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Field trip to Yellow Springs

October 02, 2012

Provided by Afiara String Quartet website. Check them out @ http://afiara.com/ !

Provided by Afiara String Quartet website. Check them out @ http://afiara.com/ !

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

Sunday, September 29th my Music of Western Cultures II class ventured outside the classroom and into a church. Our Professor Liz Haskins arranged for us to see and listen to the Afiara String Quartet. My class gathered at 6pm Sunday evening in BCAC (Boyd Cultural Arts Center) parking lot – a welcome change from our typical class time from 6:30pm to 9:00pm on Tuesdays in class room -- to start our educational outing. We piled in the school vans and arrived in a small town called Yellow Springs about 25 minutes away. 
                First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs hosted this event. The Afiara String Quartet is based out of Canada and have travelled all over the globe. For those of you who don’t know what a string quartet is, that’s okay. I didn’t know exactly what it was until my class with Liz Haskins. A string quartet typically involves four instruments: 2 violins, a cello, and viola.
Normally, classical music is not my go-to music choice, but I found it really interesting to read about these artists’ backgrounds. Of the musicians in this string quartet, two of them had studied at The Julliard School, one of the prestigious, if not the most prestigious musical school in the world. The other two had studied at the New England Conservatory, another well- renowned music school. Of the two who studied at Julliard, one of them was playing on a violin that was from 1737! I can’t imagine playing an instrument almost 300 years old, I’d be too worried about breaking it, rather than playing music!  
The quartet played two pieces by Beethoven and one by a recent composer who wrote a piece for one of the members’ mother. The Beethoven pieces were very expressive and lively. The other was a bit eclectic, but by the end of the piece I appreciated the variety of feelings this creative endeavor elicited.  After the concert, Liz Haskins treated us to Subway for dinner - a lovely way to end an educational experience outside the classroom.

Tags: Application , education , Music , Wilmington College

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Camp Joy

August 14, 2012

Contributed by: Brad Fuller

Yesterday, I was able to participate in an Underground Railroad simulation with all of the Wilmington College resident assistants, peer advisors, and orientation assistants at Camp Joy in Clarksville, OH. Camp Joy is an outdoor education center that hosts many summer camps, as well as other miscellaneous groups year round. Their mission is, “Helping People Grow & Succeed Through Life-long Experience Based Learning.” At the simulation, they referred to it as a unique type of play, where the participants played an active role. At the beginning, we went through a mock slave trade where we were all sold into different groups. Each group then proceeded on a journey where they were “escaping” from slavery. In the end, my group was caught trying to escape from a crowded crawlspace. While parts of the simulation are intense and powerful, it is a completely safe zone. Participants wear a bandana on their head, and if it is pulled down or removed, the actors know that you are no longer a part of the play (temporarily, if desired). The actors also do not touch any participants, they do not curse or use derogatory terms, all weapons are fake and never pointed in the direction of a person, and individual threats are never made. The experience allows everyone to learn about the darkest time in American history and reflect on the current time period. For me personally, it allowed me to think of the current situation of the world. While slavery does not exist in America today, it still exists in many parts of the world. Many Americans are not aware of this fact because we live a comfortable life in this country. While the play allows participants to reflect on the past, I would encourage anyone (whether you have participated or not) to reflect on social injustices throughout the world. I’m not going to rant on how I feel about the clothing, food, or commercial goods industries (I probably will in later blogs ☺), but I challenge you to think about every decision you make and realize everything that had to be done for that decision to be made. For example, lets say you buy an apple. Think of everything that needed to be done for that apple to get into your stomach (growing the plant, shipping, selling, etc…). Once you begin to think of things slightly more complex than an apple, the process begins to become more complex as well, creating a higher potential for injustice somewhere in this chain of events.

 

Now listening: Burial – untrue
(Hyperdub; 2007)

http://www.last.fm/music/Burial/Untrue

Tags: camp joy , education , injustice , quakers , teamwork

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