“But How Did You Feel?” A Reflection on Welfare, Community, and Love

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, twenty Lehigh Valley residents came together to address the painful stigmas surrounding welfare in the U.S. This free public event was part of an ongoing discussion series hosted by Tackling T.I.N.A., an organization that aims to broaden the local community’s understanding of economic justice. The discussion series serves as a…

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Imagining the World We Want, Together

On Wednesday, February 14, Tackling T.I.N.A. hosted the first of three public conversations scheduled this Spring. Themed around the idea of “Storytelling as a Strategy for Change,” Lehigh students and faculty joined together with Bethlehem community members to imagine how narrative frames and cultural myths shape our social and political realities. Led by graduate students…

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Arts Education At Its Bethlehem Best

For the students of The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, or Charter Arts for short, “the campus is the community.” Located in the heart of Southside Bethlehem, Executive Director & CEO of Charter Arts Diane LaBelle says that the school truly focuses on partnerships and involvement with the South Bethlehem community. While…

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Community Voices Spotlight: Carol Guzy

In the crisp days of early November, photographers (as well as other image-based artists and enthusiasts) gathered in South Bethlehem for the 2017 InVision Photo Festival at the Banana Factory Arts Center and SteelStacks. The festival combined contests, talks, workshops, and exhibitions to provide a unique experience for artists, one rife with educational, professional, and…

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Dear World: What’s Your Story?

If you could tell the world one story about yourself, what would it be? “Called an amplifier of individual stories and a catalyst for building trust,” the Dear World campaign strives to bring personal stories to broader audiences. Dear World visited Lehigh University in late September; the impact of its resulting stories remains prevalent on campus….

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Tuesday Talkback with Bob Kilker: Norman

NOTE: The discussion of Norman below contains some plot spoilers. Joseph Cedar’s Norman, the Israeli director’s first American production, is a film that can easily take you by surprise.  Its trailer suggests a playful look at a charming conniver who is out of his depth.  Although there is truth to that description, it doesn’t quite encompass…

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