The Collection Fund
Collection is one of the oldest traditions at Haverford College. It began as a compulsory meeting of the student body, with faculty taking attendance (if you can believe that).
Over time, Collection evolved into a student run lecture series that focused on bringing distinguished members of the broader community to campus who would spark conversation, debate, and introduce new ideas to the community. Today, Collection does this not just through speakers, but also performances, debates, discussions, exhibitions, workshops, and other thought-provoking and engaging experiences.
Those who are interested in planning and implementing such an event are encouraged to complete The Collection Fund Application. If your application is approved, the Collection Committee will provide funding, help advertise, offer suggestions for venue, and in general work with you to plan and implement a successful event. You, of course, retain complete creative control; we’re here to guide you through the process and support your vision!
While Collection does sponsor speakers, we much prefer other forms of engaging the community, such as film screenings, workshops, art exhibitions, concerts, performances, residencies, debates, etc. Still, requests for speakers will certainly be considered.
Here are some examples of events that the Collection Committee has recently sponsored:
- Running the Numbers, an artist talk and gallery exhibition by Chris Jordan focusing on American consumerism.
- What is your religion? A series of lectures by Haverford community members discussing their personal religious beliefs and religious life in an academic setting
- AcadeMix, an annual hip-hop symposium that seeks to explore the history, art, and performance of hip-hop. Past artist/panelist have included: DJ Rehka, Pop Master Fable, Yhsman M.B. Bobo, Dead Prez, and Chiddy Bang.
- Clown Workshop, Pig Iron Theater Company artistic director Quinn Bauriedel engaged participants in exploring the fragile and exhilarating territory of the clown.