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Getting Acquainted

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Quita Woodward Room, Identity Matters Getting Acquainted,
3:40-5:00, Tuesday, May 6, 2014


I. 3:40-4:10—Anne:
getting acquainted, via wagon wheel/carousel/microlab….
pair up in two concentric circles, across from someone you don't know

tell one another:

1) if you were an imaginary (literary, filmic, gaming) character, who would you be?
if you were a life form other than human, what might it be?
if you were a (non-organic) structure, what might that be?
(for example, if you were an institution what might that be?)
2) what is your name and preferred pronoun?
(tell each other all the pronouns you’ve ever heard of)
--how do you identify yourself racially and/or ethnically?
(how have others identified you racially and/or ethnically?)
--what age are you? Who is your favorite person YOUNGER than you?
who is your favorite person OLDER than you?
3) describe the building and the room you lived in
when you started kindergarten; then…
describe the building and the room you live in now
4) describe a time when you
---felt excluded
--excluded someone else
--chose not to participate
5) describe your favorite photograph of yourself: how are you represented?
describe a photo of yourself that you don’t like, or one that “misrepresents” you

6) is there anything that you are afraid to talk about/
are you worried/concerned about our talking about in this cluster?
7) what get-acquainted question should we have asked, but didn't?

Reflecting on what emerged, as our wagon wheel "turned…."
what did you learn? what surprised you, about yourself or others?

-- Sara: on our field trips to Camphill Village during fall break
(four overnights, perhaps Sun-Wed, Oct 12-15,
with departure during the day on Thursday, 10/16?)
a full day trip to see a range of portraits @ the Barnes/PMA/PAFA
another ½ day trip to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia
and another during-class-time-trip to a home for the aging
-- Kristin: on Riva Lehrer’s creative residency
the week of Sept. 15, she will come to guide us through a “ listening project,”
the week of Oct. 13, she will join us again for our time @  Camphill Village,
the week of Nov. 17, she will join us again to help with “layered self-portraits,”
and to give a public lecture on The Ethics of Portraiture;
and return in early December for a culminating event: exhibition of our work and conversation
-- Anne: on Monsoon and Benaifer’s “Two Women Talking”;
performance, Friday night Oct. 25;
and a 6-hour workshop on Sat to learn their methodology for “listening”
(this is during Family Weekend….will this work?)
using Serendip to begin co-creating the course—
and as a site for on-going public discussion

4:45-5:00--Sara: Wrap-up
What questions remain/are emerging/do we bring to this cluster?
What particular issues might we want to address in the fall?
What ideas do we have now, about how we might go about having these conversations?