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Community-Based Learning

ANTIOCH COLLEGE Community-Based Learning Presents:

Program Overview

Enroll by June 9th!

Antioch College is pleased to invite non-degree seeking Miami Valley community members into a special selection of classes on the Antioch College campus during our July-August block courses. These courses feature Antioch faculty and content experts teaching from their core scholarship through hands-on engagement with materials and spirited dialogue with other participants— including full-time Antioch College students.

There are no prerequisites to enroll, however community participants should reserve time for course readings and plan to attend all sessions in person on the Antioch College campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

These courses are offered as a non-credit audit options or certifications.

Course descriptions, meetings time, and costs are described below for each class offering. Enrollment closes on November 9th.

2023 Jul-Aug (JA) Block Institutes

Permaculture Design Certificate: 3 weekend Summer Intensive Institute

Antioch College welcomes the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute (CPI) to lead CPI’s internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course to be held over three weekends from July 14-30.

Hybrid online/on-site lesson plan with lecture, discussion, and in person classes and demonstrations at the Antioch Farm.

Complete a team design project using permaculture principles. Topics include: Ethics of Design, Natural Systems and Patterns, Climate and Soil Science, Annual & Perennial Food Gardening, Water and Energy Usage, and more.

Open to Antioch students and the public.

A $200 Deposit is required to confirm your registration and hold your spot. There are 25 places available. Payment is accepted by check, cash, PayPal or credit card (*additional fee applies).

  • $1,000.

2023 Jul-Aug (JA) Block Course Offerings

Special Topics in Social  Enterprise and Innovation:  Practicum in Antioch College  Learning Hub Revenue  Generation

Kevin McGruder

July 10- 14 – Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

July 17 – 21 – Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

In February of 2023, Antioch College President Jane Fernandes announced the development of a new business model for Antioch College under which the Learning Hubs of the College will develop revenue-generating initiatives that will in time contribute significantly to the budget of the College. In this course, students will provide support to leaders of Antioch College Learning Hubs (the Farm, Coretta Scott King Center, Foundry Theater, Herndon Gallery, Olive Kettering Library, Wellness Center) to assist them in planning revenue-generating strategies for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Drawing on principals of social enterprise and social innovation, the students will assist as needed, with areas such as market research (including competitor analysis), marketing planning, revenue and expense projections, and implementation logistics planning.

Experimental Course: Environmental Literature

Natalie Suzelis

July 24 – July 28: MTWRF 12:30PM – 4:30PM

This course synthesizes “ideas of nature” in poems, essays, music, and short stories with direct student experience of the Antioch farm. From Romantic and Transcendental, and pastoral literature to critical essays about human constructions of the environment, students will explore different literary representations of – and relations to – the nonhuman world. While reading, hearing, discussing, reflecting on, comparing and writing about literature(s) of the environment, students will be encouraged to connect their interpretations to their immediate and lived experience of the nonhuman world on Antioch’s farm and campus.

Some course meetings on location at the Antioch MicroFarm 

Special Topics in the Practice of History – Oral History Method

Brooke Blackmon Bryan

July 24 – July 25: MT 2:00PM – 4:00PM,

July 26 – August 30: WRFSU 10:00AM – 5:00PM

This course will focus on the philosophy and methodology of oral history. We begin with readings and discussion about the “radical roots” of oral history work in community organizing, and how the emergence of oral history parallels American movements in people’s history and citizen journalism, activities that are both grounded in academic inquiry and activism and advocacy. Through readings, discussion, and participation in an international week-long training institute hosted at Antioch, we will develop a model of integrated theory and practice that positions oral history as a clearly-defined method for scholarly inquiry in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, a method guided by the best practice of ‘informed consent’.

Intersects with Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA) Institute



Registration for the 2023 July/August Block is now open.