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On campus this week: Working out whiteness; Perspectives on blackness; A musical exploration of hybridity and heritage; The role of religion in international relations; Owl Investment Group senior career panel

Working out whitness. What does it mean to be white? How does whiteness affect us?  How can white people be better allies to people of color? These issues, along with pizza, will be on the table at the Office of Intercultural Affairs' biweekly Diversity Conversation this Friday, April 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Multicultural Center.  All are invited.

Perspectives on blackness. This Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19, the Africana Studies Program will explore the complexities of black identity in the United States at a conference titled "The Changing Meaning of Black Identity in the United States." The program begins with a keynote address by noted critic, memoirist and documentarian Manthia Diawara, an African expatriate who chairs the Africana Studies Program at New York University, on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  A panel discussion the following morning at 10:30 will feature scholars who draw on the experiences and perspectives of the black American, black West Indian, black Hispanic, and black African communities residing in the United States. Both events will take place in Thomas 110 and are free and open to the public.

"Just Social" to explore cultural hybridity in music.  What happens when white artists adopt cultural forms that are closely associated with Black Nationalism and black political consciousness? When black artists practice in fields dominated by whites? When women claim a place in a genre often criticized for misogyny? On Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bryn Mawr's Social Justice Pilot Program will explore the answers to those questions at "Just Social," a music festival focusing on issues of hybridity, heritage, and authenticity in popular culture.

Performers—including a white reggae band, an African-American folk singer, an all-female rap crew composed of Bryn Mawr students, and a solo rapper who is a member of the Bryn Mawr staff, will offer their ideas about the relationship of race, ethnicity, and cultural heritage to musical form. Several popular Bi-College dance groups will also perform. The festival will take place on Merion Green (rain location: Campus Center). A suggested donation of $5 will benefit Parkway Northwest High School, Philadelphia's first college-preparatory public high school committed to the principles of peace, social justice, and conflict resolution.

The role of religion in international relations. On Monday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in Bettws-y-Coed 239, the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict will host a lecture by Haverford political scientist Barak Mendelsohn titled "Westphalia versus God: The Longer World War."

Mendelsohn will discuss the role of religion in international relations.  Two contemporary entities—the jihadi movement and Hizb al Tahrir—illustrate different manifestations of religion’s challenge to state sovereignty. Following the lecture, a reception will celebrate the opening of the Solomon Asch Center at Bryn Mawr College, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Seniors on getting a job. On Wednesday, April 23, at 9 p.m. in Carpenter B21, the Owl Investment Group will offer insight into searching, applying and interviewing for a job from six seniors who have successfully completed the process. The panelists:

  • In research/government:
    Jenny Chan '08, Associate Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of NY
  • In the not-for-profit world:
    Rebecca Woodruff '08, Fellow, Philly Fellows
  • In education:
    Emily Glick '08, Teacher, Germantown Academy
  • In finance:
    Leslie Warren '08, Analyst, JP Morgan
  • In consulting:
    Zana Hadziomerovic '08, Business Analyst, McKinsey
    Alex Ionescu '08, Research Analyst, BASES


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Posted 4/17/2008 by Claudia Ginanni