Gratitude for Ann Yasuhara

We have learned that one of our Swarthmore alums, Ann Yasuhara, passed away on June 11,2014. Ann, a Quaker, had become a strong influence in the direct action organization, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), working to end mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. Friends lovingly referred to her as their “Mountain Woman”. EQAT recently honored Ann as one of their Elders at a special ceremony at the Friends Center on Cherry Street in Philadelphia.

Others gathered for a memorial service and outdoor reception in Princeton:

EQAT's 2014 07July Ann Y Memorial album on Photobucket

We encourage you to read all of the obituary published in Princeton’s Town Topics, but we offer a few excerpts here:

A logician and computer scientist, she was known for combining her Quaker faith with action focused on peace, social justice, racial equality, and the environment. Her life balanced her love for the sacredness of all life, the compassionate concerns of a Quaker activist for the world and the local community, her delight in music, gardening, and art, and her generosity to friends and family. Ann Yasuhara belonged to the living tradition of Quaker spirit-led peace and justice activists. Unflagging in her resistance to war and violence, she studied the philosophy and methods of non-violent resolution of conflict with George Lakey, the noted Quaker peace activist. In turn, she led training groups for inner city children.

Most recently she enthusiastically supported — and went on protests with — the nonviolent direct action group, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), which works to end mountaintop removal coal mining. On her 79th birthday she protested on a strenuous mountain climb in West Virginia mining country. In January, just before she was diagnosed with cancer, the Philadelphia-based group honored her as one of its outstanding “wise elders.”

“Ann was a leader in the Quaker faith and an inspiration to all of us. She set the bar very high and gave us confidence to fight for a better world,” says Janet Gardner, a documentary film maker at the Gardner Group and a member of Princeton Friends Meeting.

We appreciate Ann for her profound influence on so many pursuing peace and justice.


Dr. Vincent Harding to speak at Pendle Hill on Monday, May 5, 2014

Pendle Hill First Monday Series: Vincent Harding, former distinguished visiting faculty member at Swarthmore 1985-86, Honorary Degree Swarthmore 1987, speaks on “Loved into Life: An Autobiographical Reflection”

May 5, 2014
7:30-9:00 pm
The Barn at Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA

Free and open to the public; no reservations required.
Vincent-Harding-from-On-Being_1.jpgDr. Harding will be introduced by Professor Keith Reeves, Swarthmore College, Department of Political Science.

Join activist-teacher-historian Vincent Harding in an evening of dialogue and exchange about what it means to be loved into life — how the call to love one another speaks to our deepest humanity and draws us forth to stand against injustice and all that diminishes our world community.  Vincent Harding has returned to Pendle Hill to work on his memoirs after a lifetime of teaching and activism.  He invites you to join him as he shares reflections on how he has been loved into life — and to share your stories of how you have responded to love’s call.

A native of New York City, Vincent Harding holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. Harding and his late wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, worked as full-time teachers, activists, encouragers, and negotiators in the Southern Freedom Movement in the 60’s and were Friends and co-workers with such leaders as Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer. (Harding provided the initial draft for King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church in New York City.) He chaired the History and Sociology Department at Spelman College in Atlanta for several years, and in 1968 became the director of the Martin Luther King Memorial Center and chair of the nationally televised CBS Black Heritage series. Harding was one of the organizers and the first director of the Institute of the Black World, founded in Atlanta in 1969. After holding several research positions and visiting professorships (including two years on the staff of Pendle Hill), he served as professor of religion and social transformation at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver for nearly a quarter of a century and is now professor emeritus and a trustee at Iliff.

For more information, contact John Meyer at 610-566-4507 ext. 129.

Directing II Night of Scenes (5/6 – 5/7)

Two Projects From the Advanced Directing Workshop (THEA 055)

Directed and Written by Patrick Ross ’15
with Ensemble: Jocelyn Adams ’15, Anita Castillo-Halvorssen ’15, Hannah Kosman ’14


Directed by Tyler Elliott ’15
with Ensemble: Simon Bloch ’17, Gibson Cook ’16, Casey Ferrara ’14, Michelle Johnson ’16, Alessandra Occhiolini ’17

May 6 & 7, 2014
8 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center
Frear Ensemble Theater
Free and Open to the Public without reservations.

More info:

Athol Fugard’s THE ISLAND at Haverford (4/25 – 4/27)

The IslandThe Department of Theater announces Anna Russell’s (HC ’14) special project in Directing.  THE ISLAND, a play about South African apartheid, is set in an unnamed prison and inspired by a true story.  Based around the bonds of friendship, two prisoners labor by day and rehearse Sophocles’ ANTIGONE by night. The cast includes Danica Harvey ’15 and Collence Nyazenga ’14 (HC).  Performances will run 75 minutes without intermission.

When: April 25 at 8PM
April 26 at 2PM and 8PM
April 27 at 8PM

Where: Skate House, Haverford College
By the Duck Pond

Please note: there is no heat in the Skate House, please dress accordingly if the weather is cool.  There is also no bathroom. Free and open to the public without advance reservations.

Sponsored by the Haverford College Hurford Center Arts and Humanities’ E. Clyde Lutton 1966 Memorial Fund and the Dept. of Theater, Swarthmore College.


Crum Creek Meander in Motion (4/25 @ 12:30PM)

Come experience the Crummeander1
Crum Creek Meander In Motion
A Site-Specific Performance

Friday, April 25, 2014
12:30 PM
At the Crum Creek Meander installation on Sharples Lawn

Sponsored by the Department of Music and Dance
Choreographed by Erica Janko ’17 as part of a Dance Composition Tutorial