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Reintroducing “Just Talk,” A Blog for Social Justice at Bryn Mawr

2011 June 8
by Hallie Garrison

Hello and welcome to SJPP’s blog!

As the Social Justice Partnership Program matures, it must evolve to meet the changing needs of current participants.  That (r)evolution was met with renewed energy and purpose this past spring semester.  Faculty, staff, and students developed a variety of innovative suggestions into an action plan set to launch in the fall.  The modifications and additions aim to honor SJPP’s roots and give credence to its mission to honestly address polarizing issues on campus.

This blog will keep a log of SJPP’s progress, and will also point participants to interesting events, resources, and discussions.  Hopefully, it will be another way to generate momentum behind Bryn Mawr’s social justice movement.  If you were inspired by issues raised this spring, or if you’re just joining us now for the beginning of this journey, please consider subscribing, checking back for new posts, and leaving your thoughts as comments.

We are looking forward to an exciting year!

Dr. Peggie McIntosh Comes to Campus

2008 November 15
by skearse

Dr. Peggy McIntosh will be visiting campus next Tuesday (November 18th) to lead a variety of workshops throughout the day on a variety of issues surrounding privilege, as well as give a talk Tuesday night at 7:30 pm in Thomas Great Hall

9am-10am: Intersection of Gender & Education Workshop in Dalton 119

How has you gender and educational background influenced your choices? Experiences? Expectations of yourself?

12:00pm -1:00 pm: Maintaining Balance and Focus: A “How We Keep Doing the Work” Discussion
Dorothy Vernon Room, Haffner
(Lunch provided, RSVP to vchristm@bmc by 11/17)

3:00pm-4:00pm: Intersection of Race & Class Workshop in Gateway (Admissions Building) Conference Room

How does this intersection manifest itself at Bryn Mawr? Have you examined one in your life but not the other?

7:30pm “Coming to See Privilege Systems: The Surprising Journey” in Thomas Great Hall
Reception to Follow

Dr. McIntosh is associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and founder and co-director of the United States S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). She consults widely in the United States and throughout the world on injecting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race, class, and sexuality. She is the recipient of the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.

These events are brought to you by The Office of Intercultural Affairs, in conjunction with the Teaching and Learning Initiative and the Community Diversity Assistants.


2008 October 5
by skearse

The Social Justice Pilot Program is proud to host

First 100 audience members are welcomed
It is “theatre created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience. Someone tells a story or moment from their life, chooses actors to play the different roles, then watches as their story is immediately given artistic shape and coherence…Playback Theatre honors people’s stories and connects them to each other, creating a deeper sense of community.”
– International Playback Theatre Network

Date: Wednesday, October 8th
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Thomas Great Hall

Hello World!

2008 August 6
by skearse

The Social Justice Committee has been working over the summer to craft a set of guidelines and think through the program in its second year at Bryn Mawr. Letters will be going out to possible new and returning participants this week and the committee is looking forward to forming cohorts to begin their social justice journeys together. Our new website is full of information about the pilot, its members and includes links to national and Bryn Mawr news related to social justice issues. Please join us in this year of growth and possibility!

-Maggie Larson


2008 August 4
by skearse

The Social Justice Pilot Program has just completed its founding year and is looking forward to an even more exciting one. This program’s mission is to facilitate personal and community understandings of diversity through genuine communication between groups, informed by multiple versions of history and the present. We operate with the understanding that we “make the road by walking” and have learned over the last year and during this planning summer that more travelers on that road make it all the more exciting, organic, and real. We believe diversity and critical analysis of what that diversity brings in each of our lives is not just a slogan or catch phrase but rather an integral part to a liberal arts education.

-The Social Justice Pilot Committee

Philly events

2008 August 1
by skearse

Pichet Klunchun and Myself

Thursday, September 4-Friday, September 5

University of the Arts – Arts Bank

250 S. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Presented by Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe


Call 215-413-1318 to order

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Artist: Jérôme Bel

After amassing great critical acclaim at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Impulstanz in Vienna, and Kunsten Festival in Brussels, Jérôme Bel’s Pichet Klunchun and Myself makes its Philadelphia premiere at the 2008 Live Arts Festival. Contemporary French choreographer Jérôme Bel and Thai classical dancer Pichet Klunchun unite in this rare, candid encounter between two artists who, while hailing from radically different cultural backgrounds, share humor, honesty, and a superior open-mindedness towards each other. Pichet Klunchun and Myself is a duet, a fascinating exchange of ideas and movement that questions the relationships between performance, foreignness, and cultural exchange.


* Thursday, September 4, 2008 @ 6:00 pm buy it now!

* Friday, September 5, 2008 @ 6:00 pm buy it now!

25th Annual Feria del Barrio

September 7, 2008 @ 12:30 pm (FREE)

El Centro de Oro Business and Cultural Arts District

N. 5th Street

between Lehigh and Allegheny Avenues

Presented by Taller Puertorriqueño

Celebrating 25 Years of Arts, Education and Community

FERIA DEL BARRIO serves as one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture — the only one celebrated in the heart of the Latino community. Feria del Barrio is a free family outdoor festival for the entire family, Latinos and non-Latinos alike, featuring children’s activities, arts, crafts and some of Latin America’s most renowned musical artists.

Russian Mosaic Festival

  • Sunday, September 7, 2008 @ 12:00 pm (FREE)

Penn’s Landing – Great Plaza

Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard

(on the Riverfront)

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Presented by PECO

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Enjoy a festival celebrating the Russian heritage from noon until 7 pm.

Friends of Liberty

Friday, September 19, 5:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the American Philosophical Society

Franklin Hall (427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)

Gary Nash will present Friends of Liberty: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and the Betrayal that Divided a Nation: Thomas Jefferson, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull at the American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Hall. Co-authored with Graham Russell Gao Hodges, the book discusses the history of an African-American soldier, a Polish revolutionary, and a flawed statesman. RSVP to or 215-440-3400. Franklin Hall is located at 427 Chestnut Street. Reception begins at 5:30; program begins at 6:00 pm.


Banned Books Readings – Philadelphia

Every year a variety of groups, including the American Library Association and the ACLU, take a week to celebrate the freedom to read without censorship. The “banned” in the name refers to the hundreds of books that have been challenged and/or withdrawn from schools, public libraries, and bookstores. Banned Books Week this year runs Sept. 28-Oct. 5.

What: Philadelphia Chapter Banned Books Reading

Join some of Philadelphia’s celebrities as they read selections from their favorite banned or challenged books!

Readers to be announced.

Where: Philadelphia Free Library, Central Branch, Auditorium, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia

When: Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Free Library.


Sarah’s Story: Slavery in Philadelphia

2008 July 29
by skearse

Through Tuesday, September 30
Various Locations
Presented by Christ Church Philadelphia

Available at various locations|

Slavery was a harsh and very real part of Philadelphia in the 1700s. Many of the Founding Fathers who worshiped in Christ Church owned slaves. An interpretive drama appropriate for all ages features ”Sarah,” a costumed interpreter who relates her daily life as an enslaved African in colonial Philadelphia, along with a guide who provides perspective and historical overview.

The public can see the presentation on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm at the Christ Church Burial Ground at 5th and Arch Streets or at 2:30 pm in Christ Church at 2nd Street above Market. The burial ground presentation focuses on the Yellow Fever epidemic and the church performance features authentic stories about slaves and slave owners connected to Christ Church. The admission fee at the burial ground is $2 per adult and $1 per student. The church presentations are free.

Courtesy of Philly Fun Guide

Live jazz Thursdays

2008 July 29
by skearse


217 West State Street
Media, PA 19063



Courtesy of: Philly Fun Guide

Game Night

2008 July 10
by Claudia Ginanni

The Social Justice Pilot program presents:
Game Night
Thursday, April 17th
in the Campus Center

Game Night is a time for faculty, staff, and students to enjoy the games
that we all grew up playing and, for some of us, the games that we still
continue to play today.

susan woodWe have Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Chinese Checkers, playing cards
Pictionary, Twister, Phase 10 Cards, Scrabble, Uno, Connect Four, and a
whole lot more!

Feel free to bring games from home.
Bring friends.