[SaveAntioch] Summer Alumni Festival & Nonstop/Alumni Board Proposal

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Sat Jul 4 22:21:57 EDT 2009

July 3, 2009
Summer Alumni Festival & Nonstop/Alumni Board Proposal

Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute hosted the Summer Alumni Festival from
June 18th to the 21st in Yellow Springs. The Festival brought more
than 75 Antioch College alumni for three days of programming
celebrating the accomplishments of Nonstop over the past year. The
festival coincided with the June Alumni Board meeting, and at that
meeting, the Alumni Board/Nonstop task force presented its proposal to
the Alumni Board. The proposal can be downloaded from the Nonstop
website here - http://nonstopinstitute.org/summer-alumni-festival/task-force-proposal-and-nonstop-501c3-plan

Nonstop’s Summer Alumni Festival featured an academic mini-conference
addressing academic freedom and labor issues, film screenings,
performances, seminars and presentations by alumni, Nonstop and other
faculty, a community work project, and more. Bob Devine ’68 taught
what was to be the last session of his beloved class Media and Social
Change, as he retired on June 30th. Bob looked back on the 20 years
that he has been teaching the class to “explore the paradigm shift in
social change media during those years — from content distribution to
interaction and the building of relationships”. Bob used the class as
a way to explore and understand the ways we have communicated and
organized in our efforts to save Antioch College.

As part of the academic mini-conference, filmmaker James Motluk came
from Canada to present his film "Whose University Is It?", a chronicle
of the failed struggle against corporatization at Trent University in
Ontario. Professor Alison Hearn from The University of Western Ontario
took part in discussing the film and also participated in one of the
panel discussions that were part of the conference. The panels
explored issues of academic freedom and labor and featured faculty
from Nonstop and elsewhere, and were moderated by AAUP President and
Antioch Alum Cary Nelson ’67. Scott Warren, former Antioch Professor
of Philosophy and Politics and Nonstop faculty member, contributed his
expertise in Critical Theory and radical philosophy and politics to
offer a contextualization of the Liberal Arts as a means of reclaiming
emancipatory knowledge. By charging Antioch and other Liberal Arts
institutions to “generate knowledge that can liberate us from various
forms of domination and confinement”, Scott’s talk offered valuable
food for thought as we reflect on the past year of Nonstop and look
forward to building an independent college. Video of all of this
programming as well as performances by Nonstop and former Antioch
Professors Jill Becker (Dance) and Louise Smith (Theater) can be
viewed on Nonstop’s website -
http://nonstopinstitute.org/summer-alumni-festival .

Since March of this year, a task force made up of members of Nonstop
and the Alumni Board has been developing a proposal for consideration
by the Board Pro Tempore outlining projects that could maintain the
momentum built by Nonstop over the past year involving curricular
research; the rebuilding of the Co-op program; sustaining a regional
cultural and intellectual presence through events and conferences; and
entrepreneurial projects that can be integrated with
sustainability/greening plans and development of improved information
and media services shared by the village and the campus. The proposal
was presented to the community at SAF and to the Alumni Board last
weekend. Nonstop also reported on plans to move forward to establish
not-for-profit status.

For more information, including video documentation of the
mini-conference, arts presentations, overview of the task force
proposal and more, please visit the SAF archive -
http://nonstopinstitute.org/summer-alumni-festival .

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