Reclaiming Experience Through Community MediaReclaiming Experience Through Community Mediahttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/159372DC Bryn Mawr Room2010-12-10T11:30:002010-12-10T14:00:00
December 10, 11:30AM–2:00PM
DC Bryn Mawr Room
Screening and Discussion with Karen Warrington, Nikhil Anand and Kathryn Smith Pyle
The Department of Anthropology and CPGC invite you to a Screening and Discussion with Karen Warrington, Nikhil Anand and Kathryn Smith Pyle.
Friday, December 10, 11:30 – 1:30
Bryn Mawr Room, Haverford Dining Center
About the Speakers:
Karen Warrington—communications expert, broadcast journalist, performing artist, and advocate for progressive social change. Currently the Director of Communication for Congressman Robert A. Brady, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that the new memorialization of the President’s House at Independence National Park commemorates the enslaved Africans who served George and Martha Washington. Warrington has been an independent voice for political and social empowerment as the host and producer of popular radio and television programs, video documentaries, articles and essays. Warrington will screen portions of 711, a community‐based documentary of Black dance in segregated post‐war Philadelphia. The film focuses on 711 S. Broad Street in South Philadelphia where for more than four decades a trio of Black dance pioneers ‐ Essie Marie Dorsey, Marian Cuyjet and Sydney King ‐ trained hundreds of Black children in the art of dance. 711 has received critical praise and recently aired on WHYY TV.
Nikhil Anand—environmental anthropologist. Anand’s research focuses on the political ecology of urban infrastructures, and the social and material relations they entail. His current project, ‘The Social Life of Water,’ looks at access to water in one of Mumbai’s many informal settlements, and explores how natural resources and specific configurations of ‘the public’ are mobilized to assemble urban development and environmental projects in Mumbai. Anand will screen portions of Ek Dozen Paani (One Dozen Waters), a collaborative video project that he participated in with the arts collective CAMP and the youth groups Aagaz and Akansha Sewa Sangh. Residents of Mumbai experience the passage of water from rain to sea via lakes, watersheds, pipes, pumps, pots, human and animal bodies, drains and sewers. The twelve stories that make up Ek Dozen Paani speak of water’s time and place, leaky systems and subterranean flows, struggle and imagination.
Kathryn Smith Pyle—filmmaker, photographer, writer. Pyle was Senior Representative for Mexico and Central America at the Inter‐American Foundation, and funded grassroots development projects in that region and Brazil. Prior to this she directed the Samuel S. Fels Fund in Philadelphia, which supports community media. Currently she writes for the Foundation Center about how media can address conflict situations. Pyle will screen a portion of Donde Estan?, a documentary she is producing about the war in El Salvador (1980 ‐ 1992), and how, 18 years after Peace Accords were signed, civil society works on resolving the human rights violations carried out by the military government. Through historical memory, monuments, memorials and investigation, community based organizations affirm a reality long denied by the state.
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