Welcome to the Summer 2014 installment of our Undergraduate Program (UGP) News & Achievements, highlighting accomplishments of faculty, alumni, and students of our BA in Sustainability (BAS), BA in Health Arts & Sciences (BA HAS), and BA in Individualized Studies (IBA) degree tracks.
This quarterly newsletter enables UGP community members to know more about each other and for the world outside Goddard to see what we are up to in the worlds of sustainability, healing arts, activism, and creativity. Congratulations to everyone on their good work.
Annie Abdalla’s egg paintings were included in “The Nesting Show,” a curated group exhibit at Studio Georgeville in Georgeville, Quebec.
This winter, Pamela Booker launched her blog, greens4squares.com, for “savory, sustainable conversation” at the intersections of social change knowledge, social philanthropy-building and new approaches to designing urban-based mindfulness practices and green planet issues for human sustainability.
Pamela’s photograph, “We are all the American Dream, Honey #1,” is included in an exhibition, For Whom It Stands, TOO at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum, curated by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, Maryland. You can see this wonderful photograph at Pamela’s website.
Director of Undergraduate Studies Phyllis C. Brown has one of her hand-painted silk scarves in an exhibit at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. The exhibit is called, “Newtown Art Celebration: Celebrating 100 Years.” More than 200 people attended the opening of the exhibit on June 21, 2014.
Bobby Buchanan is coordinating a Goddard UGP presence at the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21+22, coinciding with the U.N. Climate Summit. Please contact Bobby if you’d like to join the Goddard College student, alumni, staff, and faculty contingent. Let’s make it a sizeable contingent! For more information about the People’s Climate March, anticipated to be the largest demonstration to date in response to climate change, read Bill McKibbon’s Rolling Stone article, “A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change.” Goddard’s Interim President Bob Kenny has endorsed the People’s Climate March on behalf of the college.
Bobby is also a contact person for Tar Sands Free Vermont, a group affiliated with 350 Vermont that is working to make sure that an aging Vermont pipeline is not used for the transport of Tar Sands oil.
Francis Charet completed a review essay of Gavin Flood’s The Truth Within: A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism for the British journal, Religions of South Asia.
Marilou Esguerra and Karen Stupski attended the Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, Vermont, in June.
Newcomb Greenleaf will be speaking at the Fall ‘14 SAND (Science and Nonduality)
Conference in San Jose, California. The title of Newcomb's talk is “The Suppression of Nondual Mathematics: A Tragedy in Three Acts.”
Bethe Hagens is an invited panelist at “CONFERENCE EARTH - SHAPING OUR FUTURE” organized by the Global Peace Centre in Melbourne, Australia, August 15 – 17. The conference focuses on the intersection of consciousness and sustainability.
Still enjoying his time as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Berlin, Shaka McGlotten gave a talk about zombies and pornography at Transmediale, an art and technology festival in Berlin in February. You can watch that panel, as well as one Shaka moderated about geographies of sexuality and dating apps, in their entirety.
Shaka also gave a talk at University of Toronto's School of Information about race and big data called "Black Data." In May, Shaka gave a related talk at the Wandering Scholars Conference, City University of Hong Kong. A paper based on these talks will appear in Black Queer Studies 2.0 (forthcoming from Duke University Press) and Scholar and Feminist Online.
In May, Sara Norton attended the conference, “Mindfulness, Mindsight and the Brain: What is Mind and Mental Health?” featuring Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., a pioneer in the field of interpersonal neurobiology.
Sara also recently completed her 32nd year of teaching the winter/spring round of Tai Chi classes at her studio in Montpelier. She looks forward to teaching the fall program there starting in September.
Baco Ohama recently completed a new video poem, text walking (on East Hastings).
Suzanne Richman has been building a small-scale compound on her 18 acres of land in Plainfield, Vermont, along with finishing up a newly constructed barn. Suzanne writes, “We are focusing on energy efficiency in the structures, exploring models for ‘Tiny House’ construction, along with expanding the gardens and small fruit growing practices. The barn will house a shop for craft and an upstairs space for community workshops and films, as well as a retreat and guest space.” The first on-site presentation will be about mushroom inoculation and the health benefits of shiitaki mushrooms, offered in conjunction with the August UGP-1 residency.
Eva Swidler’s article, "Ignorance Is Bliss: Why Unlearning History is So Hard, and So Important” was just published in World History Connected (Vol 11 number 2.) The article expands on a paper Eva presented at the American Historical Association annual conference in Washington, D.C., in January.
Thanks to a Mellon Foundation grant, Diana Waters attended the Digital Liberal Arts Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to present a proposal for the Great Lakes Colleges Expanding Initiatives. Diana explains, “We will be training students on their respective campuses to develop basic digital humanities skills so that they can come to Philadelphia for an experiential education experience and intern in an organization where they will develop (or help develop) a digital project. Then they will go back to their home campuses and become student leaders for other interested students while helping faculty with their digital humanities/digital liberal arts projects.”
Karen Werner is one of twelve recipients of a 2014 Tending Space Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation. The six-month fellowship supports the integration of Buddhist and artistic practices and includes support for Buddhist retreats as well as audio documentary courses and mentorship. In mid-July, Karen’s audio pieces, “Resonance 1” and “Resonance 2,” will premier at the Deep Listening Festival in Troy, New York.
Herukhuti Williams participated in two plenary panel discussions (“State of the Bisexual Movement” and “Bisexual Writers”) and facilitated a workshop at the BECAUSE Conference. In June, Herukhuti was part of a Bisexual Health Research Roundtable hosted by Fenway Health in Boston. The event brought together twenty scientists and community leaders for knowledge sharing and to set an agenda for bisexual health research in the United States. In August, Herukhuti will be presenting at the Woodhull Foundation's Sexual Freedom Summit.
In May, Mary Sui Yee Wong was a featured panelist at Montreal Monochrome II for a discussion about ethnic diversity in the arts, focusing on: “What strategies have artists of colour built as part of their struggle against racism and colonialism? How can other organizations and individuals contribute to those efforts?”
In June, Sui Yee was part of a workgroup, “Performing Asian / Americas: Converging Movements” at Encuentro 2014, a biannual event (part academic conference, part performance festival) organized by The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. The theme of this year’s Encuentro was MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas. Sui Yee also ran a workshop during Encuentro 2014 on “Print and Propaganda.”
BAS STUDENTS & ALUMNI
Reia Marie Bustolin (BAS ’13) started her own company, Speakeasy Gardens, using permaculture concepts to design ecological and edible gardens. She has been designing orchards and medicinal tea gardens and restoring soil for several clients. Part of Reia’s work has involved designing a food forest at Brick Ends Farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts, with “black walnut, hazelnut, persimmon, honey berry, kiwi, quinoa, sun chokes, fiddleheads, and about 50 native species of medicinal perennials. There are four varieties of mushrooms growing -this will be their first harvest year. [That’s a shiitake in Reia’s hand in the photograph just below.] The plan is to use the food forest as a ‘classroom’ to teach people about regenerative agriculture and ecology.”
Reia adds: “I feel that I am fulfilling my commitment to making my community a better place by creating and preserving intergenerational assets through the realm of ecology. I could never have done this without the guidance I received at Goddard, which taught me how to take my many passions, pick them apart into tiny pieces, and create a single vibrant mosaic. Goddard taught me to be organized, confident, and strong in an unsure world.”
Johnny Ridenour (BAS’14), busy finishing his Senior Study about urban farming, design patterns, collaboration, and intimate partnership, is featured on Goddard’s BAS blog.
Kyle Ryan (BAS ’15) has been gathering stories about young and beginning farmers’ land access, based on interviews and farm visits near Eugene, Oregon. Kyle published three such stories about land access on the Agrarian Trust website. (You can read them here, here, and here.) Kyle also attended “Our Land Symposium,” Agrarian Trust’s 2014 conference, which was like “going to a music festival with a back stage pass to see all [one’s] heroes.” Kyle’s photo, below, was taken during his visit and interview with Turnip the Beet Farm in Lorane, Oregon.
BA HAS STUDENTS & ALUMNI
James Dewitt (BA HAS ’14) attended the White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, on behalf of the Goddard UGP program in February 2014, and wrote a blog post about the experience. While you are on the blog, check out James’ Senior Project, a collection of sex education ‘zines for transgender youth. This summer, James will be leading a series of workshops on self-care and conflict mediation at Queer Rock Camp, a week of “empowering youth and building community through music” in Olympia, Washington.
Stephany Hoffelt (BA HAS ‘14) taught a workshop and led a plant walk at the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference held near Mukwongago, Wisconsin in June. Stephany’s plant walk, shown in the photograph below, was entitled, "Women's Works and Worts.” Stephany’s article, “Community Healers in Ancient Ireland" was recently published in Plant Healer Magazine.
In May, Juanita Martin (BA HAS ’14) joined with other healing and wellness practitioners in her region of New Jersey to launch The Life Enhancement Cooperative of South Orange. Juanita, who is a Reiki practitioner, offers Reiki circles, trainings and private sessions. Other members of The Life Enhancement Cooperative work in music therapy, spiritual counseling, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and energy medicine, and life enhancement coaching.
Emily Wheeler’s (BA HAS ’14) collaborative, multimedia exhibit, “Raising Mother,” will be on display at Goddard College from August 20 through September 20. The exhibit includes photographs, quotes, poetic montage, and audio collage, and is based on oral histories Emily conducted with twelve mothers from Central Vermont. The exhibit explores multiple themes related to motherhood with a focus on the kinds of support, as well as gaps in support, experienced by these mothers. Emily is working on having the exhibit displayed at the Vermont State House next May (in time for Mother’s Day) to prioritize support for mothers, as lawmakers think about how to encourage healthy families, communities, and future generations.
IBA STUDENTS & ALUMNI
Morgan Fitzpatrick Andrews (IBA ’09) recently completed his first semester in the Goddard MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program. This spring he directed and designed Nobody's Home, a multi-sensory meditation-comedy performed in ordinary bedrooms. The show traveled to New York City, Chicago, Baltimore, D.C., Pittsburgh, New Jersey, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. Morgan continues to teach Theatre of the Oppressed workshops in the Philadelphia area. Most recently he led workshops at Temple University's Institute on Disabilities, Tyler School of Art's Arts Education Program, and the Ethical Society of Philadelphia.
Morgan Andrews (framed in center) performs at Goddard’s Alternative Media Conference, May 18, 2013.
Jordon Bosse (IBA ’06) is currently working on a Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. This year, Jordon received a Hluchyj Fellowship, which offers an annual stipend of $25,000 in support of research in clinical healthcare. Jordon’s training in nursing is predominantly in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and his main research area is the phenomenon of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning individuals.
Jordon writes, “I hope to be able to teach at Goddard once I finish my Ph.D. (and hopefully a post-doctoral fellowship). I am grateful on a regular basis for my education at Goddard! I was provided the opportunity and support to engage in original research- something that is rare at the undergraduate level. That experience not only fostered a love of research and statistics, but also gave me a leg up on developing research questions and research design. I think the depth and breadth that was encouraged by Goddard encouraged me to continue to look outside of the discipline of nursing as sources of information to guide both my practice and my research. The critical thinking that is required in the Ph.D. program is intense, and I definitely credit my ability to engage in this level of thought to my education at Goddard.”
Ya-Ping Douglass (IBA ’16) is currently accompanying a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) teacher, Miki Kashtan, for two workshops in Shanghai and Beijing. Ya-Ping is “taking notes and helping with logistics, and, in the process,…learn[ing] a lot about NVC, Chinese culture, and how the two intersect.”
After the NVC classes, Ya-Ping will visit the Five Immortal Daoist Temple, located on the western most peak of the Wudang Mountains, where she has spent time previously. At the Temple, Ya-Ping plans to study and practice a mix of martial arts, longevity exercises, meditation, Daoist scripture, Daoist theory, and medicine.
Suzahn Ebrahimian (IBA’ 15) co-organized the panel, “Mutual Aid: On the Ground,” at the Left Forum in New York City on June 1. Panelists from a range of mutual aid based projects (including BK Rot (NYC), Mutant Legal (NYC), SWOP-Chicago, and Boise Mutual Aid) discussed the strategies, practicalities, misconceptions, and potentials of mutual aid networks operating across a range of issues/communities. “How do we harness mutual aid based networks in an empowering and sustainable way? And how can we learn from each other across diverse cities and communities?”
Victoria Estok (IBA ‘07) will be presenting a paper about her ongoing sound intervention project, Interpelled, at “Invisible Places, Sounding Cities” in Viseu, Portugal, this July. Victoria is currently adapting Interpelled for the UN Climate Summit in New York City in September. Victoria is an adjunct lecturer in Sound Art at SUNY-Purchase. You can read more about her upcoming projects, many of which have an environmental focus, at her website.
Synnika Lofton (IBA ’04) completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard in 2006. Since then, he has launched an indie label/publishing house called Guerrilla Ignition, which focuses on emerging poets as well as traditional recording artists. Synnika also hosts a weekly internet radio show, Guerrilla Ignition Radio, featuring poetry and spoken word from a diverse line-up of artists. Synnika has recorded and published extensively. See and hear one of his wonderful pieces, “Full Throttle Into Heaven.”
Amber McZeal (IBA ’13) is thrilled to be a vocalist in the new opera, “Post-Pardon.” You can catch a sneak preview of the opera and Amber’s performance on July 13 at 3pm at The Marion E. Greene Black Box Theater in Oakland, California. “Post Pardon: The Opera” is a collaborative project of Goddard BFA in Creative Writing faculty member and poet Arisa White and composer Jessica Jones.
The libretto is an adaptation of Arisa’s eponymous poetry collection, published by Mouthfeel Press in 2011 and based on Arisa’s encounter with poet Reetika Vazirani while on a writing retreat in summer 2003. Arisa interacted with both Vazirani and her son three weeks prior to their murder-suicide, which was reported in the Washington Post. For months, Arisa wondered: “Why would a mother kill her child then herself? What are the conditions that create this phenomenon?” Musically influenced by avant-garde improv, Buddhist chants, salsa, South African piano jazz, and individual composers from the Impressionists to Allen Sherman and Ornette Coleman to Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Post-Pardon” is not to be missed! Stay tuned for updates, most especially if you are in the Oakland, California, area.
Hillary Melville (IBA ‘16) attended the New Economy Coalition’s Common Bound Conference in Boston in June, focusing on topics such as creating a community-scaled economy, economic democracy, participatory budgeting, building a just and equitable food system, and growing the co-op movement. Hillary reports that it was “very inspiring to be in a room with 650 people working to make a better world."
Desmond Peeples (IBA ’14) just started a literary journal, Mount Island, for new prose and poetry of all sorts: “Mount Island is beholden to no styles, creeds, or favorite flavors, but we do love to read work that speaks in tongues and tinkers with our moral compasses.” The first volume will be published in September 2014. Submissions welcome! Visit the Mount Island website for details about how to submit your fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Lauren Russell (IBA ‘11) was awarded a 2014-15 Fellowship in Poetry from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. [Lauren is in the left corner of the photo below.]
Chloe Winther (IBA ‘10) will begin her graduate studies this September in the Community Oriented Public Health Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. She will be getting a Masters of Public Health. Chloe has been working at the New York City Department of Health since 2011 and has published several research papers, including, this June, “Patient-Centered Medical Home and Quality Measurement in Small Practices” in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Managed Care.