June Report from Amy K. Hamlin, Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts

Dr. Gabrielle Civil leading her workshop "Experiments in Joy," March 20, 2017, in the Visual Arts Building. [Image Source: Amy K. Hamlin]

Dr. Gabrielle Civil leading her workshop "Experiments in Joy," March 20, 2017, in the Visual Arts Building. [Image Source: Amy K. Hamlin]

Dr. Gabrielle Civil's steps for "Experiments in Joy," March 20, 2017. Used with permission [Image Source: Amy K. Hamlin]

Dr. Gabrielle Civil's steps for "Experiments in Joy," March 20, 2017. Used with permission [Image Source: Amy K. Hamlin]

On March 10, we were pleased to host our former colleague Dr. Gabrielle Civil for a lecture and workshop called "Experiments in Joy: Recharging Our Culture." Both events aimed to mobilize the mission of St. Kate’s by following the lead of Civil's creative and pedagogical practice. She states: “The aim of my work is to open up space.” Through participatory exercises, deep reflection, and robust discussion, participants re-imagined their role at the University through the performative lens of Civil’s “experiments in joy.” She provided aspirational and practical suggestions for how we might animate office and classroom spaces around our tripartite mission: Catholic identity, women’s education, liberal arts. Using her background in creative writing and performance, Civil offered creative visioning strategies for both personal development and institutional transformation. Her remarks came from a deep understanding and appreciation of the mission at St. Kate’s as well as her experience in helping to build and lead a new program at Antioch College.