NBA athlete, sports broadcaster and speaker, Walter Bond leads a content driven, power-packed workshop designed to empower and enlighten minority students. Having himself been a minority student on a traditional white campus, Walter knows the territory.
In an informal setting, Walter helps students to acknowledge and address the numerous issues they face on campus and to take authority for their experience. He trains students to think, act, and talk like change agents; to interact and ask real-life questions; and to seek and find real-life solutions to everyday issues.
Mr. Bond also incorporates into his school program the excellent time management and goals section from his book, All Buts Stink! How To Live Your BEST LIFE and Eliminate Excuses.
Timothy D. Hillman, Ph.D.
“Without dialogue, without communication, without listening, without hearing, we are condemned to functioning in ignorance and lives sheltered from the truth of each other.” -Tim Hillman-
“How do we guide our children as they reach out to embrace the computer world?” It’s a question which confounds and concerns any parent—and today that means all parents.
Tim Hillman, author of Amazon’s No. 1 best seller on boarding schools, Behind the Walls: A Parents’ Guide to Boarding Schools, educator, computer ace, husband, and parent of three sons, age 19, 16 and 12, guides parents and students to answers that make sense to them. “No one gives you a handbook about parenting,” says Tim. “It’s a profession you figure out as you go along. What I do know is that changes demand that a parent be nimble and quick, while still holding on to basic parent skills.”
Any parent of a pre-adolescent, adolescent or teenager has serious questions about the Internet—and particularly about My Space, the social networking web site for kids which receives more traffic than any other site on the web. “The computer is the world itself and we have to understand it,” posits Dr. Hillman. “We bring our children into the world and we, as parents, need to know how to guide them as they go out and embrace the world and the computer world.”
“The problem,” states Tim Hillman, “is that parents have no idea what lines to draw because we are living in a time of paradox. Boundaries are falling around us yet it is essential to have boundaries because only within boundaries do we discover our potential and our freedom.”
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Richard Aldorasi established the Philadelphia Handmade Paper Company in 1989. He has since continually conducted hands-on living history programs and art workshops in Turkish (ebru) and Japanese Suminagashi marbling, paper making, letter press printing, decorative paper, and book arts. Sharing his programs at numerous arts, historical and educational institutions, Mr. Aldorasi has displayed his expertise and experience as a teacher and artist with all ages and skill levels. As a working artist for 40 plus years, his talents go unsurpassed in handmade paper and marbling. Sharing and applying these ancient techniques while working with 100% authentic tools, Mr. Aldorasi provides an adventure into the world of art, as you experience history come alive.
Richard arrives in his pick up truck with his printing press and needs only a source of water to fill his coopered, cedar vat and a ramp so that he can wheel his printing press into your performing space. He is an easy going person and a joy to work with!
In his 40-minute school assembly program, Richard Aldorasi, in full Colonial costume and using 100% authentic tools, brings to students a mobile hands-on living history program in handmade papermaking and letter-press printing. He demonstrates the 2,000 year old craft of papermaking by forming sheets of linen paper out of a three-foot coopered, cedar vat and also operates an 18th century wooden lever press, demonstrating the five centuries of letterpress printing. Your students will be transported into scenes from past centuries, as well as life in Colonial America. Borrowing intriguing stories from the history of papermaking and letter press trades, Richard also includes the important part that Philadelphia and Pennsylvania once played.
In addition, Richard introduces the environmental issues of recycling paper in the 21st century. Emphasizing the first 1,750 years of making paper without trees, he shares the many ways we can “Go Green Now.” He explains issues such as the “quiet fire syndrome” and speaks with students about the decay and misuse of paper in our society, along with the unyielding efforts of recycling and the long term effects of chemicals in our paper and printing processes.
Following his assembly program, Mr. Aldorasi is happy to stay at school and work with individual classes of 30 to 40 students at a time and give his 30-minute workshop on papermaking or letter press printing.
In the classroom papermaking workshop each student will experience the process of making his or her own sheet of linen paper using an 18th century antique laid wire mould and deckle with the “Philadelphia Handmade Paper Company” water mark. In the letter press printing workshop each student will experience the actual process of inking the plate with inking balls, setting the paper, rolling the plate under the platen, working the lever of an 18th century wood printing press, and printing a sheet of colonial currency on handmade linen paper. This experience takes students back hundreds of years down the trail of history and enables each student to draw from the invaluable experience of actually participating in the paper making process used by printers and paper makers in the New World. Each student forms his or her own piece of linen paper and/or shares in the feeling of working the lever of a Common English Press.More About Richard Aldorasi
SILENTS IN SCHOOLS|
Bruce Lawton, Curator & Projectionist;
Ben Model, Producer & Pianist
Bruce Lawton and Ben Model have been producing silent films shows for the past five years, most notably at the popular New York City-based Silent Clowns Film Series - featured in stories on silent film in the New York Times, New York Magazine and on NY1 and BBC-TV--and also at the New-York Historical Society's Family Classics of the Silent Screen. Bruce and Ben also perform regularly in schools, libraries, museums, theatres and churches. They have also taught a course on Silent Film at the New School in New York City. In this era of digital film and TV, there is nothing like seeing real silent movies with piano acccompaniment. There is a completely different atmosphere watching silent movies--vigorous active audience participation!
Kenny Merrick, Jr.|
Native American Flutist
"The Creator gifted each and every one of us with something special.
Randall Kenan |
"Readings & Thoughts On Writing"
Randall Kenan has established himself as one of today's best non-fiction writers and also a fabulist of our times. Disarmingly humble and witty in person, he charms audiences with his profound knowledge of books and films. He is also both caring and thoughtful with the questions audiences ask him. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, with a new generation of Americans confronting what James Baldwin called our “racial nightmare,” Randall Kenan in The Fire This Time (Melville House, 2007) asks, “How far have we come?” It is Mr. Kenan’s response forty-five years later to Mr. Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, one of the essential and galvanizing books of the American civil rights movement. Mr. Kenan's Walking on Water, Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (Alfred A. Knopf, March 1999) is a profoundly moving and provocative account in the form of individual essays--both timely and enduring--of the thinking, feelings and lives of more than 200 African Americans in the nineties. His first two books, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, and A Visitation of Spirits, mingled myth, folktale, magic and reality.Click For More Information
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