Shifting Gears: Finding Intimacy in Men’s Friendships

A Photo/Narrative Exhibit

created by Robert Heasley, Neal Wecker and Deborah Halpern

Swarthmore Borough Hall – March 2020

121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts and the Men’s Center for Growth and Change (Philadelphia)

This photo-narrative exhibit portrays emotionally intimate relationships between male friends. It is about men who tell each other about their lives, sharing both struggles and joys without fear of judgement. It presents images of masculinity reflecting deep connections that goes beyond the stereotypes of masculinity. 

Friday, March 6th   Wine & cheese reception, 5 – 7 pm 

Program & discussion, 5:45-6:45 pm

Join us to learn about the origins for this photo-narrative project and the importance of supporting emotionally intimate friendships among men and boys. Presenters: 

  • Robert Heasley PhD LMFT, local therapist and exhibit co-creator
    • Robert Garfield, M.D., author of Breaking the Male Code: Unlocking the Power of Friendship (Penquin Random House, 2016)
    • Brother Robert Carter, MSW, co-director of the Men’s Center for Growth and Change, & Founder of Peaceful Posse for Boys a youth violence prevention program

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

Community Workshop – Raising Boys in Challenging Times 

Parents and all who teach or work with boys are invited to gather to discuss how to support boys in being emotionally connected and relationally competent.

Presenter: Michael Reichart, PhD., Director, Center for the Study of Boys and Girls Lives, and author of How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men (TarcherPerigee, 2019)

Both events are free and open to the public.