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Creating Pathways with The Dinner Party

By Nancy Walkup, posted on Apr 6, 2012

Join artist Judy Chicago and members of The Dinner Party curriculum team to explore the rich content of The Dinner Party this summer at Kutztown University. To be held July 8-13, 2012, this will be an active, substantive workshop/institute for teachers!

Engage in 6 days of inquiry-based activities to deepen understanding of The Dinner Party while exploring ideas, activities, and lessons for use in K-12 teaching. Join Judy Chicago for a private viewing of The Dinner Party on site at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at The Brooklyn Museum, where the work is now permanently installed. Participants will be part of a major curriculum initiative to provide art educators with materials to teach about The Dinner Party, social issues, and women's achievements throughout history.

Non-Credit Option: $275.00
Graduate Credit Fees
Required Institute Fee/Tuition (PA Residents): $1450.10
Required Institute Fee/Tuition (Out-of-State):  $2240.70
ACT 48 hours available for credit and noncredit options.

To learn more or to register, click here or contact Dr. Marilyn Stewart, 484-646-4310 or

The Institute will begin with an organizational meeting and dinner on Sunday, July 8 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Daily sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m., with the exception of Thursday, July 12, when participants travel to the Brooklyn Museum and return around 10 p.m. Please note that the Institute is strictly limited to 30 participants.

Testimonial from a past participant: "It's an excellent idea to have a class purely dedicated to women's achievements in history and to really explain the concept of feminism. In all the years I've been in school (for most of my life), I have never been taught, in an educational environment, what feminism means or even what women have done throughout the course of history."

2012 Institute Schedule

SUNDAY, July 8 (3pm - 8pm)
Coming to the Table
3:00     Greetings, Introductions, Overview
4:00     Encounter 1: Table Talk
5:00     “Dinner and a Movie”
            Newsreel: The Women 2.0 Media Project
            Main Feature: Right Out of History: The Making of The Dinner Party
7:15     Break
7:30     Wrap-Up
8:00     Dismissal

MONDAY, July 9 (8:30am - 5pm)
Understanding Context
8:30     Resources Open
9:00     Morning Shorts (“Pretty”): Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
9:30      Encounter 2: Extending the Invitation
10:30    Break
10:45    What is Feminism?
11:45    Reflect and Respond
12:00    Lunch (on your own) GRAD CREDIT participants meet with
             Marilyn with a bag lunch
1:00     Regroup
1:15     What Toys Tell Us
2:15     Break
2:30      Encounter 8: Investigating Meaning
3:45     Looking Toward Tomorrow
4:00      Break
4:15      Encounter 4: Mapping Gender Identity
4:45      Wrap Up
5:00      Dismiss

TUESDAY, July 10 (8:30am - 5pm)
Connecting with Encounters
8:30      Resources Open
9:00      Morning Shorts: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
9:30      Gender Matters with Dr. Martin Rosenberg: Encounter 5
10:30    Break
10:45    Discussion: Feminist Pedagogy
11:30    Q and A: Principles of Feminist Pedagogy
11:45    Reflect and Respond
12:00    Lunch (on your own) Optional Bag-Lunch GRAD meeting with Marilyn
1:00      Regroup
1:15      Classroom Connections: Teachers who have implemented The Dinner Party Curriculum
2:45      Discussion
3:00      Break
3:15      Curriculum Considerations: Dr. Wanda Knight
4:15      Group Talk: Classroom Connections
4:45      Wrap-Up
5:00      Pot-Luck Dinner

WEDNESDAY, July 11 (8:30am - 5pm)
Investigating Meaning
8:30      Resources Open (Bernadette Ward will demonstrate PanTels)
9:00      Morning Shorts: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
9:30      Investigating Meaning: Exploring Individual Place Settings
10:30    Break
11:15    Art, Understanding and Big Ideas
12:15    Reflect and Respond
12:30    Lunch (on your own)
1:30      Regroup
1:45      Minx Auerbach Award Winner
2:45      Break
3:00      Group Talk: Big Ideas? What to do? Questions?
3:45      Share from Group Talk
4:15      Demo Encounter 13: Passing on and Disrupting Traditions
4:45      Wrap-Up
5:00      Dismiss

THURSDAY, July 12 (7:00am - 10:30pm)
Exploring The Dinner Party
7:15      Meet at Beekey Parking Lot for 7:25 Departure and 7:50 Lehigh Valley Pick-Up
10:00    Arrive at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
10:15    Experiencing The Dinner Party
10:45    Teach Peers; Generate Questions for Judy
11:15    Lunch (provided)
12:00    Guided Tour of The Dinner Party with Judy Chicago
1:30      Break
1:45      Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
2:45      Break
3:00      Making Connections with Cheri Ehrlich, Senior Museum Educator
4:00      Making Connections with the Museum Collection
6:00      Reception with Judy Chicago
7:00      Minx M. Auerbach Education Award Presentation
7:45      Depart New York City
10:15    Arrive Kutztown University (after Lehigh Vallery Drop-Off)

FRIDAY, July 13 (8:30am - 5pm)
Taking it Back
8:30     Resources Open
9:00     Morning Shorts: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
9:30     What Works? Guest teachers
10:15    Making Sense of the Unit Planning Guide
11:00    Break
11:15    How Technology Can Help
12:00    Lunch
1:00     Regroup
1:15      Amy Bloom and Undine
1:45     Looking to the Future: Group Talk
2:15     Pulling it Together for Now
2:45     Commencement
3:00     Wrap-Up, Pack-Up, Good-byes!