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Mark Southard

English Lit Major, Troubled Youth Counselor, House Framer, Home Remodeler.

Seminary Student, Pastor for Outreach Ministries, Founding President of Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley, Associate Director for Strategic International Partnerships (PCUSA), PhD fieldwork on the Political Economy of Male Participation in Safe Motherhood in Balochistan, Quetta Pakistan resident at 9/11, Owner Kalat Art & Carpet Gallery, Co-Founder of The Globe Cafe youth music venue, Owner Home Improvements by Southard, Social Scientist advising Brigade Combat Commanders (Afghanistan), Limo Driver, Owner Fine Homebuilding by Southard. Crazy life path.

Mark is captivated by the human Spirit shared across cultures and driven to understand the complex political-economic dynamics which frame exchange relationships. In Mark’s work “outside the wire” research in Afghanistan advising Commanders on how to “shoot less and understand more” or his artisanal  shaping of Bethlehem Steel foundry artifacts into fine furniture he interprets, restores and re-purposes ideas and things to express taken-for-granted social relations.