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The Sustainability Challenge + Antiochians winning victories for the planet How green is our campus? R. Buckminster Fuller at Antioch Can’t stop Nonstop: 10 years later
The Own Your Sustainability Educatıon Challenge
New curriculum, new powervictories for the planet The Antioch Nine return Before #MeToo: the SOPP Antiochians on the march
How green is our campus? R. Buckminster Fuller and Antioch Can’t stop Nonstop: 10 years later
Making Dreams a Reality
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Here’s where you come in: you can make the dream of an Antioch College education a reality for talented and deserving students like Asher who choose Antioch because they want to own their education, learn experientially, and act for justice.
Make a gift to the Annual Fund and help make dreams a reality: AntiochCollege.edu/donate
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“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.” 7 2 From the College President 4 From the Alumni Board 7 The Stoop Musings from campus and beyond, faculty news, new professors, village project update, more. 18 Postcards From Co-op 25 The Mound Recent Environmental Science Grads 48 In Memoriam 52 Class Notes & AlumNews 53 Lasker Laureate 55 Human Rights Award 57 Industry Honor 59 Crossword 60 Antiochiana
—R. Buckminster Fuller 26 Systems Thinking 30 Tensegrity
32 W e Practice Environmental Sustainability 38 The Sustainability Challenge 44 Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Nonstop Antioch 20 Alumni Spotlight
John Knox ’68, Angel Gurgovits ’97, Justin SchlesingerDevlin ’95 & Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin ’97
On the Cover: Lanique Dawson ’19 is a member of the Antioch Tree Team which is working to collect data which will be used to manage the urban canopy and understand the ecosystem services of trees on campus.
From the President Spoiler Alert: This issue of The Antiochian includes multiple references to R. Buckminster Fuller including alumni recollections of his 1972 visit to the College. Fuller was the out-of-the-box inventor, scientist, architect and all around imagineer, who brought us, among thousands of ideas and projects, the geodesic dome, the dymaxion car, and a breakout humanist vision for collaboration and solution seeking, which remains highly relevant today nearly four decades after his death. And that got me thinking about what Bucky, as his students and co-conspirators of the time lovingly knew him, would make of our Antioch and its bold vision to build a new kind of college for the harrowing times in which we find ourselves. While we can’t interview him to get his reactions, we can review some of his thinking, projects, writings, and collegial associations to gain insight. For starters, it might help to recall that Fuller was an admirer of—among others—Arthur Morgan, John Dewey, Josef Albers (and other Bauhaus figures), John Rice (founder of Black Mountain College), and the educational approaches and experimentation they fostered within progressive schools worldwide. It was at the now renown Black Mountain College summer sessions of 1948 and 1949 that he—already achieving notoriety as an engineer-inventor—drew his students and fellow teachers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Willem de Kooning into a whirlwind of collaboration, imagination, and invention that would spin forward for a half century and counting. Fuller was certainly not the only person of his generation to anticipate the potentially existential environmental, social, and economic catastrophes that the planet now faces. Yet how he framed critical questions, and he encouraged solution seekers to look for the stuff of answers in mind-opening ways, these practices came from an abiding curiosity in the geometries and systems of nature and an infectious conviction that human creativity—like the quantum universe from which it derived—might deliver astounding results. 2 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
So, what might Bucky think of our “new kind of college” vision for Antioch and its landmarks of “owning your education,” “learning experientially,” and “acting for justice”? Based on his oft-quoted writings, lectures and talks, I think he would approve and here’s why. First, Fuller believed in scaling from small to large and back again; that is taking us from our individual perspective to the bigger and sometimes biggest questions and then reducing the search for the answer one-person wide. “If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO?”
If there is a more urgent consideration for us today, I don’t know what it would be. In many respects his is a reformulation of Horace Mann’s win victories for humanity charge to the first class of Antioch graduates. Second, Fuller’s process for ideation, inventing, designing, building, and teaching encouraged risk taking, mistake making, and nonterminal failure as necessary steps in any successful, breakthrough innovation “Mistakes are great,” he once said. “The more I make the smarter I get.” Moreover, in keeping with his experien-
tially and scientifically arrived-at understanding of change and reality, Fuller encouraged us to make change rather than just arguing about why it might be needed. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” His was ultimately an approach grounded in being of service to humanity—again in resonance with Mann—and to bringing passion and commitment to doing that as well as possible. “There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you’re doing well.” As Fuller saw it, the knowledge revolution—then reflected in increasing literacy and education rates—was shifting some power away from old structures and elites and giving a new determinism and respect for the individual. “We are at the point, where the integrity of the individual counts and not what the political leadership or the religious leadership says to do.” Buckminster Fuller passed away in 1983, just a decade after his visit to Antioch College, and unaware of how fully digital technology would accelerate access to information, knowledge and communicative connectivity. My guess is he would have been highly enthusiastic about the possibilities of new and emergent technologies, wide open and engaged with a quantum “Twitter-verse” of dedicated followers, and yet undeterred in his belief in simple principles of open minded and open hearted inquiry and being. “I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely.” My guess also is that he would be encouraging every one of us to ask the big questions about how to prepare current and new generations to win victories for humanity and the planet. In service to those ends, he would heartily support daring visions like ours and gladly show up to help achieve them. Tom Manley President, Antioch College
Ben Timmester â€™22 working on tree identification for the Antioch Tree Team project during Fall term 2018. Read more on page 13.
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From the Alumni Board Dear Antiochians: As we enter a new calendar year, Antioch College’s academic year is well under way and doing well! I have been on campus twice during Fall 2018 – once, for the Alumni Board meeting and then again for the meeting of the Board of Trustees. In addition to the waves of nostalgia that I always experience when I am on campus, I was comforted to know that Antioch College continues to attract the kind of students we knew 10, 30, or 50+ years ago. I always make an effort to spend as much time as I can with students and faculty and when I leave, I am already looking forward to the next visit. I am often asked what the Alumni Board does and I thought this would be a good opportunity to let the broader Antioch family know. We have three standing committees: Nominating, Reunion, and Chapters (which includes both geographic and ‘virtual’ Chapters or affinity groups). We also have a Legal Committee that leaps into action when needed to understand or suggest changes to our bylaws. Last year the Alumni Board formed the Recruitment Task Force so that alumni can better support the Office of Admission. Also in 2018, we initiated the “Winning Victories” grants thanks to the generous support of Trustee Matt Morgan ’99. Stay tuned for information about the 2019 grant applications process. The winners will be selected at the July 11–14, 2019 Reunion. Below is a little information about how your Alumni Board works. We meet in person three times a year and committees and the board have occasional conference calls. We love seeing other alumni at Reunion and in Chapter meetings. This year, mark your calendars for July 11–14 for Reunion, preceded by the Volunteer Work Project.
Co-Chairs, Judith Voet ’63 (jvoet1@ gmail.com) and David Vincent ’65 (firstname.lastname@example.org) The Chapters Committee has been very active this year in helping new Geographic Chapters get started and older ones revitalize. New Your City, Chicago, and Boston are among those Chapters that have newly reconstituted using guidelines written last year by the Chapters Committee. Other current Geographic Chap4 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
2017-18 Alumni Board ters include Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Fe/Albuquerque, and Washington, DC, and emerging chapters are in Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, and the Miami Valley. Current Virtual Chapters are Science, Alumni of Courage for Diversity, Pride and Volunteer Work Project. Reunion offers a good time for affinity groups to form and for Chapters to share information and to learn from each other. If you are interested in starting a Chapter, contact David at email@example.com.
Chair, Karen Foreit ’67 (karenforeit@ gmail.com) Reunion is truly one of the highlights of the year. “Give me my alumni back!” a student posted to Facebook one year, after campus went back to normal. It’s a labor of love to pull it off. The Reunion Committee starts planning for the next year right after the farewell brunch on Sunday. Come Reunion itself, the entire Alumni Board pitches in, working side-by-side with College staff. There’s something to do for everyone and for every temperament. Gregarious and outgoing? Work registration, introduce speakers, or moderate a session. Happiest behind a computer screen? Organize mailing lists, help Class Agents reach out to their classes, edit the program notes. No previous experience needed!
Co-Chairs, Robin Daniel ’87 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nivia Butler ’88 (email@example.com) The Nominating Committee works with the College Advancement Office to propose candidates for membership on the Board and provides sufficient information to enable timely elections by all alumni. New Boards are announced each year during Reunion. The Nominating Committee considers such factors as involvement with the College and the diversity of the Board with regard to skills, gender, age/year, geographic distribution, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation. It also proposes candidates for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and such other Officers as the Board may from time to time determine and works to fill vacancies as they occur. The Nominating Committee is responsible for proposing nominees for Board consideration for the following Alumni recognition awards: Horace Mann Award, J.D. Dawson Award, Arthur Morgan Award, Rebecca Rice Award, and in conjunction with Alumni of Courage for Diversity, the Walter Anderson Award, plus such other awards as the Board shall from time to time determine.
Recruitment Task Force Chair, Catherine Jordan ’72 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In an effort to harness the power and
energy of alumni in supporting Antioch College’s recruitment strategy, we formed an Alumni Recruitment Task Force. We were successful to initially recruit YSO alum David Scott ’72 and then, Toni Dosik ’67 to serve as our volunteer Alumni Admissions Coordinator. Toni has been hard at work establishing protocols and systems to engage alumni in meaningful ways. Since September, alumni have supplemented the Office of Admissions activities by participating in three College fairs, interviewing 15 prospective students, and visiting three high schools. Toni has also rewritten the Alumni Admissions Handbook to better orient alumni to ways they can be helpful. In addition, she is working with Admissions staff and alumni to  strengthen ties to groups and organizations that have traditionally been good sources of students, such as the Quaker and Unitarian communities;  to strengthen ties to groups that work with first-generation college students; and  to add more names and contacts to the Affinity Schools List. If you are interested in learning more about this work and/or getting involved, please contact Toni at email@example.com. As President of the Alumni Association, I am very aware of the myriad ways that we can give back in addition to the financial contributions that have kept Antioch College attracting fine students since alumni reopened the College in 2011. As you reflect on your time at Antioch, I hope you will visit the special Alumni website— alumni.antiochcollege.edu—and explore the various ways to be engaged, including updating your information in the Directory. The Directory provides the best way to find classmates, and for them to find you. When you get your ballot to elect the new Alumni Board please read the candidates’ bios and commitment statements and cast your ballots. We hope to see you at Reunion in July. Karen Mulhauser ’65 President, Alumni Association firstname.lastname@example.org
A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF ANTIOCH COLLEGE President Tom Manley Editorial Collective James L. Lippincott and Christine Reedy with Susanne Hashim and Jeanne Kay ’10 Design & Production Jandos Rothstein ’86 Editorial Contributors Moumita Dam ’19 Isaac DeLamatre ’07 Adam Green ’20 Fred Kraus Kim Landsbergen Bruce LeBel ’76 Jess Mador Karen Mulhauser ’65 Judas Rose ’20 Scott Sanders Jennifer Wenker Ben Zitsman ’20 Photography Beth Bridgeman Michael Casselli ’87 Kat Christen Dennie Eagleson ’71 Jeanne Kay ’10 Peter Labermeier ’78 Kim Landsbergen James Lippincott Larry Wolfe ’78
Board Of Trustees Maureen A. Lynch—Chair Robert M. Hollister ’66— Vice Chair Sharen Swartz Neuhardt— Secretary Shadia Alvarez ’96 Shelby Chestnut ’05 Jocelyne Cruz ’19— Student Representative John K. Jacobs Jr. ’76 Jay W. Lorsch ’55 Tom Manley Susan Jean Mayer’79 Sharon Merriman ’55 Matthew Morgan ’99 Karen Mulhauser ’65 Mohammad Saeed Rahman Edward H. Richard ’59 Lewis Trelawny—Cassity— Faculty Representative Malte von Matthiessen ’66 Honorary & Emeritus Trustees Kay Drey Atis Folkmanis ’62 David Goodman ’69 Terry O. Herndon ’57 Frances Degen Horowitz ’54 Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 Joyce Idema ’57 Lee Morgan ’66 Barbara Slaner Winslow ’68
Alumni Association Board Of Directors Karen Mulhauser ’65— President Craig Johnson ’91—Vice President Charlotte Boyd Hallam ’60— Secretary Phillip Brigham ’97— Parliamentarian Jim Hobart ’58—Immediate Past President Nathan Bowles ’73 Nivia Quinones Butler ’88 Michael Casselli ’87 Rick Daily ’68 Robin Peppers Daniel ’88 Laura Ann Ellison ’89 Claryce Evans ’59 Gordon Fellman ’57 Karen Foreit ’67 Catherine V. Jordan ’72 Jeanne Kay ’10 Sandy Macnab ’65 Marc Masurovsky ’77 Jack Matthews ’15 Jilana Ordman ’98 David Scott ’72 Penny Storm ’65 Hanna Strange ’17 Joan Straumanis ’57 David Vincent ’65 Judith Greenwald Voet ’63
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Daniel Cox ’19 and Lanique Dawson ’19 visiting The Tecumseh Land Trust sunflower fields (donated for preservation by Trustee Sharen Neuhardt and her husband Dave) just north of Yellow Springs with “Ecosystem Ecology” class.
5,100 pounds of produce harvested
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TheStoop Winning 93% 100% Victories Grants %
of students receive financial aid
of Class of 2018 grads strongly agreed or agreed that their Antioch education improved their critical thinking skills
Alumni from classes 2000 and later are invited to apply for the second Winning Victories Grants to be awarded on Saturday, July 13 during Reunion 2019. Two $20,000 grants will be awarded. The recipients of the inaugural grants were Susan Barkan ’78, Lynn Estomin ’72, and Anuja Mendiratta ’94. For details and application information visit: tinyurl.com/VictoriesGrants
of Class of 2017 grads were employed or accepted into graduate school within six months.
of students have had at least one international experience 11% of students have had more than one international experience
Call for Submissions:
The Spring 2019 issue of The Antiochian will examine the incredible impact Antiochians have made in the Sciences. We are seeking proposals for articles and/or news from alumni regarding current work and explorations across the spectrum of Scientific disciplines. Please submit proposals by February 27 for consideration.
MONEY ROLL BY ANDREW MAGILL, CC 2.0 ATTRIBUTION
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“[I] work mainly in South Phoenix, AZ, which is a high food-desert area. We employ seniors and youth in the community and get the message out to the community about healthy living and healthy lifestyles but focus on changing the access to fresh food and the food system. South Phoenix also has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country, so we have a reentry program that works with people coming out of prison to get them employment and mentor them, so they don’t go back to prison. I am implementing much of the knowledge and skills I acquired throughout my time at Antioch—through academics and realworld experience from my Co-ops—to do my work. I feel fulfilled doing the work I am doing and strive everyday to win victories for humanity within my community.” —Richard Hauck ’17 Read about what recent Environmental Science grads are doing on page 25
Maintaining Main Building We are very pleased to share news that the College has received a directed grant from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation to support maintenance of iconic Main Building. The project will provide for heat and mechanical upgrades, stabilization, and maintenance to protect the beloved 166-year-old structure, and enable the College to expand year-round use of the building. Planning has begun on specific future uses of the building and updates will be shared as they are available. The grant testifies to the deepening partnership between Antioch College and the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. Both the College and the Foundation share a commitment to collaboration as the cornerstone of resilient community. The College is grateful to the Foundation for its investment in our future as a new kind of college.
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Faculty Excellence Awards
Shi Shi Beach
Six faculty were honored by the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) on November 2, 2018 with Excellence Awards in Teaching, Research, and Service. Didier Franco, Rahul Nair, and Dean Snyder received the Excellence in Teaching Award; Brian Kot and Julia Schiavone Camacho received the Excellence in Research Award; and Mary Ann Davis was recognized with the Excellence in Service Award.
Two photographs by terrestrial ecosystem ecologist Kim Landsbergen, associate professor of Biology and Environmental Science, were shown in fall 2018 in Hypotheses: Art Inspired by the Many Worlds of Science at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, OH. A competitive show, 278 works by 163 artists were submitted for Hypotheses. Forty-three pieces from 35 artists were selected to be showcased for this exhibition. A lifelong photographer, Kim has long used photography for science documentation and the creative arts.
Read more: tinyurl.com/soche18
“Shi Shi beach, Washington USA. 48.276381, -124.680352.” Aluminum metal print, 10′′ x 13′′ (2017).
Community Day was celebrated on October 2 in the Fall term. ComCil organized a wide variety activities including a work project to maintain the rain gardens and wildflower pollinator beds, Farm volunteer hours, book packing for the Books to Prisoners Project, a walking tour of Yellow Springs highlighting the history of social justice in the village with an emphasis on the role African Americans have played, a poetry reading, Community Gathering with C-Shop and performers of all kinds, an open Faculty Assembly meeting, and a performance of the one-woman show Laid Off by Cincinnati artist Laila Hameen. A joyous Community Potluck capped off the very busy day. 8 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
Experimental Theater The scenic design and performance work of Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Installation Michael Casselli ’87 will be included in the retrospective of the work of visionary Iranian-American theater director Reza Abdoh (1963–95) at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin from February 8 to April 29, 2019. This exhibition
first opened at PS1/MOMA last June. Casselli’s reflections on Reza and the impact of his work will also be included in a forthcoming book on Reza’s life and work, edited by Bidoun, that will be published during the show’s Berlin run. Read more: tinyurl.com/Cassellli-Abdoh
Seed Law Richard Kraince and Anna Samake ’19
Oral History Training Students on campus have been able to benefit from oral history training and workshops due to the efforts of Brooke Bryan, chair of the Writing Program and instructor of Writing and Digital Literacy at Antioch College, and director of Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA), a three-year initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support undergraduate oral history research. In July 2018, Emma Metty ’19, Anna Samake ’19, Tyler Clapsaddle ’19, and Noah Yasgur ’19, joined by Co-op Dean Richard Kraince, attended an OHLA workshop at Kenyon College and participated in oral history training and discussions on informed consent, IRB processes, interview methods, ethical concerns, and research strategy led by Brooke and other GLCA faculty. In November, Brooke visited Muhlenberg College as a Mellon Scholar-in-Res-
Cooperative Education faculty member Beth Bridgeman gave a presentation on the history of U.S. seed law and the importance of seed sovereignty at Community Solutions’ Agraria—an educational and research center of The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions—in Yellow Springs on July 14 2018.
For the Bees
idence along with student collaborators Alyssa Navarrette ’19 and Bre Chavers ’21. They facilitated a series of events inviting Muhlenberg faculty, staff, and students to explore the methods, tools, and applications of digital oral history in the liberal arts.
Amy Osborne, visiting assistant professor of Mathematics, received a grant from the Whole Foods Foundation to place an observation beehive at Glen Helen. The hive will be used to support educational activities at Glen Helen and to support College academic courses including the sustainable apiculture class Osborne is teaching in the spring. Osborne has also founded a larger personal project related to bees, Pollination Stations (pollinationstations.com), which seeks to educate and empower communities to conserve nature and promote sustainability through pollinator education. A station will soon be placed on the Antioch Farm. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 9
As a capstone to the Mellon-funded Ancient Philosophy Collaborative Initiative, Associate Professor of Philosophy Lew Trelawny-Cassity traveled to Athens, Greece, with colleagues from Wabash College and Earlham College. They presented their project which integrated undergraduate teaching and research at the American College of Greece. An essay by Lew on the project can be found on the GLCA’s Consortium for Teaching and Learning website: tinyurl. com/CassityGreece
Antioch for All Video Stories
During Reunion 2018, 12 alumni (and one student!) sat down to share their stories in a video project organized by Paul Feinstein ’68. The stories reveal an amazing range of life-changing experiences including influential faculty, Co-ops, and much more. The videos have been posted on YouTube and are being shared on the Alumni Association website and Facebook page. Watch: tinyurl.com/antioch-voices
Short Fiction Julia María Schiavone Camacho, assistant professor of History and Literature, and Humanities division chair, has published two short works of fiction. “The Bittersweetness of Remembering Past Lives,” Latinx special feature, was in the Fall 2018 issue of The Florida Review. And “Monsoon Valediction” (which emerges from Camacho’s historical novel manuscript, “Across the Pacific”) was in the Fall-Winter 2018-19 edition of The Hopper, the literary magazine of Green Writers Press. 10 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
When Nonstop was formed, one of its innovations was opening courses beyond traditionally enrolled students. With accreditation secured and an innovative academic calendar in place, the College is expanding its offerings in the same vein to provide opportunities for intergenerational learning and community connections, as well as additional income. The College’s newly formed Learning Collaborative is now offering not-for-credit classes and workshops available to students and the wider community. Examples include National Geographic Educator Workshop: The Human & Natural World, offered in fall 2018, and Beginner Guitar,
Group and Individual Voice Instruction, and Voice-Over Basics in winter 2019. Additionally, academic courses offered to enrolled students during the College’s new block sessions may also be open to the wider community. During the first ND Block (November–December 2018), distinguished filmmaker Jack Sholder ’68 taught a one-week course, Special Topics in Media Arts: Storytelling for the Screen. While first priority was given to enrolled students, the course was open to the community and generated a healthy waitlist. The College is continuing to develop opportunities for alumni to teach and participate in future offerings.
Responding to Call for Migrant Justice On the morning of Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Antioch community members, including faculty, staff, and students, gathered in Birch Kitchen to meet with a delegation of 15 water protectors, allies, and educators from the leading edge of migration justice and indigenous sovereignty. Arranged by Antioch College Trustee Matthew Morgan ’99, the delegation represented several Tribal Nations, including Navajo, Shawnee, Dakota Sioux, Anishinaabe, and Pawnee/Seminole, and activists newly engaged in action around
the border migrant crisis centered in Tijuana near San Diego. Borders have a long history of disrupting indigenous peoples’ lands, desecrating sacred sites, and interfering with movement of wildlife. These individuals have been working to mobilize humanitarian aid and direct action to support migrants displaced by land seizures, contaminated water, sexual orientation discrimination, and other dehumanizing circumstances which have led to their search for justice. Read more: tinyurl.com/MigrantJustice18
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High Praise for Herndon Exhibition The Herndon Gallery exhibition Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives (September 20–December 7, 2018) was featured in the November 2018 issue of AEQAI, a respected Cincinnati-based visual arts e-journal. AEQAI Editor Daniel Brown wrote, “This show is an absolute model of how art can bring the most serious issues to our attention aesthetically, and may be considered part of contemporary art’s investigations into the larger issues of Social Justice….” According to Jennifer Wenker, creative director of the Herndon Gallery, “Antioch College’s arts practice differentiates itself from other arts programs in its direct discourse with the world.” Read more: tinyurl.com/HerndonPraise
Freedom to Vote On Sunday, September 23, 2018, Antioch College welcomed the greater Dayton community to campus for Freedom to Vote! a rally to encourage 2018 mid-term election voting. Speakers included nationally known activists, current students and faculty, and local public figures. The World House Choir and WYSO’s Basim Blunt kept the crowd entertained between speakers. The highlight of the rally was activist Shaun King who gave the keynote. King related the story of his awakening to social activism and his experi-
ences—wins and losses—in the movements he has led. He left attendees with important advice about how to succeed in social change. In order to create change, a movement needs motivated people, organized people, a comprehensive and easy-to-understand plan that matches the magnitude of the problem to be addressed, and money. King told those at the rally that if all four of those pieces are applied to our worst social problems, real change will occur. Read more: tinyurl.com/F2V18
Nature and Labor
Installation view of Sungazing by Kei Ito.
This fall, Associate Professor of Philosophy Lew Trelawny-Cassity collaborated with Antioch College Farm Manager Kat Christen in teaching western political Philosophy utilizing the Antioch Farm. Students read texts by Aristotle, Machiavelli, John Locke, Emma Goldman, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well a permaculture gardening text. Students engaged in farm work to complement their discussion of how nature and labor show up in the assigned texts. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 11
Award-Winning Documentary Associate Professor of History Kevin McGruder and his book, Race and Real Estate in Harlem New York, were the topic of a TV documentary by Cultural Caravan, an online series also available on cable in New York. The episode received a New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) Award for 2018. Having worked in real estate and owned businesses, Dr. McGruder brings that personal perspective to his book talks. He also emphasizes that many people talk about current changes in their neighborhoods pricing them out, which leads to larger issues. “The longer range issue is community formation,” McGruder explains. “How do you have a thriving community when people who have good jobs can’t afford to live there, and what does that say about our future?” Read more and find a link to view the episode: tinyurl.com/RaceAndRealEstate
Social Movements Last fall, Antioch students welcomed two powerful speakers to their Anthropology of Social Movements class, taught by Jennifer Grubbs, visiting professor of Anthropology. Author and activist Cindy Milstein facilitated a moving presentation about the importance of community care and collective grief. As a stop along a national book tour (in support of Rebellious Mourning), Milstein shared her experi-
ences with mourning and joy throughout her role as a political organizer. Dean Gillespie, board member with and exoneree through the Ohio Innocence Project, brought a new lens to the conversations about prison justice. Gillespie was exonerated through the Ohio Innocence Project after serving almost 20 years for crimes he did not commit. He shared stories about himself, fellow exonerated individuals, and the importance of providing community support to those still incarcerated.
A retrospective of works by Nolan and Richard Miller being installed by Delaney Schlesinger-Devlin ’22, Jennifer Haack, Faith Morgan, Jennifer Wenker, and Dennie Eagleson ’71.
An Enduring Legacy Reds Accept Antioch Nine Challenge
The Cincinnati Reds have accepted The Antioch Nine challenge (featured in the Spring 2018 issue) to renew our historic rivalry. Okay, so it’s actually the Hall of Fame’s Red Stockings Team, a reenactment group that plays baseball under the same 1869 rules as America’s first all-professional baseball team. The game will take place on Main Lawn in summer 2019. Want to play? Watch for details. 12 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
An immersive salon-style exhibition celebrating the legacy of Nolan and Richard Miller will be on view at the Herndon Gallery February 7–May 14, 2019. Guest curated by Jenny Haack with support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, The Miller Brothers: An Enduring Legacy, was conceived of as a tribute to lives of intertwined creative practice and a legacy of service to the communities of Yellow Springs and Antioch College. Part of the community for more than half a century, Nolan Miller—Antioch Review Fiction Editor and beloved Professor of Literature (1946–1972)—and his younger brother, Richard—an artist educated at The Art Students League of New York who was deaf
since infancy—were both first-generation college students from a rural working class family, who left a beautiful legacy of culture and community. Their impactful legacy continues on through their visionary Miller Fellowship Program—a $3.6 million dollar gift to the Yellow Springs Community Foundation with the intent that their endowment should demonstrate to students the importance of community service. Since 2011, over 200 Antioch students have been placed in local nonprofit service positions with over two-dozen organizations, directly serving the needs of the Yellow Springs community and fostering rich connections, public service, and theoretical learning. Learn more: antiochcollege.edu/herndon
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Tree Team The Antioch College Tree Team is a tree inventory project on the College’s Main Campus in collaboration between Associate Professor Kim Landsbergen and team students who are measuring, mapping, and identifying the species of trees on Antioch’s main campus. Another goal is to help increase awareness and stewardship of our campus trees. Students participating in this experiential learn-
ing project are learning authentic tree survey skills that are used by foresters, city tree managers, and environmental scientists. For her Senior Project in the Sciences, Kyna Burke ’19 will be writing a project summary as well as analyzing our campus trees using iTree, a U.S. Forest Service tool for measuring the ecosystem services of urban tree canopies. From this information, the College will have a valuable asset—a
mapped inventory of trees on the main campus, their species, and condition— which will be useful in managing the urban canopy and understanding the ecosystem services that our campus trees provide. This project connects to past senior projects (Lincoln Kern ’86) as well as inspires new ones. As a result of her work on the Tree Team in the fall, Steph Harman ’19 will be conducting a historical ecological analysis of the Antioch College campus forest, looking at over a century of ecological change of the forest campus, using resources ranging from Antiochiana to satellite images.
The Legacy of AASI A panel session featuring Chuck Bell ’71, Bill Brower ’70, Maceo Cofield ’71, Robyn King ’71, and Renee Palmer ’71, moderated by Professor Kevin McGruder, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Afro-American Studies Institute (AASI). The session, held during Reunion 2018, provided attendees the opportunity to share their memories and perspectives on this student-run college-within-the-college. Work continues to preserve and to learn from the history of this program and its lasting impact. “One of the things that we hope this will do is that, when this period has been talked about, it isn’t in a positive way. There is a notion that it was a failure,” says Associate Professor of History Kevin McGruder. “It was a different kind of curriculum, but it prepared those students to do good work.” Alumni are currently helping to create transcripts from the 60 reel-to-reel tapes of AASI lectures and discussions donated by Brower. Current students are also involved. Truth Garrett ’20 is working on an independent study examining the history of AASI and is also conducting a project through OHLA (Oral History in the Liberal Arts) with McGruder.
Additionally, McGruder has been coordinating WYSO Civil Rights Oral History Project, an ongoing initiative to document the Civil Rights era, which includes stories through the perspectives of Yellow Springs residents. In particular, an interview with Jewel Graham intertwines the era with her perspectives on AASI. AASI also provided inspiration for a fictional film created by students in the
AudioVision class taught by Catalina Alvarez, visiting assistant professor of Media Arts. The students researched AASI and other College initiatives during the late ’60s and early ’70s. Watch the AASI Reunion Session: youtu.be/rj1fkwOutew Explore WYSO’s oral history: tinyurl.com/WYSO-OralHistory THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 13
Meet the Professors! We welcomed four new visiting faculty this Fall—they answered our questions about their areas of scholarship, their teaching plans and their first impressions of Antioch. cation (1964–1969) and subsequent programs and institutes that came out of it. Our fictional film will be about the formation of the Afro-American Studies Institute here in 1968. In future quarters, I’m excited to teach a filmmaking course in which we produce experimental musicals!
Teofilo Espada-Brignoni VISITING PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Catalina Jordan Alvarez VISITING PROFESSOR OF MEDIA ARTS
What is your academic and artistic background? I studied Experimental Theater and Latin American Literature at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Directing at FilmArche (a self-organized film school in Berlin, Germany) and Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia. I am an artist who uses simple choreographies and works with untrained actors in unconventional locations to produce narrative films. I’m inspired by real places and people and I am also interested in the cross-cultural relations that develop outside the narrative in the filmmaking and exhibition process. What classes are you teaching at Antioch this term? This quarter I’m teaching “Cross-cultural Encounters in Cinema,” and “AudioVision: Video Production Intensive.” In AudioVision we conducted documentary research in the first half of the term, and have been using it to create an experimental fiction film in the second half of the term. The subject of our research was the Antioch Program for Interracial Edu14 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
What are your research interests and academic background? I studied social-community psychology at the University of Puerto Rico. Currently, my research interests range from the history of biology and psychology in the 19th century, the representations of Puerto Rico in travel literature after the Spanish-American War, the autobiographies
work of the psychologists who made an impact in the study of human as complex beings full of life, stories, and contradictions. I’m looking forward to teaching courses, such as the psychology of music, the history of psychology, discursive psychology, mass psychology, and the social and psychological study of autobiographical documents, which I’ll teach next quarter. What has surprised you most about Antioch so far? One of the things that has surprised me the most is the willingness of students to engage in research or additional projects to learn more. In this day and age when many education institutions are seen as a mere step on a ladder toward a faceless job, students at Antioch want to learn, study, and work hard, defying the narrative and socially accepted definitions of what it means to be in college and how the media portrays their generation. What is your favorite thing about Antioch so far? I love how creative the students are, the freedom I’m given to teach what I want to teach, as well as the Birch Kitchen and the town of Yellow Springs. There is so much history at Antioch to discover—it’s rich material for filmmaking. Just today I discovered the “Antioch Adventure,” a series of musicals about Antioch College on 16mm film!
Jennifer Grubbs of jazz musicians, the psychology of boredom, and social influence. What courses are you teaching this term? Currently, I’m teaching two classes: General Psychology and Personality Theories. I enjoy both courses since the former surveys the fields of psychology, and the latter allows us to study in-depth the life and
VISITING PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY
What are your research interests and academic background? I earned my doctorate from American University in Washington, D.C., in Anthropology, specializing in Race, Gender, and Social Justice. My doctoral work examined the creative and confrontational ways in which activists co-create identities of resistance within neoliberal cap-
Amy Osborne VISITING PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS
italism to dismantle ecological and species hierarchies through the spectacle of protest. I also have an earned M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), and a M.A. in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. What classes are you teaching at Antioch this term? I am currently teaching Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH105) and Anthropology of Social Movements (ANTH270). The courses focus on the ways in which anthropologists approach issues of social injustice, engage in anthropological methods of inquiry, and collaboratively disrupt oppressive regimes through social justice work. I am excited to teach courses that provide a distinct and unique integration of WGSS, Communication, and anthropology that are oftentimes fragmented on other campuses. What is your favorite thing about Antioch so far? I am really enjoying the energy on campus, both an eagerness to learn and the eagerness to make a difference in this ever-increasingly-oppressive world. Antioch is a unique place where the boundaries within and beyond academia are challenged, and a political imagination flourishes. Liberation and revolution require an imagination, and I’m stoked to be a part of a community so invested in supporting the dreaming and conspiring. I feel pretty lucky to be a part of Antioch.
What are your research interests and academic background? I hold an MS in mathematics with an emphasis in statistics. Working with undergraduates, primarily first-year students focusing on mathematics achievement, I was drawn to understand more on the principles of learning and the cognitive structures that impact student success. As a result, I pursued a PhD in psychology focusing on cognition and instruction. At present, I am working on my dissertation in the area of cognitive and affective variables and their relationship to mathematics achievement in college students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. What classes are you teaching at Antioch this term and what classes are you excited to teach in the future? I am currently teaching courses in mathematics; I am looking forward to teaching MATH 102 Explorations in Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning. It is always a fun class because of the topics;
Wilberforce Partnership Antioch College and Wilberforce University engaged in an innovative living learning partnership in fall 2018. Sixteen Wilberforce students lived on Antioch’s campus and participated in collaborative on-campus programming. “These are the types of collaborations that are needed for colleges and universities to effectively and creatively respond to some of the common challenges we face,” said President Tom Manley. “Win/win solutions are possible in many scenarios, and this is a great example of how they can work.” Antioch College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Lori Collins-Hall believes the partnership broadened the sense of community at both campuses. “It is not often students from another campus get to experience a small bit of each other’s worlds to help expand and shape their understanding. At Antioch, we are good at sending students into the world. This opportunity affords us a chance to bring Wilberforce, and a better understanding of their campus and student experience, into Antioch.”
students really gain an appreciation for the art of mathematics. I am also excited to teach FARM 101 Ecological Growing Practicum; adding bees to the farm is exciting. What is your favorite thing about Antioch so far? There is so much to like with Antioch but I would have to say the students. Their passion to make change is inspiring. The first year students also have a great passion to learn. It is quite exciting!
This fall, the Encore Miller Fellowship program was launched in partnership with the Yellow Springs Community Foundation (YSCF). The Encore Miller Fellowships will engage professional individuals (normally late-career or retired), with experience in one of the College’s Areas of Practice (Environmental Sustainability; Deliberative Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice; Wellbeing; Work, World & Resilient Community; and Creativity & Story). The Fellows will provide mentorship and further connections between the College and local community. “We’re very excited about this opportunity to collaborate with the YSCF,” said President Tom Manley. “The Student Miller Fellowship program has been a great success since it started in 2011, filling about 185 positions with 200 students in the last seven years. We expect the Encore Miller Fellowship program to be as successful.” Read more: tinyurl.com/EncoreFellows THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 15
Pocket Neighborhood Construction Nears for the Antioch College Village By James L. Lippincott
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Neighborhood,” a new zoning program that the village has introduced to increase density within existing residential areas. The Pocket Neighborhood concept
was developed by architect Ross Chapin, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, which is a movement formed around the belief that the phys-
RENDERINGS COURTESY OF MCLENNAN DESIGN
“What happened to the Antioch College Village?” It’s a good question, and one which has been raised by more than a few alumni. In the works since 2013, the ambitious Antioch College Village concept has been evolving and taking shape for the last five years. When the Chronicle of Higher Education profiled plans for the Village in January, 2017, it was reported that hopes were to begin construction in a year or two. The current schedule calls for ground to be broken in mid-2019. As conceived through a series of charrettes and studies, the Village could potentially build out to around 300 units on College land. A phased 34-unit pilot project was initially planned. Kevin McGruder, a member of the project team notes, “There were still so many questions about cost, and so many variables.” It was determined that there should be a “pilot of the pilot” to help answer these questions and lay the groundwork to ensure the best outcomes of future phases of the project. McGruder is Assistant Professor of History at Antioch, has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University, and worked for many years in the field of nonprofit community development. The Village of Yellow Springs has been wrestling with issues of affordability and high demand for housing. Comparatively few homes come up for sale and those that do are expensive. “There’s not a lot of turnover,” says Monica Hasek, project manager for the Antioch College Village (Hasek is also Director of the Wellness Center, has a BS in Interior Design and experience in project management for commercial development projects). With conservation easements and nature preserves surrounding Yellow Springs, the town must find ways to grow within its boundaries. Enter the concept of the “Pocket
Efficient cottages cluster around a central shared landscape
ical environment has a direct impact on the health and prosperity of all people. In simple terms, Pocket Neighborhoods consist of eight to 16 household units organized around a shared space. Chapin published Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World, in 2011 which has been influential to planners, designers, developers, and policy makers across the country and executed in a variety of contexts: urban, suburban, small town, and rural. “Small-scale communities can be building blocks for a more resilient society,” Chapin says. The Pocket Neighborhood Development model was determined to be the perfect fit for the initial phase of the Antioch College Village project which will consist of a cluster of eight highly sustainable cottages. There will be four two-bedroom units and four attached one-bedroom units with front porches facing a shared green space with gathering areas and community garden space. The construction will exemplify stateof-the-art sustainable design features, including energy efficient forms, rooftop arrays of photovoltaic panels, tight thermal enclosures, efficient equipment, and ample natural light. Options for green water and material solutions are also possible. This test project will be built on North College Street, across from the planned 34-unit project which will include ad-
ditional cottage units along with other building types. “For the College, this is in alignment of our prioritizing sustainability,” says McGruder. “Beyond that, we have talked about how to make better use of our underutilized assets. So we have this land, how do we make use of it without just selling it? The structure for this will be a 99year lease to the homeowners, and the College will get monthly lease fees. And, when homes are sold, we’ll share in the appreciation. This will allow the College to generate revenue over time.” The College has made significant progress to date on the Pocket Neighborhood project having successfully navigated a rezoning process, completed construction drawings which have been sent out to bid, and secured deposits from seven buyers. One unit will be donated to the College and designated as an affordable rental unit for persons who earn 80% of median income or less. As of this writing, the College is working to select a builder, confirm financing, and begin the construction permitting process. The project is designed by McLennan Design, led by Jason F. McLennan—considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, and who provided conceptual design work pro bono. “Our team is thrilled to help envision a new way of living and being at Antioch that is better for people,
Yellow Springs Community Foundation Established in 1974, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation is a public charitable foundation established to benefit the community of Yellow Springs and Miami Township in Ohio. Here is how the Foundation describes its mission and vision: “Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making. Our mission is to enhance community life by supporting a broad array of activities. These include helping the elderly,
the young, the sick, and the socially disadvantaged; promoting the arts and other cultural activities; promoting scientific research; providing scholarships; supporting public recreation, conservation, and environmental improvement.” The Foundation is an important suporter and partner of Antioch College. In addition to the impact investment loan in support of the Antioch College Village project, the Foundation provides funding for student Miller Fellowships, the new Encore Fellows program (see page 15), and funding of the Main Building stabilization project (see page 7), as well as a variety of special programs.
for community and for the environment for generations to come,” says McLennan. “We are excited that the aesthetic and environmental aspects of the Antioch College Village footprint will be leading edge,” says President Tom Manley. “Our work in higher education and in the wider community should be focused on developing new and better ways of living and learning, and the Antioch College Village project is integral to our efforts.” Conceived as an environmentally sustainable, multi-generational, mixed-income community on the campus of Antioch College, the Village represents much more than just a housing project. It is the manifestation of the College’s dedication to the practice of environmental sustainability, as well as the practice of work, world, and resilient community. The Village will be a neighborhood that promotes community values, fosters equity and inclusivity, employs sustainability strategies, and is rooted in the principles of cohousing. Potential future development include a variety of residential units ranging from studios and apartments to three-bedroom townhomes as well as a mixed-use building to house academic programs and commercial space. The project is important to the wider community for a variety of reasons, and has received support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation in the form of an impact investment loan for the production of construction documents. McGruder says, “This project will help to affirm the town’s belief that the Pocket Neighborhood Development is one tool to promote more dense development. And, to encourage people that there are other ways of living that can be very attractive.” Malte Von Matthiessen ’66, representing the Board of Trustees on the project team, says, “Antioch College and the Village of Yellow Springs have shared an historic collaborative relationship for over a century. It’s my hope that the Pocket Neighborhood Development initiative will be the first of many new initiatives as we move forward together.” Learn more: antiochcollege.edu/village THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 17
PostcardsFromCo-op Co-op is a critical part of an Antioch Education: Antiochians remember their Co-ops as formative learning experiences, where learning happens on the job, and, most importantly, gaining life-skills and resiliency in confronting the real world.
Cubicle in the Hospital By Moumita Dam ’19 Can work in cubicle change your perspective on life? For my third internship/ Co-Op, I started working for Northshore University Healthcare System; I was in the Evanston, IL, location. I worked with cardiologist Timothy Sanborn, MD. He has been at Northshore for 40 years and besides being a great cardiologist, he also works as a public health advocate. Dr. Sanborn was born and raised in Evanston which led to his interest in the community. He cares about the issues in his community and wants to change policies to benefit those who are at risk. Dr. Sanborn is currently involved in three different projects; I worked on all three. The first two projects are related to obesity: Sugar Show and Fitnessgram. Our target group is the young generation since they are at high risk of obesity. They are the new generation to take on a future role in the community—the better approach would be by educating them about the current issues. Sugar Show is a survey-based project that shows how much-added sugar is in the drinks we consume over a 24-hour period. The objective of this project is that after seeing how much added sugar we take in via drinks, we will be better able to monitor our sugar intake. In the second phase of the project, we collected data from 16 suburban schools from the Chicago area. I worked on a manuscript to show a connection between socioeconomic status and obesity. From the data we collected, we saw that students who come from a lower socioeconomic status usually have a high sugar intake in a 24-hour period, which would explain why we see a higher rate of obesity among this group. Those students also have the lowest rate of water intake. The second project, Fitnessgram, is a partnership-based project about fitness among youngsters. We collect data on stu18 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
dents’ fitness at the end of every school semester from physical education teachers of partnered schools. The end goal is to have a higher percentage of students’ fitness fall into the ‘healthy’ zone. Having more healthy students would mean that we have fewer students who are at any type of health risk. My role for this project was to analyze data that was collected over the last few years. The majority of the work required knowledge of statistics and use of available resources that is helpful for analysing dense data. After I was done with the analysis, I made presentations for the fitness board and then come up with a future direction. The third project is called the Tobacco 21, which aims to raise the legal smoking age and ability to buy any tobacco product from 18 to 21 years old. Many studies have shown that most smokers start smoking before the age of 21 years old. This is important, given the fact that a high percentage of American deaths are caused by smoking
Moumita Dam ‘19 tobacco products over a lifetime. By raising the smoking age, we will be able to stop many young adults from starting to smoke and eventually save many lives. I created a timeline of every Tobacco 21 event that has occurred for an archive. Since there has been an attempt to change the statewide Illinois law on smoking, this will be a helpful source while writing the manuscript. I have never been this interested in pub-
lic health until now. Attending conferences, meeting with board members and other doctors changed my perspective. I am happy that I can be a part of this big journey to make a difference in a community. My working experience in a cubicle, in a hospital, changed my view. The knowledge I brought to the table has now developed and this can open up more future career paths for me. Note: Moumita’s work resulted in a co-author credit for “Correlation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and School Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility as a Measure of Socioeconomic Status,” a peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Community Health in November 2018.
A Study on Healing By Judas Rose ’20 Looking back on my second Co-op in winter 2018, I had two goals in mind: I wanted to make art, and I wanted to be far away from Ohio. During academic quarters, I didn’t have the time, energy, or focus to pursue my own creative development in a way that felt authentic. So, after deciding to do a Co-op to pursue this personal artistry, I needed to determine what exactly I needed to do to make this happen. The thought of starting over is oftentimes glamorized; it’s made to seem just as easy as it is liberating. The $700 I had in my bank account was reassuring, but that would only get me so far when my Co-op was entirely unpaid. So, essentially broke, I decide I want to go to San Francisco—because it’s like, really cheap to live there. Luckily, my sister—who I hadn’t really spoken to in over a decade—lived in Oakland, and allowed me to stay with her during my time there. Fantastic! But my $700 in the bank would still only cover my plane ticket, and maybe, a trip or two on BART. Then what? In came the man, the myth, the legend: Richard Kraince, dean of
Adam Green ’20 on Co-op in the Puget Sound.
cooperative, experiential, and international education. I petitioned my thoughts to him. I told him, “Rick, listen man, I need out of Ohio.” After intercepting him at Birch Kitchens during lunch several times, I found a letter in my mailbox with money to help me on my trip. Another task completed! Finally, I needed a mentor to do an independent Co-op, which was surprisingly easy to find. My fiance’s mother, Sharon Dorsey of Open Door Studio (an art studio for adults with disabilities to freely and safely create art), agreed to guide me along, providing work for me to do throughout my Co-op. So, somehow, I was set. After a hiccup— or many—San Francisco was incredible. I came into this Co-op thinking about self-discovery a lot. Self-discovery didn’t happen. I didn’t really learn much about myself; instead I was just allowed to have space. To grow, to feel, to do nothing. I had a type of freedom that I didn’t realize I’d missed. Not to say it wasn’t difficult—I was the furthest away from almost everyone that I knew and loved, and I did feel very lonely at times. But from that, I made efforts to understand that struggle and humble myself with it. And I made some really great progress with my art. I made some nice tattoo flash sheets, painted four 3′ x 4′ acrylic art pieces on canvas, and studied other successful artists’ websites and took note for my own website. I made an effort to sketch every day, be it points of interest, architecture, people, whatever. Co-op was a study in pa-
tience, independence, and introspection. It was jumbled and frantic and haphazard. It was me scrubbing acrylic paint out of my sisters’ apartment carpet. And it was liberating and full of love and going to the Castro District and seeing a lot of phallic-shaped food. But above all, intentional or not, this journey was a study on healing.
Hidden Gems of the Puget Sound By Adam Green ’20 I spent winter quarter 2018 in Olympia, WA, working with the Nisqually Reach Nature Center (NRNC) as a research intern. NRNC is a small nonprofit organization based on the coast of the Nisqually Estuary, the meeting point of the Nisqually Delta and the South Puget Sound. For over 30 years, NRNC has worked closely with the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to engage in research and provide education to the public for the betterment of the Puget Sound ecosystem. During my time at NRNC, I have assisted with their longitudinal research projects on forage fish and pigeon guillemots. I spent most of my time working on the forage fish research project. The term “for-
age fish” refers to any species of small fish which live in schools. The eggs of these fish wash up to shores during high tides. Because of the vital role they play in the food web of the Puget Sound ecosystem, forage fish are studied as indicator species, meaning their health as a species indicates the health of the entire ecosystem. At the nature center, we particularly researched sand lance and surf smelt eggs. I participated in pretty much every part of the research process which consists of: taking sand samples at the most recent high tide mark, sieving and vortexing the samples to remove large and heavy materials, analyzing samples for eggs using a microscope, and then determining the developmental stage of the eggs. Most of the eggs we found come from surf smelt, while only a few samples contain sand lance. I knew from previous classes that I had an interest in aquatic biology, and participating in this project has furthered that interest. The other project I helped with is their pigeon guillemot surveys. Pigeon guillemots are small, black and white seabirds with bright red feet. These birds nest in small burrow holes in cliff sides near the water. I was involved in assisting with statistical analysis and writing for the 2017 report. I adored my time in Olympia, and my time working with the Nisqually Reach Nature Center. Through this Co-op, I have expanded my knowledge, skills, and confidence in ecological surveys and statistical methods. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 19
AlumniSpotlight Environmental Visionary By Christine Reedy John A. Knox ’68 didn’t have a direct path to his 32 years at Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, CA, where he currently serves as Executive Director Emeritus. Instead, a collection of life experiences led him to the organization in the 1980s. During his time at Antioch College from 1964 to 1968, environmentalism as a movement in the U.S. was just beginning. Exposure to “the life of organizations” at the College helped pave the way for Knox’s future work. A predecessor to the modern environmental movement in the U.S. was the focus on conservation, “saving land and critters in wild American places,” Knox explains. During his time at Antioch College, “There was very little in the way of environmental consciousness. There were pockets of interest—Ed Samuel had a famous last lecture in his introductory biology course, and of course people had amazing exposure to Nature in the Glen. “But it was very early in terms of what we would now call the environmental movement.” Knox came to Antioch in the summer of 1964 after spending his first college year at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. “I was a wide-eyed, northeastern Ohio, Presbyterian, rural boy,” Knox says. A college with compulsory chapel and ROTC was not a good fit after all. “I discovered Antioch through some distant family connections, and it was an incredible oasis in which I could build my education after transferring.” While at Antioch, Knox studied Psychology. He became assistant community manager after a year. Knox also took advantage of the Co-op Program. “When I graduated, it was a tumultuous world.” By 1968, he had become a conscientious objector, was accepted 20 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
to train for the Peace Corps in Swaziland, and was lined up for the PhD clinical psychology program at University of Michigan. “I ended up in San Francisco doing my alternative service and stayed beyond that. The allures of San Francisco made it hard to think of going to graduate school in Michigan. So much was going on.” At the time, San Francisco was “a crucible for public interest innovation.” The modern environmental movement was coalescing. Knox and his partner at the time got a house, and he got involved in alternative energy as he renovated. “After putting solar hot water panels on my roof in 1982, I turned to Friends of the Earth
to volunteer.” Friends of the Earth (FOE) was an organization very involved in energy policy, but Knox came to the organization at a time of internal strife between factions: the freewheeling staff in the FOE San Francisco office, associated with dynamic founder David Brower, at odds with the Washington, DC, office where the emphasis was on legislative battles against the Reagan administration. The Brower faction lost out, and subsequently shifted efforts to a separate organization created to launch innovative projects: Earth Island Institute. They took a serious office in North Beach in San
Francisco in 1987. “There was not much in the way of a business plan,” Knox explains. “But we wanted to be a force to help activists launch projects.” Currently, there are about 80 projects under sponsorship all over the world. “It’s a way for educators and activists to share the organizational resources of a single sponsoring organization, and it’s become very successful,” Knox adds. Earth Island Institute hasn’t always had highly defined roles. “Brower loved what organizations could do but disliked bureaucracy, and Earth Island tried to add structure only when needed.” Its success is reflected in the 150 projects launched over the years. Some of these projects have spun off to become successful independent organizations, such as Rainforest Action Network, Power Shift, and International Rivers. Beyond outreach through its magazine, Earth Island Journal, and its extensive website, Earth Island Institute added a program promoting youth leadership, the Brower Youth Awards, whose winners in turn have sometimes become Earth Island projects. “We are proud of our system for helping people to take next steps in our movement, from the grassroots on up.” While his Antioch education prepared him for his work with Earth Island, it wasn’t a direct path for Knox. “I have not been one of those people whose education got directly applied,” Knox says. “On the other hand, my exposure to organizational life on Co-op, community governance, a course with Wally Sikes, and other experience in local communities, I became an organizational development person.” Looking forward, Earth Island, like many sustainability organizations, is evolving its narrative through seeing many contemporary problems as linked through the pathologies of oppression and dominance, rather than inclusion and cooperation. Knox hopes to have a hand in taking the organization through that new narrative to a new level of relevance.
Art Through Reuse Welded metal found in the yard at Building REsources became the base for this piece which Angel created using both new and reclaimed materials.
By Christine Reedy After graduating with a degree straddling theater and photography, Angel Gurgovits ’97 was drawn to San Francisco, CA, where she has explored a path influenced by her love of nature and recycling and discovered a career as an artist and curator. After working at the Magic Theatre, she found herself working for SCRAP (The Scrounger Center for Reusable Art Parts) and as an apartment building manager. A chance conversation at Building REsources (San Francisco's only source for reusable, recycled and remanufactured building materials) while she was seeking replacement window for the building she managed led to her taking a job there. The manager told her that they just got a contract with a tumbled glass company. “I spent some time by Lake Erie,” Angel says, “and I would walk the shores collecting glass. It just felt like a perfect fit.” The “yard” at Building Resources is a treasure trove of materials and fixtures. Within a short distance one can find everything from generic building materials com-
mon at big-box home improvement stores, to period architectural pieces, sublime objects of uncertain origin, and even pianos. Initially just working with glass, Angel began to do other jobs at Building REsources including in the onsite gallery, The Reclaimed Room. The Reclaimed Room is a project of Building REsources “to exhibit environmental arts, crafts, and media as well as offer education and engagement on the environmental art movement and the myriad of work being done through the efforts of Building REsources.” Angel was eventually offered the position as curator. “For the curatorship,” explains Angel,
“I receive submissions, pick the artists, and put the shows together.” Last year, Angel curated a show of her own artwork alongside nine of her friends’ work. “I’ve been doing mosaic with a friend for a couple of years now, but this was the first time I’ve produced work to sell.” Her own art is influenced by what she finds at Building REsources. “I like to use what’s already there. Especially as I’m walking around the yard—there’s so much available without having to buy something new.” Angel explains that her process is often reflective of connections she makes: “My [recent inspiration] was finding a box of ancient pool chalk at the yard, and intending to donate it to my local bar, which happens to have a pool table. The bartender said that they rent their table, and that the owners provide the chalk, so my blue chalk wouldn’t be welcome on their black table. It got me thinking about playing pool.” And Angel thought about a particular square grand piano she had collected previously. “The mechanics of that one isn’t great and that type of piano, while lovely to look at, isn’t such a great musical instrument. My idea,” Angel says, “was to gut the piano of its harp and make it into a functional pool table.” After tracking down a complete set of billiard balls — some had already been donated — the pool table can be put to use. “This project will be a challenge, but what a great thing if it’s possible!” Nature and an eye for reuse inspire Angel’s art, and Building REsources and The Reclaimed Room allow Angel to make those connections through her art and those artists she curates in shows. “Nature comes to us,” Angel remarks as she describes the spaces of Building REsources. “I observe dragonflies shopping through the aisles. Hummingbirds. Spiders and such…. Even in all that industrial stuff, I get a bit of nature. The company was built to take useful things out of the waste stream. It’s a really cool facility for people to come to and refurbish parts of their house.” And architectural details in old buildings—like windows with wavy glass—catch Angel’s eye now as she passes by. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 21
AlumniSpotlight A Family Affair Elizabeth and Justin during graduation 1998.
By Jeanne Kay ’10 “It’s in a little rinky-dink weirdo town, I’m never going there!” is what Delaney Schlesinger-Devlin ’22 remembers telling her parents when they first suggested she apply to Antioch College. Dr. Reverend Justin Schlesinger-Devlin ’95 and Dr. Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin ’97 were keen to let their daughter make her own decision about the college she would attend, but they did insist on a stop in Yellow Springs, Ohio on her college tour itinerary. “Fine, I’ll take the campus tour,” she finally relented, “But you’re not allowed to tell them you graduated from there!” Elizabeth and Justin both entered Antioch in the Fall of ’93, and befriended each other at an American Sign Language 22 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
class, but a different co-op sequence kept them apart during their first year on campus. It was in the Fall of 1994 that they started spending a lot of time together: “Our friends knew before we knew,” they remember, “we just started to grow together, vent to each other about our partners… and then one night, as we were talking, our friend Will exclaimed ‘just kiss already!’” A few months later, Justin proposed to Elizabeth while she was on Co-op in San-Antonio, and on June 8, 1996, they were married in the Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. “We chose to get married on DIV weekend so that everyone could be there,” Justin recalls, “but when we spoke with the pastor, he told us it would be the weekend of Street Fair! So he joked: ‘Well, it could work if you get
married before 9 in the morning…!’ And we looked at each other and said, ‘OK, we’ll get married at 7:00 am!’” It was an open-invitation and an opendress code wedding, and so it was an eclectic crowd of Antiochians—including President Crowfoot—that filled the pews on that morning. “In the church, when you looked up at the congregation there were people with suits and ties, and others wearing medieval outfits or leather! It was very Antiochian!” The reception was held on campus, at the Antioch Inn. “The Antioch Community came around us,” Elizabeth recalls, “we had no money and we had no idea how to plan a wedding, but everyone honored the fact that we were coming together in union and supported us as a community.” Since their graduation, Justin and Eliza-
beth have frequently come back to Yellow Springs to visit campus, often with their children: “Antioch has always been in our lives.” But it wasn’t until she begrudgingly attended an official campus tour that Delaney made up her mind about Antioch. “We attended an event where students were talking about their Co-op experiences,” Justin recalls, “and suddenly she turned around with a big smile on her face and said: ‘I want to go there!’ It spoke to her.” “I heard a lot of Antioch stories from my parents growing up,” Delaney says, “but when I visited campus, I actually saw how the whole community is committed to improving the world.” The College’s commitment to environmental sustainability was particularly important to her. “I saw the solar panels, the compost box in the dining hall, the farm to table program, chicken and the solar sheep… I never thought a college campus could have all of this!” By sheer coincidence, Delaney was offered the exact same room in North Hall where her parents first moved in together after their wedding. Despite this serendipity, Justin and Elizabeth recognize
that Delaney’s Antioch Adventure will be different from theirs: “She’s heard every story we’ve had to tell about Antioch. It’s
Delaney (age 9) with her mother Elizabeth and brother Zechariah in front of the Horace Mann monument.
time for her to write her own. And she is! She’s writing away...” Delaney dove head first into campus life when she entered Antioch this Fall: she took a job at the Herndon Gallery, volunteered for the Elections Committee, joined Chess Club, attends Thursday Night Volleyball, and plays the clarinet in the Yellow Springs Community Band. And, she’s already dreaming of her first Co-op, “Hopefully in London: I’d really like to go abroad for all my Co-ops!” She’s planning to major in Psychology, and apply to graduate programs after she graduates in 2022. When asked what surprised her most about her first few weeks at Antioch— what was different from the picture she’d painted from her parents’ stories—Delaney said, “My parents told me Antioch was very liberal, but I was surprised by the diversity of political opinions on campus. People are really passionate, but we have different views and have real conversations about them, inside and outside the classroom.” She adds: “And all of their tricks are outdated… the fire escape my dad told me I could sneak in is no longer there! I’ll have to teach them new ones.”
Wedding day, June 8, 1996. Left to right: Phil Brigham ’97, Jasmine Patten, Eireann Leverett ’96, Robin McKelvey ’97, Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin ’97, Toby Eshelman ’97, Dan “Cliff” Fitzpatrick, Justin Schlesinger-Devlin ’95. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 23
Delaney Schlesinger-Devlin ’22 (middle) with Aliyah Yirael ’22 (left) and Ashley Matias Matos ’22 (right). 24 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
Catching up with Recent Environmental Science Grads Eleanor Hicks-Green ’17
rector of Sustainability at Tiger Mountain Foundation running an urban farm in Phoenix Arizona, and pursuing his interests in social justice and ecological agriculture.
Compiled by Kim Landsbergen Graduates of the Antioch College Science Program can be found around the country and around the globe. Many of them have successfully entered graduate programs and are working in their desired fields. Here are a few examples of what recent grads who focused their majors in Environmental Science are up to: Julia Honchel ’16 is living in Toronto, Canada, where she has been accepted to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), for a 5-year medical program.
Richard Hauck ’17
Diana Harvey ’16 is pursuing her interests in nutrition and health, and spending this year taking coursework in preparation to apply to Ohio State’s Dietetic Nutritionist program.
Cambridge Scholarship and is completing a MPhil program at Cambridge University (UK). She is applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, looking to enter a PhD program in marine biogeochemistry in Fall 2019.
Rian Lawrence ’17 was awarded a Gates
Richard Hauck ’17 is working as the Di-
Eleanor Hicks-Green ’17 interned with Washington Department of Transportation doing wetland monitoring, and most recently has been working with Americorps in Washington state, doing ecological restoration, field ecology, and invasive plant management. She has been on three disaster relief deployments: Florida in response to Hurricane Irma, and two in Washington responding to a fire and a flood. Elias Pitasky ’17 is serving as a TEFL Volunteer in the US Peace Corps in Quito, Ecuador. Steven Taylor ’17 completed a year of service as an Environmental Educator at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 25
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Alumni recall Buckminster Fuller at Antioch
In April 1972, visionary architect, systems theorist, inventor, and environmentalist R. Buckminster Fuller visited Antioch College. Alumni share their recollections. I was a second year student at Antioch in 1972 and attended Fuller’s lecture in Kelly Hall. I was a humanities student, and while I was familiar with Fuller’s geodesic domes and his efforts to build environmentally sustainable communities, I’m not sure I had a real grasp of his systems theory approach (“synergetics”). I remember being impressed by this old guy who displayed such a huge amount of energy as he stood at the podium, unwinding the vari-
ous complex connections between ecological systems. And I distinctly remember how optimistic his tone was. I don’t recall it being a doomsday warning. I have the impression that he spoke for a very long time without taking any sort of a pause. He spun it out as a seamless web of ideas and I was pretty much spellbound. As I’ve seen the environmental and climate crisis unfold in the latter part of my life I have sometimes thought
about how prescient his ideas were— how it is all connected. At that moment it seemed as though we might engineer our way out of the crisis. I think that might have been the source of his optimistic delivery. Now that seems more difficult. —Marcus Widenor ’74 Don Myatt was one of my mentors and was very excited about Buckminster Fuller coming. What I remember most about Fuller’s lecture, that just
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came to mind a recently for some reason (synchronicity?) was that he asked if anybody gave much thought to how much a building weighed. Well, I had never given any thought to how much a building weighed, but it did get me thinking about it! —Steven Gold ’73
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The campus dome played host to all manner of events and gatherings including a performance of Paul Foster’s Tom Paine directed by Downing Cless. study of patterning and how it related to his architectural design. And I remember him saying, something like, “I think you may really be onto something with this study of pattern.” What an Experience, Dear Antioch! Thank you for providing the foundation for all of it. —Jyoti (Jenny Faris) Coyle ’73 I was there riveted for the whole four hours. That lecture influenced everything I subsequently did in my life. There were several noteworthy takeaways, but one was pivotal for me. Bucky introduced us to the singularity, the exponential acceleration of knowledge acquisition, decades before the idea was popularized by Kurzweil. A thought experiment Bucky inspired, “How do you plan for the future when the sum of knowledge is doubling every hour?” would eventually lead me to a radical re-imagining of strategic planning. At the dawn of strategic planning, it took upwards of a year and a million dollars to create a plan for a major corporation. By applying techniques that emerged from my study of collective intelligence (by then I had a PhD in Psychology), I reduced that time two orders of magnitude and the cost by almost that much, creating a superior, immediately-actionable plan in three days for $20-$100K. The first two major tests of the approach came in 1983 and 1984. I was
engaged to re-organize the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to create an ideal strategy for Xerox Corporation’s copier division through the year 2000. The results of those two assignments were decisive for my career. Our engagement at NCHS launched a successful reorganization of the division, a component of the federal HHS. Honestly, I didn’t think our work was particularly noteworthy until I learned that over the previous 25 years there had been six failed attempts. Just as well no one told me that in the beginning. At Xerox the next year, when we presented our “ideal” strategy to Whelan Hicks, head of worldwide marketing, he said, “I’ve used consultants five or six times in the past, but no one has ever done anything as good or useful as this.” Our report heavily influenced what became Xerox’s “Document” strategy, which saved its copier business in the face of ferocious competition from Japan. Oddly, but significantly, I couldn’t attract the attention of other parts of Xerox, specifically Xerox Parc where the most innovative work was going on. Subsequently, my career included reorganizing the multi-billion-dollar WIPP project, the first successful facility for permanently storing nuclear waste in the U.S., for the Office of the Secretary of Energy; along with a few other government, corporate,
PHOTO COURTESTY OF PETER LABERMEIER ’78
This is one of my fondest memories of my later years at Antioch. I was in a course called Synergetics. Sometime earlier, students had constructed a dome near the art building. During previous years I was fortunate to have some wonderful Antioch Co-op jobs which led from one to another. I came to Antioch hoping to get a Co-op working at the Field Museum in Chicago. Got sent to Otter Lake Conservation Camp in New Hampshire to teach ecology topics to children campers from Boston. And voila for Co-op job #2, I got a 6-month Co-op job at the Field Museum Geology Department (organized meteorite collection and saw moon rocks up close!). Had been a determined rock hound, fossil collector, and crystal grower in high school, also art major. Another wonderful experience came my way to study Structural Geology in the Field through the Associated College of the Midwest Program out at Montana State University in Bozeman. Then after more coursework at Antioch (I was an Art major) I returned to Chicago finding work in the Art Institute of Chicago art supply store and sitting in on Beginning Weaving classes taught by Bauhaus artist Else Regensteiner. Then my Field Museum work friends invited me to work in the Paleontology Department of University of Chicago and using my Cincinnati, OH, childhood fossil collecting experience, I keyed out a fossil correlation of Radiolarian shells proving the existence of continental drift between Wales and Nova Scotia. We had a wonderful interim professor of geology named John Steinhart from the Carnegie Institute. So how does all of this lead up to that wonderful Synergetics class? Our instructor decided we would invite Buckminster Fuller to speak in Kelly Hall and be available for class questions afterward. I loved this topic and how it fit in with my dream of creating computer aided design to help with the complicated process of drafting woven patterning. After Fuller’s talk a number of students gathered up front and then got to eat lunch with him at the Antioch Inn. I asked him a question about the
desic dome in Michigan and lived in it for several summers. We never insulated it so it was a glorified tent of sorts. It is still standing 41 years later. It has an amazing feeling and acoustics. —Wanda Joseph ’72
R. Buckminster Fuller did not invent the structural concept, but he popularized the coined the term “geodesic dome” from field experiments at Black Mountain College in the late ’40s, and popularized the idea in the United States. Several geodesic domes were built in Yellow Springs including an open-air structure on campus.
PHOTO COURTESTY OF LARRY WOLFE ’78
and community projects. Most recently, I’ve been awarded a provisional patent for an ethically constrained, artificial general intelligence capable of making reality-based decisions and acting on them. My assessment of the odd lack of interest in superior solutions displayed at Xerox informed over decades of similar experiences led me to conclude that human nature, the behavioral tool-set we inherited from our savannah-evolved ancestors, will never be able to deal with the singularity; that it is the equivalent of the sound barrier which was catastrophically destructive for aircraft until a transformation in aeronautical design opened the way for hypersonic flight. For me “grow or die” became “evolve or die,” but that’s a story about the keel of my ship. Bucky’s “Humans in the Universe” lecture presented that day in the Antioch Auditorium gave me sails. —Michael Thorne Kelly ’72 I had the privilege of being in a small group discussion with him and four to six other students. As I recall, Torin Swartout ’73 organized this small group and included me because I was going to do my Coop at Optii International, an organization that was studying the viability of Paolo Soleri’s designs. I believe Michael Kurcfeld ’73 was also at this discussion. Bucky charmed us with stories of his life including the scandals with the Dymaxion car. He designed the car to ultimately fly as
well as travel on the earth. He spoke about the World Game which was an interactive game to promote world peace. I also remember he wore three watches all set to different time zones. He was very charming, energetic, and quirky. —Lucia Tobin ’75 He gave a talk on a book of poetry (poetry!) he was publishing, called ‘intuition’ showing him piloting a ship. I confess I have yet to read it, but his talk was fascinating and inspiring all the same. A visionary, to be sure. Very few persons thought like that man—Leonardo, maybe? Maybe that’s too lofty a comparison. Edison? After his talk I went to the C-Shop, which was a little diner area in the student union building, and was sitting there alone munching a burger. He was seated a table or two away, surrounded by kids. He called over to me. Not to join the confab, you understand, but to ask if it was OK if they borrowed a chair from my otherwise empty table. About that time, I was well-engrossed in the teachings of Tufail Qureshi, a philosophy professor on campus. Trying to learn the teachings of Edmund Husserl via Descartes’ Meditations. A wonderful time! —Tom Vitolo ’76 He was an inspiration. We used some of his math/design/formula to build a geo-
I remember it so clearly. An absolutely packed auditorium, and a big Geodesic Dome on Front campus. Actually I think the dome was already there and we were discussing his ideas before he came. I was an abstract painter, and at the time geometric structures were only cool but not of intense interest to me. But his ideas about Art and Science struck a chord. Ollie Loud had already taught so many of us about the beauty of science in his History of Science classes, and Jim Jordan (Art) and others had taught a huge exploratory course on “The Future is Now.” Everyone was so excited to think about new ways of looking at the structures and rhythms of the universe, and of course we were all poised to change the world. I do not know about changing the world, but those experiences taken together changed me. As an artist, I was never afraid of science, and today I collaborate with Oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island. For many years I taught Digital Nature at Rhode Island School of Design. And I jumped on computer imaging in 1984, as soon as it became available to artists who were not programmers, in the early pre-photoshop days. I have been a new media digital artist ever since. Would any of this happened without Bucky’s visit? Quite possibly not. I always felt close to him and his ideas after that talk, and I even bought the gold “Bucky Balls” to support the Foundation in his name. —Cynthia Beth Rubin ’72 I was there in Kelly Hall and the one image I strongly remember was that Arthur Morgan was in the audience and Buckminster Fuller greeted him with great respect. Fuller was 77 at the time, Morgan was 94, and it struck me that the two elders recognized greatness in each other and that the younger was in awe of the elder and the elder was welcoming to the younger. As for the presentation itself, I’m sure a lot of it was over my head—my main memory is that here was an elder visionary at a time when the big catalyst for change was coming from all the young Turks under 30. —Doug Goodkin ’74 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 29
Antioch + Buckminster Fuller = the essential tensegrity structure for my life
World Shelters U-Domes provide shelter for refugees and disaster responses. By Bruce LeBel ’76 “Tensegrity” is R. Buckminster Fuller’s principle of structural design of a comprehensive tensile net or membrane (pulling inward) balanced in force by discontinuous compression elements (pushing outward). Think of a balloon, or the solar system, or your body. Tensegrity, with its underlying duality, is nature’s structural system. My first quarter at Antioch was the summer of 1972, so I missed Bucky’s visit to campus by a few months. I heard about it, was impressed by the big geodesic frame, and my interest was piqued in learning more than I had explored up to that point. I read Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, which along with Antioch created a tectonic shift in my worldview, understanding, and curiosity. I attended Fuller’s World Game in Philadelphia in between 30 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
my one-year AEA program in Bogota, Colombia (and points beyond) and my following six-month AEA program in Greece and then Art History independent study from Rome to Oslo. I enthusiastically embraced Antioch’s offer of relentless broadening of perspectives and Fuller’s encouragement of ‘comprehensivist’ thinking, with dedication to a humanitarian mission. There was so much to learn!! And Antioch had such a wealth of resources for me to utilize; I declared a double major in Education (four teaching credentials: Science, Art, English and ‘Humanities comprehensive’) and Art (sculpture & ceramics emphasis). My senior-project for my sculpture major was a ten foot radius modular ceramic tri-span (thank you, Karen Shirley ’61), a dome variation with technology that ran the full course of history. (It stayed in place for seven years until southwest Ohio
hail-balls had their way with it.) The four teaching credentials were a stretch, but completed. The duality of Antioch and Fuller had—to properly apply an overused term—a synergy that was exceedingly fruitful for me. After the graduation ceremony when I went to the Registrar’s office to get a copy of my transcript the assistant said, “Oh, Bruce LeBel. The Registrar would like to speak with you.” (What did I do wrong now?) So out of her office to the counter comes a woman with a stern look that became a big smile when she turned to face me across the counter. “I wanted to meet you, Bruce. You just graduated with more credits in four years than anyone in the history of the College!” We had a nice chat after that. I guess I was the right kind of student for Antioch, and the comprehensivist motivation (thank you, Bucky) with humanitarian determination to make a difference (thank you, Horace, et al) led me to ‘cast a wide net’ while gaining depth in several areas as well. Immediately after graduation I joined an earthquake relief project from the Akwesasne (Mohawk) Nation heading to Guatemala after the major earthquake there in April 1976. I had embraced Fuller’s and Antioch’s pragmatic humanitarianism and was walking the talk. I led the shelter contingent for the project, having designed— with perpetual mentor and student of Fuller, Michael Jones—appropriate wall and roof structure system applying a blend of Japanese and Central American techniques, using materials that we knew to be naturally available in the mountainous region that was the project’s focus. That September in Hartford I began teaching high school science with a hybrid curriculum including a strong theme of Fuller, ecology, and projects intended to bring out the ‘artist-scientist-inventor’ that was Fuller’s model. To my surprise, the magnet school that during my earlier Coop had students who were self-motivated, bright and disciplined, in the two-year interim was now being sent the troubled and incorrigible students who the principals of the various high schools in the region realized they could send to the magnet school rather than expel. These youth needed an empathetic psychologist, not an education zealot with a focus on objectives and projects. So I resigned in favor of a Master’s degree program that was essentially a tutorial with Fuller himself. I won’t attribute to anyone else my in-
tuition to propose marriage that spring to the most wonderful woman in my experience, but Fuller’s 55 years of marriage, at that point, to Anne Hewlett was certainly an object lesson in lifelong relationship. Ellen and I have now been married 41 years. Our older daughter Allegra is named for our good friend Allegra Fuller Snyder who was Bucky and Anne’s second daughter. That summer of 1977, I again did the World Game in Philadelphia, and scheduled private sessions with Fuller before an eight-week workshop focused on applying ‘tensegrity’ structures to real-world architecture and other applications. After our wedding, Ellen and I spent that
this robust ‘flexed wand and pole sleeve’ technology remains a close friend, who still avidly builds tensegrity structures as an avocation (tensiondesigns.com). I embraced Fuller’s guidance to “focus on artifacts that enhance livingry” rather than on changing people. My career in manufacturing has continued 40 years as a manager and executive for both Operations and IT, through high-tech electronics, medical instrumentation, automotive, and consumer products, and then shifted to developing software for manufacturing and distribution businesses, and the related consulting services. What makes me good at what I do is my training at Antioch and
Bruce LeBel’s senior project, a ceramic tri-span sculptural dome, installed on campus. fall of 1977 in Spring Green, WI, where Ellen was at a school of dance and physical theater and I was in independent study mode with Fuller’s oversight on a dual track of continuing tensegrity design and applications research and developing a high school curriculum for ‘Design Science’ (‘Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science’ in Fuller’s expansive parlance). The next six months in Philadelphia included much time in Fuller’s office, on projects with his team and doing my own program work. An hour a week with Fuller gave me about 80 hours of work to do. At the same time as he was thoughtfully melding his principles and perspectives with my directions and capabilities, his criticisms could be harsh and hard. This Antioch art student’s training in accepting and applying criticism served me well. Following the program, Ellen and I moved to Berkeley, CA, where I worked for The North Face, the first manufacturer of backpacking tents to apply Fuller’s principles of structural design. The inventor of
beyond as an artist-scientist-inventor and my mind’s process as a comprehensivist, following Fuller’s inspiration. In parallel with my work and with starting our family, after Fuller died in 1983 my colleague Steven Elias and I began designing and building new structures for use in international disaster relief. That initiative continues as the nonprofit World Shelters, although after many years of both domestic and international shelter projects it is currently on the back burner as I focus on overarching business goals for my software enterprise. The dual experience of Antioch and Fuller established the structure on which I’ve built my life. Even one of Bucky’s poems in Intuition is a continuous theme and practice for me: Love is Omni-inclusive Progressively exquisite Understanding and tender And compassionately attuned THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 31
We Practice Environmenta Sustainability
Solar sheep graze the fields of the five-acre campus solar array, helping manage vegetative growth, and provide fresh, grass-fed lamb for the Antioch Kitchens 32 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
to cut down on fossil fuel emissions. This photo, by Farm Manager Kat Christen, was published in the AASHE 2018 Sustainable Campus Index.
ties with environmental organizations.
al By Christine Reedy Rising from the FACT design process (see antiochcollege.edu/FACT), the five Areas of Practice stem from Antioch’s roots, ethical values, long-standing commitments, and an assessment of how the College’s resources can best be channeled to prepare students to address critical issues in our world. Environmental Sustainability is a core area of practice and a central part of the academic experience, as well as operations, at Antioch College. Our students, faculty, and staff engage in this theme in interdisciplinary and innovative ways. Students are afforded abundant opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge
in service to the natural world, its ecosystems, and all their members. In addition to a strong curriculum in environmental science, art, and philosophy, Antioch has a 1,000-acre nature preserve, raptor center, organic farm and food program, an advanced alternative system powering its campus, and many paid work opportuniThe Antioch Farm is integrated across the student experience as a hub of community activity and experiential learning. The Farm is also a learning lab used by faculty across all Antioch’s major areas of study for teaching and research.
Among the STARS In 2018, Antioch College was awarded a Silver STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) rating from AASHE (The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)—an amazing feat not only for the work required to compile the College’s first report, but also for the fact that most first-time reporters usually receive Reporter status or a do not place above a Bronze rating. “We realized that we didn’t have much time,” Hannah Spirrison, director of Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness, explains about the process of submitting the campus STARS report. By dividing the work up with leaders or teams, including faculty, staff, and students—depending on the category—everyone was able to complete their part by the submission deadline. Compiling the report was a cross-campus, collaborative effort because the College does not have a full-time campus sustainability coordinator who would traditionally do this work, making the achievement all the more meaningful—and Antiochian. The College’s current STARS report covers the last three academic years, from 2014/2015 to 2016/2017 and provides “information about everywhere we live and breathe Sustainability,” according to Kim Landsbergen, associate professor of Biology and Environmental Science and part of the team who compiled the report. “One of the things that’s nice about the STARS process is built into it: a scaling for the report based on the size of your institution. We report per capita in terms of the number of students. It gives small institutions a far shot to show the rest of the world, ‘Look at the good work our campus is doing in this area,’” explains Landsbergen. “The other thing I think is impressive is that we, like other institutions, use a broad definition of sustainability and have active areas on campus in all of those. It was empowering to see it all in one place.” Our areas of strength were highlighted to a wider audience when AASHE released a list of 2018 Top Performers, which spotlighted THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 33
The campus Geothermal Plant—located in the former Engineering Building— provides heating and cooling to 40% of the campus building footprint. Combined with Antioch College’s solar array and the Village of Yellow Springs’ energy portfolio (hydroelectric and wind contracts), 75% of Antioch’s energy consumption comes from clean and renewable sources.
Antioch College’s Grounds and Food & Dining programs among the top performers of participating institutions nationwide. In the process of completing the submission, Spirrison and Landsbergen found that Environmental Sustainability as an Area of Practice is embedded in the College’s operations. From not using trays in the Antioch Kitchens—which reduces food waste—to green-certified janitorial supplies, some of the ways our campus practices sustainability are not always obvious. Another “hidden” Sustainability practice also builds community and financial sustainability: “We have this totally grassroots, ground-up way of providing coffee for students,” says Landsbergen, describing the OKL (Olive Kettering Library) shared coffee program. “Faculty and other people kick in money that created this. There’s a collection of thrift store mugs. We have an IOU system. It’s a very Antiochian thing—it’s not like someone sat down and wrote the program. It just happened. I love that idea. I love what all of that means. It’s a beautiful vignette of what it means to be an Antiochian. Also, the OKL is a very important part of student life.” Landsbergen hopes that our existing 34 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
STARS report will be used as a guiding map for future Environmental Sustainability plans, but the College doesn’t need to try to accomplish everything at once. “I think you have to take it in the context that Antioch is a newly started institution. We think of Antioch as having this really long legacy, but in rebuilding the institution, our alumni have been very generous in supporting our green operations. We are now helping our institution get national recognition. But, we’ve only had seven years to do all the things,” Landsbergen cautions. “The magnitude and proportion—every institution has limited resourc-
es—of resources involved in Sustainability is impressively large. We appreciate their support in doing so well.” “It’s a pretty significant step for us institutionally in terms of being sustainable,” adds Nick Boutis, executive director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, about the STARS reporting process, “We’re going to invest the time in not just doing the work but being able to share with the world that we’re doing that. Alumni should view this with a sense of pride, that we’re able to take on that level of infrastructure.” “The other thing about the STARS report that is important to know about is part of the
way people find out about the STARS report is through various places that report it. The Sierra Club listing of Cool Schools is one of them,” states Boutis. “Now there is an opportunity for Antioch to be listed among the schools that take sustainability seriously.” Want to learn more about sustainability at Antioch College? You can read our STARS report online: tinyurl.com/antiochstars18y From the Grounds Up Antioch College was recognized by AASHE for our Grounds program, which emphasizes natural and organic lawn and plant care, reseeding and perennial plants, and creating a buffer between the campus and the Glen. The College’s policies of mowing high and neonicotinoid-free products have positive benefits for plants, animals, and insects that rely on our landscape. “It took a few years to get to this point,” explains Kyle Lewis, property management staff member for Facilities. When Lewis started working on landscaping the campus, he brought in some of his own plants to start filling in the campus landscape. His plan has always been to move to mostly perennials and plants that can reseed themselves, creating sustainable and native
growth across our grounds. The tropicals he uses to fill out flower beds in the warm seasons are overwintered in the greenhouse behind the Arts & Science Building (ASB). From pollinator patches and the College sign on the Horseshoe to the rain garden in front of the Wellness Center, Lewis makes sure the campus looks inviting. Beyond maintaining beds, Lewis consults with the Tree Team (see story on page 13), and their work will help him as he works on new tree plantings. “A lot of trees we replant are pulled from campus or from the Glen,” he explains. Pawpaws from the Glen and new persimmon memorial trees were planted in the fall to create a new food forest. And over near North Hall, an organic dorm food forest is maturing with peach, pear, apple, plums, and pawpaws. Hungry students will only have to step outside to get a nutritious snack. “There’s an interest in connecting the Glen to the rest of campus in terms of the landscaping and master planning decisions made,” says Boutis. “One of the way that’s played out is the work to increasingly naturalize the woods on either side of Main Lawn. We’re treating that area less like a formal park and more like a transition to the Glen.” Areas that seem “wild” are acting like a buffer between the populated areas of the campus and the Glen—they’re also hosting a wide range of wildlife. A higher lawn near ASB provides plants vital to our endangered pollinators, including honeybees and bumblebees. A recent development in the naturalized area is a pair of red-shouldered hawks who have returned the past couple of years in the spring to hatch their babies. They nest in an oak tree near the front entrance of ASB and their sightings are noted by faculty, students, and staff alike. Farm to (Birch Kitchen) Table Worth highlighting for their sustainability and interconnectedness are the Antioch Farm and our campus dining program in the Antioch Kitchens. Sustainability is the foundation for these programs, from food forests, students who harvest plants and follow the harvest to the kitchen to cook, to the careful choices the Antioch Kitchens staff make to provide nutritious meals. As Boutis notes, “Other schools have farms. Other schools will say that they have opportunities for students to go on the farm. One of the differences is that Antioch is built around experiential learning.
New Ways Based on Old Ways
Beth Bridgeman, instructor of Cooperative Education, teaches a number of very popular courses rooted in principles of Environmental Sustainability, including: Antioch Harvest: This course utilizes the farm and campus grounds and taught students methods to prevent food waste. In the fall, students harvested roots, including burdock, dandelion, and chicory, to make real root beer. They also learned how to preserve food through canning and fermenting. Reskilling & Resilience: Reskilling is relearning lost skills, including skills like spinning, foraging, and making cordage out of nettle. Students in this class during Winter Quarter will be starting seeds for a number of plantings at the Farm and also learning how to test germination rates on saved seeds, also harvested from plants on the Farm.
Antioch Apothecary: Using campus grounds and an apothecary garden on the Farm, students learn to make teas, tinctures, syrups, and salves. Students set up an apothecary on the second floor of Weston with herbal cures for other students to use. “We’re rethinking the ecology of care and healthcare,” explains Bridgeman. Seed Saving: While Bridgeman teaches seed saving in courses, she also teaches seed saving workshops outside of campus. She’ll be at the Ohio Ecological Farm and Food Association annual conference in February teaching, “Seed Sovereignty: How to Save Seed and Why You Should.” THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 35
of the food served at Antioch is grown on the Antioch farm, 1,500 ft. from the Kitchens
1,000 acre Glen Helen nature preserve
300 5 acre, one million watt solar Photovoltaic (PV) solar farm
geothermal wells, $500k a year in savings
Named a 2018 Sierra Club “Cool School”
partments. In the usual places, like the Sciences, students can take courses like “ENVS 360: Ecosystem Ecology with Forest Lab,” where students explore and compare the functions, structure and dynamics of ecosystems in space and time. They learn about the human impact on ecosystems and how it can be remediated with restoration. The Glen, and other area habitats, serves as a living lab. There’s also “ANTH 370 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Intersections of Environmental Justice.” Students are exploring a range of lived experiences with environmental injustice, and the various factions of the environmental justice movement in the United States. And, in “CLCN 210 Community Engagement: Urban Food Projects I” this summer, students built a community garden in Springfield, OH, a neighboring community to Yellow Springs, in a noted food desert. Engaging in project-based learning, students traveled each week to a project site and engaged with organizers and community members to learn the real work, challenges, and triumphs. These courses and more could show up in the College’s next STARS report, which will cover the next three academic years. It’s encouraging to know that the current report provides a Sustainability roadmap, showing where our campus has traveled since reopening and what has been accomplished by the community, as well as where we can go to not only be a more sustainable institution, but to also publicly declare our commitment to finding new and better ways to address our climate crisis. However we proceed, we know that Environmental Sustainability will be one of the core values driving our work forward.
Isaac DeLamatre (right) reviews a recipe with (L to R) Sarah Mills ’21, Tabitha Drover ’19, and Maria Lopezv’21 in “The Antioch Harvest: Seed-saving, Canning, Fermenting, and Preserving,” an Experiential Learning class co-taught with Beth Bridgeman
Antioch Kitchens FROM THE
By Isaac DeLamatre ’07 Antioch College Food Service Coordinator
At Antioch, this chili-based sauce from Tunisia is served in the early fall due to an abundance of the primary ingredient, but
it can make chicken or even squash bright and exciting any time of year; or add depth to soups—especially tomato. The best part is it’s a flexible recipe. Feel free to make it your own with your preferred mix of hot and sweet peppers.
Yields about one pint Ingredients 5 dried guajillo chilies 3 fresh pimento chilies, deseeded and crushed 15 or so birds eye chilies or chilies de arbol 2 smoky peppers like chipotle or ancho 2 tablespoons smoked paprika Add any fresh or dried chilies you like
1 tablespoon cumin seeds 2 tablespoons coriander seeds 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and crushed 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup olive oil
Submerge dry chilies in just enough hot water to cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Add the cumin and coriander seeds to a dry sauté pan and toast them on the stove until fragrant (less than five minutes). Grind the seeds in a spice mill before adding, or just add them straight into a high-end blender and reduce to a powder. Remove the peppers from the water and add them to the blender. A quality blender will give the smoothest result. For a coarser texture, a food processor can be used. Reserving the oil, combine the rest of the ingredients in the blender and puree. Finally, slowly add the oil to infuse. Due to its acidity, this preparation will keep for up to a month in the refrigerator. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 37
By James L. Lippincott “We do not need to plan or devise a ‘world of the future;’ if we take care of the world of the present, the future will have received full justice from us.” —Wendell Berry The overall urban population of the world has grown from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018 according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, while the rural population of the world has grown slowly since 1950 and is expected to peak soon. The UN reports current populations living in urban areas at: 82% in Northern America, 81% in Latin America and the Caribbean, 74% in Europe, 68% in Oceania, 50% in Asia, and 43% in Africa. The report also notes that while some cities have seen population decline, fewer cities are projected to see their populations decline from today until 2030, compared to what has occurred during the last two decades. And recent news is alarming. A study by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that the Paris Agreement—pledges from the world’s governments to reduce green38 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
house gases, made in Paris in 2015—isn’t enough to keep global warming from rising more than 1.5°C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial temperatures. According the the IPCC, limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. These converging factors put cities on the frontlines of this climate change fight. Considering that city dwellers have smaller carbon footprints than national averages (according to a study by the International Institute for Environment and Development), cities have a critical role to play in creating solutions to climate change. In his book, Cities in Civilization, noted urbanist and historian Sir Peter Hall opines that “every great burst of creativity in human history” is an urban phenomenon (interesting to juxtapose this with Arthur Morgan’s hypothesis that small communities are “the lifeblood of civilization”). With rapidly growing urban populations and a plethora of complex issues facing cities and the world at large, can cities create that next great burst to produce a sustainable future? It is important, however, to recognize
that cities and urban conditions are not simply the organization of objects within a space or the relationships of density versus sprawl. Their economic, political, social, ecological, and structural realities are far more complex. Distinguished anthropologist and geographer David Harvey noted that, “Urbanism has to be regarded as a set of social relationships which reflects the relationships established throughout society a whole. Further, these relationships have to express the laws whereby urban phenomena are structured, regulated, and constructed.” It will require a compound and multidisciplinary effort for cities to answer the urgent need to live in the world more sustainably—with care for the wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants—in order to address climate change. Considering the complexities inherent in urban environments—even without the variable of sustainability—the prospects are daunting. Many Antiochians have been engaged with addressing issues of sustainability at multiple levels and scales for decades. And all of these strategies are needed as part of creating solutions to grave challenges.
Antiochians Winning Victories For The Planet
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Michelle Fujii ’18 (center) at a tree planting event in November 2017 with Buenos Aires residents holding native Ciebo, the national flower from the national tree of Argentina.
A TREE FOR MY SIDEWALK
One effective way to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, as well as connect city residents with the life cycle of the living environment, is planting trees. With this in mind in 2012, a group of people sought to fill vacant treewells in the sidewalks of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and to encourage residents to gain a sense of ownership for their environment. The group grew into a nonprofit, Un Arbol Para Mi Vereda (A Tree for My Sidewalk), which is now involved with a wide variety of community-based environmental projects including helping maintain food producing gardens in schools and neighborhoods, helping businesses with composting programs, and organizing tree-planting events. Michelle Fujii ’18 Co-oped with the organization and participated in their year-long undertaking with the city’s Agencia de Protección Ambiental (APrA or Environmental Protection Agency) to cultivate 8,000 trees. Eventually the APrA plans to cultivate 20,000 trees every year to plant in the city. “This project was particularly interesting for me because it combined many of my interests from socio-economic issues to relations between non-governmental organizations and governmental institutions,” explains Fujii. “Buenos Aires has many environmental issues just like other large cities around the world. Citizens are concerned about water quality, contaminated rivers, air pollution, waste, access to 40 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
healthy food, and poverty. I think urban green spaces and the urban garden movement act as a unique catalyst to incite dialogue around climate change and environmental issues because of how visible they are compared to other environmental concerns.” Fujii is now living in New York City where she continues to explore ecological movements and urban planning.
NET ZERO BUILDINGS
ture.” Rothholz Weiner is a community advocate, personally and professionally. She is a LEED-credentialed registered architect currently working at Gensler (one of the largest and notable design firms in the world) and has taught at the University of Minnesota’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Rothholz Weiner focused on Communications and Art at Antioch (“Bob Devine ’67 completely shook my world view,” she adds) and worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art after graduation in the Film and Video Department. “I later connected the dots of many of my interests and found architecture provided me with a blend of technology, research, aesthetics, art, public policy, and culture that was a perfect fit for me and did another undergraduate and a graduate degree in Architecture.” “The power of sustainable design and architecture is to create meaning and to positively impact people’s lives and create a better world. Sustainability touches on ecology, materials, stewardship, water, energy, culture and community and it propels us to be resourceful, resilient, and innovative,” she explains. Beyond the professions, she sees small organizations, start ups, and “scrappy groups of people who just care” as important in creating a sustainable future.
When it comes to structures, Sara Roth- “Climate change is just one of many enviholz Weiner ’79 says, “Net Zero buildings ronmental considerations being discussed that are self-sustaining and generative is as part of our latest Plan of Conservation the wave of both the present and our fu- & Development,” says Dorothy S. Wilson
Washington Street in historic South Norwalk.
both images are Seaside Florida
’76, Senior Planner at the City of Norwalk, CT. “Other environmental concerns include improving air quality, preventing future water shortages, improving the water quality of runoff to protect our harbor, providing increased access to parks and green space, and encouraging the use of green design features in new development (such as porous pavement, green roofs, etc.).” Walkability and access to regional mass transit links are also priorities for the city, which has formed a new Bike Walk Commission to seek investment in the city’s pedestrian and bicycling network and infrastructure. And, Norwalk has joined a new initiative of the State of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which has the goal to support regional collaboration on a broad range of actions including improving watershed management, implementation of “complete streets,” reducing energy use and increasing renewable energy, and assessing climate vulnerability. “The regional approach will ensure a more effective response to addressing issues of mutual concerns.” The historic coastal city is addressing issues related to rising seawater and revamped its flood zone regulations following Superstorm Sandy in 2012. “The most effective way is to use alternative stormwater structures to better control the impact of flooding and to encourage the proliferation of more flood-resistant designs for future developments,” she explains. “This will promote new flood-safe buildings and ensure the preservation of existing historic buildings key to the fabric of our community.”
Two winters on AEA in Guanajuato, Mexico, were formative in how Robert Davis ’65 came to understand what a sustainable urban environment could look like. He says Guanajuato “really opened my eyes to the notion of very dense very compact walkable urbanism. And how wonderful small town life could be...” This experience later inspired his career and involvement in The New Urbanism, a movement in land planning which is helping to revolutionize town planning in America. Both Davis and fellow Antiochian Peter Calthorpe ’72 were among the original founders of The Congress for The New Urbanism (CNU) in response to the decline of cities. “We decided that if you were really going to make change, you have to create a movement,” says Calthorpe. “And if you
Time magazine said Seaside “could be the most astounding design achievement of its era.” The community modeled a pattern of sustainable development which had been written off by builders and developers, and proved walkable communities were viable in the market. Seaside also employed green infrastructure for stormwater management, an emphasis on the use of native vegetation, and preservation of sand dunes to provide protection from storms. wanted to create a movement, you create other than a Harvard MBA to take a job in something that people can be clear about the real estate business,” he says. “I finally found somebody who figured I must be a what it stands for.” The Charter of the New Urbanism lays quick study and I could learn about a very out the values of the movement, and obscure part of the real estate business opens with this statement: that they didn’t know at Housing CorporaThe Congress for the New Urbanism tion of America.” views disinvestment in central cities, the He worked in D.C. where he studied with spread of placeless sprawl, increasing sep- some experts on the FHA 236 program aration by race and income, environmen- which subsidized low income housing by retal deterioration, loss of agricultural lands ducing the interest rates on loans. Wealthy and wilderness, and the erosion of society’s investors took advantage of the guarantees built heritage as one interrelated communi- and huge tax incentives, investing in what ty-building challenge. Davis says were “instant slums” and that taxThe Charter goes on to layout core prin- payers were footing the bill to underwrite ciples. “It really excited a lot of people be- the program. One of the results was also a cause it was just so powerful and clear,” shameful legacy of socio-economic segresays Calthorpe. gation and the of perpetuation of sprawl. Robert Davis founded Seaside, a commu- “I finally determined that was a stupid way nity on the Florida panhandle envisioned in to house poor people and that we would 1985 and widely considered to be the birth- be much better off following Milton Friedplace of The New Urbanism. He is also a man’s advice and giving them vouchers to principal in The Arcadia Land Company, a find their own housing,” Davis explains. firm specializing in town building and land Rather than sprawl (both urban and substewardship. He has also served on Flor- urban) and the segregation of uses and soida’s Environmental Land Management cio-economic groups, The New Urbanism Study Committee, writing and updating promotes vibrant and walkable cities, towns, Florida’s growth management legislation, and neighborhoods where people have dion The Governor’s Council for Sustainable verse choices for how they live and work. Florida, on The Trust for Public Land’s Real “The most important thing that the New Estate Advisory Board, and continues to be Urbanism can do for the environment is get involved with CNU policy issues. people out of cars. Get them to walk. It’s Before real estate, Davis worked at Hus- healthier for them, doesn’t consume petroton-Tillotson College and at Antioch Col- chemicals, and doesn’t put carbon into the lege. “I had absolutely no qualifications air,” says Davis. “The other things that we THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 41
Peter Calthorpe ’72 engaged in at Seaside are fairly common in the movement. And that’s really paying attention to the ways that buildings work with the climate rather than having to be heated and air conditioned all the time, and insulated and sealed up to isolate people.”
Architect and urban designer Peter Calthorpe ’72 is a leader in The New Urbanism movement and has been one of the leading thinkers in the field of sustainable urbanism for decades. In a talk given at the official TED conference in April 2017, Calthorpe notes, “At the same time that we’re solving for climate change, we’re going to be building cities for three billion people. That’s a doubling of the urban environment. If we don’t get that right, I’m not sure all the climate solutions in the world will save mankind, because so much depends on how we shape our cities: not just environmental impacts, but our social wellbeing, our economic vitality, our sense of community and connectedness. Fundamentally, the way we shape cities is a manifestation of the kind of humanity we bring to bear. And so getting it right is, I think, the order of the day. And to a certain degree, getting it right can help us solve climate change, because in the end, it’s our behavior that seems to be driving the problem. The problem isn’t free-floating, and it isn’t just ExxonMobil and oil companies. It’s us; how we live.” Calthorpe has been involved in issues of human sustenance and urbanism since his Co-op at Pacific High School in California from which he never returned. He was fascinated by the systems thinking of Buckminster Fuller, recognizing the complex web of issues related to living sustainably at a time when environmental concerns hadn’t reached the national or global consciousness. Intrigued about how built environments could respond to the complex issues facing humanity, Calthorpe decided to attend the Yale School of Architecture, admitted to the graduate program despite not completing his bachelor’s degree at Antioch College. But, he dropped out, this time out of frustration over the narrow thinking of the architectural program which he didn’t feel truly recognized the complexity of the built environment. He says the students were “just thinking about building a sculpture as opposed to environmental and social interface that they truly are.” It was his Co-op experience where he 42 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
was involved with the creation of Pacific and cars. “If only a third of the people have High School’s residential community cen- cars, why do we give 100 percent of our tered on a then-new vision of sustainabili- streets to cars? What if we gave 70 percent ty (“It was much cooler to be a place that of the streets to the car-free, to everybody was doing it than just thinking about it,” else, so that the transit could move well he says), along with the influence of Full- for them, so that they could walk, so they er, was pivotal in the creation of a deeply could bike? Why not have geographic equiheld ethos for Calthorpe which set him on ty in our circulation system?” a path to become involved in passive solar building and then to urban design and community planning. “What really struck “The inertia of the status quo is the greatest me about Fuller’s ideas was his whole sys- obstacle to development of designs based tems thinking ... the idea that you had on environmental sustainability,” says arto look at life-cycle efficiencies and you chitect and planner Eric Fiss ’72. “To crehad to look at resource efficiencies. You ate a more sustainable future, we need to couldn’t just look at things from an engi- think long term.” neering standpoint, but you had to look Fiss has worked for Venturi, Rauch and at where the energy and materials came Scott Brown, and for Arthur Erickson Arfrom and where they went to, afterwards, chitects—firms where research and experiand how much it costs to maintain it.” mentation were valued as a basis for good Calthorpe saw the larger built environ- design—and as an urban designer and ment as his challenge to address. “I got planner for municipal governments. very focused on communities and I got Like Peter Calthorpe, Fiss is also influvery focused on transit. It became clear enced by the work of Buckminster Fuller. to me that the car was one of the great- He says “thinking holistically and creativeest transgressions to the environment and ly, and looking to mathematics, and natural to the the health of communities. And, systems for inspiration” have played a critsprawl, the isolation of uses and the isola- ical role in his career. “I have taken Fuller’s tion of different people and income groups, concept of ‘Spaceship Earth’ as a fundaand the fact that kids became stranded. Ev- mental point of departure in planning for ery dimension that you can think of gets sustainable and equitable communities.” impacted by a culture built around the While Fiss notes that there has been a car.” In his 1993 book, The Next American mainstream shift in design fields, as well Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the as greater public awareness of sustainable American Dream, Calthorpe introduced principles, he notes that there are still hurthe now widely adopted concept of Tran- dles. “The greatest challenge to designing sit-Oriented Development (TOD). He sees for environmental sustainability is overcomtransit and walking to be the armatures of ing the entrenched social and economic syssustainable growth as opposed to freeways tems that resist change and the equitable
distribution of limited resources, including air, water, food, energy, and housing.”
POLICY AND INEQUITY
While urban populations are growing in some locations, Rust Belt cities are dealing with stagnant or even declining populations along with legacies of heavy manufacturing, of social and racial segregation, and decaying urban cores. Dayton, OH, was identified just this year as one of 61 metro areas in the U.S. where minorities are denied mortgage loans at higher rates than their white counterparts. “When you scratch the surface of Dayton’s entrenched housing segregation you start talking about redlining policies, racial disparities in housing lending practices, and explicitly racist federal housing policy,” says Lela Klein ’02. “Not to mention school funding policies and white flight. West and Northwest Dayton have faced divestment for decades, and the foreclosure and vacancy crisis that hit the rest of the community in about 2008 had already begun impacting the African American community long before due in part to exclusionary and predatory lending practices. This was compounded by the loss of tens of thousands of unionized manufacturing jobs that provided pathways to mobility. Even though these opportunities were never evenly distributed between Black and white Daytonians, these jobs did contribute to a stable Black middle and working class in Dayton that supported a core of businesses and services like grocery stores on the west side of the [Great Miami] River. When GM and other manufacturers closed, the impact was felt in the form of hollowed out neighborhoods and shuttered businesses.” Housing segregation and food hardship are inextricably linked. According to a 2015 study by FRAC (Food Research & Action Center), Dayton is in the bottom quartile of cities in the nation for food hardship for families with children. The Dayton Metropolitan area ranks worst in Ohio and 9th in the country in terms of food hardship. This “food desert” condition means that thousands of people lack access to a full-service grocery store or can’t afford fresh food sold there. Klein is the Executive Director of Coop Dayton (originally known as the Greater Dayton Union Co-op Initiative), which is committed to incubating cooperative businesses to bring sustainable jobs to Dayton. Prior to co-founding GDUCI, she
served as General Counsel to the IUE-CWA, a 45,000-member manufacturing union. “Folks like Danielle Nierenberg from Food Tank and Adair Mosley from Pillsbury United Communities have said that ‘food desert’ is really a misnomer and we should be using the term ‘food apartheid’ to illuminate the intentional and policy driven nature of the disparities in food access that exist in Dayton and cities like it,” she explains. The first major project of Co-op Dayton is the Gem City Market, a cooperative, full-service grocery store and deli planned to open in 2019 in West Dayton to meet the diverse grocery needs of residents. The market is spearheaded by Klein, and Maya Canaztuj ’17 is currently the only other member of the staff. “I think we’ll play a role in creating a more sustainable and local food system in Dayton,” says Klein. “Though we’ll have a traditional wholesaler, we’re heavily invested in sourcing whatever product we can from the Dayton region. We’ll also be providing a hub for nutrition and cooking/food preparation training via a teaching kitchen and connections with community partners, so hopefully this will help neighbors rely less on convenience food and fast food.” Sustainability is an interconnected matrix of systems—social, economic, political, natural, etc. While these issues may at first glance not appear to be directly linked to climate change, it underscores the complexity of the issue and interconnectedness of human-created problems. “Not to be too dire, but unbridled, under-regulated capitalism is accelerating income inequality and climate change,” notes Klein. “We need real system-level change, including fair taxes, worker protections including stronger collective bargaining rights, and smart, enforceable environmental regulations. We can and should make some changes on the local level, but it’s really not going to be enough at the rate we’re going.”
When thinking about the biggest challenges facing cities, Dorothy Wilson notes, “Cities and towns must prepare themselves to respond to the latest advances in technology— automated vehicles, high-speed internet, co-working and work from home options, etc.—that are having dramatic impacts on the local economy. Adaptation is the key to a thriving city and rapid response to these
changes is required in order to preserve the city as a vibrant place to live and work.” “Awareness and education to support a shared sustainable future will go a long way.” says Sara Rothholz Weiner. “Support of innovation and community-focused projects that holistically approach energy needs and wellbeing.” Eric Fiss notes, “While the changes at the macro level will make the most impact on the environment, as Fuller would have said, there is a synergy between the micro and macro scales, so we need both, with the micro projects proving out the principles of sustainable design to be implemented at large scales. Large-scale systems, such as stormwater management, depend on individual projects, such as green roofs or water-use reduction, at a building scale.” “I’m hopeful for two reasons,” Peter Calthorpe says. “One is, most people get it. They understand intrinsically what a great city can and should be. The second is that the kind of analysis we can bring to bear now allows people to connect the dots, allows people to shape political coalitions that didn’t exist in the past. That allows them to bring into being the kinds of communities we all need.” “People make the difference,” says Michelle Fujii, who was inspired by what she witnessed during her Co-op with Un Arbol Para Mi Vereda. “What was significant about their work and mission was that they firmly believed that change starts with the individual. They believed each person must learn to care for other living things, and for them, caring for a tree—from planting a seed in a cup of soil to watering it every day and eventually transplanting the small tree it into the ground somewhere in your community— was a way to build this ethos for yourself.” “There is much insightful thought and many exemplary initiatives regarding systemic approaches to sustainability of the planetary ecosystem, resources, and economics to continue supporting and improving human life and our many civilizations,” says Bruce LeBel ’76, a student of Buckminster Fuller and co-founder of the nonprofit World Shelters (see page 30). “In my opinion, the broadest systemic thinking circles back to individual responsibility. To quote Fuller: ‘If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO?’ We are all responsible; each of us is responsible. Individual integrity is prerequisite to Sustainability.” THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 43
C A N’ T S T O P, W O N’ T S T O P, This is the first installment of a two-part history of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, on its ten-year anniversary.
NONSTOP ANTIOCH A history of resilience
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It was in the basement of a Yellow Springs home, on June 30, 2008, that the meetings started taking place after Antioch University closed down the College. After the last graduating class walked across the stage of Kelly Hall to receive their diplomas, after the last students packed up and left their dorms, leaving farewell messages and declarations of love to Antioch in chalk on the brick walls of campus (”Antioch is my home,” “Antioch = my heart,” “This place is sacred”) after faculty cleared out the offices that had
been theirs for years, after South and North Halls were locked down and the electricity and gas turned off in Main Building, a small group of faculty, staff, students, and alumni kept drawing up agendas, gathering around a conference table, and taking minutes. They called it ExCil, as in AdCil in Exile. It was important to stay true to community governance—even in times of crisis—everyone agreed. Shortly, in pure Antiochian fashion, the committees were formed: admissions, communications, curriculum...
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Clockwise from top left: Students leave messages in chalk on the brick walls before the campus is vacated in 2008; Professor Kab Butamina teaches Chemistry to Nonstop students in the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church; Community Manager Avery Martens ’08 leads an orientation session for new students; A multigenerational class behind the pews led by Professors Isabella Winkler and Nevin Mercede; Faculty, staff, students, and alumni meet for ExCil (AdCil in Exile) in the basement of the Morgans’ home; Yellow Springs becomes the Antioch Campus in Exile. 46 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
Lee Morgan ’66 and Vicki Morgan ’66 had opened up their home to welcome these meetings. There was a side door on the side of their house that remained unlocked and, in the basement, Antiochians gathered around a long conference table surrounded by art and printing supplies, with multicolored fabrics and paper hanging on the walls. Meeting in a crafts room was allegorically well-suited to the work of figuring out how to open a makeshift college in exile: a few weeks later, the first Nonstop students would meet there for their first class. The first item on ExCil’s agenda that summer was the “name” issue. After College Revival Fund (CRF) president Ellen Borgersen ’72 had announced to the Antioch Community, one Sunday afternoon in March, that whatever happened “Antioch College would be open in Yellow Springs next year.” Everyone was calling it “Antioch in Exile.” “It” being the project of keeping the staff, students, and most importantly faculty of Antioch College together, employed, and thriving despite the University
closing the campus and stalling the negotiations for the independence of the College. The Alumni Board had voted to allocate part of the CRF’s funds to sustain such an enterprise. “We understood that the Alumni Board was interested in there being an active educational project on the ground that would help with raising money,” recalls former Antioch/Nonstop Professor of Photography Dennie Eagleson ’71. “We saw ourselves as place-holders, carrying the vessel forward.” Keeping Antioch College open “in exile” would also—it was believed—put pressure on the University to come back to the negotiations table. “Without a commitment of financial support, faculty would have been forced to seek positions elsewhere, and the Alumni Board’s promise to fight to keep the College open would have been an empty threat,” recalls Ellen Borgersen ’72. “Looking back, the Nonstop faculty was the nucleus around which the whole alumni effort was organized. There’s no way the alumni would have held together without them.” As Antioch/Nonstop Professor of Political Economy Hassan Rahmanian solemnly announced at Reunion 2008, “They [the University] have the body; we have the soul.” But “Antioch in Exile” could not be the official name, it was soon discovered. “The University owned the Antioch name, and sent us a cease and desist letter as soon as we announced ‘Nonstop Antioch’ as an educational project,” explains Borgersen. “We had a First Amendment right to talk about Nonstop Antioch as a political movement—that’s why the Emporium could have a big ‘Nonstop Antioch’ banner in the window—but we could not have faculty teaching classes under that name.” Unaccredited by necessity, using the word “College” was also proscribed. Choosing an institution’s name through collective deliberation was certainly a lesson for all in the challenges and limits of the democratic process. But after many sessions and
failed motions, a consensus was reached: The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. “Nonstop” was a reference to the boisterous “Non-Stop-An-ti-och!” war cry that alumni had been chanting since Reunion 2007. The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute started out as a group of faculty, staff, and students present at the time of the closing, but soon alumni—some moving back to Yellow Springs to help support Nonstop—and local residents joined their ranks. The Village of Yellow Springs became Antioch’s campus, with businesses, churches, and individuals opening up their homes as classrooms for free. Over the Summer of 2008, a curriculum was drawn up. “I worked on the Curriculum Committee, organizing courses and scheduling, and trying to make sure our Nonstop courses aligned with previous Antioch courses and other accredited college courses,” Literature Professor Jean Gregorek remembers. Nonstop classes would be open to Yellow Springs resident as a means of raising money and creating critical mass. “I taught classes in digital storytelling and photography,” says Eagleson. “It was
challenging, creating a curriculum that incorporated 18–70 year old participants, but it was very satisfying getting to work with such a diverse group. The elders were very game to learn the technology and brought rich stories to the mix.” Lincoln Alpern ’11 was one of the Antioch students who came back to Yellow Springs in the Fall of 2018 to continue his education at The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. He remembers the first weeks of the term fondly, “I recall it was all very exciting back in those early organizing sessions and at the beginning of classes. We were doing something extraordinary, without precedent: running a college on a shoestring budget with no campus, teaching classes and holding meetings in people’s houses and local church basements. It freed us to explore educational possibilities outside the normal scope of higher education in the US.” Lincoln says he and his peers were motivated by his commitment to Antioch College, “There was the giddy sense that we were working to save an educational community we loved and respected. We’d been reduced to practically nothing, but we were still pressing on.”
Nonstop also welcomed several new students that Fall. Although Rose Pelzl’s mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother had all attended Antioch College, her plan was initially to attend Columbia College in Chicago. “I made friends with Nonstop students who were organizing in town and I happened to read a copy of Professor Chris Hill’s syllabus for her Women in Media class and it blew my mind,” Rose recalls. “Then I went with two Antioch students and a CM to protest the Republican National Convention and hand out Nonstop recruitment flyers we’d handmade with Migiwa [Orimo] the week before. It felt like the natural thing to do, even though I wasn’t very political or had much organizing vocabulary. I remember learning what the word ‘agency’ meant. The closure of the College was obviously so unjust and there was support behind us. I was nervous about not getting accepted, I was nervous about paying for it,” she says, “but it seemed like the right thing to do. Read Part 2 in the Spring 2019 issue of The Antiochian.
“The thing with Antiochians is that we’re so easily amused,” says Ellen Borgersen ’72 after CMs organize a balloon drop at Community Meeting in the Millworks Building THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 47
Dr. James Whitman Agna, former College physician James Whitman Agna passed away on November 6, 2018 at the age of 92. Jim’s life was full of adventures, courageous and bold stances, and dedication to making medical care a right for all citizens in the US. His first job out of his medical residency in Internal Medicine was as Senior Assistant Surgeon in the US Public Health Service through the Harvard School of Public Health in Burma. He and and his wife, Mary, lived and practiced there for two years and during that time their first child, a daughter, Gwen, was born in Rangoon. Mary and Jim returned to the States and established their home in Yellow Springs, OH, in 1959 in the Fess House on Xenia Avenue. Jim joined a multispecialty medical practice, the Yellow Springs Clinic as an internist and was also the Antioch College Physician. The practice was unusual in the ’60s and was viewed with some suspicion in the area, especially due to Jim’s outspoken support of the new idea called “Medicare” as well as his advocacy for a national health plan. Jim was labeled a “socialist” and a “communist” because of his views. He was amused by this and countered by identifying as a “democratic socialist” in the Norman Thomas tradition. In his medical practice, he enlisted his partners in prescribing birth control pills on request to Antioch students—the first college to do so—as well as establishing a room in the clinic for students who were having difficult LSD trips. He advocated the legalization of marijuana and signed a letter of support as a physician to State of Ohio legislature. He and Mary were also active in the local and national civil rights movement. They joined other families in Yellow Springs in welcoming African American high school seniors from Farmville, VA, to their homes so that they could complete their high school education after their schools closed rather than follow the order to desegregate. They were particular48 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
Richard Kaplan ’49
ly proud to say that Sam Taylor was their 6th child, 3rd son. In 1970 Jim and Mary moved the family and became faculty members of the University of Cincinnati Medical School, then, later to Wright State University Medical Center, returning to live in Yellow Springs. Jim continued in his position as Professor of Postgraduate Medicine and Continuing Education at Wright State until retirement in 1988. He then joined Hospice of Dayton, OH, as a staff physician. Jim volunteered for the Yellow Springs Senior Center as a driver as well as a Title I Reading teacher at the Mills Lawn Elementary School. Jim’s professional and volunteer accomplishments were extraordinary. But by far his and Mary’s greatest achievement, in their eyes, was their family.
Richard Kaplan ’49 Richard Kaplan died on Sept. 29, 2018, in Manhattan. He was 93. Mr. Kaplan was the recipient of the Antioch College Alumni Association Horace Mann Award in 2015, often referred to as the Victory for Humanity Award. He served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1975. Mr. Kaplan, whose dream of making scripted feature films had been frustrated by a lack of financing, had been making documentaries and other nonfiction films in Europe and the United States for about a dozen years when he was asked by the producer Sidney Glazier to direct The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965). With
taengl, Harvard graduates of different vintages whose paths diverged remarkably. The film contrasts Mr. Fry with Mr. Hanfstaengl, a close comrade of Hitler’s who headed the Foreign Press Bureau in Berlin in the 1930s but later came to the United States during World War II to provide information about the Nazis.
James “Jimmy” Haywood Williams Jr., former dean
a script by the poet Archibald MacLeish, narration by Eric Sevareid of CBS News and an abundance of photographs and newsreel footage, Mr. Kaplan created a warm portrait. Two years after the Roosevelt film won the Academy Award for best documentary feature, Mr. Kaplan began a two-year collaboration with the producer Ely Landau on King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis. Mr. Kaplan entered Antioch College when he was 16 and studied English and political science there. Before he could earn his bachelor’s degree, he was drafted into the Army during World War II, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge with the 99th Infantry Division. He graduated from Antioch after his discharge and
studied film at the University of Southern California. In the 1950s he worked on various film projects, including one about combat leadership in the Air Force for a psychological research organization. The Roosevelt and King films were the start of a productive period in which he made documentaries about the actress Liv Ullmann; the American journalist Varian Fry, who led a covert rescue operation in France during World War II that saved more than 2,000 artists, writers, philosophers and their families; and one about some of those exiles, who had emigrated to the United States. His final film was Varian & Putzi: A 21st Century Tale (2011), a dual biography of Varian Fry and Ernst “Putzi” Hanfs-
Jimmy Haywood Williams Jr., age 66, of Springfield, OH, passed away November 11, 2018 in his residence. He was born March 16, 1952 in New York City, NY, the son of James H. and Nellie (Bush) Williams Sr. Jimmy retired from Wittenberg University as the Associate Dean of Admissions, and had served as Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, and Affirmative Action Officer at Antioch College. Previously, Jimmy was at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, NY, where he served as associate director of admissions and director of multicultural recruitment. He also provided his expertise in admissions and student affairs at Davidson College in Davidson, NC, Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, and Brown University in Providence, RI. He held a bachelor’s degree in American history from Middlebury. Jimmy leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife, Jan (Beard) Williams of Springfield, OH; his father, James H. Williams Sr.; children, Rhonda ( Jason) Wewsome, Nya ( Jason) Beckett, Mica ( Jeffery) Dean and Brett Williams; siblings, Deborah (Rosby McCrory, Kathryn (Michael) McCrory, Rena Williams and Michael ( Julie) Williams; grandchildren, Alexis Zen, Andrew, Jeffery, Aaliyah, Avril, Averi and Alanna; step-son, Earl “Linc” Taylor III; sister-in-law, Julie Beard and a host of other relatives and friends. Alumni tributes to Jimmy will be printed in The Antiochian Winter Supplement; send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 49
Dr. Darrell D. Dawson ’62
Dr. Darrell D. Dawson ’62 (May 2, 2018)
Born in Springfield, Ohio, to Clara Leona Wenigar and longtime Antioch administrator John Dudley “J.D.” Dawson, Darrell received his PhD from Adelphi University. He went on to serve as a clinical psychologist at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, and at State University of New York in New Paltz, NY, before establishing a private practice in Santa Fe, NM. Survivors include brother John Dawson ’58 (Sarah Dawson ’61) and children Jennifer Dawson and Justin Dawson ’95.
Betty J. Farrell ’58
Helen Richards Hawthorne ’48
den’s Sub-district Commission and on the National Council of Washington University’s Libraries. She was a member of the Friends Committee of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Betty and her husband of 63 years, David Farrell ’56, have been generous supporters of Antioch College, the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri Botanical Garden, United Way and many others. David and Betty met at Antioch College and moved to St. Louis in 1975 when David was named the president of May Department Stores.
of the Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist. While attending Antioch, Helen met her husband, Jim Hawthorne ’49. Both Helen and Jim, who preceded her in death, were longtime members of the Alumni Board.
Helen Richards Betty J. Farrell ’58 Hawthorne ’48 (Nov. 8, 2018) Betty Farrell was a gifted photographer and a community volunteer. Betty served on the board of Saint Patrick’s Center in St. Louis, which serves the homeless. For many years, she also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels of Greater St. Louis. Betty served on the Missouri Botanical Gar-
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Helen taught elementary education for 22 years at Grove Avenue School in Barrington, IL. She enjoyed volunteering with the Citizens for Conservation in Barrington, as a swimming instructor at the Palatine YMCA and was an active member
Dr. John M. “Mike” Kittross ’51 (June 1, 2018)
A champion of Antioch College, Mike was a rigorous communications scholar and self-described “gadfly, iconoclast, and curmudgeon.” Mike first taught at the University of Southern California, then took a position at Temple University, where he rose to assistant dean of the School of Communication and Theater, and then associate dean. Mike authored Administration of American Telecommunications Policy (1980) and co-authored Stay Tuned: A Concise History of American Broadcasting (1978, now in its third edition). Mike also worked as a professor, dean, and provost at Emerson Col-
We learned of the passing of these alumni and friends between April and December 2018. Read more online: antiochcollege.edu/news/obituaries
Dr. John M. “Mike” Kittross ’51 lege, and served as editor for Media Ethics (1989–2018). Mike was preceded in death by the love of his life, Sally Sprague Kittross ’51. Survivors include David M. Kittross, Julia Ann Kittross ’79 and her spouse, Stuart Schell ’78.
John E. McChesney
former faculty (June 4, 2018) John E. McChesney was a long-time NPR reporter and co-founder of the Sonoma (CA) Speakers Series. John served as News Director for WYSO in the 1970s, and taught literature at Antioch 1968–74. John spent nearly 30 years at NPR as an award-winning editor, correspondent and news executive. He established two of the news department’s fundamental operating elements, both the National and Foreign Desks. As an NPR correspondent John covered environmental issues in Asia, technology in Silicon Valley, food and agriculture in the rural West, and national security, including multiple assignments to the war in Iraq.
Thelma H. Chollar ’38 Dr. David S. Brown ’42 Jay H. Stubenhaus ’45 Jeanne Watson Eisenstadt ’46 Robert Grinnell Day ’46 Miriam Jagger ’46 Merrill Barger Dillon ’46 Madeline McClure ’48 Helen Richards Hawthorne ’48 Edward F. Kander ’48 Helen “Sandy” Snook ’49 Claire Ann Krich Hooton ’49 Cora Peckitt ’49 Thomas Charlton ’49 Richard Kaplan ’49 John S. Noble ’49 Carl Osuch ’50 Richard A. Welker ’50 Robert M. Abrams ’50 Betty Miles ’50 Dr. John M. “Mike” Kittross ’51 Philip B. Wallick ’51 Dr. Netta R. Sanow Kaplan ’51 Miriam “Mim” Hawley ’51 Maurice Waters ’51 Elizabeth Kelts ’51 Herbert Lindenberger ’51 Alice Jean Webb ’51 John “Jack” J. Waldauer ’52 Janet Burr McGuire ’52 Sarah Cowan ’52 Dwight Patton ’52 Dr. John Mendenhall Mead ’52 Martha Kaiser ’52 Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Ward Carter ’52 Renata Schwebel ’53 Byron Robert Higgins ’53 Mary Carson ’53 Alice E. Adams Valone ’53 Nancy Ann Ziegler Schreiber ’55 Lois Rae Smith Fields ’55 Dr. Lawrence M. Klainer ’57 Richard Montague ’57 Dr. Lawrence M. Klainer ’57 Selma Sternlieb ’57 Charleen Ettenheim Albee ’57 Jerome Ronald Saroff ’58 Charles Dean Kimball ’58 Betty J. Farrell ’58 Charles Robert “Bob” Dickerman ’59 James L. Seeley ’61 Dr. Timothy W. Keller ’61 Dr. Darrell D. Dawson ’62 David Sepenwol ’62
Carole S. McCauley ’62 Dr. Carol S. Joyce ’62 Dale C. English ’62 David Stewart Habercom ’64 David Greenberg ’65 Dale W. Anderson ’65 Kathleen Williamson ’66 Victoria “Vikki” Fruit ’67 Diana Jeanne Wormann Smith ’68 Stanley J. Albro ’69 Dr. Stephen “Steve” Austin ’69 Robert Lee “Bob” Clover ’69 James Hetherington Jr. ’70 Nancy K. Murray ’70 Norma Biggar ’70 Nancy Timmins Kirk ’70 Carol A. Simpson ’70 Dr. John A. Riley ’71 Irene Louise P. Mock ’71 Michael Buck Harris ’71 John F. Sweeney ’71 Richard Tinker ’72 Carl Eugene Paskey ’73 Lewis Barnes ’73 Sara Craig Davidow ’74 Bernice Soffer ’74 Ellen Geist ’74 Chris Chennell ’74 Vivian Gunter ’75 Ralph H. Russell ’75 Frederick Berry ’75 Rosemary H. (Scott) Sport ’76 Eugene Bivins ’76 William Walsh ’76 Robin L. Gross ’76 Stephen Moylan Wistar ’77 Karen Stram ’78 Betty Lee Bennett Eberhart ’80 Kaylynn Marguerite Conley ’83 Dr. James W. Agna, former College physician Sam Bachtell, friend Conrad Balliet, friend James “Jim” Cain, friend Richard Carpenter, former faculty Neil Edward Dawson, friend Beulah Dean, former staff Dr. Charles Scott Hosket, DVM, friend Dr. Donald Howard Keats, former faculty Dr. Marvin “Marv” R. Lamborg, former faculty John E. McChesney, former faculty Marjory Nelson, former faculty Megan Rion, friend Eileen Ronshem, former faculty Marie Louise Toon, former staff Buck Truitt, friend Leon A. “Lee” Whitney, friend James “Jimmy” H. Williams Jr., former Dean THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 51
Class Notes ly aired TV program “Enviro Close-Up with Karl Grossman.” He is the author of six books and in the midst of writing a seventh. He was inspired to go into journalism by an Antioch Co-op at the Cleveland Press.
Mark I. Harrison ’57 was elected to the Board of Counselors of Equal Justice Works, a Washington, D.C.based nonprofit organization. He also recently received the Emeritus Board Inductee Award as the First Board Chair of Teach for America Phoenix (1994-96). Mr. Harrison is a past President of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.
Karen (Webber) Mulhauser ’65 celebrated 50 years of marriage with Fritz in August. Two of her siblings also married in ’68 so family and friends had a September 150th anniversary party in Groton, MA, where they grew up. As President of the Antioch College Alumni Association, Karen met with Boston-area alums while in Massachusetts and helped jumpstart a chapter, as well as take good ideas from Reunion to strengthen the DC-area chapter.
The Performance, a book by Bennett Kremen ’60, has just been published and is now available at Amazon. com. It’s a dramatic story which delves into the deepest fears and joys of our troubled times. Virginia Schulman ’60 and Joel Schulman ’64 have moved from Northampton, MA, to 232 Main St., Apt 3-B, Port Washington, NY 11040. Phone is 516-3219917, email at email@example.com. High hopes for the new Big A. Hope to hear from you. Vicki Lupton Rugg ’61 (Sallie Rugg) lost her beloved husband of six years, Bob Rugg, suddenly to a cerebral hemorrhage on June 25. Vicki continues to write poetry; volunteer doing photography at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; and takes Tai Chi, pilates, cardio, and yoga classes at the Y. She also volunteers at the First Unitarian-Universalist church of Richmond safeguarding Abby, an immigrant who has sought sanctuary there with her two children. 52 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
Gretchen (Engle) Schafft ’61
In May 2018, Gretchen (Engle) Schafft ’61 was designated as the honoree of her hometown, Muskegon, MI, to give the “Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities.” She was asked to speak about “the other” and the need for inclusiveness in building community. She presented a biographical statement and a review of some of the highlights of a career as a social anthropologist, including the seminal role of Antioch College in changing a somewhat distressed teen into a forward-thinking person.
Karl Grossman ’64 is a full professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, founded in 1965 and modeled in part on Antioch (Antioch students were on its planning committee). Grossman continues to practice journalism—with a
career-long emphasis on investigative reporting—as well as teach it. He has received many awards for his journalism. He has been married for 57 years to Janet (Kopp) ’64, retired teacher. They met their first week at Antioch. They have two sons. He hosts the national-
Katya (Nina Sabaroff) Taylor ’66, still lives in Tallahassee, FL, (28 years now!), with her husband Tom, who teaches conflict resolution and leadership classes at FSU, and her daughter (who has her own place), a local architect. Katya is the author of several books, among them Journal Adventure Guidebook, My Haiku Life, Wheel of Belonging (sermons delivered at the local Unitarian church), and most recently Prison Wisdom, Writing with Inmates. She has offered creative writing in Florida prisons for 25 years. The cover painting of a sunflower and butterfly (peeking through the barbwire) was done by a death row pen pal. To see the book and learn more, visit her website at creativeartsandhealing. com. All old friends can find her email contact there as
well. Soon Katya begins a new book project, My Life as a Poet, remembering how her first published poem was in The Antioch Review, circa 1962! May (Kolodny) Benatar ’67 lives in Silver Spring, MD, and is still working as a psychotherapist, albeit part time in private practice. May’s recently written and published a book, Emma and Her Selves: A Memoir of Treatment and a Therapist’s Self-Discovery. Having
moved from NJ where she lived for 35 years to the D.C. metro area to be near children and grandchildren, she was moved to write about the experience of dislocation and identity re-definition for an article published on September 18 in The Washington Post titled, “Relocating and reinventing can still be a big adventure when you’re a senior.” Since 2004, Eileen Nitzberg (Guthrie) Collard ’68 and her husband Danny
have spent half the year in Chapala, Jalisco (MX) and the other half in Minneapolis, MN. What started as their retirement adventure has become two separate lives. In both places, Eileen advocates almost full time for common-sense gun laws. It doesn’t look like she has slowed down very much at all so far. Exit Press will publish One Dyke’s Theater, a collection of plays by Terry Baum ’69, in early 2019. Terry’s
Joan Argetsinger Steitz ’63 Named Lasker Laureate
On September 11, 2018, The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the winners of its 2018 Lasker Awards, which included Dr. Joan Argetsinger Steitz ’63. The 2018 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science was given to Dr. Steitz for her four decades of leadership in biomedical science—exemplified by pioneering discoveries in RNA biology, generous mentorship of budding scientists, and vigorous and passionate support of women in science. Dr. Steitz was recognized by the Antioch Col-
lege Alumni Association with its first Rebecca Rice Award in 1993. Over the last four decades, Steitz pioneered the field of RNA biology and became widely recognized as a passionate advocate for greater inclusion of women in the scientific community. In her research, Steitz discovered that small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) play a central role in splicing, a key step in gene expression. During this process, cells create the RNA templates used to manufacture proteins. A complicated molecular
latest solo play, HICK: A Love Story, The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt, is based on the
machine with a core composed of snRNPs cuts out internal sections of precursor messenger RNAs and reconnects the ends to create the final messages. While carrying out her research, Steitz has dedicated herself to teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science. For 10 years, Steitz led the Jane Coffin Childs Fund, which grants postdoctoral fellowships to early career researchers. In 2005, she co-authored the influential National Academy of Sciences report, “Beyond Bias and Barriers.” Throughout her career, she has tirelessly campaigned for the full inclusion and support of all members of the scientific community and inspired countless women in STEM careers. For 73 years, the Lasker Awards, America’s most prestigious biomedical research awards, have recognized the contributions of leaders who made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of human disease. Recipients of the Lasker Medical Research Awards are selected by a distinguished international jury chaired by Joseph L. Goldstein, recipient of the 1985 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Eighty-seven Lasker laureates have received the Nobel Prize, including 40 in the last three decades. Widely regarded as America’s top biomedical research prize, the Lasker Awards carry an honorarium of $250,000 for each category. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 53
Class Notes Orff’s radical and dynamic music education pedagogy. Doug is in his 44th year at The San Francisco School teaching kids from threeyear-olds to 8th grade. He has given Orff courses and trainings in 46 countries around the world, published 10 books on the subject, and recently released a CD Boom Chick a Boom: Jazz for Children of All Ages with his group Doug Goodkin & the Pentatonics.
great First Lady’s 2,336 (yes!) letters to Hickok, the most famous woman journalist of her day. HICK won awards at the NY Fringe Festival and has toured the U.S. Interested in bringing a concert reading to your town? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www. liliththeater.com. Gary Wishniewsky ’69, retired from teaching Finance, Marketing, and Strategic Management at Cal State East Bay after 24 years. As Academic Director of the Moscow MBA, he spent 19 years working between Moscow and the Bay Area. As Director of International Programs for the business school, he taught in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, and Brazil. A “citizen of the world,” his international career was catalyzed by his AEA experience in Germany. Peter Ernest (Akiva) Wharton ’70 married Lisa Ann Green in March 2018 in Huntington, NY. Akiva is a physician assistant at a private medical practice in Smithtown, NY, and is also a professional percussionist, drumming teacher, and composer. Idris Ackamoor ’73 continued an intergalactic musical odyssey with Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids on a global tour announcing their acclaimed new album on Strut Records, An Angel Fell, in October and November 2018 in the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, and other locations. A concept album for the 21st Century, it is celebrated as the #2 Album of the Year by 54 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
Paul Ogden ’73 has written a memoir, My Life of Language. Paul was likely the first deaf student enrolled at Antioch College, a time when there were no support services such as interpreting or note-taking services. The book goes into great detail about his five years at Antioch.
Several Antiochians who did AEA in France (some in 1966–67 and others in 1967–68) met in Bescancon for a reunion in September 2017. They were joined by French friends they met while attending university. From left to right, front row: Josette LeBrec Martin (with husband Mike), Bernard Vieille ’74 and Micki (Behrend) Vieille ’70, Glenn Mahnken ’69 (with wife Marilyn); back row: Bill Firestone ’69, Glen Johnson ’70, Tim Mabee ’69 (with wife Linda). Not shown, photographer Susan Hale Firestone ’70. Unable to join this time: Susan Carpenter ’69, Kris Parnicky ’69, Helen Welford ’69, John Reis ’70. the influential The Quietus magazine. For further information and/or additional bookings please contact: email@example.com or call 415-292-1850.
Doug Goodkin ’73 recently received a Lifetime Distinguished Service Award from the American Orff Schulwerk Association, the official organization promoting Carl
Michael Quint ’73 left New York and daily journalism at The New York Times and Bloomberg in the rear view mirror and moved to upcountry Maui. He spends more time thinking about projects than doing them, but finds that life is good with his wife Eva, year-round gardening, lots of books, and travel. 1082 Kehau Place, Makawao, HI 96768 After Antioch, Hugh Stelson ’74 attended medical school at USC with a residency in Los Angeles, then spent 33 years as a rural family physician in Seaside, OR. Retired in 2015 to golf, garden, travel, and enjoy life with spouse Yvonne. Strife, conflict, and intolerance at Antioch left a bitter taste, so he has had little to do with it personally since, but he is paying attention due to the
Human Rights Award Given to Karen Mulhauser ’65 Karen (Webber) Mulhauser ’65 received the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award from the UN Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) in December. The award is presented to strong advocates of eliminating discrimination against women and girls around the world, and who have made significant contributions for greater gender equality through increasing economic opportunity and development, promoting human rights, and supporting peace and security. In her remarks about the award, Mulhauser stated: “There are many threads that make up the warp and woof of the fabric of my life. I’d like to speak about just two of these threads that address these two questions. First, my commitment to work for gender equity locally, nationally and internationally and second, my background in science. Yes, science. Both of my parents were scientists and I graduated from Antioch College with a biology degree and a commitment to do medical research. I dropped out of graduate school when I realized I’d rather work with people than with rats. My transition to the rest of my life was in the late ’60s when I taught high school chemistry and physics and the students came to me asking for advice about their sexuality and contraception. “I then realized I would change paths and work for reproductive rights and justice. I have trained family planning professionals, counseled hundreds of women and girls with unintended pregnancies and have
Karen Mulhauser ’65 (Right) with Perdita Huston.
worked on abortion rights as the Executive Director of NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League, in the ’70s and as the President of the local Planned Parenthood. This all led to the broader gender equity work that helps define who I am today—unless women have the right to decide when or if they have children, they cannot avail themselves of economic and education opportunities available to those humans who do not become pregnant. It’s that simple.” Mulhauser established Mulhauser and Associates in 1988 as a small, progressive, management and public affairs consulting firm. She has served on over 35 nonprofit boards and has organized electoral activities during every election cycle since the 1970s. In 1990, Mulhauser started Consult-
ing Women and continues to manage the active, professional listserv of 1,000 D.C. area self-employed women. She helped start the Women’s Information Network (WIN) in 1989 to make Washington, D.C. not only more welcoming in general for young, pro-choice, Democratic women, but to serve as a community where women can help other women. In its spotlight on Mulhauser, the UNANCA notes that her endeavors are all part of the movement that gained momentum with the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago. “One of the document’s chief proponents, Eleanor Roosevelt, believed that ‘nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’ Ms. Mulhauser has embodied this spirit, sharing both Eleanor Roosevelt’s and Perdita Huston’s conviction for those ideals.” THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 55
Class Notes potential value of Antioch’s very existence. He misses his chess and card-playingfriends from the dorm!
to Hunger, an anti-hunger advocacy organization focused on policy work to protect and strengthen the social safety net and access to nutritious food, where she is running their bequest giving program. She has taken up bridge—as a way to challenge her Literature major brain—and golf, the most challenging sport yet. She and her husband have five grown children and are waiting (and waiting) for grandchildren.
Stephen Rosenbaum ’74 is a Visiting Researcher Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society and teaches social justice and professional skills courses at Berkeley Law. He has practiced immigration and disability rights law with various legal services offices. In 2018-19, he is leading a team helping to strengthen law student community teaching and externships in Myanmar/Burma, in partnership with MyJustice, funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council. Barbara Esbin ’75 returned to work at the Federal Communications Commission in late November 2017 after a nine-year hiatus. She has assumed the position of Deputy Bureau Chief in the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, overseeing its “Governmental Affairs” portfolio, which includes relations with state and local government officials and government-to-government relations with federally-recognized Indian Tribes. While she is no longer on the Antioch College Alumni Board, Barbara keeps up with its goings-on through the D.C. Antioch Chapter. Chris Finan ’76 has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship as executive director. NCAC is a coalition of 55 national non-profits that opposes all forms of censorship. His latest book is Drunks: The Story of Alcoholism and 56 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
Lauren Hassol McGillicuddy ’77 received a Master of Science in Ethics and Public Policy from Suffolk University in September of 2017. She continues to think and write about issues of work and distributive justice from her home in Malden, MA.
Peter Blaze Corcoran ’72
Peter Blaze Corcoran ’72 is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has been a Faculty Member at College of the Atlantic, Swarthmore College, and Bates College and has held appointments as a Visiting Professor at universities in Australia, the Netherlands, Fiji, Malaysia, and Kenya. In his retirement, he continues to consult in sustainability in higher education and holds a variety of posts, including Research Fellow at University for Peace in Costa Rica.
the Birth of Recovery (he got sober in 1985). Chris lives in Brooklyn, NY, and frequently hangs out with Mike Shenefelt ’75, Spencer Rumsey ’76, and Joel Hariton ’76.
Amy Sherman Smith ’76 retired from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and was fully retired for a full six weeks before accepting a part-time gig at MAZON: A Jewish Response
Mark Higbee ’83 has lived in Ypsilanti, MI, since 1994 where his roots have grown deep with friends and work and so much more. He moved there with his wife Kate Levin ’82 (married in 1986) when he accepted a job at Eastern Michigan University where he still works teaching American History. Their twin sons are now 20. Life is amazing and joyful, even as the world’s grief grows immensely. Peter Metzler ’85 has been living and working in the Lower Hudson River Valley just north of NYC for the past 25+ years. He teaches high school Art & Humanities, and is a union representative and budding organizer. Married to Kathryn for 16+ years, with two beautiful mutts Shanti & Shola. He’s learning how to chop wood, carry water, make a tea
bowl. He always welcomes renewing contacts, communication, and visits.
collages, and other arts and crafts. firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.
In November of 2018 Christina Springer ’87 published her book, Splooge Factory, inspired by her time spent as a fill-in receptionist at a massage parlor in Pittsburgh. Her work has previously been published in a wide variety of poetry journals, and Springer holds the honor of being the longest-reigning Pittsburgh Poetry Slam Champion.
Ricardo Muñiz ’89, owner of Chulo Underwear, held a party and fashion show during New York Fashion Week in September to raise money for Hurricane Maria survivors on Puerto Rico.
Sunshine Judy Hotchkiss Leistman ’89 is struggling with her disabilities, however she has two wonderful aides to help her out. She finally got a computer again and has reconnected with many of her friends from Antioch, high school, and others. She is also working on a number of projects, including using the computer for various causes and activist activities,
Four Weeks to Wellness, a workbook that includes a curriculum for a four-week resiliency program that can be implemented in high schools and colleges. Nova Ren Suma ’97 published her new young adult fiction novel, A Room Away from the Wolves, in September 2018.
In October, John Sims ’90 presented a listening session of his new project, The AfroDixieRemixes, at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco attended by a crowd of local Antiochians.
In July 2018, C amas Davis ’98 published Killing It, a memoir of her unexpected journey to become a successful and enlightened butcher.
Jessica Gifford ’95 lives in Northampton, MA, with her partner Nicole. Jessica is a social worker and has spent most of her career in college settings designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to help students build resiliency and improve their mental health. Jessica has recently published
Ryan (Wall) Goldberg ’00 will celebrate her 12th year as a public defender with The Legal Aid Society of New York City this coming February 2019. Since 2013, she’s been the Brooklyn staff attorney for the Exploitation Intervention Project, the Society’s anti-human trafficking ini-
tiative. In this position, Ryan represents Legal Aid clients with cases pending in the Brooklyn Human Trafficking Intervention Court, part of a state-wide system. While those cases are predominately prostitution charges, she also carries a felony caseload of cases where issues of sexual exploitation are present and works on post-conviction vacature motions. She presents on issues of sex trafficking, criminalization of sex work, and best practices for working with these populations. At home, she’s partner to Alejandro and mom to twin seven-year-old boys and a three-year-old daughter. Nicholas Peterson ’00 is entering his eighth year at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he is Director of Marketing. In the fall of 2017, he joined the faculty of the Arts Administration grad-
Industry Honor for Julia Reichert ’77 Yellow Springs resident and filmmaker Julia Reichert ’77 received the International Documentary Association’s 2018 Career Achievement Award in Los Angeles in December. Past honoree s include Walter Cronkite, Ken Burns, Barbara Kopple, and Bill Moyers. Reichert’s nearly 50-year career includes an Emmy win and three Academy Award nominations. Reichert says documentary storytelling can help educate and bring people together. “Whether it’s auto workers losing their jobs, parents fighting for the lives of their children because they have cancer, labor, labor unions, and so forth, we try to develop a deeper understanding, empathy, and compassion,” she says, “and I think there is
less and less of that in the public discourse these days and even in, perhaps, our lives.” Reichert’s films, co-directed with Jim Klein ’72, and later with Steven Bognar, include 2010’s The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, documenting the final days at General Motors’ Moraine Assembly plant, now home to Fuyao Glass America’s factory. Reichert also previously worked at WYSO and was a longtime professor at Wright State University. While at WYSO, Reichert hosted a radio program called “The Single Girl,” which was one of the first feminist radio programs in the US. Her first film, Growing Up Female, from 1971, began as a senior project at Antioch College. In 2011, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018 57
Class Notes uate program at Boston University where he teaches Marketing and Audience Development in the Arts. He also joined the Board of StageSource, the Greater Boston and New England advocacy service organization for non-profit theater companies and artists. Rebecca (Kyle) Van Wyck ’00 (AKA Beck) found a diamond in a gold mine in 2005. Now feeding and clothing two elementary school-aged humans. Still hanging in the last frontier. If you visit, she’ll put smoked fish in your mouth and discuss research to address health disparities. Leah Vinitsky-Gorodinsky ’00 received her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2004 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Shortly after, she moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she began her career practicing veterinary medicine. Most recently she’s been on staff at Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital as a small animal veterinarian since 2016. Leah married Edward in 2009 and they have two children, a dog, and a cat. Leah’s practice philosophy focuses on holistic and client-centered care. She welcomes any local Antiochians to come by with their four-legged friends and visit her at the clinic! Liz Flyntz ’02 recently moved back to Baltimore from NYC to pursue a romance. The book she co-wrote and edited about the time capsule works of the media art and architecture group Ant Farm, titled The Present is the Form 58 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
Anna YancoPapa ’08
Anna Yanco-Papa ’08 was named Managing Director of Development of Somerville, MA, based nonprofit Parenting Journey. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the organization’s fundraising efforts, cultivating deep and meaningful opportunities for donors, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of Parenting Journey’s mission.
of All Life: The Time Capsules of Ant Farm and LST, is available from Amazon and contains images of the Antioch Art Building! Currently, she is working on Epicurean Endocrinology, an art project investigating endocrine disruptors in the food system. She works for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In June 2018 Ashley Briscoe ’03 and Peter Poire-Odegard ’03 opened Roots Roasting, a roastery and coffee shop, in Saint Paul, MN. Roots Roasting donates five percent of profits to the struggle to end modern slavery in the coffee industry in Brazil. Tiffini (Gorman) Simoneaux ’03 serves as the Early Childhood Manager in office of Mayor William Peduto. In her role she works to increase access to high quality early learning experiences to all young children in Pittsburgh. Prior to her current position she worked in the early child-
hood field as an Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Program Coordinator, and Center Director for many years. She credits Antioch for igniting her passion for early childhood education during her Co-ops and fieldwork experiences. She was named one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 for 2018 and was also recently appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to the statewide Early Learning Council. She married her wife Meghan in 2015 and they live happily together with their dogs and a little black cat. Dayna Ingram ’08 lives in northern Kentucky with her law-student wife, their teen son, and nine rescued animals. She is a case manager by day, a speculative fiction writer by night, and a short distance runner on the weekends. Her latest book, All Good Children, was named one of 2016’s Best Books by both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Indie Reviews, and was a
finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award. Chelsea Carpentier ’16 is an assistant manager at the Wellness Center at Antioch College, and secretary at Yellow Springs Chiropractic. She has completed two certification programs, (RYT 200 Yoga Teacher and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner) and is looking to launch a business using this new skill set. Gabe Iglesia ’16 joined the U.S. Foreign Service! Since graduating, Gabe has worked for the U.S. Department of State in the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi, the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA, and the Bureau of Consular Affairs in D.C. In July 2018, Gabe was appointed as a Foreign Service Office Management Specialist in the 148th Foreign Service Specialist Class. Gabe’s first diplomatic assignment is the U.S. embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2018 to 2020. After graduating in June, Julia Dwight ’18 often finds herself looking back as she progresses toward her future career as a Physician Assistant. The focus of her senior project, “Creating a Mentoring Culture on Campus: Early Developmental Mentoring for Persistence and Completion,” is still highly influential as she applies to programs advertising student-centered teaching and mentoring. Scan the QR code to learn more about Antioch’s mentoring culture on campus and the powerful results of her senior project.
Crossword Across 1 He keeps you accountable, to your last breath 9 Barely get by (out)
By Jeanne Kay ’10
10 Latin burden 11 It keeps you off the hook as you conduct your business
12 Every Antioch grad crosses it eventually
13 Middle-Earth baddie 15 Charlotte’s Web author White
17 The most uncool 21 Freud’s the Ego and the ____
22 To carry, in Madrid 24 Anton Chekhov or Che Guevara’s first profession
26 Alumni Chapter led by AB President K. Mulhauser ’65
27 A caterpillar to a butterfly
30 Switzerland, when you watch the Olympics 31 Washer counterpart 32 Dorm behind the old student Union which was burned down by YSFD in the mid ’00s 33 Fa, Sol, ____ Down 1 Glen namesake 2 Duffy’s HQ 3 If you edited it, it was probably your best co-op 4 Shared Governance Body
5 A real _____ au chocolat should be light and airy 6 Legendary Antioch journalism prof. Filemyr; or author Patchett 7 Shocking feature of Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe 8 Initials of the institution whose 10 year anniversary is commemorated in this issue of the Antiochian
19 Number of weeks in an Antioch quarter, currently.
25 Since the Reopening, one of the green prides of campus
20 Where the Revolution will not be found, according to G.S. Heron
27 Transatlantic romance, in Millennial parlance.
23 Shared Governance Body
29 What the Herndon Gallery showcases on the first two floors of South Hall
24 Building which current students call “the world’s largest lawn ornament”, soon to be renovated.
28 Pastrami on____
14 Psychiatrist Laing 16 Its kitchen is famous for its kale, its rooms for their spaciousness 18 End of Ramadan
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Inflatable By Scott Sanders College Archivist
Antioch and Antiochians did much experimenting with alternative architectures in the early 1970s. The deconstuctionist Southcoast group (also known as Ant Farm) built a radical new Art Building for the College in 1972, and many will recall the geodesic dome erected by Torin Swarthout ’72 on Front Campus during that time. A two day visit by R. Buckminster Fuller in April 1972 undoubtedly gave rise to this atmosphere. In addition, Professor of Environmental Architecture Jerry Sirlin’s course in “soft” architecture produced a number of oddly shaped, air supported structures seen about the grounds. This photo, taken for The Antioch Record by Ryck B. Lent ’75, depicts an art-as-architecture inflatable behind the Science and Engineering Buildings reminiscent of a bouncy castle or perhaps a Hershey’s Kiss. 60 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL, 2018
ALL ALUMN ARE INVITE I D
Come home to Antioch College for Reunion 2019, July 11–14 Year after year, Antioch’s alumni return to Reunion. Many do so annually. Antiochians are drawn back to Yellow Springs by something. Look at the faces of alumni at Reunion: animated, engaged, thoroughly alive. Pay attention, and you’ll see something in their expressions that looks an awful lot like joy. All alumni are invited plus special gatherings including the Class of 1969 50th Anniversary and a Maples Alumni Reunion. Make your plans to return, and watch for details and early-bird registration. antiochcollege.edu/reunion
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On the Up Bounce In the past year, The Antioch Review honored the legendary editor, Gordon Lish, with a special issue, “Love and Kisses; Lust and Wishes” (Spring 2018). We concluded the issue with Lish’s “For Jeromé With Love and Kisses.” In between are stories by Sheila Kohler and Maureen McCoy, essays by Don Lago (about theatre at UCLA) and Jeffrey Meyers (about “loss” in literature) and a look at how Mark Strand ’57 (an Antioch College graduate and one time Poet Laureate) merged the world of poetry with his own collages that were shown in a New York gallery. During the 1990s, The Review was devoted to new writers who caught our attention “on the up bounce” (to use Arnold Gingrich’s phrase to describe what he thought a literary magazine should
be grasping for), like Edith Pearlman and Aimee Bender. Today, we continue to highlight new authors. Our Summer 2018 issue, “Departure Gate: Alzheimer’s,” featured unknown writer Mandy Thomas from Australia whose piece “Departure Gate” detailed the painful loss of her mother to dementia. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are growing and fatal diseases that affect fifty million patients. At the moment there is no cure. Thomas’ essay is vivid and beautifully written. Our upcoming Fall 2018 issue that will publish in late January 2019 features translations of the early work of Henrich Böll, the 1972 Nobel Laureate in literature. The Antioch Review, Robert S. Fogarty, Editor Visit review.antiochcollege.edu to purchase or subscribe to The Antioch Review.
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