The Consent Project

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I often find that in public spaces of social media, the news etc., the concept of "consent" is discussed in a very black and white way. This project is about moving away from accusations towards mutual understanding. I am conducting a series of conversations initiated by the following questions: 1) Describe a time where you consented verbally or reciprocated to a gesture of physical intimacy even though you were unsure if you wanted to engage in that way.  What was going on in this moment? 2) describe a time when you initiated physical intimacy and were unsure about your partners desire to engage.  Did the intimacy continue? Why was it confusing? 3) Looking back,  would you have changed anything about this moment? If you would have changed something, what could you have used in that moment to make a different choice? Based off of the responses, I am creating short recordings and postcard sized images. Interested in submitting? Contact me at JordanaRE1@gmail.com

Next Steps

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Psychology Spa, Hosh al-Yasmin Organic Farm Project and  Radient Marketing are collaborating to create the Next Steps Retreat; a series of yoga, acroyoga and mindfulness workshops for Palestinian women to explore feeling safe and connected to their bodies. There is a scarcity of opportunities for Palestinian women in the West Bank to have the experience of feeling safe, of moving their bodies without fear and focusing solely on themselves. Additionally, there are few spaces for women to freely to engage in conversation about dreams and goals free of traditional gender dynamics; a space to nourish one another in the process of creating futures together, a space to trade ideas and strategies, and to replenish away from the struggle outside. These workshops will provide a space Palestinian women in the West Bank to do just this; dream, create and learn. We will discuss what a “healthy lifestyle” means and how much it can impact the way we relate to ourselves, others, our community, and our work.

The Watson Fellowship

What are the physical ways communities create a space and how does it relate to a group or cultures understanding of home? How do communities create home through architecture and physical objects? What is the relationship between the material, the construction, the creation process and a community's sense of home? I traveled solo for one year, mostly across Central and South America in mostly indigenous communities learning traditional crafts, dances, cooking, building, songs and found that, no matter the form, each tradition had the same goal in mind; passing on history, moral values and purpose. Objects in these communities are made by hand, passed on through generations with materials that they have grown for hundreds of years. Perhaps it is cliche but, to put it simply, what I saw most profoundly is that home is connection. When we are connected to the earth we live on and are sharing with the people around us, we are home. A phrase from my mama and one to live by “All those I love, All who love me, here is home.” Home is understanding your environment and responding to it, home is the process of learning a new craft for hours everyday, home is spending time with your people and your land, home is passing on the story of where you come from.

The Kingston Home for Children

In collaboration with Voice Theater in Woodstock, NY . Leading a series of theater and writing workshops at the Kingston Home for Children which hosts unaccompanied minors who crossed the Mexico-California border. The students wrote stories about their homes and why they had to flee their countries. In collaboration with several highs schools in Kingston, NY and Poughkeepsie, NY, students shared their stories with local students. The students gathered together to read these stories of home, write their own definitions of home and sit in the same space getting to know one another across  language and cultural barriers.

From the River to the Sea

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Written based off of a series of interviews conducted in the city of Hebron in the West Bank. Through a conversation between a mother and a daughter as they bury their brother/son, "From the River to the Sea" explores the ways that Jewish settlement impacts families on a personal level. Hebron is a city laden with meaning, religion and history and is also one of the locations of the most intense violence in the current conflict. The play asks us to consider, what is being sacrificed in our present families for this historical dream?

Here’s the play on youtube: https://youtu.be/irGDhhJRCik
And some stills: https://goo.gl/photos/HHBzUbKr7RM2nFQz9

The Race Monologues

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A series of performances taking place in unusual places around Bard College. The Race Monologues explores the role of race and ethnicity in the elite, liberal arts college setting. The performances include written work from students and interviews conducted with local residents exploring their perspective on race, socio-economic status and the liberal arts education.        

To Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYEE7I8HqOs&t=422s

The Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative

The Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative is the only entirely student-run Palestinian engagement program in the United States. We are founded upon the belief that constructive civil engagement, cultural exchange, and education create an environment conducive to self-expression. Every year, fifteen to twenty Bard College students travel to Mas’ha, a small village in the West Bank where - in partnership with the local community - we run children’s summer camps, organize community service projects, teach English classes and engage in cultural discussion and exchange. We would like to bring this engagement to campus by engaging the Bard Al-Quds students with Bard in Annandale. Our goal is to create a bridge between these two institutions to better understand the different experiences we all have as Bard students. We hope to create spaces that facilitate cultural exchange and celebration.

The Sister Cities Project

This is a cultural exchange project aiming to facilitate communication between the youth of Red Hook and Mas’ha. We are engaged in an international Sister Cities program that aims to advance, “peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian, and economic development exchanges” by connecting towns across the world. We focus on several broad themes: deconstructing systems of power, and how these systems relate to land and personal or national identity. We celebrate the culture of our towns through festivals, town events and student exchange. Though this project, BPYI participants and guest speakers from all over the Middle East engage in activities with students at Red Hook High School, New York. In the past we have had speakers from the West Bank, Palestine, Tunisia, Syria and several areas of Israel. This exchange is important, considering that the town of Red Hook is 94.2% Caucasian. Students from this area do not often have the opportunity to hear first-hand testimonies from people living in the Middle East. The goal is to give them a broad understanding of the variety of perspectives encompassed in Israel, Palestine and surrounding areas.