Own Your EducatÄąon
New curriculum, new power The Antioch Nine return Before #MeToo: the SOPP Antiochians on the march
Making Dreams a Reality New Generations Scholarship Program
Since Al and Donna Denman established the first of these annual need-based scholarships, 13 additional New Generations Scholarships were created by the following individuals to support deserving students in their Antioch adventure: Anonymous
William C. Newman ’72
The Family of Susan Boren ’70 in memory of Joseph G. Stansfield ’47
Laurence Pearl ’55
James Spangler ’74 and Megan Trolander
David and Julie Gribbin in memory of Matthew Walker Gribbin ’07
Ilse Tebbetts ’54
Frances Horowitz ’54 in memory of Melvin Landsberg Joseph ’47 and Sarah Marcum Karen McClennen ’69 George Seifert ’52 Endowed Scholarship
Frank Shooster ’77 in honor of Al Denman
Keith ’68 and Susan ’69 Tornheim in memory of Katy Tornheim ’43 Daniel Weiss ’75 Helen L. Wheeler ’69 Paula Wolk ’67
Scholarships can make the dream of an Antioch
College education a reality for talented and deserving students. To create a New Generations Scholarship, support one of Antioch’s other existing scholarships, or to create your own named scholarship, please contact the Office of Advancement at 937-767-2341 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Precious Jewel Freeman Graham Scholarship
Honoring More than Fifty Years of Exceptional Dedication Many people over the years helped to make the Antioch we know and love. Jewel Graham was one who had an indelible imprint. Jewel saw higher education as a way to level the playing field, and she set the gold standard for student/faculty engagement. To honor and remember Jewel and the contributions she made, her family has established the Precious Jewel Freeman Graham Scholarship and warmly invite others whose lives were touched by Jewel to contribute. The scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to fairness, inclusion, and excellence in their work.
Janet Wheeler Fund for the Arts
Honoring a Legacy of Generosity and Appreciation for the Arts Before her passing, Janet “Jamie” Wheeler ’59 made a transformative legacy gift, creating a strong foundation and springboard for the arts to flourish at the newly independent Antioch College. The Janet Wheeler Fund for the Arts will help to ensure Antioch’s ability to attract high-caliber arts faculty, and to provide a rich array of visual arts programs and opportunities for students and the wider community of Yellow Springs.
Antiochian SPRING 2018
Welcome to a new kind of Antiochian magazine!
We are most grateful to Jandos Rothstein ’86 for volunteering his talent and time to envision and pro duce this new design for The Antiochian which we thin k reflects both Antioch’s history and forward progre ss.
Building our own community and daring to dream great dreams.
Tamika D. Mallory (third from right) with students at the annual Coretta Scott King Commemoration.
2 From the College President 3 From the Alumni Board 5 The Stoop Musings from campus and beyond, a national dialogue on incarceration, faculty news, celebrating Coretta, more. 16 The Mound Class of ’18 profiles 18 Postcards From Co-op 26 On the March 28 Antiochiana 50 In Memoriam 52 Class Notes
32 Own Your Education 40 Generations of Change 46 The Return of The Antioch Nine 20 Alumni Spotlight
Douglas Dale ’76, Michael Hambouz ’99, Steven Oliver ’90 and Jonathan Hammer ’90, Renata Schwebel ’53
From the President
Despite the long, cold, and wet winter, no moss has grown under our effort to create a new kind of American college. Since the last issue of The Antiochian and through the unstinting work of many here and across the country, I am delighted to report: • “Own Your Education” has been developed and adopted as the value statement (see page 38) for prospective students, clarifying our distinctive space as the school that offers the most agency (and responsibility) to students to co-author their learning and partner in the governance of their College. • Our dedicated faculty has completed a landmark redesign of the curriculum, including a move to all self-design majors and other changes to support students (see page 32). They did this in heroic time, I might add. • A major revision of the academic calendar will provide two, month-long blocks for workshop-style courses, national and regional conferences, and other programs. This calendar provides the same research periods for all faculty and makes space for the development of special offerings by alumni, 2 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
qualified staff and students, and others. • Our communications efforts have begun to show excellent results with articles, videos, op-ed pieces, and countless mentions of the College around the #MeToo movement appearing in The New York Times and elsewhere (see page 40). • Dean of Admissions and External Relations, Gariot Louima, is making important headway in recruiting a fall 2018 class under the “Own Your Education” banner and he is facilitating a complete overhaul of Antioch College’s website. • At the beginning of May, we launched the next phase of the FACT (Framework for Antioch College’s Transition; see page 8) process: a series of working groups that will develop actionable steps toward a sustainable financial model that can support Antioch as a new kind of college. The groups will seek ways to 1) recapture capital, 2) facilitate broad participation and accountability for the “Own Your Education” approach, 3) foster collaborative partnerships that produce new revenue and/or reduce expenses, 4) innovatively deploy underutilized assets, and 5) challenge traditional notions of power
• Designated work groups will facilitate the participatory build out of the (see page 38) “areas of practice” which describe how key Antioch commitments can be more fully realized experientially during a student’s time at the College. There are five areas of practice: 1) environmental sustainability; 2) deliberative democracy, diversity, and social justice; 3) creativity and story; 4) wellbeing; and 5) work (Co-op), world, and resilient community. There are many more “victories” to report, and my emphasis on the positives above is not to suggest that all is close to ideal. We are talking about Antioch College and the real world after all! Our challenges remain significant and our missteps are not infrequent. However, our resolve is to work through problems by seeking solutions and staying focused on our unique vision, because Antioch College matters in the world more than ever. Two recent books confirm we are on the right track and well ahead in creating a new kind of American college: The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux by Cathy Davidson, and New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World— and How to Make It Work for You by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms. Each in its own way makes a compelling case for why a new kind of American college is an urgent necessity, and each describes attributes and values—innovative, experientially-based, participatory, student-directed, and willing to share power—that are essential to success at such an endeavor. Perhaps it won’t surprise you then that the model we are developing at Antioch is new education and new power combined. But then Antioch has been a workin-progress for 168 years. Your participation and support are vital to our present and future. Thank you for what you do, and I look forward to keeping you updated. Tom Manley President, Antioch College
SPENCER GLAZER ’17
New Education + New Power = A New Kind of American College
and governance by deconstructing (dissolving) the idea of administration; and
From the Alumni Board
A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF ANTIOCH COLLEGE
I’ve been reflecting on why Antioch Matters to me. I am grateful to be on the Antioch College Alumni Board and am honored to have been selected to be President of the Alumni Association. Because Antioch gave me such a good start on the rest of my life, this gives me myriad opportunities to observe first-hand the progress on campus and to give back to Antioch. Giving back is particularly relevant at this time and is a great way to stay engaged with a College that matters to you. I hope you’ve voted for the Alumni Board elections (posted at alumni.antiochcollege.edu). Maybe next year you will want to serve on the Board. Think about it. Here are some ways we can re-engage with Antioch: Come to Reunion 2018, July 12– 15. Last year’s Reunion was one to
remember, and with the opportunity to benefit from results of the post Reunion survey, this year promises to be even better. Reach out to your classmates and organize your own personal reunion on the campus that helped us become who we are today. Details and registration are at antiochcollege.edu/reunion Volunteer Work Project (VWP) is likely to be the most fun way to give back. According to David Vincent ’65, Alumni Board member and a recidivist VWP participant, starting with a Sunday evening Social the week prior to Reunion,
alumni of all ages will work on gardening, farming, sanding, prepping, painting, cutting, fastening, building, cleaning, polishing, preparing, organizing, and more. Fine meals are provided by the alumni volunteer chefs. “Everyone is aglow with satisfaction, as it is truly amazing what many hands can accomplish.” Go to antiochcollege.edu/vwp to learn more. This year at reunion we will announce the first winners of the Winning Victories Grants. I have been reading the 60-plus applications and am inspired by how Antioch prepared us to be caring citizens committed to social justice. Horace would be proud. I just heard that recruitment is up over last year! Gariot Louima, Dean of Admissions and External Relations, has led the effort to create new admissions materials and eagerly welcomes help from alumni. Go to: alumni.antiochcollege.edu and check the “Alumni Recruitment Team” option in your profile. Co-op can always use our help. Alumni can help find interesting paying jobs for current students, welcome students when they come to our area, and offer lodging if they get one of those jobs that are great in every way except salary. Thirteen students from the new Antioch have stayed in my home. Chapters and affinity groups are forming and growing to help with recruitment, Co-op, and stimulating interest in all these ways to give back. And oh yes, of course we can give financially—as we sure did with the successful Million Dollar March Match. Antioch Matters! Karen Mulhauser ’65 President, Alumni Association email@example.com
President Tom Manley
Atis Folkmanis ’62 Robert Hollister ’66 Jay W. Lorsch ’55 Maureen A. Lynch Tom Manley Sharon Merriman ’55 Matthew Morgan ’99 Karen Mulhauser ’65 Mohammad Saeed Rahman Emily Steinmetz Stacey Wirrig ’98
Editorial Collective Jeanne Kay ’10 Susanne Hashim James L. Lippincott Christine Reedy Design & Production Jandos Rothstein ’86 Editorial Contributors Forest Bright Steven Duffy ’77 Robert S. Fogarty Alana Guth ’18 Michael Hambouz ’99 Fred Kraus Jim Malarkey Karen Mulhauser ’65 Scott Sanders Elijah Snow-Rackley ’20 Soleil Sykes ’18 Jennifer Wenker Noah Yasgur ’19 Ben Zitsman ’20
Honorary Trustees Kay Drey Leo Drey ’39 (deceased) Terry O. Herndon ’57 Frances Degen Horowitz ’54 Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 Joyce Idema ’57 Lee Morgan ’66
Photography Beth Bridgeman Forest Bright Odette Chavez-Mayo ’18 Dennie Eagleson ’71 Shea Evans Alana Guth ’18 Jeanne Kay ’10 Kim Landsbergen James Lippincott Ramone Ritzhaupt ’20 Marcell Vanarsdale ’18 (Antioch Creative Collective) Jennifer Wenker Spencer Glazer ’17 Board Of Trustees Barbara Winslow ’68—Chair Malte Von Matthiessen ’66– Vice Chair David Goodman ’69–Secretary Edward Richard ’59–Treasurer Sharen Swartz Neuhardt– Officer Shadia Alvarez ’96 Shelby Chestnut ’05 Leressa Crockett ’73 John K. Jacobs Jr. ’76
Alumni Association Board Of Directors Karen Mulhauser ’65—President Craig Johnson ’91— Vice President Stan Morse ’65—Secretary Aimee Maruyama ’96— Vice President for Development Phillip Brigham ’97— Parliamentarian James A. Hobart ’58— Immediate Past-President Nathan Bowles ’73 Nivia Quinones Butler ’88 Michael Cassselli ’87 Rick Daily ’68 Robin Peppers Daniel ’87 Laura Ann Ellison ’89 Claryce Evans ’59 Gordon Fellman ’57 Karen Foreit ’67 Seth Gordon ’00 Charlotte Boyd Hallam ’60 Sandy (Alexander) Macnab ’65 Jack Matthews ’15 Jilana Ordman ’98 David Scott ’72 Penny Storm ’65 Joan Straumanis ’57 David Vincent ’65 Judith Greenwald Voet ’63
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Arts and Science Building, late afternoon 4 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
TheStoop LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY Graduate schools where new alumni have been admitted George Washington University School of Law American University The New School Miami University Chatham University Ohio State University Cambridge University
“I continue to benefit from being an Antiochian,
as demonstrated by the continuing support of my work in Congress by Karen Mulhauser ’65, and now Ben Zitsman ’20, the next Antioch generation. Ben is currently bringing whiz-kid computer expertise to my campaign for reelection to the House of Representatives.”
—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 Read Ben Zitsman’s Postcard From Co-op on page 18
94% of students achieved target score or better on the Oral Proficiency Interview
Co-op placements in 33 countries (since reopening)
FARM HARVEST 5,100 pounds of produce harvested valued at $23,600 (Jan-Dec 2017)
More than $100 million IN GIFTS AND COMMITMENTS RAISED SINCE RE-OPENING.
Get Connected Launched last fall, a vastly improved alumni website allows you to manage and update your information, locate classmates and other Antiochians, share your own story and photos, and much more.
Sign in today: alumni.antiochcollege.edu
Alumni Stories on “The Antioch Word”
Listen to this studentproduced WYSO podcast featuring alumni “stories of change” online: wyso.org/programs/ antioch-word
2018 You’re invited to COLLOQUIA, June 20–22, a series featuring senior capstone project presentations and culminating networking events to help springboard our seniors into their next opportunities after graduation.
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82% employed or in grad school within 6 months of graduating (Class of 2017)
WYSO General Manager Receives Innovator Award
Neenah Ellis was presented with The 2017 USA Madison Hodges Innovator Award for Public Media Advancement, which is given to forward-thinking media professionals and institutional leaders. Ellis has drawn on her deep and diverse experience to creative approaches for turning a college station into one of the most important cultural forces in the community. Ellis has enhanced WYSO’s tradition of community involvement with bold new innovative outreach and initiatives.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Installation, Michael Casselli ’87, was invited to teach for the third time at the School of the Alternative (formerly Black Mountain School). His course, “Inflatocookbook: The Ant Farm and Alternative Architectural Practice,” examined the experimental media collective’s work and their shift into creating inflatable architecture as an extension of their practice. And, Caselli’s video documentation of the set design and performance work for the production “Tight, Right, White” by Reza Abdoh (1963–1995) was part of the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh. Check it out in June at PS1/M.O.M.A. in New York and at The KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Farm Visit Featured in National Conference
Photo: Alumni Kijin Higashibaba ’16 and Scott Buechler ’72 with Scary Balance in Raleigh, NC on April 2, 2018.
Scary Balance Hi, it’s us, Scary Balance. We’re a band. We’ve described our music as “increasingly punk,” “gentle punk,” “remotely punk,” “twee punk,” “country,” and “queer anarcho-Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.” We’re tied for first place as the best band at Antioch (Lori and Pringle share the gold medal). We started as a Misfits cover band for a Halloween show in 2016. The following spring we started playing as a full two guitar, one bass, two drums, one cymbal, four vocals band. We’ve had a lot of fun and recorded some 6 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
songs and played a lot of shows since. We just got home from our first tour. We went to nine different states and one district (of Columbia). We ate some really good tuna in Ithaca, tacos in Amherst, pizza in Brooklyn, ramen in Boston, lemons in Maryland, Waffle House in North Carolina, burgers at the Arthur Morgan School, and Taco Bell in Chattanooga. We skateboarded as much as we could and made a lot of sweet friends. Find us on Bandcamp, Facebook, and Instagram, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference was held in Cincinnati, OH, this year and included a field trip to the Antioch College Farm for more than 30 attendees on Friday, April 27. Farm Manager Kat Christen, Food Service Coordinator Isaac DeLamatre ’07, and current student Angelina Rodriguez ’18 explained sustainability coordination between the Farm and Kitchens, ethical costs of food for students dining on campus, “Ohio food” grown and served by the seasons, the energy footprint of the Antioch campus, and ways the Farm is used in coursework.
Science Saturdays a Success Fully funded by generous donations on Giving Tuesday last November, the Science Saturdays program, led by Joseph Lennox, visiting assistant professor of Organic Chemistry, has provided handson experiential learning to K-12 students in sessions taught by current Antioch students. Children participating in the free monthly science camps had the chance to try biomedical science, forensic science, physics, and environmental science projects.
“In September 1968 I learned that I hated seeing people locked up in cages. I still do.” contains essays written over the course of the last 45 years. There are essays about his student years, politics, family life, and some of his notable court cases. Newman makes it clear that the foundation for his future endeavors was laid right here at Antioch College. Find the book that Noam Chomsky calls “enlightening, inspiring, and often shocking” at levellerspress.com And listen to Bill as a guest last year on WYSO’s Book Nook: tinyurl.com/y953w6og OTT KING C A SC EN ETT
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This sentence summarizes the first Co-op experience of Bill Newman ’72—working in the New York City criminal courts— and opens his book, Life on the Co-op Plan: Lessons from a 167-Year-Old Start-Up. Newman has been an ACLU lawyer for many decades and is the author and voice of the Civil Liberties Minute podcast, a newspaper columnist, and a talk radio show host. Life on the Co-op Plan, with foreword by President Tom Manley,
LLE G E YELL O W
Freedom to Vote
Checkmate The Olive Kettering Library (OKL) is a hub of community life. And on Wednesday evenings you’re likely to encounter the Chess Club. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to drop in to watch, play, or participate in a tournament. OKL Director Kevin Mulhall (with his nearly encyclopedic
knowledge of chess history) is there to provide individual assistance to each player accompanied by endless fun facts. “It’s a very relaxed environment, and discussion is encouraged,” explains Jonas Robin ’21. “Chess can be really rewarding when you are invested in it.”
On Sunday, September 23, 2018, in anticipation of the national midterm elections, the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom at Antioch College will host an afternoon of speeches by luminaries such as the Rev. William Barber (to be confirmed), student activists, and others. The event, to be held on campus, is aimed at encouraging voter registration and electoral participation, will feature live music and welcome community organizations, churches, educational institutions, and the wider public from Southwestern Ohio.
On February 20, 2018, John Dewey Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, and Editor of The Antioch Review Robert Fogarty and College Archivist Scott Sanders, were both elected Fellows of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Learn more: www.antiochcollege.edu/ mhs2018 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 7
Faculty Members Receive SOCHE Honors
Commemorating AASI Founded in 1968, the Afro-American Studies Institute (AASI) was a student-run college-within-the-college through which a group of Black students received funding to retain scholars who provided lectures over several years. The lectures were taped and presented to Black students for discussion led by AASI members and the scholars.
Recently, 60 reel-to-reel tapes of AASI lectures and discussions were discovered. Bill Brower ’70 and Maceo Cofield ’71 have been working with Professor Kevin McGruder to digitize the tapes. A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of AASI will be held on July 13 during Reunion 2018 and will include selections from the recordings
Just the FACTs You may have heard about FACT (the Framework for Antioch College’s Transition)... or maybe not. Either way, you may wonder, “What is FACT?” Launched in August 2016 after the College gained accreditation, FACT is a process of assessing and leveraging the core strengths of the College, discovering and creating opportunities for innovation. In short, being an even better Antioch College. And, importantly, it is a community effort involving students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Notably, comments and ideas presented by students repeatedly throughout the process spoke to the idea of agency; they came to Antioch because they wanted to have au8 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
thorship in their educational experience. FACT has informed the thinking on campus in many ways, and has produced numerous tangible outcomes included transdisciplinary and experiential courses, COLLOQUIA (see page 5), the new curriculum and calendar (see page 32), and the vision for Antioch@175 to name just a few examples. Incidentally, the College has received an $80,000 grant from The Endeavor Foundation to provide support for continued development of initiatives arising from the FACT process. Learn more about FACT and Antioch@175 at antiochcollege.edu/175
Six Antioch College faculty members have received the SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education) Faculty Excellence Awards for 2017–2018 in Teaching, Research, and Service. Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Kim Landsbergen and Assistant Professor of Political Economy Sean Payne have been selected for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Assistant Professor of Media Arts Kelly Gallagher and Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Flavia Sancier-Barbosa for the Excellence in Research Award, and Instructors of Cooperative Education Beth Bridgeman and Brooke Bryan for the Excellence in Service Award. In August, faculty, staff, students, and alumni were asked to make nominations. The Faculty Excellence Awards Committee, comprised of last year’s award winners Emily Steinmetz, Charles Fairbanks, Louise Smith, and Michael Casselli, were charged with the difficult work of reviewing applications and selecting winners from among our extremely dedicated, active, and accomplished faculty.
First-Destination Survey Results
of graduates reported that they were “Very satisfied” or “Satisfied” with what they are doing after graduation.
of respondents felt they had a meaningful and relevant experience at Antioch College.
of respondents cited that alumni supported them in some way during their undergraduate experience at Antioch. (FIRST-DESTINATION SURVEY)
Participants in the first Yoga Teacher Training course (including students, alumni, and members of the local community) were all smiles as they reached the halfway milestone on their journey to becoming certified yoga instructors. Read about this new curricular tie to Antiochâ€™s Wellness Center: antiochcollege.edu/yoga2018
Planet Earth is a Little Better
Earth Day was marked across campus this year through a variety of happenings large and small. Among them, Farm Manager Kat Christen and student Farm staff provided an educational soils and compost activity for the Native Plant Swap at Glen Helen; Professor Kim Landsbergenâ€™s Botany students, grounds staff, and community meeting volunteers planted five good-sized native trees near Weston and Pennell (sugar maple, redbud, and dogwood); and the film Atomic Homeland was shown which documents the dumping of nuclear waste in St. Louis.
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hours by Volunteer Work Project between July 2017 & March 2018. antiochcollege.edu/volunteer
WYSO began broadcasting with 19 watts of power on February 8, 1958, as a student-run station on the campus of Antioch College. The station’s reach continues to grow, expanding in 2016 by 54%—more than half a million listeners—when they moved their antennas to a taller tower. Listen to WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis and Music Director Niki Dakota talk about the station’s history: tinyurl.com/y8vvpkb5
Community Governance Evolves Last year, Community Council (ComCil) created ComCil B: a new body to focus on designing a new community governance structure. ComCil continues to concentrate on policy and community issues, such as revisions to the Racial Discrimination Prevention Policy, while ComCil B allows the students, staff, and faculty on the committee to concentrate on exploring the possibilities for greater shared governance. ComCil B was created last year when Perin Ellsworth-Heller ’17 spent time assessing governance and found that Antioch’s values around shared governance weren’t aligned with 10 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
practice. The possibilities for change were so wide-ranging that Meli Osanya ’18 proposed a separate group be formed, an approach endorsed by the President and Trustees that resulted in ComCil B. ComCil B’s work is on around the principles of “Collect, Create, Commit:” collect ideas and options for a new governance structure, create the governance structure, and commit to the structure through community outreach and education. Bylaws for the new proposed structure are in process. If you have any questions, ideas, comments, or concerns, reach out to ComCil B at email@example.com.
“Art/Science Collaborations: New Explorations of Ecological Systems, Values, and their Feedbacks,” co-authored by Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Kim Landsbergen, appeared in the April 2018 issue of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. She also recently participated in an AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) webinar titled, “Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a Sustainable Future.”
Philosopher’s Round Table
On April 27, Kristin Andrews ’93, associate professor of Philosophy at York University, visited campus as part of the Philosopher’s Round Table series organized by Antioch Professor of Philosophy Lew Cassidy. Open to the larger community, Andrews lead a discussion on the topic of “Why chimpanzees are persons and not things.” Learn about Kristin’s research: kristin-andrews.weebly.com
Reaching for the STARS
Antioch has received national recognition for sustainability! Learn more: antiochcollege.edu/ashe2018
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4/21/18 San Francisco, CA: DIV Day by the Bay! Bay Area alumni met for a full day of events, such as folk dancing, a presentation by Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell ’71, performances by alumni, a Q&A with College staff, and of course, DIV dance!
11/19/17 Chicago, IL: Alumni attended the “Edward Hines National Forest” Art Exhibition and Panel at Hyde Park Art Center with Antioch Faculty Kim Landsbergen.
4/22/18 Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Alumni Chapter Meeting with David Benson ’92, “Transforming Teaching Practices in SE Asia (Vietnam) and in US Higher Education—The Influence of Lessons Learned from an Education at Antioch College.”
7/23/17 Chicago, IL Antiochians Summer Gathering—Chicago Alumni Board members invited alumni to share drinks and updates from Reunion at the Rooftop Lounge of the Godfrey Hotel. 7/26/17 Ann Arbor, MI Pop Up Antioch! Ann Arbor: The Antioch Alumni Relations Team drove to Ann Arbor to share drinks, hors d’oeuvres and campus news with our Michigan alumni.
tions team drove to Buffalo with current students to meet with local alumni at a downtown café. 8/24/17 Brookline, MA Pop Up Antioch! Boston: The alumni relations team and current students answered the questions of the Boston area alumni chapter at the home of Barbara Schram ’55.
8/20/17 Santa Fe, NM Antiochians Summer Gathering organized by Darrell Dawson ’62, Basia Miller ’59, and Ruth Halcomb ’59
10/24/17 Washington, DC: North Korea and the US: Troubled Relations: President Tom Manley and the Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter invited DC area alumni to a conversation with Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun and Dr. Janne E. Nolan ’74
8/23/17 Buffalo, NY, Pop Up Antioch! Buffalo: The alumni rela-
11/5/17 Philadelphia, PA: Alumni Chapter Meeting organized by
4/25/18 Dayton, OH: 2nd CSKC Legacy Luncheon, Dayton, OH—local alumni and community partners had lunch at the Dayton Racquet Club to honor 2018 Legacy Award Recipient Tamika D. Mallory in an event sponsored by Dave and Elaine Chappelle.
Nora Newcombe ’72 and Jeff Lerner ’72. 11/5/17 Chicago, IL: The Chapter invited local alumni to a sneak preview of screening of “Uncanny Terrain: Farmers Fight Fukushima Nuclear Fallout Documentary Series” by Koziarski ” by Ed Koziarski ’97 and Junko Kajino. 2/5/18 Seattle, WA: President Manley joined alumni at Trattoria Cuoco for an informal gathering and college update. 3/11/18 Wellesley, MA: Meet Antioch Co-op Students in Boston! Nancy Cooper ’81 and Bruce Meltzer ’79 welcomed Boston area alumni at their Wellesley home to meet with Antioch co-op students.
“Follow the North Star” at Boston MFA: Antioch College alumna Estrellita Karsh ’52 and President Tom Manley gave alumni a private tour of Yousuf Karsh’s exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
5/2/18 Sarasota, FL: Antioch College Alumni Mixer, Sarasota, FL—Trustee Emeritus Lee Morgan ’66 and Vice President for Advancement Susanne Hashim welcome alumni for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a College update.
3/15/18 Washington, DC: DC Area alumni joined President Manley, the Antioch College Board of Trustees and the Alumni Board for a Q&A and gathering at the Brookland Busboys and Poets 3/15/18 New York, NY: Upper West Side Antiochians joined Eric Miller ’81 and Jeanne Kay ’10 for an update from the Office of Advancement at the home of Robin Rice ’64 4/13/18 Decatur, GA: First Atlanta Area Chapter Meeting at Twain’s in Decatur, GA. organized by Mackenzie Bristow ’01 5/9/18 Brooklyn, NY: A Gathering with Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall ’92 and President Tom Manley
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In 2017, Black people accounted for 14.2% of Ohio’s population...
...but represent 53% of its life-sentence-serving prison population.
Students engage in collaborative research and exhibition By Christine Reedy A national traveling multimedia exhibition and coordinated public dialogue to exploring the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States, States of Incarceration made its first stop in Ohio at Antioch’s Herndon Gallery this spring. Opening on March 29, the exhibition will serve as host to a broad range of public discussions, panels, screenings, and interactive dialogues organized with partnering justice/social justice organizations to explore the histories, human impacts, policies, and prejudices that have led the United States to our current state of mass incarceration. Antioch Anthropology students partnered with a growing coalition of over 700 university students and formerly incarcerated individuals from 30 communities to create the traveling exhibition, which launched in New York City in April 2016. Students in Assistant Professor of Anthropology Emily Steinmetz’s course and women at Dayton Correctional Institution collaborated to explore life sentencing in Ohio. Steinmetz has also been coordinator of the Books-to-Prisoners project on campus. The Project sends books, zines,
Professor Steinmetz and students present research on life sentencing in Ohio. 12 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
and composition notebooks to incarcerated people across the United States. Incarcerated people write letters asking for certain reading materials and volunteers try to meet their requests with an extensive zine library, donated books, and composition notebooks. The Project works with the local community to collect and sort book donations in the Project library. States of Incarceration is a project of Humanities Action Lab—a collaboration between Antioch College and 29 other schools—working with issue-based organizations and public spaces to foster new public dialogue on contested social issues through public humanities projects that explore the diverse local histories and current realities of shared global concerns. Among the events planned concurrently with the exhibition was a panel discussion, “How Much Time is Enough?” including academics, representatives from the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, members of the Parole Board, and community members who have experienced parole. (View a recording of the discussion at vimeo.com/268590142) This national arts and humanities project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, Whiting Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Local funding support was generously provided to Antioch College by Lloyd Family Fund for Peace Studies and World Law in order to support student-faculty research and to bring this exhibition and critical dialogue to the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College. The exhibit culminates the first week of June in conjunction with the Second Annual Restorative Justice Symposium presented by Antioch College and the Community Empowerment Organization, a Yellow Springs nonprofit. Learn more about States of Incarceration at statesofincarceration.org, and listen to interviews on The Antioch Word podcast: Professors Forest Bright and Emily Steinmetz tinyurl.com/ya5z387g Artist Aimee Wissman and Odette Chavez-Mayo ’18 tinyurl.com/ybobknax
Nonprofit Leadership Experience
Pete Tridish ’92 and his Co-op employee Tom Amrheim ’20 meet with the course participants during a test case session to help visualize the kinds of things the ANLICA can accomplish. By Alana Guth ’18 When I saw The Nonprofit Leadership class offered for Winter Quarter, I knew I had to sign up. All four of my Co-ops have been with nonprofit organizations, and after completing my final Co-op over the summer, I realized my long-term goal is to run a nonprofit. This class aligned perfectly with my post-Antioch goals! Rather than a lecture-style class about how to run a nonprofit, our professor, Richard Kranice— Dean of Cooperative, Experiential, and International Education and Associate Professor of Cooperative Education—wanted to do things differently. In line with our new curriculum and its emphasis on owning your education, we were tasked with setting up our own organization, the Antioch Nonprofit Leadership Institute for Community Action (ANLICA). The goal is to connect and align local nonprofits and interested members of the community. During that first class meeting, I admit that we were a little skeptical of Rick’s ambitions. But, as we approached the end of the class, I can say that I am excited about the future of the organization. It was certainly a great learning experience. One thing I learned was the importance of a strategic plan. Having goals for one’s
organization, both short-term and longterm, and taking the time to expand on the intricacies of each goal, allows for better insight into the mission and vision of an organization and how these work together. We also had many conversations about organizational development including how to create a board for ANLICA. An outcome of the class that I think is really exciting was a proposal developed by Angel Nalubega ’18 and AJ Fouts ’18 for a Community Action Curricular Focus. So many Antiochians want to be leaders and changemakers, and this focus will give people the resources to hone their skills and obtain an academic focus in community action. The focus will provide both introductory classes, as well as classes with a focus on self-guided action-oriented projects for students who have more experience. This makes the focus appealing and attainable to a wider audience. Our work in this first offering of this course was primarily to establish the groundwork for ANLICA. Future classes will continue to build the organization. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish with our Antioch community. Learn more about ANLICA on The Antioch Word podcast: tinyurl.com/yb92wrcq THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 13
The Got Tenure? Three professors will join the small but growing ranks of tenured faculty at the newly independent Antioch College effective July 1, 2018. They will be joining professors David Kammler (2015), Richard Kraince (2016), and Lewis Trelawny-Cassity (2017). squash, and beans that are intertwined to take advantage of the complementary characteristics of the plants. During the summer quarter I’ll be teaching History 233, U.S. Women’s History, tailoring it to fit the 5-week summer quarter structure.
What classes are you teaching and planning for? I am currently teaching a course on Comparative Ethics which I’m excited about since it’s the first time I’ve taught ethics at Antioch, and I hope to teach a course on Death in the near future.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Antioch? Delivering the Commencement Address in 2017. I appreciated being selected, and the speech gave me an opportunity to share a few ideas with the graduating students who I had an opportunity to get to know well and see them grow academically and personally during their time at Antioch.
What is your favorite place on campus? Campus has so many nice hidden spaces, maybe students should show me the secrets, but I like my office. The Blum Room is also nice and I’ve heard there’s a meditation space somewhere.
Louise Smith ’77
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY
What are you currently working on, besides teaching? I’m continuing to seek opportunities to promote the paperback edition of my book, Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890–1920. I am completing the research, and well along in writing a draft of my next book project, a biography of Philip A. Payton, one of the key black real estate brokers in Race and Real Estate and I’ve begun research on an article looking at the backgrounds of the founders of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. What classes are you teaching and planning for? I’m currently teaching History 110, “Ohio Stories: Farm Edition” collaborating with Antioch farm manager Kat Christen to look at the U.S. History through the lens of Ohio farm history; Kat has reserved an area of the farm where we are following the Native American farming practice of planting the “three sisters:” corn, 14 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
What is your favorite memory from your time at Antioch? My favorite memories of Antioch are of students, in meetings and in classes. There are great people here.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PERFORMANCE
What are you currently working on, besides teaching? I recently had an artists’ residency at Hypatia-in-the-Woods in western Washington. It is a solitary writer’s retreat for women. I worked on the start of a new play about women and how we are socialized to help, assist, facilitate, sacrifice, and serve. I am also finishing up an almost decade-long project called Dorothy Lane, a solo work about a therapist working in Dayton seeing 35 clients in the field. I plan on performing this piece at Antioch in Summer or Fall 2018.
Lara Mitias ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY
What are you currently working on, besides teaching? I just received acceptance to the National Endowment for the Humanities summer program on Buddhist East Asia: the interplay of arts, politics, and religion.
What classes are you teaching next/ what classes would you like to teach? Right now I am teaching Rehearsal and Production and Styles of Live Art. We have been inspired by the writings of Louise Erdrich (Future Home of the Living God), Caryl Churchill (Love and Information), and Suzan Lori Parks (Book of Grace). Students
Coretta’s Enduring Legacy
are writing scenes and monologues based on improvisations as well as literary sources. It promises to be a piece of performative speculative fiction. This summer, I’ll be teaching Voice and Speech. I love teaching this class as it connects me to another passion of mine: contemplative pedagogy and mindfulness. We work from Kristen Linklater’s system of Freeing the Natural Voice.
With more than 200 people in attendance, the sold-out Second Annual Coretta Scott King Legacy Luncheon was a resounding success. On April 25, community members from across the Dayton region gathered at the Dayton Racquet Club to honor the legacy of Coretta Scott King ’51 and to recognize local and national trailblazers for their commitment to social justice. Generous sponsors, including Presenting Sponsors Dave and Elaine Chappelle, contributed to the success of the celebration. Antioch College’s own Kevin McGruder, assistant professor of History, received one of three Justice Awards for his work in the Yellows Springs commu-
corded, Mallory gave remarks upon receiving her award. The outspoken activist reminded luncheon attendees that Coretta Scott King was “a warrior and a fighter” and quoted her, saying, “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” Mallory went on to caution attendees that action must include sacrifice to secure justice. “There is no one else who is responsible for this moment,” Mallory stated. “We are there now.” The following day, at the annual on-campus commemoration for Coretta Scott King, Ms. Mallory also gave the keynote address in the Curl Gym, focusing on the generational fight against rac-
nity. Amaha Sellassie and Lela Klein ’02 were jointly recognized with a Justice Award for starting the Gem City Market, a full-service, worker- and community-owned co-op grocery store in the middle of Dayton’s largest food desert. The final Justice Award was awarded to Shondale Atkinson-Dorise, the founder and CEO of The Mustard Seed Foundation. The Foundation seeks to empower and help teens, youth, and families to reach their highest potential. The 2018 Legacy Award went to nationally recognized social activist and co-founder of the Women’s March, Tamika D. Mallory. As local news outlets re-
ism, the need to organize, and the spirit and legacy of Coretta Scott King. At the event, the Coretta Scott King Award, which is annually awarded to a student who has shown commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion on our campus, was given to Alyssa Navarrette ’19. The third recipient of the award, Navarrette was recognized for her work as the resident assistant of the People of Color Hall and her leadership of La Raza, among other accomplishments. An outcome of FACT, these annual celebrations are part of a continuing effort to expand the awareness, and impact, of the Coretta Scott King Center.
What is your favorite place on campus? The Foundry Theater—Worman Room. It is light and clean and invites the body to move around and relax. I can feel the love of the alumni in every plank of wood they laid from the old gym floor and the decades of acting classes where people found their voices in that room. What is your favorite memory from your time at Antioch? My memories are layered over my time as a student, my time as a teacher in the old Antioch, and the re-opening—I was dean of community life. Memories resonate and reassemble anew as I walk the landscape. There is no singular event. A time that was special to me was when I played Ariel in The Tempest at the amphitheater with Downing Cless directing. Another memory is working with Meredith Dallas in his Gestalt theater class on family. Both experiences were formative.
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Class of 2018 Student Profiles
Senior project: Working title: The Effects of Uropathogenic E. coli on Premature Infant Gut Flora: Necrotizing Enterocolitis What’s next? Working my way to becoming a nurse, so you know, going to nursing school. Most memorable Co-op moment? My first Co-op, going on long walks with the sled dogs. I miss the peace and tranquility. Favorite class? A tie between Cell & Molecular Biology and Storytelling.
Michelle Fujii Hometown: Kyotanabe, Kyoto Major: Self-Design Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Ecology, Culture, and Politics with language foci in Spanish and Japanese Senior project: Combination of field work in Buenos Aires, Argentina about people working to increase urban green spaces and research on anthropological and philosophical thought on ecology and our place in it. What’s next? Working in New York or DC and applying to law school! 16 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Most memorable Co-op moment? Meeting Mr. Moriguchi at Nagasaki University, and hearing about his experience of WWII Japan and the atomic-bomb attack and his activism in Japan and the United States. Favorite spot on campus? Anywhere in the Olive Kettering Library! Would you do it all over again with the new curriculum? Yes! Self-designed major all the way!
Isabelle Segadelli Hometown: Rockville, MD Major: Biomedical Science
Would you do it all over again with the new curriculum? Only if time travel existed because of the thought of spending another four years here as a student... but otherwise sure I would give it a try.
Marcell Vanarsdale Hometown: Park Forest, IL Major: Self Design: Experiential Communications through Organizational Leadership Senior project: Creating an LLC inspired by the Antioch Creative Collective I co-founded earlier this year. What’s next? With my newly formed LLC I plan to provide Event Coordination services and Digital Marketing for businesses.
year. I am currently interested in a degree in Nonprofit Management or continuing my education in Psychology. Best Antioch experience? First year Just Dance parties in the fourth floor common room has to be one of my favorites. Don’t worry, we (mostly) respected quiet hours! Also going on the Civil Rights tour for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Most memorable Co-op moment? The end of my final Co-op in Osaka, Japan, I addressed the staff in a ‘goodbye’ speech in fluid Japanese for about seven minutes straight! Had it all memorized! Favorite class? Political Economy of the City with Professor Sean Payne.
Favorite spot on campus? The fire pit. The best bonding moments happen there.
Best Antioch experience? Reunion 2017 was great. It felt comforting being connected with so many alumni. Favorite class? Psychology: Myth/Culture.
Would you do it all over again with the new curriculum? Yes. I love the idea of being able to own-your-education through a self-design major. I think my major would have focused on what it means to be an Antiochian… How do our values hold across decades? Why is the culture on campus the way it is?
Favorite spot on campus? Media Suites in the Arts and Science Building.
Angel Nalubega Hometown: Piscataway, NJ/Andover, MA Major: History Senior project: I am doing my senior project on Faith-Based Community Organizing and the War on Drugs and I’m specifically doing a case study on a Catholic church in Chicago called The Faith Community of Saint Sabina that does both direct service and community advocacy.
Hometown: Woodhaven, MI
Alana Guth Hometown: Waterford, MI Major: Psychology with a language focus in Spanish Senior project: The Psychology of Giving. What’s next? I am taking this upcoming year as an extended co-op, and using it to continue learning about my interests and passions. This will help me decide what programs I would like to look into when I apply to graduate school for the following
Major: Political Economy Senior Project: A historical view of land use and zoning policies in the Village over the last 50–60 years; focusing on the development of the greenbelt and rigid municipal boundaries. What’s next? Going straight into the job market, hopefully doing work around housing opportunity and equality. Best Antioch Experience? Becoming ComCil Treasurer! I gained a lot of leadership experience and confidence in my skill set and knowledge.
What’s next? I will be working at St. James School, an alternative Episcopal middle school in Philadelphia, PA, for one year as a co-teacher in the subjects of Social Studies and Religion. Best Antioch experience? My first Antioch Reunion where I got to hang out with both past and present Antiochians and kicked butt on the dance floor. Most memorable Co-op moment? When a criminal defense case I worked on during my third Co-op was won and I got to get a big hug and handshake from the client. I felt like I made a big difference. Favorite class? It’s between Postcolonial Theory with Jeanne Kay and Women Write the Erotic with Mary Ann Davis. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 17
Noah Yasgur ’19 building a solar panel roof while Co-oping at the Solar Living Institute in northern California in winter 2018.
C-SPAN Dreams By Ben Zitsman ’20
I watched C-SPAN as a kid. I did the other kid stuff, of course—played soccer and collected Pokémon cards and went to the movies with my friends. But I watched C-SPAN, too, and I can’t think of anything else that commanded such rapt attention. I know this sounds a little ridiculous. I feel a little ridiculous writing it. But there was something alchemical about it: if you were willing to wade through the dull procedural votes, through the hours of testimony about sorghum farming in Iowa and the structural integrity of certain bridges, you could see something truly remarkable. You could see people arguing passionately with one another and, as a result of their words, making the country materially better. Or worse. This, through only the strength of their convictions and their ability to give voice to them. Words became policy, became action. 18 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Ben Zitsman ’20 and Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC And, watching C-SPAN, I came to realize no one had clearer convictions, or a stronger voice, than Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60. Watching the Congresswoman obstinately refuse to yield the floor, saying what other representatives didn’t dare say, it scarcely seemed to matter that she wasn’t afforded a vote in Congress. (Though—don’t get me wrong—even at 14 I understood this to be a
cut-and-dry outrage.) She had purpose. She had keen moral vision, and she clearly had a voice. She had much to say, the courage to say it and, in her 434 peers in the House, a captive audience. “Man,” I’d think. “If I ever work in politics, this is the kind of person I want to work for.” And then, 13 years later, the funniest thing happened.
Soleil Sykes ’18
I’m telling you because, the next time you wonder what happened to Antioch— you know, to the Antioch you went to—I have an answer for you. Nothing. Antioch remains what, I gather, it’s always been. It remains a school that, through the pluck, tenacity, and profound generosity of its community members, can make remarkable things happen. Here I am, after all: employed by a childhood hero, on the Coop of my dreams: living, working proof.
Tinier Than Yellow Springs
SOLEIL SYKES PHOTO COURTESY JULIA DONNELLY
By Noah Yasgur ’19
Antioch happened. Thanks to this peculiar little school in the heart of southwest Ohio—thanks, specifically, to its unparalleled Co-op program—I found myself in Washington, D.C. in January of this year, working for a communications firm and living in the guest room of Karen Mulhauser ’65. One night in March, I attended an Antioch College dinner on her suggestion and there I met—who else?— the Congresswoman herself. We spoke. I told her of my past experience working on U.S. Congressional campaigns across Ohio, and told her about watching her on C-SPAN as a kid. To which she said the damnedest thing: a response so felicitous, a response that cleaved so closely to those fantasies we all entertain about our futures before drifting off to sleep, it seemed almost hilarious to me. “I’ve been looking for some help,” she told me. It seemed hilarious, but it was no joke. Here I now am, sitting at Karen Mulhauser’s dining room table at 11:30 pm, eating mixed nuts and typing up drafts of fundraising emails for my employer, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. I’m writing this now because I want you to know, at this crucial time in Antioch’s history, that it’s responsible for this. Without Coop, without the generosity and enthusiasm of Antioch’s alumni community, I’d never have landed this job.
My Co-op this past winter quarter was spent in Redwood-forested northern California. I lived and worked in the town of Hopland in Mendocino County. With a population of under 800, I could feel the difference between a small town (Yellow Springs) and a really small town. With no car and minimal access to infrequent public transit, I had the blessing and the curse of being stuck where I was. Although this intimidated me at first, I gradually settled into a work/life/relaxation balance that felt comfortable, quite the rarity thus far during my erratic Antioch career. My position at the Solar Living Institute was appropriately called “Intern.” They have an established internship program which has employed Antiochians in the past. While I was there, the number of participants (including me) fluctuated anywhere from three to five people. As we all lived together, worked together, and shared a communal kitchen space, the cohort got pretty close. We laughed, we argued, and definitely got to know each other. We did the oddest of jobs. There were a lot of firsts for me as well. I walked among Redwoods of such enormity that made anything happening below seem insignificant. I got to learn some theory and practice about solar panel installation, taking a complimentary 40-hour workshop and jumping in on a roof installation with a nonprofit called Grid Alternatives. I have learned from experiences on Co-op what I definitely want to continue pursuing and
what I don’t; there’s valuable knowledge to both. But luckily for me, this was a path I would love to continue post-Antioch!.
À Bruxelles! By Soleil Sykes ’18 Co-op has been a fantastic component of my Antioch education. For my fifth Co-op, I wanted to pursue a dream opportunity for a Political Economy major interested in transatlantic affairs and defense issues: working at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Through the State Department’s internship program, I interned with the Political Section of the U.S. Mission to NATO for 10 weeks, after representing Antioch as a member of the inaugural Global Liberal Arts Alliance delegation to the 2017 Athens Democracy Forum. Every day, I had the opportunity to see diplomats and leaders from around the world cooperating to achieve peace, prosperity, and security. My tasks ranged from attending and reporting out on committee meetings, drafting cables, controlling two visits to NATO, and supporting public affairs and other events, such as the Defense Ministerial. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work was getting to see collaboration between the State and Defense Department. The working relationship and support among the Mission staff made for a wonderful working environment and helped me settle into living on my own in Brussels. Brussels is lovely. It reminded me in many ways of a European DC, with better waffles and superb chocolate. The opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful, historic country was truly a dream. I practiced my French and based my language capstone about Belgium’s role as the battlefield of Europe on the experiences and insights I gained during Co-op. One of the interesting things I discovered during my travels in Belgium was that many towns outside of Brussels, such as Tongeren, Antwerp, and Bruges, are predominantly Flemish-speaking. Getting stuck on a country train platform after dark produced some interesting linguistic gymnastics and a great Thanksgiving story. I’ll save it for a Reunion. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 19
AlumniSpotlight Cuisine Unique For forty years, Wolfdale’s has been delighting diners at Lake Tahoe with it’s unique style of East-West cuisine. While the influence of Japan is palpable, less obvious is the significance of Yellow Springs, Ohio. For one thing, the unique stoneware on which much of Wolfdale’s food is presented was handmade in Yellow Springs by potter Michael Jones. And the chef behind the cuisine is one of Jones’ former students from his time as artist-in-residence at Antioch College. Douglas Dale ’76 grew up in Buffalo, NY where his father was a vaudeville entertainer at The Club Sheridan where Douglas was first exposed to the restaurant industry as a teenager. An article in National Geographic about the way accomplished artisans in Japan are honored as Mukei Bunkazai (National Living Treasures), led Dale to Antioch in part because of the Antioch Education Abroad (AEA) program. And also because, as Dale recalls, “On a visit to the campus both the Arts Department building and the student spirit was more impressive than any other school I had visited.” Among Dale’s memorable Antioch experiences was a Co-op at KQED San Francisco with the Newsroom staff. “It was during the Zebra murders and the Patty Hearst kidnapping. It was an amazing time to be there.” Encouraged by his ceramic instructor Karen Shirley ’61, Dale embarked on his AEA to Japan in 1974 and 1975 where he found an apprenticeship with potter Funaki Sensei of Izumo. It was there that he learned about Oshojin Ryori: Buddhist “Purification Food.” He says, “By pure, miraculous luck, I’d happened upon something that would inspire me for the rest of my life.” Upon returning from Japan, Dale says he experienced severe reverse culture shock. One remedy was found in building a tea house on campus with professor Harold Wright and other students. He found solace there, spending time trying 20 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Chef Douglas Dale ’76
Antioch clay studio,1974
to “comprehend what I had learned at Mineji,” and also performing casual tea ceremonies for guests, including the president and his parents at graduation. After graduating from Antioch with a double major in ceramics and Japanese studies, Dale apprenticed in Boston under one of the first “celebrity chefs,” Hiroshi Hayashi at the bustling Seventh Inn Restaurant. Chef Hayashi was a master chef teaching culinary discipline, technique, and how to be a leader as a chef in your community. In 1978, Chef Dale opened the original
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Wolfdale’s in Homewood, CA, on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. His intention was to stay only long enough to help his family members open a new restaurant. “I was destined for the big city lights of San Francisco or New York,” he says. Dale created the menu concepts which were quite unique for the time, especially in the area. As Chef Roy Choi notes, “Sinatra brought the Rat Pack and prime rib to Tahoe, but Wolfdale’s brought the first real chef-driven food to the north side of the lake.” The isolation of the tiny mountain community allowed him the creative liberty to invent new recipes instead of being influenced by culinary food fads. By 1983, Dale and his wife were the sole owners of Wolfdale’s Restaurant, and they continued to build it into one of the finest and most creative dining experiences in the region. Dale describes his culinary fundamentals as “essentially Asian and European fused with a California spirit. Our menu and wine selection changes frequently to reflect the availability of fresh ingredients and newly released vintages. We are always looking for that inspiring new Michael Jones plate, a new technique, and an unconventional combination,” says Chef Dale. In celebration of Wolfdale’s 40th Anniversary, Dale has published Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique, a cookbook and memoir reflecting on 50 years of experiences. More than a cookbook, it shares stories of culinary inspiration, creativity, and passion. Each of the seven chapters begins with Chef Dale’s personal experiences, followed by signature recipes and accompanied by beautiful photography. He provides a visual timeline of his youth in Buffalo, studying in Yellow Springs and Japan, cooking in Boston, and life and work in Tahoe. “I credit my Antioch education for the experiences and creative inspiration that make Wolfdale’s the renown establishment it is today,” says Dale. “Specifically it was my relationships with professors Karen Shirley, Michael Jones, and gourmet music professor John Ronsheim that gave me the culinary vision I express everyday.” Visit wolfdales.com for cookbook orders and more information.
Springtime Asparagus Soup From Chef Dale’s book, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique. This soup has the bold green colors of spring. For visual flair, before serving at Wolfdale’s, I insert long tempura asparagus spears into the soup bowl and add a drizzle of crème fraîche on the surface. There are many possibilities for creative garnishes. The color is absolutely riveting, so show it off in an appropriate bowl. Food presentation has the same impact as a well-dressed man or woman.
Soup Rough chop the leeks. Sauté them with the garlic and ginger in the olive oil and melted butter until they are soft. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 more minutes. Do not brown. Rough chop the top portion of the asparagus and add them to the sautéing leek mixture. Add the uncooked rice to the leeks and asparagus. Stir over low heat for 5 minutes. Then add 4½ cups of
Recipe makes 6 bowls of 8 oz each Stock 2 quarts water asparagus bottoms 2 bay leaves 2 leeks, green only Soup 3 pounds of asparagus (save the bottom 1/3 for stock and a few tips for garnish) 2 leeks (the white part for the soup and green for the stock) 1 clove garlic, chopped 1/2 tablespoon ginger root, peeled and diced 1 tablespoon olive oil for sauté 1 tablespoon butter for sauté 2 tablespoons white rice uncooked 1/4 bunch parsley, rinsed and chopped 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup heavy cream or cashew cream 1 tablespoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Stock Add together the asparagus bottoms, leek greens, and bay leaves. Place the vegetables in a pot filled with 2 quarts of water. Simmer for 30 minutes
the hot stock, and simmer for 40 minutes. Stir in the parsley, lemon zest, and juice. Let it cool. Purée the whole mixture in a food processor. Strain it all. Add the heavy cream (or cashew cream for a dairy-free soup), and season the finished soup with the salt and pepper to taste. Garnishing Option Blanch the saved asparagus tips. In a small bowl season the tips with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the asparagus tips over the surface of the soup in the serving bowls. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 21
AlumniSpotlight Drank the Water With a long history of figurative narrative portraiture work, New York Citybased Michael Hambouz ’99 is currently known for his unique use of multiple-mediums, multi-dimensional perspectives, layering, and shadows as tools to capture profound experiences and complex information. Hints of familiar shapes peek through radiant hues and kinetic forms to elicit a sense of connectivity when documenting: dreamt narratives involving known and unknown acquaintanc-
The Herndon Gallery at Antioch College Presents Michael Hambouz: Drank the Water A survey exhibition of 2-D and 3-D Paintings, Cut Paper Collage, Sculpture, and Video July 12–September 1, 2018
es and interiors; channeling the energy and spirit of loved ones through experimental method-studies; and capturing overwhelming environments through an empathic lens. His ever-evolving process involves a constant curiosity with new materials and techniques, the implementation of sequential steps and rules, and the desire to dive into unfamiliar territories filled with problems to be solved. The Village of Yellow Springs takes its name from a natural spring located in the nearby Glen Helen Nature Preserve, which is rich in iron ore, leaving a yellowish-orange coloring on the rocks. Legend has it that if you drink from the spring you will always return. In the fall of 1995, Hambouz drank the water as a freshman art student. And true to legend, he will return to his beloved alma mater with an exciting and vibrant exhibition of works spanning over two decades. The artist will donate 30% of all sales towards future art programs at Antioch College. Hambouz has had solo and two-person exhibitions in New York City with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 22 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
chashama/The Durst Organization, Calico Gallery, Kayrock, and The Krasl Art Center in Michigan. He has participated in select group exhibitions at Maya Hayuk’s GROWROOM // SHOWROOM, The National Arts Club, and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society and benefit auctions at Luhring Augustine, Cheim & Read, Bridget Donahue, and Pioneer Works. His work has been featured in Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Vice, Create! Magazine, and Design Milk. Visit michaelhambouz.com for more information.
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Opening Thursday, July 12, 7:30–10:30 pm, Artist Talk at 8:00 pm (during Reunion 2018)
An Antiochian Love Story By Christine Reedy Steven Thurston Oliver ’90 and Jonathan Hammer ’90 knew each other as students—it would have been hard not to. “We ran in different circles,” Oliver explains, “Antioch, then as now, was so small.” But they wouldn’t have guessed that 23 years after graduation, they’d connect again, first on MySpace and later Facebook, and get married on August 5, 2016 in Salem, MA, with Antiochians Ed McKillop ’91 and Wendy Grab ’89 in attendance.
Hammer and Oliver chose to come to Antioch because the College was a fit—for Hammer, the small size and liberal values reminded him of his small, private high school. For Oliver, the spirit of Antioch and Co-op drew him in. After graduation, though, life sent Hammer and Ol-
built his life. “I haven’t been able to find another place that lived up to Antioch where students were allowed to be who they are. I’ve created a life that looks like Antiochian life.” Despite going different ways after graduation, they still had friends and Aniver on different paths. Hammer landed tioch in common. Through social mein Rhode Island, where his previous Codia, they found a shared history helped op work helped prepare him for going them quickly reconnect and build a solout into the world and getting jobs. After id relationship. And, as a couple, the love working in customer service, he’s now between them is evident in the way they an administrative coordinator. Returnspeak about each other. “I value Steve’s ing back to his hometown, New York City, generosity and that he’s quiet—an intelOliver worked for the Board of Educalectual person,” says Hammer. “I apprecition and discovered education was where ate that Jonathan laughs easily and often. his interest was. After earning his MA in We balance each other,” Oliver explains. Leadership and Policy at the University of “He has a huge heart—no one else is more Washington (and working as a grants adthoughtful and considerate.” ministrator for the Pride Foundation) and Currently, outside of their regular a doctorate at NYU in Sociology of Eduwork, Hammer and Oliver also volunteer in their communiSteven Oliver ’90 with Jonathan ty. Hammer supports the HRC Hammer ’90 at their and Oliver has been doing work wedding in 2016. around men of color and college readiness, especially with queer college students of color. “As a gay man and an educator working in higher ed, it is important to be visible,” Oliver asserts. Twenty-eight years from graduation, both Hammer and Oliver still see the benefits of their Antioch education. While both mentioned that sometimes new alumni need time to gain perspective on their years at the College, later on, what was once frustrating can turn out to be valuable lessons. “Ten years into the future, you can meet up and get to see people in a different way,” Oliver says. Staying close to people and understanding that the strength of Antioch is people and relationships is important. Hammer offers some parting advice cation, Oliver started teaching Secondary to new alumni: “Most people graduating and Higher Education at Salem State Unifrom Antioch are all gung ho with vicversity. tories for humanity, but sometimes you Oliver agrees with Hammer that Ancan make change quietly and gently.” Oltioch helped build skills around finding iver adds, “People should go to graduand keeping a job, but it also informed ate school.” and affirmed his beliefs and how he has THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 23
2017 Herndon Gallery solo retrospective exhibition, “Renata Manasse Schwebel | SCULPTURES” featured small and mid-sized abstract works and maquettes spanning decades of artistic practice. During Reunion 2017, Renata sat down for an interview in the WYSO studios with recent Antioch grad, Dustin Mapel ’15.
Seventy Years a Sculptor By Jennifer Wenker It was the thrill of TIG welding that ignited her love for the torch, but first, it was an Antioch professor (and a liberal arts course well outside of her major) that sparked her love “for the direct handling of metal” and led to a 70-year career in sculpting. In 1948, Renata Manasse Schwebel ’53 boarded a train from New York headed to Yellow Springs, OH confident in her decision to study political science 24 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
and economics at Antioch College’s rigorous 5-year program, after turning down a generous offer from Cornell. She was focused and determined about her future. But, that first fall on campus, in her first art class with sculpture professor Amos Mazzolini, she saw the world through a
new lens and that changed everything. “I fell in love with sculpture.” Describing her experience of the Antioch campus and particularities of her first experience in an arts course with Mazzolini, Renata shared, “It was a beautiful autumn, and he had moved all the
Renata Manasse studying TIG welding though The Art Students League following graduation from Antioch College.
equipment from the basement studio to the lawn between his house and art foundry. So we worked underneath a huge spreading pear tree, reaching up to pick the ripe fruit as needed. At half time, Mrs. Mazzolini came out with lemonade and cookies. Not quite the usual class!” It wasn’t any time before she was hooked. “I think I must have averaged twenty hours a week at the foundry throughout my college years.” “(Mazzolini) had a most wonderful foundry, perhaps the finest in the world at the time for art casting. The craftsmanship was unbelievable. He wasn’t exactly planning on having a woman around,” she said, reflecting he’d earlier told her that “women don’t work in the foundry.” But, Renata persisted. And, she didn’t let up. After graduating with a BA from Antioch College, she went on to earn her MFA, with an emphasis on portrait sculpture, from Colum-
bia University in 1961—all the while newly married and raising three daughters. Raising her family necessarily slowed her work, but also helped to clarify it and define who she was. A young woman in the postwar era of 1950s America, and a German-Jewish child refugee herself, Renata was becoming increasingly involved in the progressive political causes of the time. All of these influenced changes in the way she wanted to work and live. “I realized I was concentrating so much on the details, I was missing the totality.” She began taking welding classes 1968– 69 at New York’s Art Students League and loved working with aluminum and stainless steel. It was at this time that her studio work moved from portraiture and figurative sculpture into non-objective, hardedged abstraction, and she was doing all the welding, drilling and heavy construction herself. In her artist biography, she writes, “I love to do my own work. I find that the feel of the material and the handling of tools is as much a part of the joy of sculpture as the originating of ideas.” It wasn’t long before her welded metal constructions completely outsized her studio space, necessitating a move. So, she rented an abandoned laundromat and outfitted it herself with all the heavy equipment capable of creating the large works she envisioned. She was now garnering solo and group exhibitions at the likes of Columbia University, NYC’s Sculpture Center, and large public and corporate and international sculpture park commissions and collections with American Airlines, Comcraft Industries (Nairobi), Gruber Haus (Berlin), Museum of Foreign Art (Bulgaria), and The Broadway Gallery (NYC). And then, last summer, Renata’s work came full circle; She came back home. She arrived on the campus of Antioch College, for the first time in almost 50 years, with her daughter and a rented moving truck chock full of her works, delighted to begin unpacking and begin the work of installing her solo exhibition at the place where it all began. “Antioch,” she smiled, “it set the course for my life.” Editor’s note: After creating this alumni profile, we were saddened to learn of Renata’s passing at age 88 on April 25, 2018. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 25
Antiochians March ON THE
Sam Eagleburger ’19 (center), who drove from Yellow Springs with Spencer Glazer ’17 and Daniel Cox ’19 to stand up to white supremacy in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.
Professor Kim Landsbergen with spouse Dave at the 2017 Science March in Washington, DC. 26 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Students marching on August 12, 2017 against white supremacy in Columbus, OH.
FROM AUSTIN TO BOSTON, ANTIOCHIANS HAVE BEEN TAKING A STAND AND MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD.
Kristin Morton Samples ’92 marched with her family in the Washington, DC, March for Our Lives rally.
Barbara Slaner Winslow ’68 with her daughter Jessie Winslow Frank and grandson Teddy getting ready for March for our Lives in Boston on March 24, 2018.
Marc Mason ’77 marched in Washington, DC, to support Parkland students. Catherine Jordan ’72, Science March, Washington, DC, April 2017
Daria Schaffnit ’94 posted on Facebook, “Representin’ in Frederick, MD,” during the 2017 Women’s March.
Alison Harper Stankrauff ’96 posted on Facebook, “Here’s the Women’s March on South Bend! Thousands represented! SUCH Great Positive Energy!” in January 2017.
Margaret Bellows ’02 participated in the Women’s March in January 2017. “We had about 50,000 in Austin. It was incredible.” THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 27
The Dazzling Vision and Relentless Passion of the Founders By Jim Malarkey An abridged version of the Founders’ Day Address presented in October 2007 and October 2017 by James M. Malarkey, Ph.D. who taught at Antioch College and Antioch University for more than 30 years. I would like to talk about the genius of Antioch’s two major founders whose 28 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
insight and passion have always struck me as exceptional and inspirational: Horace Mann, the first president of the College in the 1850s, and Arthur Morgan who renovated it in the 1920s. Both agreed that an Antioch education should cultivate the whole person, overcome narrow mindedness, and impart skills students need to challenge prevailing attitudes and make a better world. Though we live in a different era, what
lessons, if any, can we draw from their vision, energy, and achievement? At the outset I think that we must agree that leadership matters and so does context. Prior to accepting the Presidency of Antioch College in 1852, Horace Mann observed around him a society rife with corruption, disfigured by slavery, sexism, alcoholism, poverty, and sectari-
an dogmatism. Yet, these ills and injustices were being perpetuated by the very people in power who otherwise feigned to serve the country. To find the truth, claimed Mann: ook into the marts of business, L the halls of government, the framework of social relations. See how avarice overreaches by law, or plunders without law; how fraud rises to wealth on steps made solid by perjuries; how governments are perverted from the welfare of the governed to the selfish ends of the rulers! In the face of such vexing problems and corruption, Mann’s prescription for the future leaders at Antioch College was clear and uncompromising: women would be accepted to the same curriculum as men; Black students would be admitted as well as white; scholarships would support the poor; scientific thinking would be paired with moral values; sectarianism, which
Mann often ridiculed, would be replaced with a universalist ethic. “The Spirit of Love is everywhere the same,” he preached, “and this may be inculcated upon all.” A cornerstone of his Antioch philosophy was “the education of the whole person:” The conscientious cultivation of students’ physical, intellectual, and moral capacities. He frequently argued that deficiency in any one of these three dimensions would undermine a person’s achievement in the other two. Thus the rigors of intellect development and moral education were reinforced by vigorous calisthenics for two hours before dinner! The cultivation of the whole person was not just to nurture students’ narcissism; rather it was to prepare them for a lifetime of devoted leadership and social change. At his final commencement address of 1859, Mann fiercely promoted these life aims for the newly minted graduates: he disabilities of poverty; the pains T of disease; the enervations and folly of fashionable life; the brutishness of appetite, and the demonisms of passion; the crowded vices of cities…; the retinue of calamities that come through ignorance; the physical and moral havoc of war; the woes of intemperance; the wickedness of oppression… the Godlessness…of bigotry—these are the hosts against which a war of extermination is to be waged, and you are to be the warriors. It was from these heights that flew Mann’s immortal finish: “I beseech you to treasure up in you hearts, these my parting words, be ashamed to die until you win some victory for humanity.”
Some 60 years later a young engineer from St. Cloud MN, with scarcely six weeks of a college education, would find himself appointed President of Antioch College. Like Horace Mann eras earlier, Arthur Morgan was disturbed by widespread political corruption, economic inequality, rampant waste, declining community life and the debilitating narrow-mindedness of men in all fields of endeavor. Like Mann, Morgan held the assumption that the main purpose of a college education should be to prepare its graduates to solve the still-young nation’s problems. In response, he designed a holistic liberal arts program that would equip students to become broadly educated, ethically-minded citizens and entrepreneurs. Integral to an Antioch education were emphases on the conscientious search for purpose, the alternation of work and study, interdisciplinary general education, and the development of the whole personal nurtured in a caring learning community. Passionate and persuasive, Morgan traveled the country promoting the College and recruiting faculty and students for its unique program. The campus would be renovated and revitalized. But behind Antioch’s success was the unique mission, idealistic yet practical minded, daring and engaging. In his Thanksgiving address 1924 Morgan expressed it this way: ur dream is of a time when aspiraO tion, enthusiasm, and commitment to fine purpose, developed to the utmost, shall control and use all the energies of life; of a time when aspiration and consecration shall be directed and rigorously disciplined by science, illumined by ripe acquaintance with great minds and spirits, supported by sound physique, prepared for effective work by thorough training, and made acquainted with the world by rich experience. Then we shall dare to dream great dreams, of ourselves and of our world made new, without fear that they may be but mists of the night to vanish when daylight comes. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 29
Antioch students so inspired would shed outworn habits and assumptions as they moved between periods of work and study in an atmosphere of continuous inquiry and application. At Antioch, they would work at building their own community while broadening their horizons by every means possible:
The Antioch College and Yellow Springs communities came together in celebration of Antioch’s 167th year with a potluck dinner and an evening of festivities on Red Square. servatism” by the capacity and desire to discriminate.
I f we can survey the whole cultural inheritance of mankind, select the elements of universality and of most enduring values, and weave them into the texture of our national thought and life, we can forerun a greater and finer civilization than the world has known. Education in America must mean nothing less than this. Morgan was well aware—as should we—of the risks posed by bold idealism when moving too swiftly: he reactionary would keep his T whole inheritance for fear some good might be lost. The radical, one who pulls things up by the roots, would cast it all away because of the 30 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
evil it contains. The problem is never so simple. The good and evil are mixed together and frequently look alike. Only skill, knowledge, discrimination, and wisdom can distinguish them. Liberal education at college should develop ability to replace blind “radicalism” and blind “con-
Arthur Morgan’s smart hires, no less than his wise counsel, would propel the College from obscurity to national prominence. In the years ahead, Antioch would evolve and expand its curriculum as it incorporated new faculty, more diverse students, and a global perspective; the College would also refine the process of community building to involve students at every level. Yet one characteristic perhaps shines throughout all these years: like these two imaginative, bold, and fearless founders, Antiochians ever continue to “dare to dream great dreams, of ourselves and of our world made new,” and dare to win new victories in ever wider fields of endeavor.
Marcell Vanarsdale ’18 and Michelle Fujii ’18 enjoy a day to study under the sun during an unusually snowy spring.
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EDUCATIO Student agency is at the crux of a new transdisciplinary curriculum at Antioch BY JEANNE KAY ’10 ILLUSTRATION BY HANNAH PRISCILLA CRAIG ’17
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ION When Antioch College was granted accreditation in July 2016, it was not just the culmination of years of relentless work by administration and faculty in presenting a strong case for Antiochâ€™s viability to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), it was also a moment of tremendous opportunity. While acquiring accreditation demanded a certain prudence in envisioning a traditional liberal arts curriculum, this key victory enabled us to give free rein to our creativity and reclaim our place at the forefront of innovation in Higher Education. An essential piece of this reinvention is the design of a new curriculum, recently approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, to be fully implemented by Fall 2018. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 33
What we’re trying to offer is a sense for our students that they are empowered as the change-agents that they’d like to be in the world but also as the creators of their education. Antioch has known its share of new curricula over the years, yet a truly distinguishing feature of this curricular iteration lies in the truly bottom-up, collective process through which it was created. “The new
curriculum was built through an intentional collaborative process through a series of workshops,” recounts Instructor of Co-operative Education Luisa Bieri, “there were differences of opinions and a variety
The Antioch College Honor Code states that in order to fulfill our objectives, freedom must be matched by responsibility. In the new curriculum, while students are free to pursue their interests, and to draw from many disciplines and experiences to inform their inquiry, they are responsible for building a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, exposing themselves to differ-
of ideas, but there was an ongoing effort to really listen to each other and to dive deep into what we feel that Antioch needs, what we feel that our students are asking for, and what we think that we can really offer with our passion, talent, and creativity.” Students were active participants in the process as members of the curriculum committee, and the community as a whole was invited to provide feedback at special community meetings during the formative stages of the curriculum redesign. At the heart of the new curriculum is the concept of student agency, developed within the vision of Antioch@175 and the College’s value proposition, Own Your Education, both of which emerged out of the FACT (Framework for Antioch College’s Transition) process. But it is also in line with a long history of student agency at the Col-
ence and adversity, and achieving high standards of academic excellence. And, mentorship—from faculty, staff, Co-op employers, and peers—is key to their education. This transdisciplinary curriculum offers students a journey with signposts along the way, and many paths to travel. Ready for an Antioch adventure? Core Academic Courses
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Antioch Commons Self-desing Building Courses I: introduction to Self-design Major Courses curricular assets, resources in the wider Breadth Courses Yellow Springs ComBeyond the Classroom munity, and learn how toCo-opconnect with them, learn key of Requirements study Completion skills, etc. and Major
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Foreign Language I: Spanish, French, or Japanese (other languages available at SOCHE partner schools)
Introductory-level class in student’s area of interest (Ex. ANTH 105 Introduction to Cultural Core Academic Courses Anthropology)
Dialogue Across Difference: learn to respectfully and productively engage in diffiCore Academic Courses cult conversations Building Courses acrossSelf-desing cultures, experiences, and Self-design Major Courses points of view
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SELF-DESIGN MAJOR COURSE BREADTH COURSES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Core Academic Courses
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Co-op Extracurriculars, Community & Completion of Requirements Major Work:andstudents are introduced to the Antioch community through entry-level work and activities on campus and beyond: Staff Writer for the Record; Volunteer at WYSO; Chess Club player; Queer Center member; Antioch Farm worker; Kitchen staff; desk clerk at the OKL, intern at Community Solutions, etc.
Core Academic Courses Core Academic Courses Core Academic Courses Core Academic Courses Self-desing Building Courses Self-desing Building Courses Core Academic Courses Self-desing Building Courses Core Academic Courses Self-desing Building Courses Self-desing Building Courses Self-design Major Courses Self-design Major Courses Self-desing Building Courses Self-design Major Courses Self-desing Building Courses Self-design Major Courses Self-design Major Courses Breadth Courses Breadth Courses Self-design Major Courses Breadth Courses Self-design Major Courses Breadth Courses Breadth Courses Beyond the Classroom Beyond the Classroom Breadth Courses Beyond the Classroom Breadth Courses Beyond the Classroom Beyond Co-op the Classroom Co-op the Classroom Beyond Co-op Beyond the Classroom Co-op Co-op Completion of Requirements Completion Co-op and Major of Requirements Completion and Major of Requirements Co-op Completion and Major of Requirements Completion and Major of Requirements and Major of Requirements Completion and Major of Requirements Completion and Major
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Foreign Language Self-desing Building Courses III and first OPI Major Courses (Oral Self-design Proficiency Interview) Breadth Courses
Beyond the Classroom Co-op Extracurriculars, Community & Completion of Requirements Major Work:and students are expected to be fully engaged in the life of the community and take more responsibility as they learn to own their education: ComCil elected member; advancement office student worker; curriculum committee student member, Wellness center receptionist, etc.
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of Requirements Co-opCompletion 2: local, outand Major of-state, or abroad
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Race and Ethnicity Studies Seminar
Mid-level classes in Breadth Courses area of student’s Beyond the Classroom major (Ex. PSYC 242: Cognitive PsyCo-op chology; CHEM 205: Completion of Requirements and Major Organic Chemistry) Foreign Self-desing Building Courses Language IV Self-design Major Courses
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Introductorylevel classes in students’ area of interests (Ex: BIO Core Academic Courses 210 Botany; LIT 220: Intro to World Self-desing Building Courses Literature)
ReviseSelf-design degree Major Courses Core Academic Courses plan: how did Courses Co-opBreadth affect/refine Self-desing Building Courses your pathway Beyond the Classroom Self-design Major Courses of inquiry? Co-op
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lege. “Although this curriculum is new, it is very much in alignment with Antioch’s mission, vision and history, and even our student culture over the years,” remarks Bieri. “What we’re trying to offer is a sense for our students that they are empowered as the change-agents that they’d like to be in the world but also as the creators of their education.” Firmly rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, experiential education, and engagement in community, the new curriculum builds on Antioch’s historical strengths of excellence in the classroom, hands-on experiential learning on Co-op and ethical engagement in community while empowering and challenging students to take more responsibility for their learning. The new degree program breaks down barriers between disciplines, requiring all majors to be self-designed by each student through a deliberate, driven, and personal process of investigation and revision throughout their four years on campus. “A self-design major is particularly rigorous in that it requires students to engage in intentional inquiry and problem-based thinking about how to develop the content and skills that will allow them to address the ques-
tions they’re interested in addressing; the beauty is that from the beginning of their Antioch experience students are invited to be full participants in crafting their academic path. The ability to acquire knowledge and method to inform any issue or discipline is an invaluable and transferable set of skills that will set students apart to employers and grad school admission committees,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Collins-Hall. Current students already have had the option to self-design their major within the old curriculum; in fact, “self-design” has been the most popular major at An-
tioch since the re-opening. The new curriculum embraces this practice, adds more intentionality to it, and provides for more structure and guidance for students from the beginning of their time at Antioch. Senior Capstone projects will be the culmination of a thought process that will begin in their first year, when they will write the first draft of their statement of inquiry, which they will then revise in their second year in a Design your Degree class and all the way through to their last term. Academic transcripts will mention the name of students’ self-designed major, their statement of inquiry, and the title of their Capstone proj-
The ability to acquire knowledge and method across the disciplines is an invaluable and transferrable set of skills that will set students apart. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 35
“Own your education” has been at the heart of an Antioch education for a very long time. Other curricular innovations include new mandatory core classes such as “Dialogue Across Differences,” which will teach first-year students to engage in difficult conversations in respectful and effective ways, advanced college writing courses, and “Antioch Commons,” a first-year seminar which will introduce students to the five areas of practice (see page 38) and the curricular assets (WYSO, Glen Helen, the Coretta Scott King Center, the Wellness Center, etc.). The “Antioch Commons” course teaches students about effective engagement with their community through partnerships in Yellow Springs and the wider Miami Valley. It also introduces research methods and other college success skills. These core courses are designed to Core Academic Courses
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Capstone Project Self-design Building Major Courses Self-desing Courses Preparation Breadth Courses Self-design Major Courses seminar Beyond Courses the Classroom Breadth
Diversity Co-op the Seminar: Beyond Classroom Gender & Sexuality Completion of Requirements Co-op and Major Completion of Requirements and Major
Mid to Advanced Classes in areas of student’s major (Ex. PECO 330: Political Economy Core Academic Courses of Race and Class; ENVSSelf-desing 330:Building ConserCourses vation Biology) Self-design Major Courses
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Extracurriculars, Co-op Community, Work: Completion of Requirements and Majorshould students feel comfortable taking positions of leadership on campus, such as: Record Editor; council or committee chair; and to be eligible for skilled jobs in the community: working for Yellow Spring’s Project 365 or writing for the Yellow Springs News, etc.
improve retention and give students a solid academic and practical grounding upon which to build their Antioch education over their four years on campus. Alongside the new curriculum, a new academic calendar will also be inaugurated this Fall. The new calendar better aligns with fellow SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education) colleges and GLCA (Great Lakes College Association) institutions, which will allow for Antioch students to access a far greater set of courses, and open Antioch courses to SOCHE and GLCA students. Alumni will be excited to learn that the new calendar comprises two periods of five-week block courses, in the Winter and Summer, allowing them to participate teaching intensive courses in their field of expertise on a volunteer basis, starting as early at Winter 2018. A process for alumni course development is currently being created. Dean of Admissions Gariot Louima says prospective students for the incoming Class of 2022 have been fully informed of the new curricular developments and have been responding very positively to the news. “There was one case in which a parent worried their son would no longer able to pursue a degree in environmental science, but I spoke to her and explained we still have an extremely strong environmental program, the only difference is that his pathway wouldn’t be a prescriptive one, it would be a self-designed environmental studies pathway that might include elements from other disciplines as a way to strengthen his degree, not weakStudent work in conceptual drawing course taught by Arts at Antioch Chair, Jennifer Wenker, exploring rhizome theory: “Mapping the Self.” The rhizome is a beautiful metaphor in visualizing the interconnected Antioch experiential education and transisciplinary, self-design curriculum.
PHOTO BY JENNIFER WENKER
ect. All students will complete their general education requirements in the key disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences, gain full proficiency in a foreign language, and achieve mastery in college writing. The old curriculum only allocated two credits for each Co-op term, which rewarded the student’s work-study portfolio, not the Co-op job itself. As of September, experiential education will be fully credited again at Antioch College, with each Co-op term counting for 12 full academic credits toward the 180 needed to graduate. According to Bieri, the philosophy of the new curriculum is very much in line with the pedagogy of integrative learning that has become the backbone of the Coop program: “Integrative learning is about finding self-determined pathways through one’s education towards a meaningful professional and personal life. It embraces the idea that the student is a whole person, with professional goals, personal goals, academic goals, and extra-curricular goals… Students should be able to embrace them all and build a very strong foundation to springboard into a successful professional career and fulfilling life. That is what we are about at Antioch.”
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Antioch College’s Value Proposition and Five Areas of Practice were developed through the FACT design process (see page 8 for more about FACT). They both arise from Antioch’s roots, ethical values, longstanding commitments, and an assessment of how the College’s current resources can best be channeled to prepare students to address critical world problems. Students are expected and supported to co-create their educations in deep collaboration with faculty, staff, other students, alumni, and members of the community-at-large. Concern for the education of the whole person—the cornerstone of liberal arts learning—remains at the center of an Antioch education. The vision for Antioch College@175 as a new kind of American College is best described by living and learning practices, which give students unparalleled agency in relationship to their learning and the world. Each area is supported within the curriculum by distinctive resource centers, on and off-campus work placements, and through strategic partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.
The Value Proposition Why an Antioch Education Works (for students) Antioch College provides an individually shaped education that works in the world by engaging students in the fundamental challenges of the world. It works for you because your own it. It is architected with and by you each step of the way. No school offers students greater agency, involvement, and accountability for their education and in the shared governance of their college itself than Antioch. And no school provides such a unique set of support and learning experiences and resources as affordably. For 170 years, Antioch has been a college that changes lives in ways that last. Antioch College: Own Your Education 38 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Areas of Practice Give Agency to the Liberal Arts Environmental Sustainability Students are afforded abundant opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge in service to the natural world, its ecosystems, and all their members. There are no greater challenges today than those presented by widespread environmental degradation and the multitude of disastrous consequences they portend. In addition to a strong curriculum in environmental science, art, and philosophy, Antioch’s has a 1,000-acre nature preserve, raptor center, organic farm and food program, an advanced alternative energy system powering its campus, and many paid work opportunities with environmental organizations. Deliberative Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice Antioch students enjoy a real world laboratory where they might explore, develop, and apply the principles of inclusive, democratic, and just action and governance within the context of the College and its extended community. This practice is central to our learning to live and thus solve complex problems together. We seek to develop this practice in the belief it leads to the development of more resilient individuals, organizations, and communities. The Coretta Scott King Center is a major resource and an avenue for building partnerships for this practice as is the Co-op Program. Creativity and Story Human creativity may be our most powerful and renewable resource. This practice involves the development and active use of skills, tools, knowledge, understanding, and emotions that unleash our imagination to invent, solve, make, and do, and—no less importantly—to place ourselves alongside others in the world through narrative art forms and approaches. Antioch’s emphases in visual arts and media, literature, performance, and writing are among the obvious curricular connections. The exceptional resources and expertise made possible through WYSO and especially the Community Voices courses and programs set it apart as a center for story telling. The Herndon Gallery offers pro-
fessional level exhibition programming and the Co-op program places students in leading creative sector work opportunities in the US and beyond. Well-Being Attending to our inner lives and not just a mono-dimensional public persona is critical to being able to embrace what Rene Daumal called “the open totality of the human being” and to the free growth of our individual, multifaceted identities. Wellbeing arises from an ongoing effort to balance the physical and psychological demands of contemporary life through knowledge, diet, physical activity, meditation, and the like. Our curriculum offers many points of grounding for this area of practice, including courses from all academic divisions and from the Wellness Center, where courses and workshops in Yoga, mindfulness, martial arts, cycling, and many other subject areas are available. The Antioch College Farm to Food program provides organically produced, highly sustainable, and very delicious nourishment. The Glen Helen provides ample hiking trails and a bikeway that runs for nearly 100 miles in either direction. Work, World, and Resilient Community This lies at the center of an Antioch education. Most often simply described as Co-op, the concept of integrating real work experience into a student’s college studies continues to transform the lives of successive generations of Antiochians. It supports their exposure to a range jobs, their capacity to adapt to new conditions and cultures, and help them better understand the nature of work and the role it plays in the development of resilient individuals and their communities. Antioch’s nationally recognized Co-op program and its faculty provide the placement counseling, teaching, and mentoring support for each student as they embark on Coop experiences during college. Hundreds of work experiences are available from which students may choose.
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en it,” Louima recalls. “That seemed to answer that question for her and I got a note that the student was going to deposit.” “In many ways, Own Your Education has been at the heart of an Antioch education for a very long time,” Louima says. “The students who respond well to that tall order are students who aren’t interested in a cookie-cutter education; they are smart and creative, they are involved in their communities, they have worked in the world, they’ve had service-oriented experiences. They are able to articulate the impact they’d like to have in the world.” The admission application and the College website are currently being updated to reflect the institution’s embrace of those themes and values. Current students who entered under the old curriculum will have a choice to remain within their initial degree plan or to switch to the new curriculum, a personal decision each student will get to make with the guidance of their academic advisor. Many of them, however, intend to make the switch. For Diego Flores ’21, the self-design major was one of the main draws of Antioch. “I have many different interests: visual art, photography, marketing, Mexican-American studies, anthropology… and I don’t think I could have meshed them together in such an integrated way at other colleges. I want my art to be informed, not just be limited by my own little bubble of experience.” Adam Green ’20 entered Antioch intending to pursue a traditional major in Environmental Science, but he says his interaction with other students from other majors got him interested in History and Political Economy. “I had started to think about self-designing my major before the new curriculum was announced; I was on Co-op last term when I got the email that
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it was approved and immediately I knew it was going to be a really great opportunity for me to create an interdisciplinary degree plan that fit my interests and my academic goals,” he explains. He now plans to self-design a degree that combines Environmental Science and Biology with Political Economy, believing that a holistic, interdisciplinary approach will allow him to tackle environmental policy issues more effectively, a belief which was strengthened when he Cooped as a research intern at the Nisqually Reach Nature Center in Washington. Dean of Academic Affairs David Kammler trusts that Antioch’s new curriculum will ensure that each Antioch student becomes
“I have many interests: art, photography, marketing, Mexican-American studies, anthropology… I don’t think I could have meshed them together in such an integrated way at other colleges. —DIEGO FLORES ’21
an effective scholar and citizen. “I teach students organic chemistry; in my lab, students learn how to handle chemicals safely, they learn about density and solubility, but they’re also taking environmental science classes where they learn about toxic waste being dumped in Yellow Springs aquifers… And so when they go to a village council meeting they’re able to tell them, ‘Hey, you’re OK because your wellheads go down this far, but this pollutant is more dense and it’s going to go down to the bottom of the aquifer and it’s going to pass underneath it.’” Kammler notes, “They can transfer these skills again and again, everywhere, because they’ll know how to make a data-driven argument; even in fields that don’t exist yet.” Pursuing a self-design major can also benefit students beyond their undergraduate years at Antioch. Green believes that his self-design major will be an asset when applying to graduate school: “It will make me stand out in applicant piles. Designing your own degree shows that you already have a passion for your education and you care about what that looks like; you’re not just filling it in. It’s much more convincing to decide for yourself why what you’re learning is important rather than to just be told what you’re supposed to learn. That’s what sets Antioch apart.” Learn more about the vision for Antioch@175 and the FACT process at antiochcollege.edu/175 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 39
In the wake of the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement, Antioch College’s SOPP has come to the forefront as a way forward in the pursuit of a culture free from sexual violence. By Christine Reedy It’s no surprise that Antioch College’s trailblazing Sexual Offense Prevention Policy (SOPP) has been in the news lately. Our national—and even international—conversations about consent, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault point to the same conclusion that a group of women on campus came to in 1990: to create a culture free from sexual violence, you have to get radical and come up with an unconventional solution. Dismantling old systems requires new tools. Implementing a progressive reform is never easy, and the SOPP was not well-received in the ’90s outside of Antioch, nor universally within. Despite that, students kept pushing forward. With each generation, the social issues students struggling with change, and policies like the SOPP grow and change with the students. Antioch started this conversation in 1850. From equal pay for men and women of the faculty to educational opportunities for women in all majors in the 1850s, to the reputation for the College as a source of activism and social justice in the 1950s and 1960s, the College continues to be on the leading edge of social change. The rest of the world finally catches up. The SOPP is just one example of why we 40 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
need Antioch College now more than ever, because Antioch allows students to broaden their perceptions and struggle with big issues. There’s space here to create changemakers who will lead society forward. Currently students are creating new systems for community governance and implementing new policies for caregivers on campus. They are examining further issues of personal space and consent. They are owning their education and engaging in the world through Co-op. When they graduate, Antiochians carry that changemaking spirit with them. Alumni applications to the Winning Victories Grant (the recipients of which will be announced at Reunion 2018) demonstrate how many alumni—of all generations—are making inspiring transformations in their communities. Reaction to the media coverage of the SOPP, Antioch College, and the revolutionary women who built the landmark policy has been widespread. Below are reactions from alumni and more. “Even when a group of students seeking an effective sexual offense policy has the full support of the president, as was the case at Antioch, it is a difficult process. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the board of trustees
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The first SOP[P] (originally the SOP: Sexual Offense Policy; later changed to SOPP: Sexual Offense Prevention Policy) deliberated at a November 1990 AdCil meeting.
The “Womyn of Antioch,” Steffi Hoffman, Idella Burmester ’90, Drea Brown ’92, Bethany Saltman ’92, Juliet Brown ’93, and Christelle Evans ’94 pictured in 1991.
Community Manager Hope Harkins ’91 at a 1990 AdCil meeting.
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to make sure that such a policy exists. This requires a college community to state explicitly that it will no longer condone centuries-old practices growing out of the parallel myths that ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘girls ask for it.’” —Karen Mulhauser ’65 from “Taking A Stand Against Sexual Assault” published in AGB Reports in 1992. Karen was on the Board of Trustees when the SOPP was created and adopted, and she’s still proud of the students’ initiative and the administration’s response. “From my years at Antioch, 1962–1967, I have no memory of sexual offenses, either occurring or being discussed on campus. I don’t doubt that both happened, but in that period, war and racism seemed more central to our political concerns. Sexual relationships, on campus and off, during Co-op jobs, were evolving, often at the forefront of the cultural revolution of the ’60s, i.e., freer than many from the constraints of the ‘Father Knows Best’ culture of the 1950s, but part of the struggle to find new patterns of acceptable gender interaction as old ones were being discarded. “While the exploration of gender relationships and the conflicts that would eventually lead to SOPP were being thrashed out at home, my first serious confrontation over those issues took place in France during my Co-op year abroad. Having brought with me fairly traditional gender attitudes from the rural area of my childhood, I was soon confronted by French women who were some years ahead of my American peers in challenging such norms. They were fighting to free themselves from gender-biased laws even more constraining than those in the U.S. “That awakening to gender issues in France, served me well when I returned home, and within a year moved on from Yellow Springs to Palo Alto (Stanford) in the midst of the anti-war movement and the sexual ferment of the 1967 “Summer of Love.” As part of SDS, and then the April 3rd Movement, our efforts to mobilize students against the university’s contributions to the war had to deal with gender issues because militant groups in those days included both men and women and second-wave feminism was emerging across the nation. Basically, we confronted, on a regular basis, all of the gender issues that have preoccupied and motivated ours and subsequent generations. “In the four decades that followed— as a professor in three different universi-
Consent 101 Guest Column by President Tom Manley published by Dayton Daily News 12-19-17
he recent cascade of revelations about sexual misconduct in high places in America is, unfortunately, old news to many women. It is, however, a welcome opportunity to ask the long-overdue question—is there an educational antidote? Each day I walk by a simple poster pinned to the bulletin board outside my office. Actually, the poster is on bulletin boards around our campus at Antioch College. Titled “Consent 101,” the poster offers no-nonsense, straightforward guidelines for helping to ensure that sexual interactions between members of the Antioch community, when they are appropriate to begin with, are consensual at every stage. As a digest of the Antioch College’s Sexual Offense Prevention Policy, “Consent 101” underscores the necessity of asking and giving assent to all levels of sexual behavior. It explains that consent must be provided free of coercion or inveigling and that it must be verbal and definite. Very importantly, it makes clear that legally consent cannot be given while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs that might impair one’s decision-making. Finally, it teaches that agreement cannot be conveyed through silence, body language, sounds other than verbal communication and that consent is neither negotiable nor optional. Developed by a group of female students at Antioch in 1991, this policy was originally met with ridicule, mocked on “Saturday Night Live” in 1993, and for years after scorned as a textbook example of political correctness run amok. Now, 30 years later, this policy has become a national model for how to educate college students and employees about how to avoid the devastating and dehumanizing effects of sexual harassment and assault. A piece penned by Ms. Magazine co-
founder Gloria Steinem and Michael Kimmel, professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University, published in The New York Times in 2014, defended this notion. Their piece stated that “Antioch College, long a bastion of innovations in education, also decided that consent to sexual activity required more than just a failure to say ‘no.’ Verbal consent, the new code of conduct stated, was required for any sexual contact that was not ‘mutually and simultaneously initiated’.” Verbalizing consent, in theory, is relatively simple. But how and does it work in practice? On a recent evening, I watched at a student dance where all attendees were asked at the door to read and sign the Sexual Offense Prevention Policy before entering. At Antioch College, we believe that democracy and change requires the kind of direct engagement, difficult conversations and hard work exhibited by those who created the Sexual Offense Prevention Policy. The policy isn’t the final answer in ending sexual violence and harassment, by any means. But if we are to make real progress on those fronts, it is crucial we encourage open dialogue and respect around the real issues. Then, as now at Antioch, students own their education. They are encouraged to participate in developing policy and practice—and to take personal and collective responsibility—for the betterment of the community and society they wish to build. It may well be time for learning space, workplace, and government office in America to offer “Consent 101” as a required course. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 43
Antioch’s SOPP in the headlines Here are a few places Antioch College has been cited in national and local media since January 2017. Sexual Harassment’s Toll on Careers The Daily Podcast, New York Times, by Michael Barbaro Area college took on #MeToo decades before a movement went mainstream Dayton Daily News by Max Filby 27 years ago, this sexual consent form was mocked. Now it’s more relevant than ever. Cincinnati Enquirer by Kate Murphy ‘I Kept Thinking of Antioch’: Long Before #MeToo, a Times Video Journalist Remembered a Form She Signed in 2004 The New York Times by Samantha Stark Thank You for Asking The New York Times by Katherine Rosman ‘No means no’ to ‘yes means yes’: How our language around sexual consent has changed The Washington Post by Katie Mettler #MeToo Is Changing the Definition of ‘Bad Sex’ The Nation by Collier Meyerson Aziz Ansari episode shows the most radical change in dating isn’t about sex St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Aisha Sultan ‘Yes means yes’ sex policy considered for Minnesota State’s 37 colleges and universities Pioneer Press by Josh Verges Aziz, We Tried to Warn You The New York Times by Lindy West Op-Ed: The Aziz Ansari story proves that our traditional ideas about consent are flawed Think Progress by Jeanne Kay The Patriarchy Strikes Back New Republic by Sarah Jones 44 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
ties—I’ve watched all those issues that we confronted being fought out over and over, sometimes within groups, sometimes between groups. So, when I heard about SOPP at Antioch, I was not surprised, not by the problem addressed, nor by it being Antiochians who were on the cutting edge of dealing with it. La lotta continua.” —Harry Cleaver ’67 “Antioch and the SOPP definitely changed and helped define what my ideas are around consent. It wasn’t until my final Co-op in Boston when I really engaged with other communities (kink, fetish, sex positive, and polya) that I became more engaged. Consent became more specific in how it can be applied in these communities. I learned how full negotiation in the kink and fetish community was even more specific and full of detail compared to what the SOPP goes over. “In essence, Antioch and the SOPP gave me a good starting-off point concerning consent education. I feel like we can definitely go deeper into conversations about engaging in intimacy with other individuals and the SOPP is a platform to do so.” —Iris Olson ’17 “All the recognition feels like a kind of vindication for the good old ‘Toxic ’90s-Era Antioch’ and the fights we were picking back then—which even many on the left would disparage as indulgent ‘identity politics’ and ‘PC argle-bargle.’ And I’ve been struck, thinking back on that time, by the degree to which that attitude infiltrated our internal dialogue as an inter-generational College community. We were plagued by self-doubt, represented as we were in the culture as weirdo snot-nosed brats and performative non-conformists. Fast forward a quarter-century, and the College is still this fierce and fragile little thing living a precarious existence in a hostile world, but the culture has caught up with us on a number of fronts. “At Antioch, Bob Devine ’67 and Warren Watson introduced me to the Freudian concept of the ‘return of the repressed,’ the process by which societal traumas like our dirty wars at home and abroad may reemerge as literary monsters, cinematic zombies, and the like. The popular recognition of rape culture, examination of systematic white supremacism, and rejection of homophobia (and even transphobia) feel like a benevolent return of the repressed to me, a raising up of stuff long buried under
the placid surface of a million pre-Internet SNL skits and New Republic takes. And I’m so grateful to all those who did the spiritually taxing work of digging this junk up, from Act Up to the Womyn of Antioch to Black Lives Matter and beyond.” –Matthew Arnold ’99 “The SOPP could only emerge from a place like Antioch College where students are encouraged to think beyond themselves and to push the envelope on academic and social issues. It is instilled in us to ‘win victories for humanity.’ “Antioch’s Community Governance model was key to our success in creating the policy and programs that shaped the SOPP. It gave students a vehicle to go beyond the demonstration phase of our activism to actual policy and program development. Demonstrations are important for bringing people together and calling attention to issues like sexual violence, but policy development affects change for generations to come.” “I am very proud of the work of The Womyn of Antioch and those faculty, staff, students, and administrators serving in Community Government roles. We invented language to articulate and define what has come to be known as ‘active’ or ‘affirmative consent.’ “Skills like group facilitation, policy and program development, consensus building, and negotiation were just a few of the things I learned from my experience with the SOPP. “My work around affirmative consent did not stop with Antioch either. Over the years I’ve been involved with other consent discussions including work a few years ago on a Code of Conduct that moves the idea of consent into the realm of behavioral standards. This Code of Conduct calls out abusive behaviors that are not tolerated at events or within a community. I see this as a continuation of our work on the SOP[P].” —April Wolford ’92 “It’s thrilling to see the rest of the country catch up with Antioch in the early ’90s. Antioch has always been a wonderful place, and this is just another example of the way it functions as an incubator for social change and justice. “I suspect that issues surrounding gender identity and pronouns will be one of the next social issues that the country will need to grapple with.” —Laurie Paul ’90
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The Return of The Antioch Nine In the Fall of 2017 baseball was absent from the Antioch College campus. The Antioch Radicals all-female rugby team played its last game in 2007, but since the restart of the College organized sports were limited. â€‚ I am not an athlete or even a sports aficionado. I am a visiting professor and artist and recently repatriated back to the United States, having lived in China since 2010. Since returning home, I have been noticing the specific customs and organizations of our culture, and baseball stands out as such a strange game. Unlike other sports, which seem to be a simulation
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of war, baseball strikes me as a game of story. Embedded in the game is the myth of the journey, to win a point you have to leave and return home.
I was teaching a course on contemporary collaborative practices in the arts, and as part of the course, I wanted students to develop a public group project. In creating proposals we noted that there were eight students enrolled in the class, and if I included myself, we were nine: the exact size of a baseball team. The number nine was the genesis of our idea, but to become a team we needed an opponent… A local election was taking place in Yellow Springs, the names of potential school board members, trustees, and mayors were dotting the yards. It seemed to fit the iconoclastic character of Antioch to challenge all these local candidates to a game of baseball. So now we had a real challenge—how do we get these candidates to play? We decided on a two-pronged approach, privately we wrote and hand-delivered a personal invitation to each candidate, and publicly we made fliers and a newspaper advertisement challenging them, rain or shine, to show up.
We needed images for the fliers and advertisements, so we visited Scott Sanders, the archivist at Antiochiana, to talk about the history of baseball at the school.
The Original Antioch Nine: a History By Scott Sanders, College Archivist By 1869 baseball had become the most popular avocation on the Antioch College campus. That is, at least, for men: the College prohibited women students from exercising in public, limiting them to more refined games such as croquet. That year the College regulations expressly forbade “all ball-playing or practice, and all throwing of missiles, of any description… except upon the grounds assigned to
the Base Ball Club” for the first time. Perhaps the College Treasurer had already paid for one too many broken windows. At their meeting of 14 Nov 1868 the men’s Star Literary Society formally debated the game’s merits, and resolved: “that the introduction of Base Ball as a means of recreation is a benefit to society.” Aaron Burt Champion (1842–1895) of Columbus, OH, entered the Preparatory Department of Antioch College in 1856 when Horace Mann was still its president. He left school in 1860 without a degree, though that did not prevent him from becoming a successful Cincinnati attorney in just a few short years. Champion’s meteoric rise in the legal world led to a life in baseball, by that time fast developing into the national game. In July 1866, still in his mid 20s, Champion helped establish the Cincinnati Base Ball Club at the law offices of Tilden, Sherman and Moulton on West Third Street (an address long since displaced by Fort Washington Way), and was elected THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 47
the team’s vice president. The “Resolutes” as they were called, were mostly attorneys themselves, and they played their first official game the following September. Though strictly an amateur pursuit in the mid-1860s, baseball began to professionalize when cricket stars showed interest in the game. Cricketers had been getting paid to play their game for several years, and in 1868, Champion’s club offered former star bowler of the New York Cricket Club Harry Wright $1,200 a year to play baseball. The team sported new uniforms to go with its new winning attitude that featured an Old English “C” on the shirt and bright red hose that went up to the knees. One story credits Champion with the club’s new look, which resulted in its fans (then known as “cranks”) referring to them by their now famous name: The Red Stockings. That year, Champion became president of the Red Stockings, and he resolved to capitalize on their popularity (by then the club was considered a point of Cincinnati pride) and make them competitive with more famous teams in the East where professionals were routinely paid under the table. Champion would have no such dishonesty on his club, however, insisting that all his players would be paid openly as long as they agreed to abide by the high standards that he set for their conduct both on and off the field. He placed Harry Wright in charge of recruitment, and set about organizing games for a national tour that would see them travel over 12,000 miles to both coasts (a trip made possible by the newly completed Transcontinental Railroad), play before more than 200,000 48 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
spectators, and dominate the opposition, outscoring their combined opponents 2,395 to 575. That historic season was supposed to begin in a historic location: Yellow Springs, OH, on the grounds of Antioch College where Champion had been a student. Inclement weather is the only reason that it did not, and consequently Mansfield, OH— and not Yellow Springs—holds the distinction of site of the first professional baseball game. There, the Red Stockings rapped out the first of 57 consecutive victories in an undefeated season and a winning streak that extended all the way to 84 before they finally lost 8–7 in extra innings to the Atlantics of Brooklyn in June 1870. A smashing success on the field, the Red Stockings could not duplicate the same fortunes in their accounts. Already $15,000 in debt at the start of their extraordinary run, in 1870 they cleared $1.39 after expenses as player salaries consumed what little profit could be made. Champion managed to retire the debt before resigning his position to return to his law practice. Following his tenure, the club purged itself of expensive salaried players in order to remain solvent, yet disbanded in 1871. Champion would live just long enough to see professional baseball finally return to Cincinnati in 1890, but died in England of complications from disease and was buried in London. The story of the first major league rainout was first told by Harry M. Millar, a reporter for The Cincinnati Commercial assigned to travel with the Red Stockings. In the 3 June 1869 issue he wrote: hen the Cincinnati Base Ball Club left W the Gibson House, on Monday morning,
in good spirits, the air was bracing, and “old Sol” was endeavoring to peep from the corner of an eastern cloud. Breakfasting, and then proceeding to our special car on the Little Miami Railroad, they began singing the club songs, and passing the time in pleasant manner to Yellow Springs. But the predictions of the “oldest inhabitant,” whoever he may be, are not always correct, neither were ours, for as we reached Milford “black double-banked clouds promised twenty-four hours moist misery,” and as for the sun, it had entirely disappeared. Falling at first in drizzling showers, and steadily increasing, it was falling in bucketfuls by the time we reached Yellow Springs. Notwithstanding this unexpected drawback, the members of the Antioch Club gave us a hearty welcome, but were sorry to inform us that the grounds would not be fit to play upon in case it should cease raining. The President of the club, after expressing his regrets to the Antiochs, informed them that they would try to meet them soon, and hoped under more favorable auspices. They then telegraphed to Xenia to Mr. CS Rodgers, of the Little Miami Railroad, stationed at Xenia, who promptly dispatched a special train to the Springs, and after hastily partaking of a lunch, spread by EP Johnson Esq., of the Yellow Springs House, we returned to Xenia; and taking the Columbus accommodation, were soon at Columbus, where we were obliged to change cars, and from there to Crestline had gay times. So that game was canceled, and yet a game between Antioch and Cincinnati
Jumana Snow ’18 crushed the first pitch and ended up scoring the opening run. By the end of the first Inning, the Antioch Nine were leading 5 to nothing. was played, albeit an unofficial one. Two weeks before, the Antioch Nine accepted an invitation to play a practice game at the Red Stockings’ Union Grounds, where the Cincinnati Museum Center in the Union Terminal stands today. To mark the occasion, the Nine sat for a group portrait at the studio of Cincinnati photographer James Landy. They wore brand new gray uniforms, which they had most likely furnished themselves, that featured an Old English-style “A” over the left breast. Champion had scheduled a number of tune-ups for his team against local clubs before their historic barnstorming tour. The Reds Stockings won those six games by a combined score of 313-47. On 15 May 1869, they scored 10 runs in the first inning and fourteen in the ninth, defeating Antioch 41–7. Arthur Elliot of Miamiville, OH, provided most of the Antioch offense with two runs on three hits. None of the Antioch College players went on to pursue careers in the major leagues. Some made their marks in other professions. Catcher Thad Carr graduated in 1871, went into the piano repair business, opened a music store in nearby Springfield, and invented an improved action for the hammers in a piano (US Patent No. 179,397). Left fielder Dan Stone did not graduate, but nevertheless became an educator. He went west
around 1874, first to direct the Preparatory Dept of Humboldt College in Iowa and later taught mathematics at the Nebraska State Normal School in Peru. The team captain and pitcher, Hugh Taylor Birch, who surrendered 29 hits in the game, left school at the end of the year for the city of Chicago. With little more than a recommendation in hand from his favorite professor, Edward Orton (who went on to form the Ohio State University out of tiny Ohio A&M and later became the first State Geologist of Ohio), Birch began as a law clerk and went on to distinguish himself as an attorney, rising to Assistant Attorney General for the state of Illinois. It was as a manager and a giver of land, not as a baseball star, that he ultimately reached hero status. An avid naturalist, he reclaimed thousands of acres of farmland, preserving and then donating much of it for public use. His Chicago neighbors referred to Birch as “the man always buying up the forty acres just beyond.” He also lived up that reputation in his adopted home of Ft. Lauderdale, FL (where his former oceanfront estate “Terramar” is Hugh Taylor Birch State Park) as well as Ohio. His obituary in the 17 Jan 1943 Dayton Journal Herald stated that “just a few months before his death he gave away his 1760th
acre of land.” About a thousand of those donated acres became Antioch’s nature preserve known as Glen Helen.
The history of baseball at Antioch served as a structure for our project. We were the resurrected Antioch Nine, but many of the students had never played baseball and did not know the rules of the game. After delivering our invitations and posting our fliers, we practiced a little and arrived at Gaunt Park on Nov. 5th waiting to see who would show. It was a tremendous turnout. About a dozen of the local candidates came, although not all were up for the game, enough to field a team. Due to an approaching storm, we decided to make it a Three Inning exhibition, and not a full game. With home team status given to the candidates, the Antioch Nine were first to bat. Jumana Snow ’18 crushed the first pitch and ended up scoring the opening run. By the end of the first Inning, the Antioch Nine were leading 5 to nothing. Our fortune held in the second inning, but by the bottom of the third, the candidates had their rally caps on. The outcome of the game is in dispute, the candidates claimed victory, but we believe there was some sneaky record keeping going on, so a rematch is scheduled next election. To keep up our skills, we decided to challenge the Cincinnati Red Stockings, now the Cincinnati Reds. With the help of President Tom Manley, we drafted a letter explaining the unfinished business between our clubs and requested the Reds play us in Yellow Springs. We have yet to hear a response. THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 49
Gilbert Farfel ’53
be found in many collections throughout the country. Jamie was the beloved wife of the late Dr. James W. Wheeler Jr. ’57 and is survived by her son Theodore J. Wheeler and by her brother-in-law Daniel Wheeler ’62.
band, Ron Kornreich; her granddaughter, Maia Janney Kornreich; her sister, Paula Pace; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Priscilla Janney-Pace ’70
Dr. Walter “Wally” Sikes passed away on February 28, 2018 at the age of 92. He was a graduate of Oberlin College and earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. During World War II, he served for three years in the Merchant Marines. Wally in 1947 married Evelyn Hisey, whom he met on a blind date at Oberlin College. In 1949, after graduating, Wally and Evelyn moved to Yellow Springs, where Wally had a position on the faculty at Antioch College in the cooperative education department. In 1953, Wally took the job of personnel director of Morris Bean and Company. After receiving his Ph.D. from Purdue, Wally was the director of the work-study program at Kalamazoo College. The family then moved back to Yellow Springs where Wally worked as dean of students at Antioch College. Wally taught organization behavior and group process at a number of institutions, including Antioch, American University, George Washington University and Wright State University. He was the principal researcher on a five-year project funded by National Institutes of Mental Health called Training Teams for Campus Change that focused on the use of groups as change agents. Wally co-authored Renewing Higher Education from Within, published by Jossey Bass, and edited The Emerging Practice of Organizational Development. For 25 years he had a successful consulting practice in which he worked with a wide range of nonprofit and for profit organizations in this country and abroad. Wally was devoted to Yellow Springs, especially the public schools and Antioch College. He was gratified to have been involved with Antioch’s resurgence.
Priscilla Janney-Pace ’70 died on December 6, 2017, at her home in Yellow Springs, OH, at the age of 72. Priscilla was a life-long learner, reader and writer. She pursued her own educational objectives throughout her life and studied many healing modalities and brought her training and deep wisdom to a thriving healing practice. Dr. Gilbert Farfel ’53 passed away on May 17, 2017. Born in December 1931, he was raised in Mount Vernon, NY. He earned his BS from Antioch College in 1953 and his MD from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1957. Dr. Farfel began his career in internal medicine in Houston, TX, and moved on to a small group practice in San Luis Obispo, CA. He joined the Permanente Medical Group of Northern California in 1964, where he was a member of the Department of Internal Medicine until his retirement in 1992. Survivors include his wife, Ursula Farfel.
Janet “Jamie” Wheeler ’59 Janet “Jamie” Bowman Wheeler ’59, an accomplished artist and good friend of Antioch College and of the entire Antioch community, passed away on October 23, 2017, in Silver Spring, MD. She attended Antioch from 1954– 1957 and earned her BA at Stanford University. She also studied at the Corcoran School of Art and Cornell University. She was a Maryland State Arts Council grant recipient and was represented by Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC, and Gallery East in Loveland, CO. She has had numerous exhibitions and her artwork can 50 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Priscilla graduated from Antioch College with a BA in Secondary Education and Literature. She took a break from her studies to join the Peace Corps and spent two years teaching with her then-husband Malte Von Matthiessen ’66 in Tanzania, East Africa. She later earned a MA in Early Childhood Education and Development from the University of London and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Union Graduate School. Among her many accomplishments were serving Antioch as an Alumni Board member, as a visiting faculty member and coordinator of the Bonner Scholars’ Program, and consulting for Greene County District Health Department and Department of Human Services. Priscilla is survived by her daughter, Karyn Von Matthiessen, and Karyn’s hus-
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Cecil Taylor Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract, and original improvisers of his time, died on April 5, 2018, at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. Taylor (born March 25, 1929) served as Antioch College Visiting Professor of Music and Artist in Residence 1971-1973. He was Instructor of Music prior to that. Taylor was awarded his MacArthur Fellowship
in 1991. While at Antioch, he recorded Indent: Live at Antioch Theater on March 11, 1973, an LP that was released on the Arista label in 1973 and in 1977 (available at the Olive Kettering Library). Taylor was awarded the Kyoto Prize in 2013 and was also the recipient of a Guggenheim grant and a 2016 Whitney Museum retrospective. Taylor imagined a new language for the piano, recasting the instrument as a physical, percussive force. He began playing at the age of six, putting down roots in classic swing combos, before leading his own bebop-indebted band in the late ’50s. His 1959 debut record as bandleader, Jazz Advance, collected a handful of standards, but the compositions already strained at the edges, with Taylor’s piano the main antagonist to the strictures of jazz. Taylor’s ever-developing approach led to his credit as one of the pioneers of free jazz style.
In Memoriam We learned of the passing of these
alumni and friends between October 2017 and April 2018. Read more online: antiochcollege.edu/news/obituaries Shirley Stuart Holm ’43 Margaret Davis Clark ’44 Carolyn Pickett Miller ’45 Dr. Frederick Geist ’45 June Bonfield ’46 James Marshall Wyckoff ’48 John Strong Smith ’48 Claire Ann Krich Hooton ’49 E. Wayne O’Dell ’50 Robert “Bob” Abrams ’50 Richard A. Welker ’50 Dr. Nancy T. Carbonara ’51 Peter E. Knauss ’51 Dr. Anthony “Tony” M. Lenzer ’52 H.R. “Bud” Sobel Jr. ’52 Mary Gruber Raffensperger ’52 Richard Campbell ’52 Dr. Gilbert Farfel ’53 Byron “By” R. Higgins ’53 Edward Joseph Taras ’53 John Nicholaus Rockman ’53 Mary W. Carson ’53 Renata Schwebel ’53 (see pg. 24) Dr. Richard R. Thompson ’54 Edith Fink Osinsky ’54 Richard Warwick Hale ’55 William J. Newman ’55 Anne Elizabeth Vanaller ’56 Doris Thiele Smith ’56 Frances Barr Noland ’56 George Young Chalmers ’56 Howard Lee Cort ’56 John “Jack” Saxton ’56 David R. Miller ’58 Dr. David P. Kosow ’58 H. Roger Smith ’59 Janet “Jamie” Bowman Wheeler ’59 Lois Levy Brooks ’59 Elaine Ruth Berman ’60 Nancy Salisbury Budner ’61 James L. Seeley ’61 Dr. Jane Netting Huff ’62 Evelyn Satterfield Everett ’64 Dr. Thomas Dunning Newbury ’65 Anne Forer Pyne ’67
Clark J. Reese ’67 Edward Lawrence “Larry” Ballen ’67 Darrel Wayne Fyffe ’69 Marian Stanton ’69 David “Wigs” Elwood Wilbur ’70 Dr. Priscilla Janney Pace ’70 Jeremy Hollis ’71 Irene Louise P. Mock ’71 Nancy Blum ’72 Lewis Barnes ’73 Dr. Joel A. Singerman ’73 Herbert Rogers Jr. ’73 Lorna W. Greaves ’74 William A. Anderson ’74 Kenneth Doane ’75 Manuel de Pinho Jr. ’75 Shelley Jean Kravitz ’75 Elizabeth Hickox Sova ’76 Arthur “Arky” Carne ’77 Martin Keane ’77 Randall Frank Norcross ’77 Elaine Kanter Shelton ’78 Gertrude Hawkins ’78 Robert “Bobby” Walker ’78 Deveria Lee Henry ’80 Jacquelyn “Jackie” Herbort ’81 Beth Gladstein ’83 Jim Macik ’85 Sharon Gilmore ’86 Judith Mikkelsen ’01 Abel Coelho ’04 Mark Frederick Bixler, friend Leonard Blank, former faculty Dr. Roy Phillip Fairfield, former faculty Father Joseph W. Goetz, former faculty Becky Bobilya Gregory, friend Patrick “Pat” Thomas Jesaitis, former faculty Tracy Harrison Logan Jr., friend Betty M. Mullins, former staff John C. Neff, former staff Catherine Paige, former staff Phyllis Ann Pennewitt, former staff Dr. Walter “Wally” Sikes, former dean and faculty Tamaara Danish Tabb, friend Cecil Taylor, former faculty
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Class Notes Flight of the Ibis, a culturally and politically relevant play by Alan Roland ’55, received a special one-night-only performance in April at the Theatre of the Riverside Church in New York. Metropolitan Opera star Lauren Flanigan led the cast, Beth Greenberg directed, and original music was provided by Kinan Azmah, a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Joan Horn ’56 has been inducted into the Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame. The longtime director of the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center is being recognized as an educator and community volunteer. Joan has been an active supporter of Antioch College, including serving on the Alumni Board of Directors, several Yellow Springs organizations, and on Village Council. Mark Harrison ’57, an attorney in the law firm of Osborn Maledon, recently was honored as an “Emeritus Board Inductee” for Teach for America Phoenix at its 2018 Celebration Dinner. Harrison chaired the first board of Teach for America Phoenix from 1994 to 1996 after his daughter, Jill, served as a Teach for America corps member in southern Louisiana in 1991. Harrison has a distinguished history of involvement in diverse social and legal issues. Lorin Cary ’62 has a new novella available now through Amazon as a paperback or for Kindle called California Dreaming. Peter N. Névraumont ’65 co-authored, with legendary American Museum of 52 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Candace Thompson ’67 Candace Thompson ’67 realized a dream this February by touring Mayan ruins in Chiapas and exploring San Cristobal de las Casas. She had studied
Natural History curator Ian Tattersall, Hoax: A History of Deception. The book traces 5,000 years of fakes, forgeries, and fallacies. It was published by Hachette Books in March. Currently Névraumont, in association with the Thelonious Monk Estate, is producing a film documentary, companion children and adult books, a compilation CD, social media, and an All Star Band that seeks to answer the question of why Monk’s masterpiece “’Round Midnight” is the most recorded jazz composition of all time. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with Ann Dana Carlson. Dr. Howard Hammerman ’66 published his first
on AEA in Guanajuato, Mexico with Sylvia Jones Turner ’67, and had always longed to explore Chiapas; 54 years later it was worth the wait.
novel, Flying Blind, which is loosely based on his adventures as a private pilot and owner of a single-engine airplane. Howard lives in Sarasota, FL, with his wife and dog. He is hard at work on his next novel, loosely based on the story of King Henry VIII. Jan Brown Meltzer ’69 just celebrated 50 years of marriage (to the brother of a fellow Antiochian!) with whom she raised two kids. She recently retired after 35 years as owner/operator of an upholstery and seat-weaving (cane and wicker repair) shop. Jan has enjoyed traveling, singing in a chamber choir, and crafts including making jewelry
and tote bags from upholstery remnants. Tom Atlee ’70 published his latest book Participatory Sustainability and a “pattern language” of design principles for a wise democracy (free downloadable deck for group analysis and education https://wd-pl.com). He is now working with a team (including his daughter Jennifer) exploring multi-sector, multi-stakeholder, multiscale networks as an already emerging form of whole system self-governance. He divides his week between a 10-person Eugene, OR, coop and his sweetheart’s rural dome home.
Compiled by Steven Duffy ’77, Alana Guth ’18, and Elijah Snow-Rackley ’20 Jonathan Lerner ’70 penned, “What I Saw on the Way to the Revolution,” which was published in The New York Times “Opinion” section in September 2017. His latest book, Swords in the Hands of Children, was published in December 2017. Jonathan left Antioch to become a full-time activist on the staff of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). As a member of SDS during chaos and conflicts of the Vietnam era, Lerner joined the group destined to become the infamous Weather Underground. His memoir recounts his time as a radical in America’s moment of surging activism and rage.
The James Beard Foundation selected Elizabeth Wiley ’71 for its first Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, a five-day program designed to help women grow their business. Wiley has also announced plans to open a third restaurant in the Dayton area, ScissorTail Sandwich Shop. The new restaurant in Kettering, OH, will focus on carry-out breakfast and lunch sandwiches and will include a small amount of counter seating. Robert Geiger ’73 was named town manager of
Winsted, CT, in February, 2016, after serving in an interim capacity beginning in 2015. His commitment to improving Winstead is why he was declared The Register Citizen’s Person of the Year for 2017.
background in the field as both a union organizer and officer in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. In 2017 he was named acting director and had previously been deputy director since 2015.
Leonard Hoshijo ’73 was recently named, by Governor Ige of Hawai’i, director of the Hawai’i Department of Labor and Industrial relations. Hoshijo is responsible for overseeing everything from workforce development to divisions focused on worker health and safety. Hoshijo has a strong
Steve Hoffman ’75, who got his start in radio on WYSO in 1971–75 as host of “Steve’s Spoonful,” has been appointed Program Director of WOWD/Takoma Radio, 94.3 FM, Takoma Park, MD. Steve also hosts two programs on WOWD, “Tuesday Morning Mix” and “The Blues Hall of Fame.” Irene Tsatsos ’83 curated an exhibition entitled Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico/Más abajo que el underground: arte renegado y acción en el México de los noventa, which was displayed at Armory Galleries in Pasadena, CA.
Julia Reichert ’70 is a 2018 inductee to the documentary of the modern Women’s Movement. The honorees will be celebrated at a luncheon on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Sinclair College Conference Center. Dr. Rich Sagall ’71 recently celebrated 20 years as the president of NeedyMeds, a nationwide nonprofit that helps the medically needy find assistance programs. He retired from active practice 15 years ago to work fulltime to grow NeedyMeds. Rich and his wife Rosie moved to Gloucester, MA 10 years ago from Philadelphia, PA. He serves as the chair of the Gloucester Board of Health and on the board of directors of the local community access television station. His daughter, Sophi, is an English teacher in Austin, TX, and son, Nicholas, is a software engineer in Seattle.
Richard Basch ’68
After graduating, Richard Basch ’68 has enjoyed a career in film and media. He was intern on the 1969 film John and Mary with Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, and acted in the Out of Towners with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. He has also been a documentary cameraman, producer of sponsored films, and lecturer at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, the Smithsonian, and Chapman University. Recently Richard has traveled the world writing and conducting interviews published in “The Daily Meal,” LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and other major newspapers.
Ken Leinbach ’85 published Urban Ecology: A Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World in 2017. While the book was only available at the Urban Ecology Center, it is now available for general distribution. Urban Ecology explains the history and philosophy of the Urban Ecology Center and provides a guide to creating a safe neighborhood and park wherever people live. Cynthia Rose ’85 gave a talk about spiritual gardening at Woods Hole Historical Museum, in Woods Hole, MA, on January 30. Michael Casselli ’87 (see “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” on page 6). THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 53
Class Notes Christopher Nesbitt ’88 has been working on agroforestry in the context of food security and repairing damaged landscapes. He has lectured on agroforestry as a tool for climate change mitigation globally. He recently married his partner of eight years, Celini Logan. They manage Maya Mountain Research Farm in southern Belize winning victories ranging from photovoltaic lighting and pumping systems to making low-cost composting latrines and encouraging farmers to plant trees that mitigate climate change.
keynote speech at this year’s Women, Food and Agriculture Network annual conference in Madison on Friday, November 3rd. She is a long-time community activist who successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store, and worked on federal farm
policies to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities. Andrew R. Wyatt ’89 is assistant professor of Archaeology at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He conducts archaeological research at the Maya site of Motul de San Jose in Guatemala and ethnographic research on Lacandon
Emily Anderson ’89 resides in Burlington, VT and maintains her relationship with the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theater. She continues to be an ally for the hearts of minds of people with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. This spring her “Fairy of the Day” app will be launched. In the summer she’ll marry Brian Merrill in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. See more at www.bluebirdfairies.com C. Lynn Carr ’89 (formerly “Cheryl”) will be promoted to (full) professor of sociology at Seton Hall University in Fall 2018. She has published several articles on gender, sexual, and religious identification, and a book: A Year in White: Cultural Newcomers to Lukumi and Santería (Rutgers University Press, 2016). She lives in West Orange, NJ with “Chomsky,” a huge standard poodle, where she cooks, hikes, dates, runs a sci-fi book club, and attends a groovy Reconstructionist synagogue. LaDonna Sanders-Redmond ’89 delivered the 54 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Mandy Knaul ’00
Mandy Knaul ’00 resides in Yellow Springs with her wife, Theresa Nolan. Since returning to Ohio, Mandy has vowed to live an examined life, “leading a movement” of rural resettlement, and has become a beekeeper. Mandy could describe herself in many ways: polymath, renaissance woman, a “multipotentialite,” or a serial expert, but she prefers to just be thought of as a lifelong learner. Mandy has also taught as an adjunct professor in Anthropology at Antioch. Her courses have included Ethnography and Homelessness, a survey on the supernatural (magic, witchcraft, and religion), and an introduction to the Anthropology of Tourism. Her newest adventure is about to begin: Waggle Run Farm. This farm will be a space for educating and empowering others with training in the art of rural living. Other projects include a 50-foot-long mural above three shops in Yellow Springs.
Maya gardens at the village of Lake Mensabak in Chiapas, Mexico. He has begun archaeological research on settlement and environmental change in the Brazilian Amazon. He has been married to Dia Cirillo for 15 years. They have an 11-year-old daughter, Antonia. Dr. Joe Lowndes ’90 wrote a piece for The New York Times titled “Roy Moore lost the battle, but he’s winning the war.” His article discusses how politicians like Roy Moore are on the rise and the presence of right-wing politics throughout history. Joseph Lowndes is associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon and author of From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism. He is writing a book on the rise of right-wing populism in the United States. This past Valentine’s Day John Sims ’90 presented his ongoing love project and its latest iteration, Square Root of Love: Love and Politics—NYC/Paris event, featuring poets, writers, performance artists, and musicians in both New York City and Paris. These two events explored the various dimensions of love as it intersects with the ideas of liberty, justice, and politics in the current cultural climate, leading perhaps to the question, where is the love? Pete Tridish ’92, founder of International Media Action, recently hosted current student Tom Amrhein ’20 for his Co-op in Philadelphia. Pete and Tom traveled to campus recently to help
American Jewish Archives. She loves that she gets to do history every day and help empower people with information! That History degree from Antioch keeps paying off every day! Emily Osborn ’97 was recently featured in the Most Valuable Professional Q&A column on the website of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Osborn began her career as a work-study student in the financial aid office at Antioch College. She applied for the job at the suggestion of her college roommate to find out about scholarships earlier, and worked in Antioch’s financial aid office all four years.
Joshua Lucca ’16 and Clara Strong ’16 Joshua Lucca ’16 and Clara Strong ’16 wed on March 31, 2018 in Evansville, IN. The ceremony was attended by alumni spanning from ’81 to ’17. The two met at Antioch. Clara works as a case manager at a homeless clinic and Joshua
AntiWatt, the low-band student-run radio station, with system improvements. They also met with students from the course “Community Engagement: Non-Profit Leadership & Cooperative Action” who used AntiWatt as a part of their curriculum. Natalie Feinberg Lopez ’94 stepped down as chair of the Boulder County Planning
works in media production at a local news station. Joshua and Clara are pursuing master’s degrees in Documentary Filmmaking and Creative Writing, respectively, at Southern Illinois University and Bennington College.
Commission and is now vice president of the Association of Preservation Technology International (APTi). Natalie was a Commissioner for seven years. Natalie is running for a position on the US/ICOMOS Board of Directors. Her work at the Colorado State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion is complete after eight years. Natalie has started two
UNESCO projects. The Italian government invited her to tour preservation sites. Alison Stankrauff ’96 is the new university archivist at Wayne State University in Detroit. She previously worked for 13 years as archivist and associate librarian at Indiana University South Bend. Prior to that, she was a reference archivist at the
Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz ’98 premiered her short film, “Soléne,” on Thursday, May 17, at Caribbean Cinemas. The drama details an LGBT romance on St. Croix. The film was shot entirely on location on St. Croix with a crew mostly of Virgin Islanders and co-stars actresses from St. Croix and Puerto Rico. Shoshanna Spector ’99 was recently named one of Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 for her continuing dedication to human rights issues. Currently serving as Executive Director of Faith in Indiana, Spector has been organizing faith leaders to take action in the community. One of their recent achievements includes helping to win approval for a new mass transit plan in Indianapolis. Dr. Teishan A. Latner ’00 is assistant professor of History THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018 55
Class Notes passionate parent co-raising happy, healthy, and kind children, who are nine and six. Currently, Rhea teaches urban, low-income youth at an after-school and summer program and is a weekend painting instructor. She truly enjoys both jobs.
at Thomas Jefferson University. His book, Cuban Revolution in America, is being published by the University of North Carolina Press. Rani Deighe Crowe ’01 is currently an assistant professor at Ball State University in the English Department where she teaches screenwriting. She just wrote and produced the short film, “Heather Has Four Moms,” with director Jeanette Buck and editor Bonnie Rae Brickman. It just premiered at Athens International Film and Video Festival and will be screening on the festival circuit the next two years. She is also developing the short film into a television series. Allison Maria Rodriguez ’03 is an interdisciplinary artist working predominantly in new media and video installation. Her multi-channel immersive work “Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galápagos” won the grand prize at the 2017 Creative Climate Awards in NYC. She was recently awarded a 2018 Earthwatch Artist Fellowship to travel to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba Canada to work on their “Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge” project. Leilah Weinraub ’03 debuted her documentary feature, “Shakedown,” which explores early-aughts Los Angeles through the underground black-lesbian strip club from which the film gets its name. “Shakedown” is neither an experimental art film nor an anthropology of gay, black femme performance in L.A. Rather, Weinraub sought to capture a moment and turn it into 56 THE ANTIOCHIAN SPRING, 2018
Maya Canaztuj ’17
Maya Canaztuj ’17 is working for Advanced Testing Laboratories as a microbiologist contracted to a Fortune 500 company. In her free time, she works as the membership coordinator for Gem City Market, a cooperative grocery store being built in the West Dayton area. Dayton is one of the worst food deserts in the state. Gem City Market aims to serve those in need. For more information on GCM visit gemcitymarket.com or email Maya at email@example.com.
cinema “Shakedown,” was carefully culled from more than 400 hours of footage that Weinraub shot of the Shakedown Angels. In July, Weinraub will be participating in Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Vaunted culinary publication, Michelin Guide, named Chaydha Pleasant ’05 “Employee of the Month” in February for her exemplary work as a server at Egg, a restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduation, Laura Kopp ’07 has used her Co-op skills to move nine times in New York, California, and
Michigan. She’s (finally) putting down roots in Ypsilanti, MI, where her significant other teaches philosophy. She obtained a Masters in Business Administration from UC Davis and has worked in recent years for small businesses and startups. She says it will surprise some who know her that she adopted a cat and, “is actually quite fond of the thing.” Rhea O’Shion ’07 lives and works in Saint Paul, MN. She graduated with honors from Saint Catherine University in 2011 with a Master’s in Art Education and holds a K-12 Minnesota Visual Art Teachers license. She is a caring,
Currently a student at Gonzaga University School of Law, Rebecca Smith ’16 is one of six students selected to participate in a Law Fellowship at The Hague. Rebecca will spend two weeks in June conducting evidence and document review for prosecutors in pending cases at the International Criminal Court. Amelia Gonzalez ’17 is working with Echoes of Incarceration in New York, an organization which produces documentaries by youth of incarcerated parents. She works as a filmmaker and supports the organization in establishing itself as a nonprofit. She is also being mentored by a Yale University playwright as she draws from her experiences as the daughter of an incarcerated parent to write a play which will be performed at Yale and in New York. Iris Olson ’17 is pursuing a master’s of Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health and was recently appointed as the activist fellow focusing on the transgender rights ballot initiative in Massachusetts through the fall. Iris is currently working with the Greater Boston South community with a focus on recruitment and public education around transgender equality.
COME HOME TO ANTIOCH FOR REUNION 2018, JULY 12–15
What to expect • Meet with current students and faculty • Take the stage at Cabaret Horace • Alumni Awards plenary sessions with outstanding Antiochians • Tell your story at WYSO or on camera • Discussions, reflections, and learning • See friends you haven’t seen since you crossed the mound • Take in the sights of campus from Main to the Farm • Announcement of the first Winning Victories Grant winners • Dance the night away at Div • And so much more!
Campus was buzzing from the excitement for weeks after Reunion 2017 came to a close. More than 350 Antioch alumni and friends came home to Yellow Springs for a long weekend of celebration, collaboration, and shenanigans. “Give me my alumni back!” Azura LavenderNess ’18 wrote as her Facebook status Sunday evening after campus went back to normal. She echoes what students were saying in the aftermath: “We loved Reunion, we loved meeting the alumni, talking with them, learning from them—and dancing with them at DIV! When are they coming back?”
The time has come! Join us for Reunion 2018 to create more magic together.
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THE TOME OF THE TIMES
Transitions and Kafka Robert S. Fogarty, Review Editor The Fall 2017 issue of the Antioch Review, “Challenging Transitions,” featured essays about cultural appropriation, tormented Victorians, and friendship. There was a work of fiction by the Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman and two essays on the art of translation, including one by Norman Thomas di Giovanni ’55 (deceased), who chided the College in his senior paper for failing to teach either Greek or Latin as he was in transition toward becoming one of the most important translators of contemporary South American writers. After graduation, Di Giovanni embarked on his career as a translator of Borges. Another essay by an Antiochian is Kenneth King’s (’65) musing about the power of radio.
The Winter 2018 issue featured a brilliant cover by designer David Battle showing the unlikely image of “Kafka with a Smile” and a reprint of a 1991 cartoon by Ed Fisher ’49 (deceased) that spoofed Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” wherein Greg Samsa wakes up one morning as a gigantic insect. In addition, there is a poem by the recent Poet Laureate of the United States Ted Kooser, and essays about a mango festival in the Philippines, the introduction of the new math theories, and contemporary Russian poetry. Writers from as near as Springfield, OH and as far away as Yale University contributed to this issue. Visit review.antiochcollege.edu to purchase or subscribe to The Antioch Review.
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