We are looking for student mentors to participate in the
Fall 2018 Humanities Ladder Program. Apply today!
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!
Calling all SRU students!!!
Are you passionate about the humanities?
Do you enjoy helping others?
Are you looking for a cool job this fall?
The Stone House Center for Public Humanities is looking for student mentors for our Humanities Ladder program.
The Humanities Ladder provides college-level humanities education to high school students faced with socioeconomic difficulties through weekly team-taught sessions. As a student mentor, you will work with a Slippery Rock University professor by assisting students at Aliquippa High School OR Union Area High School with once-a-week classroom activities. The goals of the Humanities Ladder Program are to:
As a student mentor, you will gain valuable leadership skills and receive a stipend for ten weeks of service. Time commitment is approximately 3-4 hours one day a week.
If you are interested in being a mentor, please send your resume along with your availability for the fall 2017 semester to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the Humanities Ladder program here.
Shout Out for the Humanities
Our first ever Shout Out for the Humanities Contest was held on March 1st at the Smith Student Center. Seventeen entries from SRU students were displayed and judged by Karen Pierce, Kevin Lukacs, and Judy Silva. Submissions were creative and thoughtful, and included video entries, essays, artwork, posters, and poems from History, Philosophy, Art, English, and Physics majors. Faculty with the most entrants included Dr. Andrew Winters, Dr. Barbara Westman, and Dr. Aksel Casson.
The contest winners were: First place, senior Adam Riddle; second place, junior Joseph Szalinski; and third place, senior Casey Squires.
We would like to thank our excellent judges as well as Danette DiMarco, Tim Oldakowski, Andrew Winters, Aaron Cowan, Lia Paradis, Paula Rieder, Barbara Westman, Arlene Ford, and Aksel Casson, the faculty who assisted with the workshop and who acted as advisors to our contestants.
We would also like to thank our sponsors, Wise Physical Therapy and the Office of Transformational Programs.
Last semester marked the first session of the Humanities Ladder, a project to provide humanities-based enrichment to underserved students local high schools. In the fall, Dr. Jason Hilton and Dr. Tim Oldakowski taught at Aliquippa High School, teaching students modes of critical thinking. Students openly participated, asking questions and working out problems in ways that, as one student stated, “helped me to think differently.” Thank you both for a successful first semester!
This semester’s Humanities Ladder faculty are Dr. Lia Paradis and Dr. Aksel Casson. For those interested in teaching next year at Aliquippa or Union High School, please contact Laura Coulter at email@example.com.
Saturday April 23, 9 am to 12 pm
The Stone House CPH is co-sponsoring the 2016 SRU Ethics Bowl, an event in which teams of 3-5 students engage in friendly, competitive debate over a variety of contemporary moral issues. We are currently seeking faculty to volunteer as judges, moderators and mentors for this event. Judges and moderators will be needed on the day of the event (April 23), while mentors should meet with their teams in the weeks leading up the event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Homebrewed History: “Beer and Medieval Europe”
Saturday, April 2 from 2 to 4 pm, Old Stone House
The latest installment of the Homebrewed History educational series will focus on medieval European brewing history and recipes. Guests will be able to sample two brews based on authentic medieval recipes: and English ale and a Belgian trippel. Dr. Paula Rieder will offer a presentation on the evolution
of brewing from domestic, women’s work to a male-dominated enterprise during the late medieval period. Tickets for the event are $25, and can be bought online at this link.
Batik exhibit: “Here and There”
Saturday April 9 and Saturday April 16 from 2 to 4 pm, Old Stone House
Old Stone House presents “Here and There,” a batik exhibit featuring works by students from SRU and Gdansk, Poland. Dr. Barbara Westman, professor of Art, assembled the pieces for the exhibition which will include hands-on activities mimicking the wax-resist technique used in making batik designs. School-aged children are encouraged to try the activities. Admission is free.
Want to hold a community event in collaboration with the Center for Public Humanities? Let us know!