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bbridgeman@antiochcollege.edu

Beth Bridgeman is an associate professor of Cooperative Education. She teaches a series of Reskilling and Resilience courses, exploring seed-resilience, plant medicine, regenerative agriculture and commensality. Her pedagogy includes peer-to-peer teaching within a democratic educational framework. Beth directs cooperative education partnerships in sustainability, environmental science, biomedical science, and alternative education. She is co-op liaison to the science division and to the Japanese language and culture program. A recipient of a faculty excellence award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, she is also an Oral History in the Liberal Arts Faculty Fellow, receiving funding for her project “Re-establishing a Seed Commons through Oral History Methodology” with support from the Mellon Foundation. Her concurrent research, “Pedagogies of Nature: Shinto, Spiritual Ecology, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge” recently received National Endowment for the Arts funding through the Great Lakes College Association.

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Beth develops partnerships and field-based agro-ecology, Japanese cultural immersion and experiential education opportunities for Antioch students. Recent community-engaged opportunities have included a mud oven design-build, seed school, and fermentation workshops. She has led student trips to Seed-Saver Exchange and The Land Institute. In 2017, she designed a four-college residency with the Rich Earth Institute, during which students built a prototype urine-diverting compost toilet and learned about human nutrient recapture and in 2016 offered Ohayo-Ohio: an eight day Japanese symposium of 30 workshops, presentations, and films. She maintains relationships with alumni and partners in New England, California, Japan and Colorado. Current interests include basket-making, indigo shibori, soap-making, biodynamic agriculture and "mending as resistance".

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Ira Wallace Interview

May 11, 2021