Making Power Visible

Making Power Visible: Home Grown Community-Based Learning from Karachi to Philadelphia to You 
At the end of October, the Graduate School hosted the event Making Power Visible: Home Grown Community-Based Learning from Karachi to Philadelphia to You, with the Council of Students (COS). Presented by Yue Fang, president of COS, and Sehr Karim-Jaffer, Metropolitan Museum of Art educator and Bank Street Museum Education graduate ’13, the event attracted a lively group of attendees including faculty members, alumni and current students actively engaged in a wide range of community-based and non-profit organizations.
The Event
The event gravitated around two interesting films that depicted exemplary work of several communities. The first movie, A Small Dream, focused on the work of Humaira Bachal, founder of a co-educational school in Pakistan.
As National Public Radio (NPR) reported in January this year, “Humaira Bachal, 25, has become a crusader of sorts. She has passion for education in a country where going door-to-door asking fathers to send their daughters to school can mean risking their lives.” Bachal has been the subject of two documentaries, the first in 2009 and a more recent one as part of a series in which her efforts to educate children in her Karachi neighborhood of Moach Goth were centerpieces of her community-based work.
The second movie was Life Do Grow: the Philadelphia Urban Creators, a film by Bank Street Alumna, Sharon Ahram ’12, that was created in conjunction with her Integrative Master Project (IMP) at Bank Street College. Sharon’s work on that project, which was led

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