Beth Bridgeman was the invited guest speaker at the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden on August 23 where she spoke on the history of U.S. seed patent legislation since 1930, gene trait and utility patent law and seed sovereignty. She is an invited speaker at the Ohio School Garden conference on October 13 and a panelist on “Community Efforts and Environmentalism” at the Chatham College Food and Climate Change conference October 14. On October 21, she is co-presenting at the InFACT Seed to Sustainability Workshop at Antioch College with Dr David Francis, geneticist and tomato plant breeder from the Ohio Agriculture and Research Development Center. Second in a series of four statewide workshops, the InFACT series provides professional training for seedsavers, grower and plant breeders. Bridgeman and Francis will speak on seed policy law for small-scale commercial seed production.
For her co-op, Rowan Coburn-Griffis joined the team at Points Unknown “dedicated to educating the public in the Hedlund Husky story…. Points Unknown leads adventure tours, which includes basic training in sled dog life and a ride, usually in the basket.”
In her blog, Rowan details her day that typically starts around 6:00am and ends around 8:30pm. Daily tasks consist of bonding with the dogs and maintaining the kennels and trails. Rowan has been able to explore nature alongside the dogs with visits to Mount Josephine, Mink Mountain, High Falls, and more! She has even taken a dive in Lake Superior. According to Rowan, “it’s very cold!”
Overall, this has been an enjoyable learning for Rowan who states, “The dogs are happy, lovely, kind souls, and I am very happy to be learning here,” says Rowan.
For Thomas Amrhein, his first co-op location was a familiar one. Thomas had been volunteering at WYSO for the past four years. He had even taken the Community Voices class that trains individuals to “work on production commissions for the station.”
When it came time to decide on a co-op location, Thomas applied for and was awarded the Miller Fellowship role at WYSO. This gave him the opportunity to transition from a volunteer to a full-time staff member for the station.
In his blog, Thomas discusses the various organizations linked to Antioch College and how they relate to his main work goal while at WYSO. With so much great knowledge within the WYSO team, the college and its students stand to benefit from the close relationship and proximity of the station.
Thomas states, “a large component of my job is to look into how we can improve student-WYSO connections, and create an environment that encourages students to get involved with broadcast journalism, all the while not putting too much strain on WYSO’s staff.”
Aspiring to be an art teacher, Jennifer Bish ’18 ventured to the beautiful west coast to begin her third co–op with Children’s After School Arts (CASA) in San Francisco, CA. The after school program has a dedication to encouraging “creativity and social justice” in an environment that is enjoyed by students. The students switch between play time outside, in class time and homework. Students are also given the opportunity to select workshops they wish to attend on various topics each week. Serving as an Art, Social Justice, and Self-Expression Teaching Assistant, Jennifer was able to help with a variety of tasks, including the filmmaking workshop. One of the themes discussed in class while Jennifer was at CASA centered around gender. As Jennifer states, “It has been interesting to teach as each grade handles conversations differently. They have been grappling with ideas of identity and expression and have debunked some social norms such as blue being a color for boys and pink for girls.” Jennifer has thus far appreciated the approach that CASA has in teaching its students and looks forward to the final weeks of her co–op!
This past weekend, GLCA (Great Lakes Colleges Association) consortium member, DePauw University hosted an International Conference/Workshop on “The Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship: Theory and Practice.” Antioch College faculty members, Hassan Rahmanian, Lara Mitias, and Luisa Bieri traveled to Greencastle, Indiana on Friday, February 24th to participate. Friday morning’s panel, “Practicing Global Citizenship in an Age of Walled States,” was particularly engaging as scholars representing a broad range of disciplinary approaches to globalization discussed emergent questions on migration, citizenship and democratic dissent. It sparked a thought-provoking conversation continued over lunch with visiting scholars from GLAA (Global Liberal Arts Alliance) institutions including American University of Beirut, American University of Nigeria, and FLAME University in Pune, India.
The group also heard a guest lecture from South African playwright and novelist, Zakes Mda, Professor of English, Ohio University as well as DePauw University students’ perspectives on global engagement on campus and through study abroad. Antioch College faculty enjoyed spending the day cross-pollinating ideas with peers from partner institutions at home and abroad.
*Photo Credit: DePauw University