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Invitation: Call for Presentations

40th Annual Meeting of the Friends Association for Higher Education
June 13-16, 2019
Swarthmore College and Pendle Hill
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Conference Theme: Truth and Inspiration

The Friends Association for Higher Education was conceived in 1979 by a group of educators seeking to bring together faculty, staff and administrators at historically Quaker colleges and universities, as well as Friends teaching at other institutions. Since its founding, FAHE has met annually at Friends institutions of higher education around the US and beyond, engaging educators and scholars in ongoing dialogue around Quaker concerns in higher education. From the very beginning, Friends have embraced a strong commitment to education, and Friends schools and colleges have attracted and welcomed both Quaker and non-Quaker educators alike who resonate with the historic Friends commitment to educating the whole person, guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and (especially in recent decades) sustainability.

This coming summer, from June 13-16, 2019, FAHE will hold its annual conference at Swarthmore College and Pendle Hill, near Philadelphia. The FAHE Program Committee invites proposals from faculty, staff and administrators for presentations related to the conference theme of Truth and Inspiration, or other topics reflecting Quaker concerns in higher education. As a tool for seeking truth as part of corporate discernment and decision-making, Quakers offer queries to provide focus, direction, and inspiration. Queries to consider in envisioning and crafting proposals include:

• What are truth and truth-seeking, and how would you define these in your discipline and work?

• In an era where truth is under constant assault, how do we navigate, in and outside the classroom, the dangers posed by lying, information suppression, misrepresentation, and conspiracy theories?

• How do we navigate between apparently conflicting truths, values or stories?

• How has your campus responded to, or been involved in, the free speech controversies that have engulfed campuses around the country?

• In the face of growing threats to human and civil rights, a global environmental crisis, mindless consumption, and opioid addiction, what does it mean to speak truth to power?

• In an era of lies, deception, and abuse of power, how do we prevent ourselves and our students from succumbing to cynicism, hopelessness and despair?

• How do we inspire curiosity, wonder, awe, and a love of learning in our work with students in and outside the classroom?

• What values do we seek to honor in our work as educators and scholars, and what is the basis for these values?

• Wherein do you find inspiration, meaning, or truth?


The conference also offers a publication opportunity: FAHE’s Quakers and the Disciplines book series

Presenters can propose a presentation topic on the theme of the upcoming seventh volume, Quakers, Social Work and Justice Concerns. Conference presentations provide an opportunity to draft an article for inclusion in the volume. Editors Max Carter, Daniel Rhodes, Jennifer Buck, and Erin Johnson offer some ideas for topics:

+ Early Friends and social concerns
+ Concerns for the poor (John Bellers, John Woolman)
+ Concerns for the imprisoned (Elizabeth Fry, etc.)
+ Early concerns regarding slavery (George Keith, Germantown Friends, etc.)
+ Concerns for the mentally ill (the Tukes, Philadelphia Hospital, etc.)
+ Pennsylvania—the “Holy Experiment” as a haven for conscientious refugees
+ Quakers and the abolition of slavery
+ Women’s rights and suffrage
+ Temperance and domestic concerns
+ Reconciliation and peace work
+ Reconstruction and post-war relief work
+ Jane Addams: innovator in the field of social work
+ The AFSC and Quaker Peace & Service
+ Quakers and the United Nations
+ Quaker missions and social concerns
+ Quakers and Gandhi and King
+ Quakers, Ramallah and Palestine


Proposal Guidelines

Suggested Length: 250 words
Information to Include: Name, title, institution, type of presentation (traditional lecture, discussion), title of presentation, technology needs, presentation description
Deadline: January 1, 2019
Please submit proposals online.

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2018 Quaker College Fair

The 2018 Quaker College Fair is on Saturday, September 29th! Come to Friends Center in Philadelphia to hear a discussion on the college admissions process and how to find the right school. Panelists are Duleep Deosthale, Dean of LIU Global, Grant Calder, Co-Director of College Counseling, Friends Central School, Dennis Kelly, Vice President of Enrollment, Wilmington College, Meg Rose, Earlham College alumna, and David Harrington Watt, Professor of Quaker Studies, Haverford College.

Then meet with reps from historically Quaker colleges, including Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Earlham, Guilford, Malone, Swarthmore, Wilmington, LIU Global and Earlham School of Religion, plus get information from Whittier College, George Fox University, William Penn University, Friends University and Barclay College.

This free event takes place at noon on Saturday, September 29 at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia.   The Quaker College Fair is hosted by FAHE and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Student registration is open now: https://tinyurl.com/QuakerCollegeFair

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FAHE’s newest book

FAHE is pleased to announce the publication of Quakers, Politics and Economics, the fifth volume in our book series Quakers and the Disciplines, available in both print and Kindle editions.  Editors for this volume are David R. Ross of Bryn Mawr College and Michael T. Snarr of Wilmington College.

For over 350 years, Quakers have offered unapologetic prophetic witness to the formation of public policy and to scholarly discourse in political science and economics. This volume offers 18 new essays on aspects of that engagement, with topics including:

  • Religion as a public witness, not just a private commitment.
  • Explorations of the moral dimensions of economic and political life.
  • Exemplary thought and practice in the lives of individual Quakers.
  • The blend of service, advocacy, and activism experienced by Friends.
  • The role of faith in defining and building a just social order.
  • The efforts of Quaker organizations and movements to bring about political and economic reforms.
  • Visions of constructive and compassionate ways to address global challenges and crises.

The combination of essays and queries is designed to make the book serviceable within classroom and discussion settings and useful to scholars crossing disciplinary boundaries.

         “Most people associate Quakers with peace; fewer know the breadth of how we as Friends have practiced our faith from an               economic perspective. Simplicity and integrity, of course; but this important volume–Quakers, Politics, and Economics–                     offers a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the historical, intellectual, environmental, political and spiritual                           wholeness of economic life. As we confront the cultural and social shifts of our global society that hungers for peace and                       justice, the economic choices we make in public policy will have significant impact on the welfare of the planet and people                   throughout the world. This eclectic collection of essays offers material for both thoughtful discussion and spiritual reflection.”

                                                                                                                                          ~ Diane Randall, Executive Secretary
                                                                                                                                              Friends Committee on National Legislation

Quakers, Politics and Economics is available through Amazon, as is the entire Quakers and the Disciplines series. Special pricing for  book club use is available by contacting FAHE.

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2018 Epistle

The Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) met at Wilmington College (Wilmington, Ohio) from June 14-17, 2018 on the theme “Keeping Faithful in a Time of Rapid Change.”

Nelson Bingham, recently retired provost of Earlham College, used the goals of community and diversity to caution us against using “class” in its various manifestations to isolate persons. He implored us to value the identity and dignity of each individual to generate respect.

Hannah Lutz (Bridges of Hope), Allen Willoughby (Sugar Tree Ministries), and Thomas Vaughn (Tender Mercies) described being faithful to the homeless in communities in southwestern Ohio. They encouraged participation by colleges and their students in this service.

A panel of Quaker-college presidents challenged us to seek vitality through distinctiveness, transformative experiences, and authentic language. They encouraged us to help in socializing new faculty to Quaker practice. They also reminded us how privileged we are to participate in higher education in spite of current challenges.

Laura Rediehs offered ways to keep the candle of education lit by showing how the nurturing of the beloved community can overcome the idolatry of economic concern, technology dependence, and procedural confinement. To accomplish this, we must be both custodians and critics of culture. We should address whether our teaching and professional practice is governed by the idol of “meeting standards;” whether mocking disciplines is a defense of these idols; and whether the pursuit of academic debate becomes simply a form of conflict. We should accentuate the power of the positive for liberation from idolatry in order to live an illuminated life in a supportive community. In this way the candle of education cannot really be extinguished.

Members’ contributions explored the theme “Faithfulness in a Time of Rapid Change,” calling us to honor Friends traditions, love and care for creation, clarify our mission while under fire, and promote life sustaining use of technologies.

We look forward to meeting in search of truth again at Swarthmore College and Pendle Hill in June, 2019.

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The 2018 FAHE conference is this week

We’re all looking forward to gathering on Thursday at Wilmington College for the 2018 FAHE conference. Here’s the agenda and list of presentations.

There’s still time to join us!

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The 2018 conference is almost here

The Program Committee is busy putting the final touches on this year’s FAHE conference. We’ll be gathering at Wilmington College June 14-17 to consider our theme of “Keeping Faithful in a Time of Rapid Change.”

We’ll be debuting our newest book in the our series “Quakers and the Disciplines.” Volume 5 is “Quakers, Politics, and Economics.” We’ll also hear presentations centered around next year’s volume, “Quakers, Sustainability and Creation Care.”

Please join us! The deadline to reserve housing is June 4th, so don’t delay!  More information and registration is here.

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2018 Conference registration is open!

Registration for the 2018 FAHE Conference at Wilmington College, “Keeping Faithful in a Time of Rapid Change,” is now open. Read all about our plenary speakers, agenda, campus tours and more, and register here.

Our secondary theme, based on the next volume in our book series Quakers and the Disciplines, is Quakers, Creation Care and Sustainability.

If you haven’t yet submitted a proposal for a session, paper or panel discussion addressing either theme or other topics of Friends in education, there’s still time. Submit here.

 

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Call for papers: FAHE 2018 conference

We invite you to join with other Friends educators from colleges, universities and study centers globally for an invigorating time together in Ohio, at Wilmington College for our 2018 conference on June 14 – 17, 2018.

As Quaker educators, our practice is informed by a faith that calls us to be transformed and in turn to help transform the world. We are nurturing our students to help make the world a better place. Higher education is rapidly changing due to corporatization of education into an “industry” with its “monetization and technologizing.” We struggle to challenge, change or adjust to his “brave new world” as we hold to our understanding of the purpose of education. Some of us find our fundamental values under assault. How do we find balance and the way forward will be explored at this Friends Association for Higher Education.

We invite proposals for presentations, workshops, and panel discussions that address any concern related to Friends and higher education, but especially on the theme of “Keeping Faithful in a Time of Rapid Change.”
Queries for Consideration:

* How does one keep faithful to the profession to educate students in a time of rapid change?
* How does one keep faithful to working as an independent scholar?
* How does one keep faithful to their spiritual values in their professional activities in a time of rapid change?
* How does one keep faithful to their scholarly discipline in a time of rapid change?
* How does one keep faithful to colleagues in a time of isolation due to rapid technological change?
* How does one keep faithful to students in a time of robosourcing and automated learning systems in a time of  rapid change?
* How does one keep faithful to their professional ethical values in a time of rapid change?
* How does one keep faithful to Friend’s values in their professional activities in a time of rapid change?
* How does one keep faithful to Friends values in their dealings with others (colleagues, coworkers, parents, and students)?

We also invite proposals that address our disciplinary theme “Quakers, Creation Care, and Sustainability” for the 6th volume in our book series Quakers and the disciplines.

Proposals received by January 31, 2018 will be given preference.

Please submit your proposal here.

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2017 Epistle

Epistle: FAHE Annual Conference, Guilford College, June 15-18, 2017

To Friends Everywhere:

We, faculty, students, administrators and others, with a loving concern for post-secondary education and its intersection with Quakerism, convened at Guilford College in North Carolina. Our theme for this year, “Global Education, Global Quakerism,” emerged throughout a program designed to help us discuss the global diversity of Quakerism, the changing educational landscape in the world, and how members of the Religious Society of Friends might engage these topics.

We gathered the first evening to hear from Diya Abdo, Associate Professor of English at Guilford and founder of the program Every Campus a Refuge.  Hearing about the flood of refugees across Europe and the call from Pope Francis that every parish support one refugee family, Diya wondered what colleges could do. Drawing on campus resources of housing, teachers, and volunteers she shaped her idea and since the fall of 2015, Guilford College has served 27 refugees. Her program inspired seven other campuses across the country to join in this work. Diya challenged us to imagine what might be possible at our home institutions.

Listening the next morning to Guilford President Jane Fernandes’ welcoming address, we heard her say that though she did not know the specifics regarding the future of the college, she could sense that change is coming.  In spite of what she does not know, she feels a sense of calling to be here, with these people, doing this work. The Quaker commitment to listening into and out of the silence takes us to a deeper place and builds stronger relationships. We were warmed by her honesty and inspired by her steady faith.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the first World Gathering of Quakers at Guilford College and we celebrated this historic event. The prospect of hosting this event in 1967 leveraged the integration of the college five years earlier, in 1962. As we acknowledged this important history with appreciation, we also noted the status of our organization as remaining predominantly white. Friends named our intention to attract and be relevant to a wider multiplicity of voices.

We were inspired by the message from David Niyonzima, former Superintendent and General Secretary of Burundi Yearly Meeting. After escaping genocidal violence himself in an attack that took the lives of 8 of his 11 students, he dedicated his life to the work of trauma healing, to leadership development through education, and transformation through the practice of Quaker faith.

We listened to each other in both unprogrammed and semi-programmed worship. One message by an undergraduate student from Rwanda was read aloud to us. Its powerful themes of forgiveness and reconciliation were resonant on personal and generational levels.

We were offered two dozen sessions, ranging from Physics to Leadership to Quaker Theology and History. We learned of Quaker study centers’ use of technology to reach people around the world. Other presentations lifted up the writing and publications of several scholars. A featured book was our book series’ volume four “Quakers, Business, and Industry,” edited by Stephen Angell and Ben Pink Dandelion. We noticed that change, adaptation, and transformation were words that arose in many sessions.

The annual meeting for business included approving a surplus-generating budget. In spite of financial challenges we feel confident that the membership has the resources and will to meet future needs. To ensure a strong future for FAHE, we are committed to strategic exploration toward our own growth and strengthening.

We expressed deep gratitude for several friends who have faithfully served FAHE and minutes of appreciation were read for them. Special thanks were noted for Kimberly Haas, dedicated staff person, and for Donn Weinholtz who served with great faith as clerk for two years and on the executive committee for eight.

We look forward to future fellowship and exchange of ideas. Wilmington College in Ohio has gracefully invited us to gather there next year and we look forward to another Spirit-filled opportunity to evolve together, inwardly and outwardly, toward Beloved Community. We do not know what change the future will bring, but we know that we have gifts to share and courageous work to do.  We invite you to join us.

Yours in Learning and Light,
Friends Association for Higher Education
June 17th, 2017

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2017 Conference registration is open

Registration for the 2017 Friends Association for Higher Education conference is now open.

Please visit the conference website to read about our theme this year: “Global Education, Global Quakerism.” We’re commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation gathering at Guilford College with a program that address the global diversity of Quakerism and the changing educational landscape and pedagogy of the Religious Society of Friends.

We hope you’ll join us at Guilford College, June 15-18!

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