FAHE is pleased to announce the latest edition of Quaker Higher Education, Fall 2012 is now available.
This issue of QHE gathers uniquely Quaker voices to address some of the greatest challenges facing higher education today. Potentially disruptive innovation and financial crises are forcing most, if not all institutions, to reexamine our missions and the manner in which we carry them out. All the essays in this issue grew out of presentations at the June 2012 conference of the Friends Association for Higher Education. The authors respond to these challenges from a Quaker perspective, exploring what we might have to contribute to the discussion.
Save the date! The 2013 Quaker College Fair will be Saturday, March 2nd, from noon to 3:30 pm. This free event will be held at the Arch Street Meetinghouse in Philadelphia.
FAHE member schools will have representatives on hand to meet with area high school students and their families. In attendance will be Young Friends from PYM monthly meetings, as well as other students from Friends schools and independent schools in the Philadelphia region.
The Friends Association for Higher Education is accepting proposals for sessions and presentations at our 2013 conference. We will gather at our member Malone University in Canton, Ohio, June 20-23, 2013.
Our theme is “Holistic Education: To What End?”
We offer these queries:
- As distinctly Quaker institutions and educators, what are we educating our students for? What does Pendle Hill have to do with Athens?
- In what ways do Quaker testimonies and practices facilitate a holistic approach to education? How might our students imagine higher education as something more than the acquistion of a professional skill set?
- How are Quaker testimonies and practices expressed within the classroom and beyond at our instituions?
- Whether we teach at institutions that are private or public, or are affiliated with Friends or not, how do we challenge and engage students who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual talents…from the academically-disengaged to the academically-focused and gifted?
- What is or can be a distinctively Quaker educational experience, no matter what branch of the Religious Society of Friends one’s institution or an individual might represent? Why might a Quaker education matter to those who are not part of the Friends tradition?
- How do we live and learn together within our campus communities?
For more information on the submission process, and to offer your proposal, please follow this link.
For the month of September, FAHE is on display in the foyer of Friends Center, our administrative home in Philadelphia.
Thanks to all the admissions staff from our member institutions who sent us their stuff!
The latest edition of our publication Quaker Higher Education is now online.
It includes two articles on the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Internship Program, two articles addressing the value of and challenges posed by study abroad experiences, and a review of David Zarembka’sbook, A Peace of Africa: Reflections on Life in the Great Lakes Region.
We’re pleased to announce that the 2013 Friends Association for Higher Education Conference will be hosted by our member institution Malone University in Canton, Ohio.
Our theme is “Holistic Education: To What End?”
We’ll be accepting proposals for presentations later in the fall.
Mark your calendars now for June 21-24, 2012 at Wilmington College to consider
Building Sustainable Academic Communities
A highlight of the gathering will be one of our plenary speakers, Joni Seager of Bentley College, on the topic “Revisiting Rachel Carson.”
Fifty years after “Silent Spring” was published, much of its “information” is out of date, and some seems quaint. Carson worried about the “over 200 chemicals that have been created for use in killing… pests” and the “500 new chemicals that annually find their way into actual use in the US alone.” The Environmental Protection Agency has by now approved over 1400 pesticides for use in the USA, and maintains a list of about 87,000 chemicals in its Toxic Substances Inventory.
But the salience and brilliance of Silent Spring remains undiminished. Her assessment that the urge to control nature produces only “alarming misfortune” has never seemed more prescient. As we live our daily lives in a chemical fog of our own creation, as we watch the world’s leaders utterly fail to come to meaningful terms with climate change, as we contemplate species extinctions on unprecedented scales, we can find few better modern Oracles than Carson, who warns that our urgent task is to find “new, imaginative and creative approaches to the problem of sharing our earth with other creatures.