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FAHE and FCE Seeking Proposals for 2014 Conference

The Friends Association for Higher Education and the Friends Council on Education are pleased to consider proposals for presentations, panels and papers for their 2014 Joint Conference at Haverford College, June 12-15.

Our theme is “Exploring Right Relationships.”  Read the queries and submission details.

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2014 Conference

The 2014 Friends Association for Higher Education conference will be held jointly with the Friends Council on Education at Haverford College, Haverford, PA, June 12-15.  Our theme is “Exploring Right Relationships.”

We’ll have information here soon about submitting proposals for presentations, and registration materials.

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Plenary speakers at 2013 conference

To address our theme “Holistic Education: To What End?” we’re pleased to announce three plenary speakers.  Click here for conference information and registration.

1 Jay Case: Students Are Not Simply Thinking Beings:  Cultivating Desires for Quaker Principles
When they first arrive in our classrooms, many of our students are convinced that the main reason they are in college is to acquire training for a job.  This conviction, arguably, looms as the greatest obstacle for those of us who wish to cultivate Quaker principles in our students, such as the testimonies of equality, peace, integrity and simplicity.

Thus, we should further consider how our students have been formed and what college has to do with that formation.  We may not recognize that many of the structures and practices of modern higher education have been built upon an assumption that humans are primarily thinking beings.  That often puts professors in the business of disseminating information, teaching problem solving, and developing skills of critical thinking.  While these are important tasks, those of us with Quaker convictions understand that humans are more than thinking beings.

Humans are also beings who desire, for good and for ill.  How, then, do desires function within our pedagogy?  Many desires are formed by habits, dispositions and practices that are thought to be meaningful.  If we are to encourage students to desire faith, service and compassion, we need to think more carefully about how to develop meaningful practices, habits and dispositions within our classroom and the wider campus community.

Jay R. Case is a Professor of History at Malone University.  His scholarly interests lie in American religious history, particularly the history of evangelicalism.  In 2012 he published An Unpredictable Gospel:  American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920, with Oxford University Press.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 and his B.A. from Taylor University in 1984.  He has been a member of Jackson Friends Church since 2000.                    

 

2 Steve Chase: Educating For Beloved Community: Cultivating Creative Maladjustment Within Ourselves and Our Students
“Seek first the Kingdom of God” was a core conviction of prophetic Judaism, the early Jesus movement, and the early Quaker movement. Being faithful for early Friends meant waging a nonviolent “Lamb’s War” to resist the corrupt kingdoms of this world and to build up what they called God’s “Peaceable Kingdom.” Many modern Quakers remain true to this spiritual vision and resonate powerfully with Martin Luther King’s prophetic call to join together and help foster the “Beloved Community.”

The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has recently called on all Quakers and people of goodwill to become an active part “of a Great Turning toward peace, justice, ecological balance and more durable, local economies.” Are we prepared to repent and change the road we travel from the Empire Way to Martin’s Way? Are we prepared to make this spiritual orientation central to our calling as educators–no matter what discipline we teach, and no matter whether we teach on Quaker or non-Quaker campuses? If so, how can we cultivate what Martin Luther King called “creative maladjustment,” an outlook so necessary to taking faithful and effective action to heal and transform the world?

Steve Chase is the author of Letters To A Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction To The Quaker Way, a member of the Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont, and the Director of Antioch University New England’s environmental studies master’s program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability. His dissertation, Activist Training In The Academy, has provided the curriculum framework for The Change Agency, a non-academic activist training organization in Australia.

3 Tracey Hucks:  Becoming ‘Quakerly’: The Legacy of Social Justice and its Challenges
Social justice at Quaker institutions has always been in a dialogical relationship with the wider society.  Throughout major historical moments in American history, Quaker institutions struggled to maintain their commitment to tolerance and community while seeking to deepen their ties to social justice.  In contemporary contexts, what does it mean for institutions with Quaker roots to live and learn in a multicultural educational environment?  And what have been the challenges to sustain a commitment to co-existence across difference?

Tracey Hucks teaches in the Department of Religion at Haverford College.  Her current research involves the study of African-derived traditions in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and offers a historical, literary, and ethnographic account of religious identity in colonial Trinidad.  Her book, Yoruba Traditions and African American Religious Nationalism examines the history of Yorùbá religious practice among African Americans in the United States and was published in 2012 with the University of New Mexico Press in the Religions of the Americas Series.

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2013 FAHE conference registration is open

Registration for the 2013 FAHE conference is now open.

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Request for Proposals for the 2013 FAHE Conference

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.

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2013 FAHE Conference Site and Theme Announced

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.

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2012 Conference

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.

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