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Monday April 11th- Red Tent!!!

Note: Deep Dialogues will be extended 1/2 hour this week, beginning at 4:45 and going until 7:00 in the Landis House

The red tent is a safe place for women to talk about taboo topics, get vulnerable about their current problems, laugh, sing, dance, eat, tell stories, drink tea, create artwork, meditate, journal, etc. The Rent Tent movement is changing the way that women interact, support each other, and think about their bodies. The Red Tent was a space and a practice partially inspired by the menstrual hut that the women thousands of years ago used. Jacque Hanson, a modern day priestess in Carlisle, will be explaining the history of the red tent and guiding us through the two hours together. Everyone should bring a friend, a blanket, a picture of a loved one or missed ancestor, and food. It will be a great time together, and wear something red!

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Deep Dialogues Monday April 4th
Capitalism and Alternative Economic Models
Landis House @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Food: Susannah Bartlow

Conversation Topic: Capitalism-is it oppressive? Why? Are there other feasible alternatives? Is there an ideal reformed version of capitalism that could work better? Please watch this movie if you would like to prepare for Monday’s discussion.  Or just bring yourself! “Capitalism: A Love Story” -a film by Michael Moore
If others have resources Capitalism that they would like to share, please post them to the blog or share here.
Thank you all so much for a fantastic conversation this week after a two week hiatus – our discussion about the role of “violent/destructive” roles in the revolution, ZapatistasThe Weather Underground, and EarthFirst! was inspiring, challenging, and as always, revolutionarily awesome.
Thanks and see you at Landis House next week!

Sarah Brylinsky

Sustainability Education Coordinator

The Center for Sustainability Education
Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA 17013
Tel: 717.245.1117

“Ecology is permanent economy.” – Sunderlal Bahuguna, Gandhian activist and philosopher

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Monday March 21st – No meeting, do Reading!

Monday March 28th: Zapatistas! and Revolutionary Movements

Landis House @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Conversation Topic:  Zapatistas! Who were these fabulous revolutionary women, and what can we learn in our own ecofeminist movement from them?


“Teaching Women in the Zapatistia Movement’ attached

The Roles of Women in the Mexican Revolution and in the Current Zapatista Movement


Blake Blailey: Zapatista (Personal narratives)


Zapatistas in Representation

If others have resources about Chiapas and Zapatistas that they would like to share, please post them to the blog or share here.  Thanks and see you at Landis House next week!

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Monday February 28th

Landis House @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Topic: The Benefits of Local Economy


An essay by Wendell Berry, from his book Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community, will be emailed and available on the blog on Thursday, February 24th. The essay is called “Conservation and Local Economy” and discusses the importance of caring for our land and developing a healthy community (comprised not only of humans, but soil, water, air and non-human beings).

This essay addresses topics surrounding consumerism and capitalism that have been topics of interest thus far in Deep Dialogues. Members are asked to read the essay as a foundation for our discussion on Monday.

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Ecofeminism Deep Dialogues Monday February 21st
East Asian Reading Room, Waider-Spahr Library @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Conversation Topic: Please make comments and posts on the Blog ( ) with any articles/topics you’d like to bring to the discussion! For those unfamiliar with the blog, check it out, write some stuff (if you want to become an author, just shoot me an email), and make suggestions even if you’re a newcomer to the group.
Suggestions for future topics: Continuing the discussion of “What makes a healthy Ecofeminist community?”

Community Building/Consensus
Meditation and Mindfulness Exercises
Ownership vs. Stewardship
Culture of Silence- How do we break the silence?
Who is bringing food: Doni and Rebecca
Please make suggestions of other places to meet if you have any! We will discuss what we think is a good permanent meeting place next week.

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Monday February 14th

East Asian Reading Room, Waider-Spahr Library @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Conversation Topic: Marcellus Shale, Energy Development, and Alternative Economics
Continuing our conversation from last week on the impact of marcellus shale in regards to both environmental impact and gender implications.
Who is bringing food: Claire Tighe
New blog updates!  See the “Deep Dialogues” category on the right for a listing of each week’s discussion, notes, observations, and more.
Looking forward to building on the energy from last week!

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Didn’t make it to the first Deep Dialogues last Monday?  No worries!  Join us this week or any week.

Monday February 7th
Landis House @ Dickinson College, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Conversation Topic: Women/Bodies and Environment/Society at the nexus of consumerism.
How are our lives dictated by the ‘laws’ of consumption, capitalism, and objectification of both bodies and natural objects, and how can we deconstruct this basis to form our own radical ways of valuing self and the purpose of life?
Who is bringing food: Katelyn Repash ( / Amy Woolf (
There was a motion to include a great diversity of voices in the group.  Reach out to friends, colleagues, and contacts who can help make our discussions as rich in experience and voice as they are in passion and interest.
Also, several interested ecofeminists have expressed the desire to have younger (much younger!  as in a few months old or a few years!) voices join the discussion, so that parents can attend.  I would love to make our group open to this.  One possibility is for us to share responsibility for entertaining, including, and looking after younger participants, taking turns while the rest of the group joins in.  If you are interested or willing to help out with including children in our group, send me back a quick reply so I can gauge our group’s capacity and willingness to do so.
Thanks to everyone who signed up to bring food!  Yum!  Please plan to bring snacks for about 15 people.  I will post the list and weeks on the blog.

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Tomorrow is our first Ecofeminism Deep Dialogues discussion!  Please see below for details.  Bring a friend. Bring yourself.  Bring an open mind.
Ecofeminism: Deep Dialogues First Meeting
Where: Landis House, Dickinson College  (101 S. College Street at the corner of College and Pomfret)
When: Arrival between 4:30-4:45pm strongly recommended.  Snacks and tea will be provided – these first few minutes will give everyone a chance to say hello, grab some treats, and settle in.  Discussion will start promptly at 5pm.
What: This will be an open discussion group. In coming weeks we will likely read one article per week and discuss it in depth for about an hour.  This first meeting will explore what ecofeminism is/entails, setting up collective safe space for shared dialogue, and what participants hope to get out of their participation.  Please feel free to attend every week, or occasionally as your schedule allows.  You can always check the blog for updates throughout the semester.

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Welcome 1/25/11

As many of you know, Susannah Bartlow and I will be hosting an Ecofeminist discussion group this semester, to further explore conversations begun in our Fall semester course at Dickinson College “Ecofeminism: Gender Ecology and Justice” and delve deeply into questions of the environment, gender, development, the erotic, climate change, resiliency, soil, earth, home, modernity, cyborgs, ovaries, and much more.  What does a community based on equality, sustainability, and resiliency really look like, and how can we shape our selves and our systems to construct not just what is possible, but what is necessary for a just future?
Ecofeminism Deep Dialogues
When: Mondays 4:45pm – ????
Where: Landis House and other locations

The first deep dialogue will be held at the Landis House. Please check the Ecofeminism Blogfor the next location.
Weekly topics, thoughts, outputs, and location will be posted to the blog.  New topic each week.
Light food will be provided each week with rotating/shared responsibility.

I am extending you the cordial invitation to join us Monday evenings (one or many) for deep thought, deep reflection, and much laughter.  Please pass along the invitation to friends, colleagues, and community members who may be interested.

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