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Oct. 10, 2014
Message from the Interim President  
Freedom of Speech and Continuing the Dialogue

By now many of you may have seen the headlines about the College's endorsement of the Undergraduate Program's chosen commencement speaker, Mumia Abu-Jamal (BA '96). While this sparked national controversy, elicited emotional responses, and stimulated difficult discussions, it also spawned and reinvigorated much needed dialogues around the country, indeed, around the globe. Dialogues about first amendment rights, social justice, the American criminal justice system and prison systems, race relations, violence and its causes, the role of colleges and universities in fostering free speech and allowing students and members of college communities freedom of academic inquiry free from police or government interference.


Some discussions have been directed closer to home, questioning how Goddard's educational model works. A model which is informed by the transactional principles of John Dewey, who posits that education should be a social and interactive process in which student learning is much more effective when it gives the students an important role in deciding what they will study, how they will study it, and what the evidence will be of their learning.  All of these points of dialogue and exploration tie directly into the College's mission, "to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world."


This has been a time of high anxiety and excitement. It has also been a time in which those who believe in a number of the principles upon which the United States is founded and what our institution proposes in its mission, can take pride. We did encourage difficult dialogue, we did take responsible action in the world, and we did so against powerful forces aligned against our doing so. I wish I could say that all parties acted well in this interchange but that is not the case. For many who came forward to disagree with our actions, civil discourse was not an option as it was undermined by real and veiled threats, name-calling, and accusations. For those who would like to enter the discussion of the topics above, I encourage you to find areas of agreement, challenge our understandings and beliefs, and, even, agree to disagree with respect. A deep and complicated moral conversation takes a lot of courage. To those who have and will join in that conversation I extend my greatest admiration and appreciation.





Bob Kenny, Interim President





Commencement Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal 
View the slideshow and listen to the speech

News from the Garden
Volunteer gardeners contribute to sustainable food system

With the help of volunteers and the kitchen staff, Goddard College grew and harvested 4,466 pounds of vegetables and herbs for use in our Dining Hall on the Vermont campus. That amounts to $11,735 worth of fresh veggies, including tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, salad greens, radish, herbs, eggplant, garlic, and leeks.  


A big thanks to Mitchell and all who volunteered their time and their green thumbs this harvest season.    








Launch of DUENDE Literary Journal
Students & faculty of the BFA in Creative Writing program unveil inaugural issue





Fall Pledge Drive and The Goddard Hour

This October 20 through 27, WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio, will hold its second pledge drive of 2014, with the theme "Growing Together."  Their goal is $17,500. Consider supporting one of the longest-standing, longest-treasured college/community radio stations in the country.


Starting this fall, the station adopts these long-awaited learner and listener service-oriented advancements:

  • 24/7 broadcasting.
  • Weekly local news.
  • Credit bearing media studies programs for local youth and adults.
  • Grants for local programs with national syndication potential.

In related news, WGDR will host a dialogue on free speech and the controversy over the student's decision to have Mumia Abu-Jamal as the Undergraduate Program commencement speaker on The Goddard Hour this Thursday, Oct. 16, from 11:00am to Noon. Listen live at, and call in with your comments, toll free: 1-800-646-9437.



Upcoming Events & Concerts
Oct. 18 | 10:00am
Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield, VT
RSVP required

Join us at the Goddard College campus in Plainfield, Vermont to learn more about Goddard's low-residency BA, BFA, MA and MFA degree programs.  Attend an information session, meet current students, faculty, and program directors, tour our historic campus & gardens, and have lunch in our renovated Dining Hall. Family and friends are welcome - pass it on!

Oct. 31 | 8:00pm | Nov. 1 | 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
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An immersive puppet show, live video game, hip hop concert, and house party all rolled into one fantastic spectacle - Grottoblaster is an open-source platform for comics, games, music, soundscapes, and puppets. 

FRIDAY, Oct 31 - Halloween Costume Party at 8pm / arcade opens at 7:30pm.  SATURDAY afternoon, Nov 1 - KIDS Show (for ages 5 & up) at 3pm / arcade opens at 2:30pm, w/Kids costume contest.  


Nov. 7 | 8:00pm
Openers: Jim and Sam, Tall Heights
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
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Ben Sollee from Kentucky "has been changing minds all over the world with his brand of soulful, indie-tinged folk, with his voice and said stringed implement up front." - Houston Press   


Nov. 15 | 8:00pm
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
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Jonathan Richman: "His loquacious word play, spoken vocals and sing-song meanderings on life generated infectious laughter."- Catch Jonathan live on stage featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums! 


Dec. 12 | 8:00pm
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
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"I'd give them 100 miles. That is to say, if they're playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded." - David Greenberger of NPR.



New Student and Faculty Blog Posts


MA PSY: The Mediocre Meditator: Deconstructs An Early Morning Moment Using Buddhist Psychology and Other Points of View


MA PSY: Grief Work and Expressive Arts by Student Matt Mulligan
IMA: How Sex, Drugs and Embodied Magic Can Change the World
MFAIA: New and Achievements - September 2014
UGP: News & Achievements - Fall 2014 MFAW: July / August News & Achievements


2015 Sustaining Donor Challenge
Help sustain Goddard's future with a sustaining gift
We are DONATE pleased to announce that we met the 2014 Sustaining Donor Challenge and received $20,000 for the Goddard College Annual Fund as a result. Thank you to all of our new sustaining donors for making that happen!

The same donor has pledged another $15,000 if we get 50 new sustaining donors to sign up by June 30, 2015. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated. Click here to give today.


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