The Spring 2014 edition of Quaker Higher Educationlooks at Quaker-focused, student leadership initiatives. Matt Hisrich leads off with a description of the Quaker College Leadership Gathering hosted last summer by Earlham School of Religion. Matt’s overview is followed by reflections on the gathering from the following students who attended; Riley Foley (Wilmington College), Grace Sullivan and Kiernan Colby (Guilford College), and David Reid (George Fox University.)
Next, Deborah Shaw (Guilford College), Jamie Johnson (George Fox University), Walter Hjelt Sullivan (Haverford College), Dan Kasztelan (Wilmington College), and Trish Eckert (Earlham College) provide descriptions of the Quaker leadership programs at their particular schools. As you read, you will see some similarities across colleges, but also recognize differences that make each of the school’s initiatives distinctive. You will also likely further appreciate the benefits of convening students and advisors from these programs. Hopefully, our Quaker colleges will continue to offer opportunities for Quaker student leaders to gather and learn from each other.
The final article in the issue, by Rebecca Leuchak, is a companion piece to The Art of Silence which Rebecca published in QHE last spring. Her exploration of silence is deeply insightful.
This issue is framed by memorials for two beloved and important figures in Quaker higher education, who both passed away in February. It opens with Wilmington College’s memorial minute for T. Canby Jones. An FAHE founder and beloved faculty member at Wilmington College, Canby inspired generations of students, colleagues and fellow Friends.
We close the issue with a poem from Stanford Searl’s new book, Quaker Poems. Stan dedicated this particular poem to another beloved Friend, brilliant scholar and a force of nature, Newton Garver.
In February, two beloved champions of Quaker higher education and scholarship passed away.
A co-founder of FAHE, T. Canby Jones taught in the Religion and Philosophy department of Wilmington College for many years. He was also a founding member of Campus Friends Meeting in Wilmington, Ohio. Canby was a well-known, life-long scholar on George Fox.
The spring 2104 issue of Quaker Higher Education contains Wilmington College’s memorial minute for T. Canby Jones. The school’s Quaker Heritage Center has a tribute exhibit on display through May 2nd.
Newton Garver, University at Buffalo philosophy professor, peace activist and founder of an education fund for impoverished Bolivians, died Feb. 8 after a long illness. He devoted his life to his beliefs in social justice and had a special interest in the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
The Buffalo News published a lengthy obituary on Newton’s life and accomplishments. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 3 in the Orchard Park Quaker Meeting House, 6924 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park, NY.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Friends Association for Higher Education and Friends Council on Education joint conference at Haverford College from June 12th through 15th. It’s the first time in eight years that educators from pre-K through college will gather together with a concern for Friends testimonies in education. Our theme is “Exploring Right Relationships.”
Read more here.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Quaker College Fair. It’ll take place on Saturday, May 17th from noon til 3 pm. at the Arch Street Meetinghouse in Philadelphia.
We begin with a discussion of the query “How can the college experience shape and nourish all aspects of who I am and what I can be?” Panelists include Sarah Willie-LeBreton, professor of sociology and anthropology at Swarthmore College; Hallie Ciarlone, college guidance counselor at Delaware Valley Friends School; and Luke van Meter, recent Haverford College graduate. There will be time for audience participation and questions.
Following the panel discussion, high school students and their families can visit with representatives from Quaker colleges. New this year, we’ll also have information on special opportunities for Quaker students, including student leadership programs and scholarships.
Register now for the Quaker College Fair.
Announcing one of the plenary sessions at the 2014 FAHE-FCE joint conference at Haverford College:
“Consider the Connections of Things”: John Woolman and International Relations
Michael Birkel, Shan Cretin, and Diane Randall
Saturday, June 14 – Founders Great Hall – 7:30-9:00 p.m.
How does the inward life of worship and the outward life of ministry for peace and social justice live in today’s world among Friends?. We will consider the document “Shared Security” (a collaboration of Friends Committee on National Legislation and American Friends Service Committee for reimagining US foreign policy) as read in the company of the 18th-centuryQuaker mystic and social reformer John Woolman.
Michael Birkel teaches religion at Earlham College and has written on Quaker spirituality and, more recently, interfaith understanding.
Shan Cretin is General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.
Diane Randall is Executive Secretary at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Washington, DC-based Quaker lobby in the public interest.
Registration opens March 17th. Please join us!
Rebecca Chopp and Dan Weiss, presidents of FAHE members Swarthmore College and Haverford College, speak today on WHYY Philadelphia’s Radio Times on the value of a liberal arts education. They’ve just edited the book Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts. Listen online .
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.
FAHE is pleased to announce the latest edition of Quaker Higher Education. This issue of QHE features articles that attempt to take a step back and think about why we teach, how we teach, and what our teaching is meant to do for our students. All the essays in this issue grew out of presentations at the June 2013 conference of the Friends Association for Higher Education at Malone University.
Jay Case (Malone University) opens this issue, as he did the conference, with an appeal to consider our students as both thinking and desiring beings, with perhaps the thinking part being less important than we would like to think. He charts a way forward through the demands and expectations of our materialistic and utilitarian society by contextualizing our educational work within the Quaker spiritual and intellectual traditions.
Tracey Hucks (Haverford College) challenges us to embrace the challenges of diversity in deed as well as word, and move our education out of the classroom into the whole lives of our students and ourselves. Laura Foote (Malone University) informs us of the challenges facing women who speak out in the public sphere, throughout history down to today, and shows how three Quaker women, in particular, have dealt with those challenges, risen above their detractors, and inspired others to speak up and speak out.
Finally, Steve Chase (Antioch University New England) uses the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to inspire us to be creatively maladjusted to the injustices of the world. He shows us through example how education can weave together knowledge, caring, and activism.
All these stories show us ways to break down the artificial barriers that attempt to compartmentalize and (intentionally or not) trivialize what we teach and what we learn. Holistic learning extends through history, through the classroom, out to the community, and into action.
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.
Students from five FAHE member schools, Earlham, George Fox, Guilford, Haverford, and Wilmington met at the Earlham School of Religion for the first Quaker College Leadership Gathering. Subsequently, ESR’s Matt Hisrich has created the Quaker College Leadership Network: