Introduction

Posted March 29th, 2010 at 1:22 pm.

This fourth edition of Civic Matters, a journal about civic engagement by members of the Bryn Mawr College community, again brings together pieces by instructors, staff, students, and community partners as they think about the experience of crossing campus boundaries and engaging with the community beyond our borders. In this issue, Emily Balch Seminar and writing instructor Matt Ruben—also a community leader and activist in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia—writes about how his participation in local civic life has transformed his pedagogy. The Office of Intercultural Affairs’ Vanessa Christman reflects on another aspect of civic engagement: the arts and their importance to community.

The Civic Matters’ interview also turns its attention to the arts as a vital center of civic life. One of Civic Matters’ editors, Julie Zaebst, spoke with Amy Grebe, artistic director of ACPPA Community Art Center, and Adrienne Webb, a psychology major, about the impact of the partnership between ACPPA and the College on participating Norristown families and Bryn Mawr students. Readers also can see a visual representation of collaboration between the College and the community in the arts, with Teresa Silva’s and Asia Hoe’s photo essay depicting the Art Club gallery opening.

Laura McHugh’s essay, adapted from her 2009 Bryn Mawr convocation speech, takes a more global perspective: It describes the interdependence of her studies at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and her work with The Grail, a South African women’s organization dedicated to educating women from developing countries who are committed to social change in their homelands. Finally, Emily Balch Seminar instructor Kaley Carpenter reflects on her involvement with the Oakmont Farmers Market and on the challenges and rewards of bringing local, sustainable food alternatives to the Havertown community.

We, the editors of Civic Matters, continue to be fascinated and enlightened by the range of involvement in community life undertaken by our friends and colleagues across the College. We hope our readers will be, too.

Editorial Team

Gail Hemmeter
Julie Zaebst ’03

Christie Walker ’13 assisted with copy editing for this issue.

Funding for this issue has been provided by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Learn and Serve America Program.

Filed under: Issue 4 by Diana Vergara

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