New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Friends Association for Higher Education Conference


Thursday, June 13, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, June 16, 2019 (All day)


Swarthmore College & Pendle Hill Conference Center Wallingford , PA


FAHE invites you to join teachers, scholars and educational administrators on the beautiful campuses of Swarthmore College and Pendle Hill near Philadelphia, for our annual conference.

We will consider the theme “Truth and Inspiration” and other topics of interest to Friends and educators through presentations, panel discussions, and three plenary speakers: 

  • Joyce Ajlouny, General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee
  • Maurice Eldridge, Vice Chair, The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts and Pendle Hill board member
  • Frances Rose Blase, Provost of Haverford College.

The conference also offers a disciplinary theme, as we prepare the seventh volume in our Quakers and the Disciplines book series. Sessions will address the theme of Quakers, Social Work, and Justice Concerns. Conference presentations provide an opportunity to draft an article for inclusion in the volume.

FAHE's Program Committee offers these queries to consider for our theme "Truth and Inspiration":

  • What are truth and truth-seeking, and how do you define them in your discipline and work?
  • In an era when truth is under assault, how do we navigate, in and outside the classroom, the dangers posed by lying, information suppression, misrepresentation, and conspiracy theories?
  • How do we navigate between apparently conflicting truths, values or stories?
  • How has your campus responded to, or been involved in, the free speech controversies that have engulfed campuses around the country?
  • In the face of growing threats to human and civil rights, a global environmental crisis, mindless consumption, and opioid addiction, what does it mean to speak truth to power?
  • In an era of lies, deception, and abuse of power, how do we prevent ourselves and our students from succumbing to cynicism, hopelessness and despair?
  • How do we inspire curiosity, wonder, awe, and a love of learning in our work with students in and outside the classroom?
  • What values do we seek to honor in our work as educators and scholars, and what is the basis for these values?
  • Wherein do you find inspiration, meaning, or truth?

Overnight accommodations, breakfast and daily morning meeting for worship are at Pendle Hill.

Thursday evening's sessions are at Pendle Hill. Friday and Saturday's proceedings are at Swarthmore.

Registration fees are:

  • Full conference attendance $320 (includes all conference sessions, refreshment breaks and FAHE 2019-20 dues)
  • One day attendance $185 (includes all conference sessions, refreshment breaks for either Friday or Saturday and FAHE 2019-20 dues)

Please note: registration fees do not include meals or housing. Full conference meals and housing is $340. For commuters and one-day attendees, lunch and dinner will be available for ala carte purchase at Swarthmore College.

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Contact Information

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]