Antioch College students spend 1/3rd of their undergraduate experience in the real world— testing concepts and applying theory from the classroom while reflecting on what it means to lead an impactful life.
Faculty members Karen Velasquez (Co-op) and Kevin Mulhall (Library) are recipients of this year’s GLCA Library of Congress Research Initiative. They will be joined by students Jane Foreman ’17, Keegan Smith-Nichols ’17, and Hannah Strange ’17 on a 10-day visit, this summer, to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. where they will be assisted by Library of Congress librarians in researching various aspects of refugees and immigrants in American higher education. The Antioch team, the only U.S. team selected this year, will meet up with other selected groups from Japan and Morocco on the visit. We look forward to hearing more about their experience and findings. Congratulations to the team for their receipt of this great honor! To learn more, check out the article titled “Research teams selected for GLCA Library of Congress and Boston Summer Seminar Programs” on page 3 of the GLCA’s Winter 2016 edition of the Beacon Newsletter. Photo Credit: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/highsm.17594/?co=highsm
Serving as the Chair of the Environmental Commission (EC) for Yellow Springs, Co-op Faculty member and advisor, Jessica D’Ambrosio had the pleasure of reporting to the Council on the recent activities and happenings of the Commission. One announcement was the receipt of a grant from the Clean Ohio Open Space Fund. A subcommittee of the EC, lead by Tom Dietrich, was charged with submitting applications for funding. Now that the Clean Ohio Open Space Fund has approved the grant submission, the EC, in partnership with the Tecumseh Land Trust, hopes to transform portions of Glass Farm into recreational opportunities for residents. The goal is to create trails, a parking area, perform invasive species removal followed by the planting of natives, and to include signage that creates educational opportunities for visitors. Jessica has been the Chair of the Environmental Commission since November of 2015 and looks forward to the implementation of this project as well as other activities that the EC continues to pursue. Some include updating the village wellhead protection plan, conducting environmental education and outreach, working with community organizations on climate action planning, and promoting pollinator friendly management practices. The Coop department is proud to have a member of the team diligently and actively working towards making positive changes to the environment. Great work, Jessica! […]
In Spring 2016, Beth Bridgeman will lead Ohayo-Ohio, a ten-day Japanese symposium designed to promote global citizenship and to provide students with experiential opportunities for cultural awareness and continued collaboration toward the promotion of peace. It will be held during Japan’s Golden Week (the first week of May, 2016). Ohayo-Ohio features lectures on contemporary Japanese history, Antioch’s contribution to post-war peace between Japan and the United States, the history of the former Antioch tea house and a Japanese photo exhibit by James Luckett. Workshops will include sushi-making, raku pottery, paper-making, a “ma” workshop on the Japanese concept of negative space, Japanese weaving and kimono-making, natural dye workshops, fish printing, a haiku slam, story-telling, an origami thousand cranes peace project, calligraphy, tea ceremony, a cosplay parade, and Japanese film offerings. Several students are assisting or leading some of the workshops, including natural dyeing, the Haiku slam, fish-printing and cosplay parade. If you are interested in helping with the Symposium, please contact Beth.
The Great Lakes Colleges Association awarded Co-op faculty member Brooke Bryan and co-director Ric Sheffield (Kenyon College) a significant three-year grant for Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA), an initiative designed to get GLCA students engaged in local and global communities through oral history and digital storytelling projects. Across the consortium of 13 small liberal arts colleges, OHLA will catalyze a community of faculty and students doing interview-based research with open source technology stacks and digital tools like PopUp Archive and the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, while supporting faculty-mentored undergraduate research and building a pilot archive of interview projects with curricular ties. Dreams do come true! *Pictured is Brooke Bryan talking about OHLA during its planning stages at ILiADS (Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship) at Hamilton College’s Digital Humanities Institute.
For the past two years, Dr. Karen Velasquez, Co-op faculty and advisor has been researching Latino-Korean working relationships within the “Koreatown” neighborhoods of Manhattan and Queens, New York City. Most interested in learning “how immigration affects people in their every day lives,” she spent her research term in New York exploring the dynamics between Latinos and Koreans and made some great observations. All her hard work has paid off and Dr. Velasquez is expected to publish a book titled Latino Immigrants in Koreatown, New York City: Transcending Cultural and Linguistic Boundaries in 2017. Way to go, Dr. Velasquez! To learn more about Dr. Velasquez’s work check out these articles: Book explores Latino-Korean relations in Flushing and Elmhurst Author Explores How Koreatown is Bridging Cultures.
Spencer Glazer ’17 and Myrcka Del Rio ’17 are currently in Nepal with Clubhouse International on their third Co-op. Spurred to action by news of recent devastation in Nepal from the 2015 earthquakes, the pair embarked on a Co-op journey of a lifetime. Spencer and Myrcka spend much of their days volunteering in a local school in Kathmandu with students across all ages teaching lessons in various subjects. Despite the tragedies from the quake and destruction to schools, “the kids still show up everyday, happy and ready to learn”, says Spencer. Through the gracious hospitality of a host family, they have been able to attend various festivals, ceremonies, and even a wedding. They are also following closely, the current political efforts of Nepal’s new Constitution and complex relationship with neighboring India. Talk about meaningful international and cultural immersion! Click here to view their tumblr page and follow their fabulous adventures! To donate to those affected in Nepal, click here. Keep up the good work, Spencer and Myrcka!
With support from Antioch College and the Lloyd Family Fund, four Antioch College undergraduates presented posters at the 2015 Oral History Association conference in Tampa, Florida. The conference theme, Stories of Social Change and Social Justice, aligned with their faculty-mentored oral history-based fieldwork conducted during their fourth co-op in WORK 425: Oral History Practicum. Pictured are Cristian Perez-Lopez ’17, who is currently co-oping with the Oral History in the Liberal Arts initiative as the digital archives coordinator; Katie Zechar ’16, who researched Turkish immigration in Dayton, Ohio; Charlotte Pulitzer ’16, who delved into place and identity through oral histories and live mapmaking; co-op faculty member Brooke Bryan, and Eric Rhodes ’16, who began his research on redlining and its implications to communities in Dayton, Ohio.
Working as an English teacher for an agency here in Mexico City, I am exposed to an entirely different class of people. I live and am doing research in a working-class, squatter community. Like many other neighborhoods in Southern Mexico, people here have built their own homes and businesses and–because they settled here without paperwork–the original settlers (and the families of these settlers) never had to pay rent. Even without this expense, however, my neighbors are always working; performing hard labor such as construction, and carrying heavy tubs of oil and water to people’s homes, or performing service work outside of their homes. Santo Domingo, my community, is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Mexico City. I awake most mornings to Don Arturo’s rooster and the trucks with prerecorded messages that sell “refrigeradores, lavadoras, estufas…” and fall asleep to party music from street celebrations and quinceaneras. The neighborhood is large and my street is long but it seems as though most people know each other, despite there being some students and foreigners who have recently landed in the neighborhood for its close proximity to the university. Working for the English language agency, EFA, is a much different experience. […]
For my fourth and final co-op I worked as an intern in the Conflict Resolution Program: Africa, in the Carter Center. I divided my time between two programs: Liberia and Sudan/South Sudan, which has given me an opportunity to better understand the current political, social, and economic situation in these countries. Everyday I arrive at 8:00 a.m. and I am usually the first one at the office. I begin by working on the Daily News Updates, which is looking through various news sources and compiling a list of the most important articles related to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Sudan, and Sudan. On Mondays and Fridays we have team meetings during which I take detailed notes and write up minutes to share with my coworkers. The rest of the days I will work on doing research for a variety of projects. THE RESEARCH Much of my work surrounds research. During my first week at the Center I was able to sit down with my supervisor and talk about my interests. I appreciated his attempt to create an environment where I am passionate about the work that I do. We decided that I would work on various projects involving gender conflict resolution […]
I have spent this summer volunteering for an organization called Rabbis for Human Rights. Founded in 1988, it is the only organization known to be a rabbinic voice in Israel explicitly dedicated to human rights. Over 100 rabbis and rabbinical students, which represent the organization, have banded together with a mission of “informing the Israeli public about human rights violations and pressuring State institutions to readdress these injustices.” RHR works within 4 main fields: human rights work in occupied territories, challenging land confiscation in occupied territories, socioeconomic justice work in Israel, and promoting human rights education in Israel. My journey with Israel/Palestine, I guess one might say, simply began with the fact that my dad’s side of the family is Jewish. Jewish traditions were never a part of my life but I had known for quite some time I had Jewish family lineage. Though what truly sparked my interest in this part of the world is the conflict. I, just like many others, started to learn about it in the classroom. I read and re-read articles related to the conflict as well as researched on my own. One of my professors also helped to so-call “fuel the fire” in terms […]
For her final co-op, Charlotte Blair ’16 traveled to Mexico City for two quarters and researched topics around secrecy, (mis)trust, and rumor within the city. Working as an Independent Researcher, there were three key questions looming in her mind: 1) In what ways does information circulate through a community, 2) How do so-called rumors result in concrete actions, and 3) How do the subsequent actions produce or dismantle feelings of (in)security. She settled in a working class neighbored rumored to be plagued by grupos de choque, or, in this context, “local gangs that are paid by big businesses or the State to create chaos within the neighborhood.” As she delved into the daily life of those around her and became a part of the community, Charlotte discovered how the informal neighborhood association took measures amidst conflict. Many of her days were spent frequenting community assemblies and meetings, volunteering at neighborhood cultural and political events, attending international forums and conferences on subjects such as urban autonomy,and interviewing people about their thoughts and understandings of urban (in)security. She also traveled frequently with her neighborhood association to other parts of Mexico, such as the Normal School in Ayotzinapa, in order to support and […]
What is community service? If you look in the dictionary it is classified as a noun; nonetheless, if you look outside into the world of the communities who are being served you will see a verb, an action being carried out with great impact and heart from those organizing it. Lighthouse is a community service organization whose goal is similar to its name. It is a beacon of hope whose goal is to provide a safe, caring and family-oriented environment that allows community growth to its members and needed assistance to families, especially to struggling families, in the surrounding community. As a staff employee, and unpaid volunteer, my role at Lighthouse is to work with children and youth using art and music to advance their cultural understanding. In addition I also work to provide Lighthouse with a dynamic digital design program that helps them be even more effective in the community. Working at Lighthouse requires a lot of energy and time. There are a million tasks to get done every week and not as much time as I thought to achieve them. Despite all this, Lighthouse is also a fun and engaging place to work that continues to challenge my […]
Rebecca Smith ’16, is currently on her fifth co-op at Voces Mesoamericanas in Chiapas, Mexico. Her job involves assisting with the planning and implementation of workshops, events, and fundraisers to increase awareness for indigenous communities and migrants. She is currently spearheading a campaign that focuses on capturing stories of migrants through the eyes of children and the utilization of photography. To learn more about her campaign or to help in raising funds, visit her site here. Rebecca hopes to continue her work in migrant rights and immigration justice following graduation. Way to go, Rebecca!
The Iwate Ginga Net project has been ongoing for several years, beginning almost immediately after the tsunami disaster in March 2011. The Net project is designed to both assist the people in the area with reconstruction and day to day life, with an increasing emphasis on cultural restoration, and additionally provide college students with experience in volunteer work and the opportunity to make a difference for school credit. My involvement began with the 2014 “Natsu Ginga” or summer Ginga Net project; and at the beginning, I admit I had no idea what I was getting into. Aside from a general idea of what the program was about, I didn’t know any of the specifics. My own experience in Japanese, rusty at the time, and the assistance of my Japanese professor allowed me to register on the website, and in time I found myself on a small train stop in the middle of a gorgeous mountain range in a small, rural area of Japan. Not sure of what would come next, I steeled myself and approached the person holding the large, cheerful “Ginga-Net” sign. I hesitate to give a blow by blow of the following three weeks, but a brief overview […]
For my third co-op, I’m working as the Humanize not Militarize intern in the Chicago office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). AFSC, “a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice…nurtur[ing] the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems,” has tons of national and international offices and programs, including a couple of separate programs run out of the Chicago office, and I’m working specifically under the umbrella of the Wage Peace campaign. My primary role is to provide project support for Humanize not Militarize, a traveling poster exhibit and youth film festival that examine the effects of militarism at both the foreign and domestic policy levels. Though it has many components, the project, broadly, asks one crucial question: how do we demilitarize society? Because Humanize not Militarize has such a wide focus, I get to do a variety of tasks covering a broad scope of issues. Recently, I’ve been working on writing and designing a small booklet–what you’d call a zine if you weren’t working at a hundred year old Nobel Peace Prize-winning nonprofit–that explores the history and current focal points of the four main issues explored in the poster exhibit, […]
My third co-op finds me at the Peace Resource Center of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. I am an intern working in the archive, which houses the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Collection and the Barbara Reynolds Papers. I carpool to Wilmington three days a week with my boss, Tanya Maus, and we normally listen to murder mystery audio books. Currently, we are working our way through Henning Mankell’s Sidetracked, a Kurt Wallander mystery. This is the first job I have ever had that has a serious commute as well as involves me sitting down at a desk or computer for a good portion of my working time. During my co-op, I have been focusing on three major projects: applying for a grant to preserve a collection of historic 16mm films, organizing the information available about the archive, and writing an independent scholarly research article to eventually be submitted to an academic journal. Each of these projects has been exciting and challenging in their own way, and I am enormously thankful that I have had the opportunity to learn about them on this co-op. I have always loved the process of organizing things, so working in a setting that requires me to organize […]
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