RCAH Parents College

August 3, 2012 - 8:00am - August 5, 2012 - 8:00pm
Snyder-Phillips Hall
362 Bogue Street, Snyder Hall
East Lansing, MI
United States

The first RCAH Parents College will be held from Friday, August 3, through Sunday, August 5, 2012. Interested in attending? It's not too late to register. Contact Dawn Janetzke via email or phone at (517) 884-0383.

Parents College will be a relatively short but intensive immersion experience on the topic area that elicited the most interest from respondents to a recent survey: Philosophy and Religion. The focus will be on a subject that cuts across the boundary between philosophy and religion: the subject of sacrifice.

The primary text is a new book by Moshe Halbertal, On Sacrifice (Princeton University Press, 2012). In this small, closely argued book Habertal, a professor of law at New York University and Jewish thought and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, makes the argument that not only does sacrifice come in many forms, in all of these forms it is related to violence.

The goal of the three-day Parents College is not to come up with the best definition of sacrifice, or the worst. The goal is to come up with the best questions we can formulate based on our readings, our multi-texting, and our conversations. Philosophy is not so much about answering existing questions as it is about finding the weaknesses in existing questions and coming up with better ones.

Parents College participants will stay in Snyder-Phillips and dine in the Gallery cafeteria. Classes will also be held right in Snyder-Phillips, and Steve Esquith will serve as lead instructor. There will be no tuition charged, and the fees for housing and meals are as follows:

Housing and meals:

Single room: Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 -- $35 per night

Double room: Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 -- $25 per night per person

Meals will be a total of $50 per person for 3 meals per day for 3 days in the Gallery.

Fabric Arts Workshop:

Students in this Parents College mini-workshop will produce a fabric collage using the class topic of sacrifice as inspiration.

Design Session 1: Students will learn about variations of value and produce a small fabric piece using various colors, prints, and textures.

Design Session 2: Students will learn about a limited number of design elements such as symmetry, asymmetry, and radical design and produce several examples in fabric. Students working in pairs will produce a fabric piece using various techniques.

Sewing is not necessary but certainly possible. Paint, embellisment and fusing are some of the possible techniques. All equipment will be provided along with instructions to use them. Please feel free to bring possible photos or graphic images that you would like to include in your piece. These are images that help you express your connection to the general topic of sacrifice. Bring them on a flash drive or as a photocopy. We will print them on fabric in the computer lab.

RCAH owns five sewing machines which can be used for this project. A short introduction session (about 30 minutes) will prepare you to use the machine.  Contact Chris Worland for more information or to make an appointment for an instructional session on how to use the sewing machines the week before class.

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