, Kevin Jerome Everson, Chan-kyong Park, Carolee Schneemann, Chick Strand, and Hope Tucker, this year’s series tells strange truths about the bodies we inhabit and the concepts that animate them. All screenings to be held at Bryn Mawr Film Institute or Haverford College. Each will be followed by conversations with filmmakers and critics.

Remaining Screenings in the Series:

Obituary TV


Wednesday, March 30

7:00 p.m.

Chase Auditorium, Haverford College

Hope Tucker will screen several videos from The Obituary Project and clips from other completed and in-progress obituaries. She will discuss the Project and her research based practice as a whole, highlighting her use of the photograph as a site of study and research; as a material object integrated into moving image work; and as a mode of production that incorporates, performs, and remakes the still image as fact and fiction.

For more information:

Manshin TV

MANSHIN: TEN THOUSAND SPIRITS, Chan-kyong Park, 2013, 104 min, Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits is a filmic portrait of Korea’s greatest living shaman Kim Keum-hwa. Artist and filmmaker Park Chan-kyong masterfully narrates a lifetime of hardship endured in a country that has undergone various traumas of colonialism, war, and division of the state through re-enactments and original footage of shamanic rituals performed by Kim. The screening is followed by a conversation between filmmaker Chan-kyong Park, Hank Glassman, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Haverford College, and Liz Park, curator of the exhibition Among the Unburied (March 18 – April 29, 2016) at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College.

For more information:


WORK ETHIC: THE FILMS OF KEVIN JEROME EVERSON: Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., Sharpless Auditorium, Haverford College

The films of Kevin Jerome Everson explore the lives and gestures of working class African Americans using a dizzying array of techniques: direct observation, found footage, reenactments, archival materials, scripted scenes, interviews, and more. This program samples a small number of Everson’s over 125 films.

“In Everson’s cinema, Black people are neither victors nor defeated. Neither defeated, undone, nor recomposed. They are and remain undefeated.” —Emmanuel Burdeau

A conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson will follow the screening.

For more information:


FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, Alan Berliner, 2013, 79 min, Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Film Institute

FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, Alan Berliner’s deeply personal portrait of Edwin Honig, his cousin and mentor, is a first-hand look at Honig’s journey through the ravages of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Edwin Honig—poet, translator, critic, and teacher—wrote dozens of critically acclaimed books. FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED artfully documents Honig’s condition with compassion, portraying his life with the same raw honesty that resonates in his poetry, written amidst a lifetime steeped in tragedy, love, loss, irony and literary daring. It is an unflinching essay on the fragility of being human and a stark reminder of the profound role that memory plays in all of our lives. Berliner will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

For more information about this screening:

For more information about the series:

Photo: William Colgin
Photo: William Colgin

HCAH Film Festival Fund

The Hurford Center offers $1000 annually to offset fees for student mediamakers submitting original work to festivals. Rolling deadline. With the help of the HCAH Film Festival Fund students have shown their works in prestigious film festivals including The Black Maria, Crossroads, and The San Diego Asian Film Festival.  Apply online here.


HCAH Flaherty Film Seminar Fellowship

Each year, the Hurford Center offers two fellowships for students to attend the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the longest continuously running documentary film event in North America. The week-long seminar brings together over 160 filmmakers, artists, curators, scholars, students, and film enthusiasts to celebrate the power of the moving image. The deadline for this opportunity has passed, but students with a strong interest in Film Studies are encouraged to apply next year. As part of the fellowship, students will work with the Hurford Center to program and present an evening of selected films from the Seminar sometime during the fall 2016 semester, on the Haverford campus. More information concerning this screening will be announced soon.

For more information on the Flaherty Seminar:

For more information on the HCAH Film Seminar Fellowship:

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Tuttle Summer Arts Lab

The Tuttle Summer Arts Lab allows faculty to pair with students on a project that undertakes artistic and makerly practices while keeping with the cross-disciplinary spirit of the Hurford Center. Funding is granted across a range of projects that include but are in no way limited to collaborative research and practice, curatorial apprenticeship, exhibition design, creative writing and poetry workshops and exercises, community building and outreach through the arts, as well as the production of multimedia works, broadly defined. 

Summer 2016 Call For Applications

DEADLINE:  Friday, April 8, 2016, 5:00pm

The John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce a new Tuttle Summer Arts Lab to take place during Summer 2016.  The Summer Arts Lab Student Fellowship will offer students the opportunity to participate in a multiplatform documentary project with Haverford College’s Artist in Residence Vicky Funari.


Funari is currently producing the Pool Movie Project, a multiplatform documentary about older women, water, exercise, and community.  The 2016 Summer Arts Lab will convene a team of artists, students, community members, scholars, and public health experts to collaborate in envisioning and creating elements of the project website and the community engagement campaign.  The film, now in post-production, tells the story of an aqua-cise class held at a small suburban YMCA, attended primarily by 60-90 year old women.  It traces the class’s final year in the old Main Line Y, as the branch prepares to close its doors forever.  The film is a study of older bodies and souls in water, in motion, in transition, and in community with each other.


•  Summer Arts Lab Student Fellows will work collaboratively with lead artists, women in the film, and advisors to help envision and design a project website and to produce audiovisual elements for that site, including video portraits and oral histories of community members.

•  Student Fellows will also help lay the groundwork for a community engagement campaign to promote healthy aging.

•  Student work will take place over 7 weeks, June 13 – August 1, 2016.

•  The work will be carried out on the Haverford campus and in the surrounding region.

•  Students will be provided with a stipend to cover housing and other living expenses.

•  Haverford College will provide all necessary production and post-production equipment.

•  Haverford’s Artist in Residence Vicky Funari will direct the Lab, and Emerging Artist in Residence Hilary Brashear will supervise Lab activities.


The Summer Arts Lab is open to Haverford students (including graduating seniors) from all majors, as well as Tri-Co students who are majoring at Haverford or who have completed substantial film-focused coursework at Haverford. Applicants must have taken at least two courses involving the production of digital media (photography, video, data visualization, web design, social media).


To apply, please email with:

1. Name, Class Year, Major/Minor (or interests if undelcared), Advisor

2.  a one-paragraph proposal explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and what you’d hope to bring to it;

3.  a list of relevant courses you have taken; and

4.  a resume with any previous film, video, web design, data visualization, and/or social media organizing work you have done, or any work around aging or public health.

DEADLINE:  Friday, April 8, 2016, 5:00pm.

The Student Arts Fund

The Student Arts Fund helps students pursue creative interests that build upon and go beyond the offerings of our formal curriculum. Funding is granted across a range of projects, including film projects with requests not typically met by the materials available to students enrolled in film courses. Deadline: 2/28

Student Film Club

The Student Film Club looks after and rents various materials for film production. Contact Sarah Moses ( with questions or requests.

The Instructional Technology Center (ITC)

The ITC is available to advise students on all phases of film production. Contact Charles Woodard ( with questions.


VCAM – Fall 2017

Set to open in the fall of 2017, the VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media) space will build on a decade of HCAH work, imagining Haverford’s Old Gym as a campus hub for film and digital media-making; curatorial experimentation and arts exhibition design; 3D printing, prototyping, and fabrication; and the critical study of visual and material culture throughout courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Anchoring this activity will be a new screening room, a central campus lounge and presentation space, and flexible studio/exhibition labs for students, faculty, and visiting artists.