JT Waldman: Reading Comics and Religion
Throughout spring 2016, comic book creator and digital designer JT Waldman will work with students in "Reading Comics and Religion," a team-taught course taught by Yvonne Chireau (Religion, Swarthmore) and Ken Koltun-Fromm (Religion, Haverford) which explores how notions of the religious arise in comics and graphic novels that visually depict narratives of and about the sacred.
To enable students to think creatively about the production, technical challenges, and creative disciplines of graphic mediums, Waldman will conduct a series of curricular labs throughout the semester, immersing students in the graphic medium itself, moving them to understand the theory of graphic design but also facilitating their learning through the making of comics. He will also work with Shiamin Kwa's class "Food in Translation" (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Bryn Mawr) in a design workshop, as well as participate in the public symposium Comics and Sacred Texts, May 5th and 6th at Haverford College.
Yvonne Chireau (Religion, Swarthmore))
Ken Koltun-Fromm (Religion, Haverford)
Shiamin Kwa (East Asian Languages & Cultures, Bryn Mawr)
Comics and Sacred Texts Symposium
May 5th & 6th, 2016
About the Artist
JT Waldman is a comic book creator and digital designer based in Philadelphia. He is best known for his graphic novel, Megillat Esther, published in 2005 by the Jewish Publication Society. In 2012, his collaboration with Harvey Pekar, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, reached the New York Times Best Seller List. He has contributed to two books that detail the intersection of comic books and Judaism, From Krakow to Krypton and The Jewish Graphic Novel as well as the historical anthologies, Colonial Comics and The Graphic Canon Vol I. JT also lectures at colleges, universities, and conferences on topics ranging from comic books and religion to visual narratives and Midrash.
Joan Naviyuk Kane: Poetry, Ecology, and (Dis)possession
In late February 2016, poet and interdisciplinary cultural worker Joan Naviyuk Kane will visit with students in John Hyland's writing seminar “Ecological Imaginaries: Identity, Violence, and the Environment,” which explores transnational environmental writing with a particular focus on issues of race, dispossession, globalization, and questions of social justice.
During the central unit of this course, students will investigate the intersection of ecology, poetry, and place, studying the ways that poetry can respond to, witness, record, and articulate the traumas of displacement in our so-called global age. They will collaborate with students in Joshua Moses's course "Nature/ Culture: An Introduction to Environmental Anthropology," which will also include a section on poetics, ethnography, and indigenous identities. Joan Naviyuk Kane will also meet with faculty during her visit to Haverford, as well as give a public reading of her poetry for the community.
John Hyland (Writing Program)
Joshua Moses (Environmental Studies, Anthropology)
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Magill Library Philips Wing, Haverford College
About the Artist
Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal and The Straits, for which she has received the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, an American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the School for Advanced Research, and the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
Kane graduated from Harvard College, where she was a Harvard National Scholar, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of a graduate Writing Fellowship. Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, she raises her sons in Anchorage, Alaska, and is MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. New work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and South Magazine in conjunction with documenta 14.
Making is Thinking: Lighting Rod Special
During the second half of the spring 2016 semester, Philadelphia theatre company Lightning Rod Special returns to Haverford to work with students in the courses Experimental Media (John Muse) and Performance, Literature, and the Archive (Jaclyn Pryor).
Lightning Rod Special will work with students in John Muse's Experimental Media class to research and develop performance techniques involving live, close-circuit video technologies. Inspired by the work of pioneering artists Vito Acconci, Joan Jonas, and others, this workshop will explore the video image as rival, co-conspirator, dopplegänger, and truth-teller.
Additionally, Lightning Rod Special will work with students in Jaclyn Pryor's Performance, Literature, and the Archive course. LRS will lead students through a series of exercises drawn from physical and devised theater techniques as a form of kinesthetic inquiry into their bodies as archives of historical memory. How does the act of performance itself (gesture, movement, objects, spoken text ...) both rely upon as well as produce a kind of living archive? What precedes performance, and how does it leave a trace? The workshop will culminate in students creating short original performances for the stage.
Photo by Johanna Austin
John Muse (Independent College Programs)
Jaclyn Pryor (English)
Open Rehearsal with Lightning Rod Special
Thursday, March 24, 2016
About the Artists
Exploding complex questions with precision and play, Lightning Rod Special makes live performance from the ground up. LRS is Philadelphia-based theatre artists Katie Gould, Jennifer Kidwell, Mason Rosenthal, Scott Sheppard, and Alice Yorke.
Following artistic investigation and experimentation, LRS makes theatre that is varied in form, style, and content. Creating original work is a process we utilize to ask questions of ourselves, our audience, and the world at large.
LRS projects include: Hackles (2012 Philadelphia Fringe), Go Long Big Softie (2013 Philadelphia Fringe),Seeing the Beast (2014 Colgate University), Let the Dog See the Rabbit (2015 The Rotunda Sanctuary), Underground Railroad Game (2013 New Orleans Fringe, 2015 and 2016 FringeArts, 2016 Ars Nova Theater), and Sans Everything (2015 Faux/Real Festival, 2016 AS220, 2016 Charlestown Working Theater) in collaboration with Strange Attractor Theatre Company.
The Center for Creative Works (CCW)
This residency takes the form of a social practice component of a new course, Health Studies 304: “Critical Disability Studies: Theory and Practice.” Exploring how disability theory and engaged community practice inform and shape one another, the students in the course commit three hours weekly to working with partners at the Center for Creative Works (CCW), located in nearby Wynnewood, PA.
The project includes weekly sessions with Bi-Co students and CCW participants, alternately at Haverford and at CCW; sessions at Haverford involving basic science education, using Haverford biology labs, under the guidance of senior biology majors and faculty; sessions at CCW focusing on art education, using CCW studio space, under the guidance of CCW teaching artists; the development of a collaborative visual art project that grows out of the science education sessions; and an end-of-semester exhibition in Haverford’s Zubrow Commons, including the art project, documentation of the process (photographs, text, possibly film), and other work by CCW artists. The exhibition will also feature a catalogue produced in collaboration with CCW.
Photo by Caleb Eckert '17
Kristin Lindgren (Writing Program, Health Studies)
Alice Lesnick (Education)
Rachel Hoang (Biology)
Courtney Carter '17
Natalie DiFrank BMC '17
Lindsey Lopes '16
Sarah Waldis '16
Art, Science & Community
April 25—May 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28, 4-7 p.m.
Zubrow Commons, Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center
About the Center for Creative Works
The Center for Creative Works is an art center with open studio and work opportunities for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. CCW offers a creative work atmosphere for artists to work in diverse media and explore professional techniques, work with quality materials, and develop their personal visual expression. Professional artists teach and guide them through the process while allowing individual artistic development free from the restrictions of academic teaching, resulting in unique and intuitive artwork.