Hot off the press! Dr. Yukako Ishimaru and her student mentor Erika Paris, a Secondary Education major at SRU, taught our Humanities Ladder students the art of calligraphy this week.
Learn more about the Humanities Ladder program here: www.humanitiesladder.org
Calling all SRU students to apply and be a camp counselor this summer!
Great opportunity for education, social work and counseling students
JUNE 18-22, 2018
* Apply by March 31 *
Welcome back!!! We hope everyone is off to a great start.
The CPH has lots of exciting events and programs planned this semester! Be sure to check back frequently for updates.
It's that time of year again. Join us December 9 and 10 at the Old Stone House in Slippery Rock.
We hope to see you there!
Save the date! The Macoskey Center will be hosting a Community Café on Wednesday, December 6 from 6-8PM. Join the creative conversation to help determine the future direction of sustainability in Slippery Rock. RSVPs are encouraged.
On November 16th, the Philosophy Club and Department, and the Stone House Center for Public Humanities, will host a talk titled "Talking About Slurs" by Cassie Herbert, a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her interests include social philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of sex, and bioethics. Her talk will focus on the uncertainty most people face when navigating conversations about slurs.
This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
It’s not just another Thursday at Aliquippa High School. That’s because the CPH’s Humanities Ladder program offered another new experience for program participants—Afro Colombian dancing.
SRU's Afro -Colombian Dance Company (headed by Dr. Melissa Teodoro) gave a presentation and dance demonstration to the students at Aliquippa so that they could observe some of the cultural concepts they studied during their Music and Dance Module.
During the Music and Dance module, students discussed how music and dance are cultural products that tell or communicate information about the historical background of the peoples that created such cultural products.
In the case of the Hispanic cultures, the presence of the historical links to European, Indigenous, and African cultures can be found in the music and the dances of different regions. For instance, students spent time discussing how the predominance of certain instruments in music and movements in the dances tell us a story of what cultures have had more impact in the region. Particularly, students discussed drums and call-and-response as elements that communicate strong African influence and how we find these elements as predominant in the cultures of the countries with Caribbean coasts.
When the dancers from SRU spoke to the Aliquippa students, they mentioned the predominance of the drums and the call and response in the dances that they perform, which illustrated and reinforced the concepts they had explored in the classroom.
Check out the Aliquippa High School students dancing alongside the SRU students!
Slippery Rock University's historic Old Stone House will host a "Spooky Stories" event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on October. 28.
The event will offer interactive story telling by Mary Morgan Smith, an acclaimed storyteller and producer of Pittsburgh's annual Three Rivers Storytelling Festival. In addition, there will be a performance by the Miracle Elixir Side Show, a Victorian-themed entertainment troupe that performs magic and interactive amusements.
SRU theater students will perform a dramatic reading of works by Edgar Allan Poe, and the Jennings Environmental Center will provide an exhibit about bats, exploring the myths and facts about the creatures.
"Storytelling is probably the original form of entertainment, something our early ancestors invented to pass the time," said Aaron Cowan, associate professor of history and curator of the Old Stone House. "This event continues that tradition, and provides lots of fun and engaging activities for the whole family."
The event will also feature free face painting, an apple cider press demonstration, candle dipping and sugar cookie decorating.
Admission is $8 per person, children 4 and under are free.
The Old Stone House, which is owned and operated by SRU, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 258 and 173, just south of Slippery Rock. For more information, call 724.738.4964.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Socrates Café last night, where students and community members explored the big question: What is happiness?
Want to hold a community event in collaboration with the Center for Public Humanities? Let us know!