Scholars Gild

The Scholars Gild

Special Zoom Scholars Meeting

Arden Club Scholars Gild Presents “Couture, Suffering, and Suffrage: The Artistry of Shawn Baron Pinckney”


Speaker: Shawn Baron Pinckney
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 7:30 pm, via Zoom

Shawn Baron Pinckney will discuss the intriguing intersections in his work among the art of dress, the body, and social justice. His work is currently on display at the Delaware Contemporary in the exhibition, Suffragists (through January 8).

“Suffragists is inspired by women of strength, conviction, and character who broke down the walls of gender inequality and simultaneously birthed a new foundation of government…

“Pinckney represents the spirit of the suffragist with historical silhouettes and turning picket signs into wearable pieces of art that will inspire the modern-day suffragist to transform any space she occupies with the rallying call, “Votes For Women!” from the Suffragists website,

Pinckney’s body of work includes a beautiful costume portrayal of a “conversation” between Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett as well as Escape from Tara in which he weaves a story of the slaves on the fictional plantation of Tara. Pinckney puts himself in the role of slave and contemplates his escape using
denim, doilies, linen, and lace. Pinckney subverts the ideas of Antebellum gentility while celebrating the slaves who worked as cotton pickers, assistants to the smiths, and house workers. He honors with lace and cord, the slaves whose backs had intricate scarring from being beaten with whips and whose necks were stretched from being lynched.

Shawn Baron Pinckney’s work has been published domestically and internationally including Tableaux Vivants by Tony Ward, Vigore Magazine, Mami Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Delaware News Journal. Pinckney has been a guest lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania for The Art of Couture series. He is a resident of Arden.

Join our Zoom link for this Scholars Gild evening: Topic: Scholars Gild Evening
Time: Nov 17, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time Meeting ID: 836 1333 5180 Passcode: 385509

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Scholars Gild Zoom Meeting Archives

“Little Brain within the Heart”

The recording of the latest Scholars evening talk with James Schwaber is now available on our new YouTube channel at this link: Look for future recordings of Scholars evenings to be posted on our Facebook page and on the Arden Club.

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The Scholars Gild meets the third Tuesday of the month, September through June. This season we will continue to meet virtually via Zoom until further notice.
There is no fee to attend Scholars Gild discussions. Since we usually ask for donations to the Arden Club at our live evenings, we would like to encourage all to continue this tradition by making a donation at Your support helps keep the virtual and in-person lights on at the Club and makes possible dynamic programming like concerts, theater, dance, and of course, our Scholars Gild evenings.

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These lectures will be recorded and made available here on the website at a future date.

A gild of the Arden Club, the Scholars Gild explores and discusses topics of interest to the gild members and those of the community.  Each month a different topic is presented and discussed.  We have covered topics ranging from issues of poverty and race to the culture of  Native American tribes of the lower Delaware River valley, to the current research on how the immune system works, and much, much more.

The mission of the Scholars Gild is to provide an environment where those attending can learn about an interesting subject and participate in a free-flowing discussion on the subject.  Our monthly discussions are like having a conversation with our friends and family on an interesting subject in our living room with an expert in the room.

Visit our blog on this website to see the upcoming discussion topic.

Our Discussions

The Arden Scholars Gild holds regular monthly discussions at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday’s of the month (except July and August).  Our discussions are held in the lower Gild Hall.  These discussions are open to all. Other programs are periodically held which are aligned with our mission.  These events are held at other times and locations.

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Our History – The “new” Arden Scholars Gild

In February, 2010, the Arden Club Board unanimously approved the creation of the new Scholars Gild. Some people don’t see this as the creation of a new gild but the resurrection of an old one. According to oral history, the Club had a Scholars Gilds in the 1930’s and again in the 1950s and 1960s.

As a quick summary, the Village of Arden was founded on three pillars: Arts & Crafts, planned community, and Henry George’s single tax. The Georgist Gild covers the latter; the Scholars Gild will (as currently conceived) explore the ideas, concepts, and thinking on arts, crafts, and community as they impact the Ardens and our broader community today.  This concept represents our starting point. We expect the gild to evolve over time.

The creation of the new Scholars Gild was easy. Some 35 members in good standing signed a petition that was presented to the Arden Club Board of Directors at their January meeting. (Only 15 signatures were required.) The petitioners confirmed their support of the gild and their willingness to sustain it. Also presented was a statement of purpose, goals and objectives, and financial responsibilities.

  • Purpose: The purpose of the New Scholars Gild is to promote scholarly dialog among members of the Gild, the Arden Club and the broader community, by bringing in learned people on subjects of interest and importance to the community.
  • Goals and Objectives: The New Scholars Gild will produce and promote lectures open to the general public on subjects and by lecturers selected by Gild members. These lectures will increase participants’ knowledge and awareness of the selected topics and provide a basis for future dialog.
  • Financial Responsibilities: The Scholars Gild accepts contributions for support of our programs. Additional funding for support of our programming will be raised by the Gild by soliciting grants and charging admission to programs.


by Larry Strange: Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries over 200 Years in 4 minutes, a YouTube video from BBC.