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Location: McGregor Hall, 2nd Floor
Phone: oaa@antiochcollege.edu
Fax: 937-319-0032

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Phone: registrar@antiochcollege.edu

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Kevin McGruder

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History

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Kevin McGruder

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Kevin McGruder’s interest in community formation led to a career in community development, and now as an academic, to research interests that include African American institutions, urban history, and gay and lesbian history. He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University. Before pursuing doctoral studies at City University of New York, McGruder worked for many years in the field of nonprofit community development. Positions included Program Director at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director of Real Estate Development with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent (in New York City).

McGruder’s interest in Harlem’s history led to two entrepreneurial ventures. From 1990 to 1991 he was owner/manager of Home to Harlem gift shop, and from 2000 to 2008 he was co-owner of Harlemade Style Shop, a store providing Harlem-themed tee shirts, books and other items celebrating Harlem.

During the 2011-2012 academic year McGruder was a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, of the New York Public Library, where he conducted additional research and revised his doctoral dissertation for publication as a book. The result is Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, June 2015).

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., History, City University of New York, Graduate Center
  • M.B.A., Real Estate Finance, Columbia University
  • B.A., Economics, Harvard University

COURSES

  • CLCN 210: Community Engagement
  • HIST 210: African American History from the Colonial Period to the Present
  • HIST 331: The History of the American City

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • The Emancipation Proclamation: Forever Free (Urban Ministries, Inc., 2013).
  • Witness: Two Hundred Years of African-American Faith and Practice in the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem (W.B. Eerdmans, 2013)
  • Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, 2015)
  • “A Fair and Open Field: The Responses of Black New Yorkers to the New York City Draft Riots”, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, July, 2013
  • “Pathologizing Sexuality: The U.S. Experience,” in Black Sexualities: Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies, edited by Sandra L. Barnes and Juan Battle, Rutgers University Press, 2010
  • “Black Sexuality in the U.S.: Presentations as Non-normative,” Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2009)
  • “To Be Heard in Print: Black Gay Writers in 1980s New York,” Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Spring/Summer 2005, Volume 6, Number 1 (North Carolina State University)
  • “Jane Ryder Fisher” The Black Scholar, Spring/Summer 1993

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David Kammler

Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Chemistry

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David Kammler

 

Dr. David Kammler is interested in a wide variety of activities, disciplines, and modes of inquiry, especially: astronomy and space exploration, biochemistry, chemistry, cooking, gardening, history, philosophy, running, soccer, and teaching.  Dr. Kammler began to focus on chemistry and biochemistry in college, and graduated from Harvard University in 1994 with an AB, Cum Laude, in Chemistry.  During this time Dr. Kammler fell in love with teaching and the interdisciplinary modes of inquiry found within liberal arts colleges.  After a short hiatus for rest, recovery, cooking, and more teaching, Dr. Kammler attended graduate school at Indiana University, Bloomington, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry major, Biochemistry minor) in 2002.  Dr. Kammler came to Antioch College as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and then an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, where he remained until the school’s closure in 2008.  During this time, he taught majors classes in chemistry and biomedical science, as well as interdisciplinary general education classes such as the science of cooking, chemistry and art, and fresh water chemistry, all of which included healthy doses of history, philosophy, and hands-on learning.  From 2008-2011, Dr. Kammler was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wilberforce University, where he taught majors classes in biomedical science and health services administration, as well as general education classes.  In 2011, Dr. David Kammler was privileged to join the new Antioch College, where he currently teaches chemistry and chemistry-related classes for the biomedical science and environmental science majors, as well as general education classes, with the expected sprinklings of art, astronomy, history, philosophy and, of course, humor.  In 2012, Dr. Kammler became the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, responsible for a wide variety of practical curricular mechanics, which increased when he became Dean of Academic Affairs in 2016.  According to sources that could just possibly be reliable, he continues to have a sense of humor, and still finds writing his own biographical sketches rather odd.  Dr. Kammler is a third-generation Eagle Scout, has written, received, and reviewed scientific grants and patents, has received three distinguished teaching awards since his teaching career began in 1992, and is most assuredly a foodie.

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • A.B., Chemistry, Harvard University

COURSES

  • Chem 105/160: General Chemistry I/II + Lab
  • Chem 205/330: Organic Chemistry I/II + Lab
  • Chem 340: Biochemistry (now a two-course series, Chem 341/342)
  • GS 110: Global Seminar: Water
  • GS 160: Global Seminar: Education

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Art
  • Science of Cooking

RECOMMENDED LIGHT READING

  • The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (Bridge of Birds, Story of the Stone, Eight Skilled Gentlemen) by Barry Hughart
  • The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, by Neal Stephenson
  • Buck Godot: Zap Gun For Hire by Phil Foglio
  • On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, 2nd Edition, by Harold McGee
  • Caveman Chemistry: 28 Projects, from the Creation of Fire to the Production of Plastics by Kevin M. Dunn

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Woehrle, J., Kammler, D., & Spirrison, H. (2016). Minimally Invasive Assessment.  Intersection, The newsletter of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Fall Edition, 12-15.
  • “Studies of Azetidin-2-one as a Reactive Enolate Synthon of β-Alanine for Condensations with Aldehydes and Ketones”, Williams, D. R.; Donnell, A. F.; Kammler, D. C.; Ward, S. A.; Taylor IV, L. J. Org. Chem. 2016, 10463-10475; published on the Web (ASAP Article) September 14, 2016 DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b01585
  • “A Service-Learning Project in Chemistry: Environmental Monitoring of a Nature Preserve”, Kammler, D.; Truong, T.; VanNess, G.; McGowin, A. J. Chem. Educ201289, 1384-1389.  Featured on the cover of the November 2012 issue.  Published on the Web 9/4/12. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed300109k

Faculty 

Robin Littell

Assistant Professor of Writing and Composition

Robin Littell

Robin Littell has been teaching English composition courses for over ten years to a diverse
body of traditional and non-traditional students at varying levels of skill and confidence in their
writing. She builds course content in ways that make the writing process meaningful and
engaging, leading students to develop a “tool kit” that is transferable from class to class and
beyond. Through careful attention to student needs, Robin creates a learning environment that
is supportive yet challenges students to do their best work.

Robin also teaches and writes short fiction and has numerous publications and
acknowledgments for her work. Her focus is currently flash fiction, a literary genre with a vibrant
history in which attention to the narrative arc, language, and image is vital because of the limited
space of the form. Her protagonists are women who often break convention and challenge
contemporary societal expectations, along with those whose stories illuminate the difficult and
tenuous nature of romantic and familial relationships. Robin has been the writer in residence at
the Dickinson House and Spark Box Studio in Olsene, Belgium and Ontario, Canada,
respectively. She is the winner of the 2018 Vella Chapbook contest, which resulted in the
publication of her chapbook Flight.

Selected Courses

ENG 101 Plus (Formerly ENG 090 College Writing Skills)
ENG 105 English Composition (Formerly Global Seminar in Writing)
ENG 251 Expository Writing: Writing for the Arts
ENG 251 Expository Writing: Nature Writing
ENG 350 Advanced Creative Writing: Flash Fiction
GS 140 Global Seminar: Water
LIT 243 Intro to Cinema

Education

M.F.A., Creative Writing (Fiction), Miami University
M.A., English, National University
Thesis - Dividing the Mind: Connections to the Uncanny in The Yellow Wallpaper and
Reading Lolita In Tehran
B.A., Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Ohio State University

Publications

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Bob Devine ’67

Faculty Emeritus

Bob Devine ’67

Bob Devine, Faculty Emeritus, is a former president, academic dean, and professor at Antioch College.

Bob was one of the founding faculty members originating Antioch's nationally known program in critical communications, film, and video, and served as Chair of the program a number of times. He has taught film history and theory and the use of media for social change for the more than thirty five years, and has been actively involved in the fields of community media, public access, and participatory democratic media.

His work in this field has involved the start-up of the Dallas, Milwaukee, and Manhattan cable access systems, as well as policy planning, system design, community ascertainment, and system evaluation for a number of access organizations across the country. He also served as the Interim Executive Director of Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the largest access facility in the country. Bob served on the Board of Alliance for Community Media, and on the Editorial Board and contributed to Community Media Review for several decades. He served as Academic Dean in 1994-95 and then as President of Antioch College from 1996-2001, while continuing to teach in the field of film studies and community media.

Bob is the 1994 recipient of the Alliance for Community Media's "George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communications" recognizing his national contributions to the field of community media, and the 2002 recipient of the Antioch College Alumni Association's "J.D. Dawson Award" recognizing his contributions to the College.

 

EDUCATION

  • M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., Antioch College

SCHOLARLY INTERESTS

  • Media for Social Change
  • Democratic Media
  • The First Amendment and Political Dissent
  • Labor history

SELECTED COURSES TAUGHT

  • Media and Social Change
  • The First Amendment and Political Dissent
  • Film and Labor
  • Film and the Representation of African Americans
  • Leadership
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Hassan Rahmanian

Faculty Emeritus, Presidential Professor of Political Economy

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Hassan Rahmanian

 

Hassan Rahmanian, Faculty Emeritus, Presidential Professor of Political Economy, received his BA and MA in Economics from the University of Tehran (Tehran, Iran) and completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy Research & Analysis from the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh in 1986. Hassan arrived at Antioch College in the fall of 1986 as an assistant professor of business and management. He earned tenure in the fall of 1991 and was promoted to associate professor of management. His leadership service to the college included terms on the Faculty Senate Steering Committee, the Faculty Executive Committee, and several terms of membership on the Administrative Council (AdCil) both as a faculty and community representative. He chaired the Management Program for several terms and coordinated the Department of Social & Global Studies for a four-year period beginning in 1998. At the closing of the College, Hassan rose as a leader in the Nonstop movement and was a founding member of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute’s Executive Collective. He was responsible for coordinating the Institute’s academic and educational program. From June 2009 to June 2010, he was senior director of institutional research & evaluation at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California.

From April 2011 till July 2014 Hassan served as the College’s first chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs after its reopening. During this time he helped to build the new faculty, from the original six to about thirty-five, to launch the new curriculum, to rebuild academic infrastructure, to secure authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents to award degrees and to serve as co-chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee to further the College’s accreditation efforts. Since July 2014, Hassan has assumed a new role as Dean of Global Education and Presidential Professor of Political Economy. In this new leadership role, Hassan will help develop, plan, and implement the College’s global learning initiatives.

Hassan’s research and scholarly interests and works span over a wide range of topics including: empowerment and democracy in organization, affirmative action and diversity, time and the workplace, and globalization & modernizations.

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Public Policy Research and Analysis, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., M.A., Economics, University of Tehran

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

  • “Is Iran the Next Iraq?” Presented at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH, April 12, 2008.
  • “The Presidential Candidates and the Future of US policies towards Iran” Presented at OSU panel discussion on the Middle East. March 30, 2008.
  • “Historical Construction of Organizational Time for Labor and Capital” Faculty Lecture Series, Antioch College. Oct. 2006
  • “Diversity paradigm: Premises and Promises” Presented at GLCA’s Conference on DuBois, Oberlin, 2005.
  • “Privatization in Turkey: Gains and Pains” workshop presentation, Seminar in Turkey: Religion, Economics and Politics, Ankara, Konya, and Istanbul- June 9-June 20, 2002.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Discourses on Affirmative Action and Diversity: A Shift in Paradigm?” Forthcoming, Journal of Southwestern Economics Association.
  • "The Beijing Conference: A Turning Point in the Women's Struggle" Pazhvak, a monthly review on the Iranian culture , Dec. 1995, (in Farsi)
  • "Empowerment in Organizations: An Interdisciplinary Perspective." in Empowerment in the Workplace and Classroom: Proceedings of the 28th Annual Meeting Eastern Academy of Management 1991.
  • "Governance and Management: In Search of A New Hegemony- A Review Essay." Working paper.
  • "Leadership styles and faculty-administrator conflict: A Comparison of Arthur Morgan and Algo Henderson" Working Paper #1, Antioch College. 1990.
  • "The Workplace within: Psycho Dynamics of Organizational Life, by Larry Hirschorn- A Book Review" The Antioch Review, Vol. 46, no. 3, Summer 1988.
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Amy Osborne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Amy Osborne

 

Prior to joining Antioch College Amy Osborne was the director for the Institute for Learning Differences at Thomas More College. She has also held appointments at the University of Cincinnati, Southern New Hampshire University, and Pikeville College. Amy has had a variety of teaching experiences working with college students in the areas of mathematics, statistics, and quantitative research methods for the education and social sciences. Presently pursing a PhD in Psychology, she is interested in cognitive and affective variables and their relationship to learning, particularly college mathematics. Additionally, she has used her passion for teaching to teach students of all ages interested in areas such as glass-blowing and the ecology of pollinators, such as honey bees. At present she in completing a grant cycle to fund Pollination Stations in and around the south-central Ohio region. When not teaching she can be found spending time with her family, cooking, and working in the apiary.

 

EDUCATION

  • 2012-Present Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
    • Pursuing PhD in Psychology-Cognition & Learning
  • 2003-2008 University Of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
    • Graduate courses in Education, Mathematics, and Art
  • 1994-1996 Eastern Kentucky University
  • 1999-2000 Richmond, KY
    • MS Mathematics (emphasis in Statistics)
  • 1997-1999 Morehead State University
  • 2001-2002 Morehead, KY
    • Graduate courses in Education and Art
  • 1992-1994 Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
  • BS Mathematics, Physics
  • 1990-1992 Ashland Community College, Ashland, KY

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

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Rahul Nair

Assistant Professor of History

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Rahul Nair

 

Rahul Nair is an Assistant Professor of World History at Antioch College. Previously he has served as an Assistant Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia (2012-13) and at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (2005-12). He received his doctoral degree in History with a specialization on South Asia, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, after graduating with an M.A. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. His areas of specialization include South Asia, imperialism, and world history. He is currently working on a book titled, The Rise and Decline of India’s Population Problem in the Twentieth Century. He is fluent in Malayalam, French, Bengali, and Hindi.

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • M.A., History, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, 1998
  • M.A., Economics, University of Delhi in Delhi, India, 1996
  • B.A., Economics, University of Kerala, 1993

COURSES

  • HIST 105: The World Beyond: Cultural Imagination, Exchanges and History In this foundation-level course, students will study how people in various parts of the world imagined what was beyond their everyday experiences, particularly across the oceans, and how these imaginings often motivated them to venture out to make contact with these other worlds for purposes of trade, resettlement, and conquest. The course will use early texts of various cultures, travelogues, diaries, ship captains’ accounts, newspaper articles, and other sources to reveal the voices of the participants in historical events.
  • HIST 226: World History II, from 1500 CE to present This course provides students with an understanding of the changes experienced by peoples in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas as the interaction between these peoples increased as a result of exploration, trade, and conquest. Topics to be covered will include the global impact of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the establishment of colonies by European nations, the growth and expansion of militarism, the development of foreign policies to manage the interaction between nations, the decolonization movement, and the growth of the global economy.
  • HIST 334: The History of a Person: Gandhi Gandhi’s iconic status both in India and abroad owes much to his leadership role in the struggle for Indian independence from British rule. His own life was roughly coterminus with the Indian national movement, which in 1947 resulted in the creation of two nations, India and Pakistan. Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence, political morality, and critique of western modernity were developed in the context of and are inextricably linked to the history of the Indian nationalist movement.  In the first part of this course we look at the origins and trace the development of an Indian national movement that was already half a century old when Gandhi came onto the scene. We then examine how under Gandhi’s leadership the nationalist movement becomes a mass movement that culminated in both the tragedy of partition and the triumph of independence.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Book Manuscript: The Rise and Decline of India’s Population Problem in the Twentieth Century (under contract with Routledge)
  • “The Planning of Birth in the Birth of Planning: Medicalized Birth Control as Population Control in India, 1919-1952,” under review in South Asian History and Culture.
  • The Population Problem in Inter-war India and China, Panel Organizer, 2017 American Historical Association Conference, Denver, 5-8 January 2017.
  • The Planning of Birth and the Birth of Planning: Medicalized Birth Control as Population Control in India, 1919-1952, 2017 American Historical Association Conference, Denver, 6 January 2017.
  • The Pitfalls and Potential of Teaching Gandhi to American Undergraduates, Presenter, Roundtable on Teaching South Asia in the U.S. and the Midwest: Strategies, Challenges Possibilities. 2016,Ohio Academy of History Annual Meeting and Conference, 1-2 April 2016.
  • Sex and the Nation: A Tale of Two American Visitors to India, 2013, International Conference on South Asian Studies, Leiden, 6-7 December 2013.
  • “The Construction of a ‘Population Problem’ in Colonial India 1919-1947,” in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2011), 39:2, 227-47.
Kevin Mulhall

Kevin Mulhall

Director, Olive Kettering Library

Kevin Mulhall
Kevin Mulhall

Kevin Mulhall assists students and faculty to find information through the resources of the Olive Kettering Library. He provides group and individual instruction in the use of library research tools and services, serves as a writing tutor, and provides instruction and advice on upholding academic honesty. As library director Kevin oversees the daily operations of the library, maintains the library web pages, coordinates the library spaces, and maintains the print collection and catalog.

Kevin studied musicology as an undergraduate at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Japan where he taught English as a second language, concertized as a classical guitarist, and entered guitar competitions. After returning to the U.S. he received an MFA in music from the Purchase College Conservatory (SUNY), returned to Japan to teach English, and eventually settled in Yellow Springs to teach music theory, appreciation, and performance at several regional colleges, including the antediluvian Antioch University. Eventually, Kevin formalized his life-long engagement with libraries by earning an MLIS degree from Kent State University and joined the Antioch College faculty in 2013.

He enjoys engaging students in Japanese conversation, organizing the Antioch Chess Club, and playing the violin and guitar in local ensembles.

 

COURSES

  • ENG 090 College Writing Skills Through introductory level work in writing for academic purposes, students will learn to cultivate effective language and use to enhance their writing. Specific focused instruction will be in the following areas: using resource material to write and revise essays, organizing and writing essays using a variety of rhetoric modes, proofreading, editing and revising prose to assure clarity, consistency and conformity to conventions of Standard American English, avoiding plagiarism, and providing appropriate documentation of sources. This is a basic skills course that requires a grade of B or higher to pass and does not carry credit toward a bachelor’s degree.

Lara Mitias

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Lara Mitias

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Lara Marie Mitias currently serves as an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Antioch College where she teaches Asian philosophies, along with various courses in Western Philosophy. She completed her doctorate at the University of Hawaii specializing in Asian and Comparative philosophy. She has taught over 35 different courses in Western and non-Western philosophy, including Logic, Metaphysics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy for Children (P4C) and courses on Death, along with many independent study courses, including On Happiness, and Indian Philosophy of Language. She has published in a range of areas from Indian philosophy of Mind to Japanese and Continental Philosophy to Philosophy for Children.

Education

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Hawai’i
M.A., Philosophy, Ohio University
B.A., Philosophy, Ohio University

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Favorite Courses

Existentialism

In this class we will study the writings of the some of the most interesting and influential philosophers of the 19th and 20th century, including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre.  These philosophers bring our attention back to fundamental aspects of our own existence and experience and so have been classified together as 'existentialist'.  Existentialist philosophers don’t offer us a philosophical movement, or any set of philosophical claims, or even methods. These philosophers aimed to lead us to our own point of view by giving us access to their singular points of view.  They bring our attention to essential aspects of being an existing individual, and as both subject and object. Turning our focus back to the experience of being 'the existing individual', and recognizing the reality or 'truth' of our own subjectivity, has been a significant movement in the history of philosophy. This revival of the real (experiencing) subject has been pivotal for philosophical and social and political developments in the 20-21st century. 

Indian and Buddhist Philosophy

This course is an introduction to Indian philosophical traditions including Buddhism.  

We begin with the Vedas and Upanisads, at the beginning of written history and with some of the earliest writing we have.  In these ancient Sanskrit texts we find the seeds of a complex and analytical philosophical tradition, giving rise to a detailed development through theoretical debate with opposing schools lasting over a millennia.  

From these early profound expressions of Indian philosophy, we turn to the seminal text of Indian culture and thought, the Bhagavad Gita, or Song of God.  We will explore the ethics of the Gita with the study of Yoga philosophy, including parts of the Yoga Sutras, and will discuss the pervasion of the philosophy of yoga in the Indian philosophical and religious traditions, as well as its appropriation of this tradition and these ideas in the West.   This text has been said to give the distillation of Indian philosophy offering its essence. In this text we also find the presentation of the views of two central strains of Indian philosophical thought: Advaita-Vedanta and Samkhya-Yoga. We will read from these schools most significant and most expressive texts, as well as secondary sources clarifying these philosophies. 

After establishing this background in Classical Indian philosophies we will turn to Buddhist Philosophical developments.  The Buddha lived relatively early in the development of Indian philosophies and the schools developed in argument with one another.  In this enduring conversation, Buddhism is often involved and its traditions often hold views antithetical to central views held in common by other schools, and we will explore these important differences.  We will also look at what is shared in these Indian traditions and its significance and in relation to more familiar Western philosophical ideas. There are also many divergences among and between these traditions on many issues and ideas.  We will read excerpts from the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, including the words of Buddha and important Buddhist texts. We will end with a short introduction to the development Chan Buddhism in China and then Zen in Japan.

Philosophy for Children (P4C) 

P4C stands for ‘Philosophy for Children,’ and is an innovative international pedagogical movement meant to foster inquiry and critical thinking skills in a shared community.  

When we do philosophy with children (P4C), we don’t teach philosophy.  Instead, we facilitate group discussion among students.  P4C is most often at the elementary level, but can be done with any grade or group and the methods of P4C and their practice are useful far beyond the classroom.

With the Philosophers Toolkit for understanding one another in hand, and the rules and practices of doing P4C in shared community, together we discuss issues concerning the students and explore ideas that they are interested in.  Through the practices of inquiry and critical thinking skills, students consider their own thinking and that of others on interesting and important questions. These may be questions that we often don't take time to explore. “Why does someone become homeless and why do we treat them badly?” a fearless group of students in Hawaii asked after one of them had thrown stones at a man living on a beach the day before. Children have innumerable ideas and questions; things they think and wonder about and want to talk about, and practicing P4C in the classroom gives us the opportunity. 

The idea of P4C, and the P4C program was created by Matthew Lipman at Montclair State University but the ideals of P4C, and the importance of developing the thinking skills and practice of community inquiry can be traced to John Dewey and the requirements for genuinely democratic societies.  And P4C has been called ‘philosophy for everyone,’ and its use and benefits extend far beyond the classroom. The methods of P4C enable us to engage and discuss critical issues together in a critical and productive way without being critical of others or being criticized by others. These methods of engagement and inquiry and this model of pedagogy are essential to productive dialogue and understanding.  

The experiences we have doing P4C in the classroom are exciting and unique. It is very fun, often enlightening, and always interesting!

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 All Special Topics Courses in Philosophy

(These courses are student-interest driven)

Recent Special Topics: 

  • Philosophy of Time 
  • Phenomenology 
  • Yoga Philosophy: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Recent Independent Studies:

  • Metaphysics

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Recent Papers

De and Yin: Can Daoist philosophy offer us a new feminism?Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) Conference, Beijing China 6/2017

“Going without-going: Going without-going: Conclusions on present time from a Nyāya-Buddhist debate,” American Philosophical Association Pacific meeting, March 2017

“Phenomenologies of Place” Philosopher’s Roundtable, Antioch College, October 2016

“The Place of the Body in Nishida Kitaro’s Phenomenology of Place,” Philosopher’s Roundtable, Antioch College, January 2017

“Living Places,” 11th international Philosophers East-West Conference on ‘Place,’ East-West Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, May 23-June 12016

“The Conversion of Opposites: Speculative Metaphysis and the Appreciation of Beauty in Whitehead’s Philosophy and Daoist Thought,” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP) 43rd Annual Convention, University of Oregon and Oregon State University, March 3-6 2016

“The Transitivity of External Good-ness and It’s Significance,” response paper to M. Cashen “Aristotle on External Goods: Applying the Politics to the Nichomachean Ethics,” Indiana Philosophical Association (IPA) Conference Response Paper, November 12-14 2015  

Selected Publications

“The Logic of Dao” submitted to Frontiers in Chinese Philosophy (FPC), Brill Publishing, Submitted 6/2016, in third and final review 3/2017.

“The Place of the Body in the Phenomenology of Place: Edward Casey and Nishida Kitaro.” In Place. Edited by Peter D. Hershock and Roger T. Ames. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, forthcoming.

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Scott Millen

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Scott Millen

 

Dr. Scott Millen is a biochemist who specializes in the interface of pathogenic bacteria with the human immune system. He is also developing interests in using microorganisms for sustainable fuel production and carbon sequestration. Scott teaches courses in biology focusing on the cell and molecular level. In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family, home brewing, fixing things, and developing his property for permaculture. Prior to joining Antioch College, Scott was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where he taught microbiology and infectious disease courses.

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
  • B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, Cincinnati, OH

COURSES

  • BIO 105 Life: Cells and Molecules
  • BIO 205 Genetics
  • BIO 215 Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 230 General Microbiology
  • CHEM 341 Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Molecules
  • CHEM 342 Biochemistry II: Intermediary Metabolism

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • SH Millen, M Watanabe, E Komatsu, F Yamaguchi, Y Nagasawa, E Suzuki, H Monaco, and AA Weiss. Single nucleotide polymorphism of pertussis toxin subunit S2 (ptxB) affect protein function. PLOS ONE 10(9):e0137379 Sept 16 (2015).
  • TS Johnson, CE Terrell, SH Millen, JD Katz, DA Hildeman, and MB Jordan. Etoposide selectively ablates activated T cells to control the immunoregulatory disorder hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Journal of Immunology 192(1):89-91 (2014).
  • SH Millen, OD Schneider, WE Miller, JJ Monaco, and AA Weiss. Pertussis Toxin B-Pentamer Mediates Intercellular Transfer of Membrane Proteins and Lipids. PLOS ONE 8(9):e72885 Sept 3(2013).
  • OD Schneider, SH Millen, AA Weiss, and WE Miller. Mechanistic insight into pertussis toxin and lectin signaling using T-cells engineered to express a CD8α/CD3ζ chimeric receptor. Biochemistry 51(20):4126-37 (2012).
  • SH Millen, DM Lewallen, AB Herr, SS Iyer, and AA Weiss. Identification and characterization of the carbohydrate ligands recognized by pertussis toxin via a glycan microarray and surface plasmon resonance. Biochemistry. 49(28):5954-67 (2010).
  • SH Millen, DI Bernstein, B Connelly, JI Ward, SJ Chang, and AA Weiss. Antibody-mediated Neutralization of Pertussis Toxin-induced Mitogenicity of Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells. Infection and Immunology 72(1):615-20 (2004).
  • AA Weiss, AK Patton, SH Millen, SJ Chang, JI Ward, and DI Bernstein.   Acellular Pertussis Vaccines and Complement Killing of Bordetella pertussis. Infection and Immunology 72(12):7346-51 (2004).
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Kevin McGruder

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History

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Kevin McGruder

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Kevin McGruder’s interest in community formation led to a career in community development, and now as an academic, to research interests that include African American institutions, urban history, and gay and lesbian history. He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University. Before pursuing doctoral studies at City University of New York, McGruder worked for many years in the field of nonprofit community development. Positions included Program Director at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director of Real Estate Development with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent (in New York City).

McGruder’s interest in Harlem’s history led to two entrepreneurial ventures. From 1990 to 1991 he was owner/manager of Home to Harlem gift shop, and from 2000 to 2008 he was co-owner of Harlemade Style Shop, a store providing Harlem-themed tee shirts, books and other items celebrating Harlem.

During the 2011-2012 academic year McGruder was a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, of the New York Public Library, where he conducted additional research and revised his doctoral dissertation for publication as a book. The result is Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, June 2015).

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., History, City University of New York, Graduate Center
  • M.B.A., Real Estate Finance, Columbia University
  • B.A., Economics, Harvard University

COURSES

  • CLCN 210: Community Engagement
  • HIST 210: African American History from the Colonial Period to the Present
  • HIST 331: The History of the American City

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • The Emancipation Proclamation: Forever Free (Urban Ministries, Inc., 2013).
  • Witness: Two Hundred Years of African-American Faith and Practice in the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem (W.B. Eerdmans, 2013)
  • Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, 2015)
  • “A Fair and Open Field: The Responses of Black New Yorkers to the New York City Draft Riots”, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, July, 2013
  • “Pathologizing Sexuality: The U.S. Experience,” in Black Sexualities: Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies, edited by Sandra L. Barnes and Juan Battle, Rutgers University Press, 2010
  • “Black Sexuality in the U.S.: Presentations as Non-normative,” Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2009)
  • “To Be Heard in Print: Black Gay Writers in 1980s New York,” Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Spring/Summer 2005, Volume 6, Number 1 (North Carolina State University)
  • “Jane Ryder Fisher” The Black Scholar, Spring/Summer 1993

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Kim Landsbergen

Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science

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Kim Landsbergen

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Kim Landsbergen is an ecologist who uses physiological and biogeochemical methods to study carbon and water dynamics in terrestrial[caption id="attachment_15190" align="alignright" width="355"]Photo of Dr. Kim Landsbergen and students Antioch students Rian Lawrence ('17), Maya Canaztuj ('17), and Prof. Kim Landsbergen presented USEPA-funded P3 research at the National Science Fair in Washington D.C. April 2016.[/caption]systems, usually in the context of climate change, invasive plants, urban ecosystems, and land management. Prof. Landsbergen is a certified senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America and owner of CarbonEcology Consulting. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed ecology papers in scientific journals. She also holds an appointment as Visiting Research Scholar with Ohio State University’s Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Kim joins the faculty most recently from the Columbus College of Art and Design, where she was an ‘embedded professor of science’. There she taught courses with themes in ecology, biomimicry, sustainable design, and infographics—the visual communication of scientific information. Previously, she taught at Ohio University in the Environmental and Plant Biology and Environmental Science programs. Community engaged practice from an ecological perspective can take many forms.
 
At Antioch College, Prof. Landsbergen is currently collaborating on applied ecology projects with students and staff at the Antioch Farm, atthe Glen Helen Nature Preserve, and in the Village of Yellow Springs. In addition, Kim is continuing to collaborate with artists to create sustainability-themed creative work. She is also interested in helping connect science with environmental policy issues and is active with state and national environmental non-governmental organizations. She is a STARS Technical Advisor with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and serves on as an Associate Board Member on the Franklin County Soil Water Conservation District.
 

Collaborative / Student Projects on Antioch Farm, Campus, and Glen Helen Nature Preserve

 

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Forest Ecosystem Analysis, University of Washington, College of Forestry
  • M.S.,  Forestry and Environmental Studies, Duke University, School of the Environment
  • B.S., Chemistry and Biology (double major), University of Memphis

Scholarly Activities

Selected Publications

(Brown = maiden name for Kim Landsbergen. ‘*’ indicates student senior authorship of collaborative work with a undergraduate, graduate student or post-doc supervised by Dr. Landsbergen)

  • A. Ellison, C. LeRoy, K.J. Landsbergen, E. Bosanquet et.al., (2018) Art/Science Collaborations: New Explorations of Ecological Systems, Values, and their Feedbacks April 2018 in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Americahttps://doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1384
  • D. Lieurance * and K.J. Landsbergen(2016) Plant biomass allocation and growth analysis of the invasive shrub Amur honeysuckle in varying light habitats. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 143(4):415-426.
  • J. Chiang * and K.J. Brown (2010) The effects of thinning and burning treatments on within-canopy variation of leaf traits in hardwood forests of southern Ohio. Forest Ecology and Management 260: 1065-1075
  • H. Joesting *, B.C. McCarthy, and K.J. Brown (2009) Determining the shade tolerance of American chestnut using morphological and physiological leaf parameters. Forest Ecology and Management 257: 280-286
  • R. Giuliani* and K.J. Brown (2008) Within-canopy sampling of global irradiance to describe downwelling light distribution and infer canopy stratification in a broadleaf forest. Tree Physiology 28(9):1407-19
  • J. Chiang *, L. Iverson, A. Prasad, and K.J. Brown (2008) Effects of changing climate and shifts in forest composition on forest ecosystem carbon balance. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 50(11):1426-39
  • D. McCarthy* and K.J. Brown (2006) Soil respiration responses to topography, canopy cover, and prescribed burning in an oak-hickory forest in Southeastern Ohio. Forest Ecology and Management Vol. 237, pp. 94-102

Selected Presentations

  • AICAD conference: Science in the Studio - SanFrancisco CA - Oct 2015 Poster: Art (In Field Work), Science (in the Studio), and the Making of Antiochzine, https://www.exploringscienceinthestudio.cca.edu/#!antiochzine/t741o
  • Ecological Society of America, 100th Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD - Aug 2015. Workshop co-organizer: Breaking the Ice with STEAM: Synthesis, Innovation, and Improving Scientific Outreach through Artistic Collaboration, https://eco.confex.com/eco/2015/webprogram/Session10864.html
  • “Mining climate change science to create design solutions.” Pratt Sustainability Crash Course. Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Studies – New York NY. March 2013
  • “Design and science partnerships: Intersections of science literacy, service learning, and climate change communications.” 98th Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Minneapolis MN. August 2013
  • “How do white oak trees respond structurally when their physical environment is changed by repeated fires?” 97th Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR. August 2012
  • “Innovation in the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process: Lessons Learned from a Service-Learning Course at Ohio University.” Annual Meeting of the National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington D.C. January 2008

Courses

  • ENVS 105 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVS 205 Ecology
  • BIO 210 Botany
  • ENVS 230 Soil: A Living System
  • ENVS 305 Ecology
  • ENVS 315 Hydrology
  • ENVS 339 Ecological Agriculture
  • SCI 494 Senior Seminar in the Sciences
  • SCI 495 Senior Project in Sciences
  • SCI 370 Special Tropics: Climate Change Biology (Winter 17)
  • CHEM 220 Environmental Chemistry (Fall 16)

 

Getting Into Grad School

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Catalina Jordan Alvarez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts

Catalina Jordan Alvarez

Catalina Jordan Alvarez grew up in rural Tennessee with a Colombian mother and an American father. Her narratives explore the cultural and composed movements of bodies across social and geographical boundaries. Her films have screened at festivals including New Orleans, Los Angeles, Slamdance, Fantastic Fest, Edinburgh Short, Oxford, and Palm Springs. She is a recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Flaherty Seminar, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Flux Factory and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Alvarez approaches teaching as another facet of her art practice. In her intermediate video production intensive, students conduct documentary research in order to shoot their own fictional narrative. This approach connects the class with members of the community and grounds their fictions in historical specificity. Her fall 2018 class studied the Antioch Program for Interracial Education (1964-1969) and later produced a film about a group of female black students who created systemic change at Antioch by lobbying for the creation of the Afro-American Studies Institute. In her course, “Choreographed Films and Experimental Musicals,” students study the history of the musical alongside formal experimentation in contemporary art as inspiration for their weekly assignments. Her syllabus functions as a script with room for interpretation—she asks students to use techniques she is currently developing, and they adapt these to their own creative visions.

 

EDUCATION

  • 2017 MFA, Film and Media Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2011 Certificate, Directing, filmArche, e.V., Berlin, Germany
  • 2005 BFA, Experimental Theatre & Spanish Literature, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Didier Franco

Assistant Professor of Spanish Language/Culture

Didier Franco

Didier Franco, Instructor of Spanish, received his MA in Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Summa Cum Laude, from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. He has also received a Certificate of Achievement from the College of Graduate Studies and Research, at Northeastern Illinois University. Didier is a member of the SIGMA DELTA PI, National Honor Society in Spanish, The Association of College Honor Societies, and a member of the NACADA, National Academic Advising Association. Didier previously taught both Spanish and Literature at the City Colleges of Chicago. Didier has recently received a certificate from CARLA, The Center for Advanced Research and Language Acquisition, for completion of study in teaching language online. His future research interests include the exploration of various identities in United States Latino literature emphasizing their significance and role in past and modern American Intersectionalism.

 

EDUCATION

  • Master of Arts in Latin American Literatures and Cultures (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, 2014)
  • Bachelors of Arts in Spanish (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, 2010)​

COURSES

  • SPAN 110: Introductory Spanish I Didier expresses his fondness for the Spanish 110 introductory course. This course is designed for students who are new to Spanish or for students with some basic background in the language but need to refresh their skills. The course stands out to Didier as one of his favorites as he enjoys the privilege to first introduce students to Spanish language and culture. SPAN 110 is based on a communicative approach to language learning thus the classroom is always full of new topics, discussions and students begin to incorporate the Spanish language in everyday communication.
  • SPAN 210: Intermediate Spanish I Spanish 210 is the first course in the intermediate level of Spanish and the continuation of Spanish 140. Spanish 210 is the first course that is not a requirement for the college but rather is comprised of students from the first year that choose to devote their time to further learning the Spanish language and possibly continue with the optional 3 year track. The classes are typically smaller than the first year and full of committed, enthusiastic students. As students move forward they are able to build deeper relationships with each other, their instructor and the Spanish language culture. These students are beginning to think more critically and express themselves more deeply in the Spanish language through topics related to their own lives and the global world. Areas of study may include but are not limited to: reading writing and speaking of the Spanish language, as well as culture, literature, film and poetry of the Spanish speaking world.
  • SPAN 320: Advance Spanish II Spanish 320 is a fun course as students are more deeply studying Latin American topics through literature and other authentic texts. Each week the course focuses on a different topic allowing students and the instructor to discuss and think critically about the themes presented. Areas of study may include but not be limited to: love, revolution, family, immigration, identity, social justice and other topics in Latin America. These topics are explored through Latin American film, theater, poetry, literature, articles, biographies and more.

Michael Casselli ’87

Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Installation, Faculty Trustee

Michael Casselli ’87

Michael Casselli has been interested in the hybridization of forms and media since he received his undergraduate degree in visual arts/performance theory from Antioch College in 1987. While at the college, he staged large-scale outdoor mixed media performance installations, whose primary focus was an attempt to clarify issues of sense-based perception and the physicality inherent in performative work. After Antioch, he was accepted into the Masters Program in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

While at RISD his worked started to move away from the performative context, while maintaining a vested interest in sense of physicality, choosing to focus on the role that the spectator plays as a necessary figurative element of a completed work. It was at RISD that he started to define the contextual framework through which his work was to be experienced. By eliminating physical boundaries between the viewer and the work, he provided the spectator with a choice as to how they would interact with it.

While these concerns still remain active in the work he produces today, his vocabulary has expanded to include more subtle ways of asking the same questions, and has allowed him to consider a broader palate of contemporary media in the creation of his work, utilizing video, robotics, and home-grown technologies. Michael spent twenty years in New York City within the underground art and performance scene, fully integrating his early concerns with performance and the visual arts. While continuing to create large-scale installations, he found himself able to apply many of the same concerns within the performance arena, creating scenic and video design for dance and theater, earning him a Bessie Award for Scenic Design in 1987. Michael relocated to Yellow Springs in 2009 to establish the Manic Design Studio, a place for hybrid experimentation in all media.

 

EDUCATION

  • MFA, Visual Arts, Rhode Island School of Design
    • Concentration: Sculpture
    • Thesis: Hybrid Form and the Question of Traditional Arts Practice
  • BA, Self-Designed Major, Antioch College
    • Concentration: Visual Arts/Performance Theory

COURSES

  • MEDA 101: Media, Internet, and Society
  • MEDA 130: Practical New Media
  • MEDA 160: Sound Art
  • MEDA 230: Reactive Systems
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Cary Campbell

Assistant Professor of French Language and Culture

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Cary Campbell

 

Instructor of French Dr. Cary Campbell comes to Antioch College most recently from the University of Pittsburgh where he served for two years as their Coordinator of French Language programs.  He also trained there both as a linguist and as a literary scholar.  From his undergraduate training both in Linguistics and French, he developed interests in language pedagogy, syntax, Romantic and Francophone narrative fiction.  They eventually culminated in his MA in literature and linguistics, and in his PhD in African literature with a dissertation focusing on the construction of national identity in recent novels from Côte d'Ivoire.  Today, he is broadening his dissertation topic into a book project comparing literary representations of national identity across a range of African Francophone countries.

While pursuing this education, Dr. Campbell kept a busy schedule teaching all levels of French, as well as courses in phonology, approaches to literature, the history of the French Atlantic, the African novel of French expression, and Anticolonialism.  His fifteen years of teaching experience has also included collaboration on several online French textbooks and interactive video-based French courses, earning him Contributing Author credits on Carnegie Mellon's award winning Open Learning Initiative French Online program.  Dr. Campbell has a long history of applying proficiency-based and communicative methods in the classroom and in infusing all his classes, from elementary French to advanced literature, with the cultural products, practices and perspectives he developed a love for during his overseas experiences in France and in Côte d'Ivoire.

 

EDUCATION

  • PhD French Language and Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • PHD-level Cultural Studies Certificate, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • MA French Linguistics and Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
  • BA French / BA Linguistics, Brigham Young University, 1999

COURSES

  • FRAN 110 Introductory French I
  • FRAN 210 Intermediate French I
  • FRAN 310 Advanced French I

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

  • "Veronique Tadjo’s Loin de mon père: Postcolonial National Identity and the Reification of Allegory": Cincinnati Conference in Romance Languages and Literatures – April 2014
  • "Subaltern Perspectives and National Liberation: Béti, Nganang, and the Literary Strategy of the Underdog": African Literature Association Conference – March 2013
  • "The Post-Ivoirité Kourouma: A Postcolonial Pro-national Prescience": Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference – September 2012
  • "Re-reading Les Soleils in the light of Ivoirité: Kourouma as postcolonial nationalist": African Literature Association Conference – April 2012
  • "La Persistance de Nation: Boni, Tadjo et l’Ivoirité": African Literature Association Conference Panel – April 2011
  • "Nègres et nègres: Tanella Boni on French latent racism and neocolonial Côte d’Ivoire": Cincinnati Conference in Romance Languages and Literatures – May 2009
  • "The National Tug of Home: National Identity in the Parisian African Immigrant Community of Alain Mabanckou's Bleu Blanc Rouge": African Literature Association Conference Panel – March 2007
  • "Che vuoi, Piccolo Principe?: Slavoj Žižek's take on Lacanian Subjectivity in St. Éxupéry's Le Petit prince": Faculty/Graduate Departmental Seminar – November 2004
  • "How We Add Technology to the Mix": TA Panel for the Multimedia in Language Learning Workshop Series, Robert Henderson Language Media Center, University of Pittsburgh – September 2004
  • "Do They Get It? : A Study on Assessing Comprehension in Foreign Language Learners": Faculty/Graduate Departmental Seminar – March 2002

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "The Persistence of Nation: Allegory and Ivoirité in Véronique Tadjo’s Novels": Women in French Studies – currently under consideration
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Brooke Bryan

Chair of the Writing Program and Assistant Professor of Writing and Digital Literacy

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Brooke Bryan

Brooke Blackmon Bryan is an aesthetic philosopher and oral historian who composes work in narrative, media and textiles. A practitioner of critical and digital pedagogies, she currently chairs the Writing Program and serves as Assistant Professor of Writing & Digital Literacy at Antioch College. Brooke convenes the creativity and story area of practice, teaches a variety of nonfiction writing courses, and supports students in self-design majors that engage philosophy, media, oral history, critical community studies, and contemporary art practice. 

As director of Oral History in the Liberal Arts for the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Brooke works with GLCA program officers to fund, train, and support more than 60 Mellon-funded research projects employing interview methodology and digital tools for community-based learning. In its 5th year, the program has grown into a partnership with the Global Liberal Arts Alliance to support transnational interview projects. She travels regularly, offering workshops in critical pedagogy and oral history. Her recent convenings have been held at Antioch College, GLCA colleges, and other small liberal arts institutions throughout the Midwest while transnational oral history gatherings have been piloted in Morocco (Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane), Bulgaria (American University in Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad), and Ecuador (Universidad San Francisco de Quito, planned for June 2020). 

Brooke has studied with Howard Caygill, Franco (Bifo) Berardi, Santiago Zabala, Giovanni Tusa, Jean-Luc Nancy, Silvia Mazzini, Drew Dalton, Chris Yates, and Simonetta Moro in courses and topological field studies in Rome, Florence, Venice, Berlin, Paris, Athens, and NYC (2016-2019). Her current research focuses broadly on process and activist philosophy and takes two main tracks. The first is an object-focused exploration of new materialisms that locates the American quilt within a feminist Deleuzian aesthetic, exploring its praxis and conservation through virtuality, multiplicity, and event. This research focuses on the ‘broken pattern’ collection of African American quilts recently donated to the Berkeley Museum of Art by late collector Eli Leon, specifically exploring how vernacular art praxis engages iteration and alteration— qualities reflected in the form of the quilt and in contemporary quiltmaking communities. Her second line of research engages radical pedagogies at the intersection of Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy and community-based research models in an attempt to rethink and reconfigure practices in higher education today. This work generates primary sources through interview, specifically engaging questions of collaborative and co-constructed knowledge production, how we might explode the canon of western theorists in our research and curricula, and how institutions of higher education must scaffold epistemological access for all— not just an offer of admission. 

Brooke often refers to herself as a radical phenomenologist with an audio recorder. She can usually be found in the Writing Institute building digital interview exhibits and working with students on their writing craft, in the midst of an interview with a person who is working in the trenches with these connected questions, or in her studio stitching.

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, ABD 2020
  • M.A., Humanities— Oral History Methodology & Sound Studies, Antioch University, 2013
  • B.A., Humanities— World Classics, Antioch University, 2009

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

COURSES TAUGHT

GS 210: Global Seminar on Water

GS 210: Global Seminar Continuing Studies: Borderlands

ENG 351: Advanced Expository Writing: Long-form Creative Nonfiction

CLCN 145: Community Reporting 

ENG 251: Expository Writing: Personal Scholarly Narrative

ARTS 395: Visual and Critical Studies Seminar

ARTS 494: Senior Seminar: Studio Practice & Critique

LIT 299: Professional & Technical Writing

ENG 251: Expository Writing: Formal, Phenomenological, Hermeneutic Accounts

ENG 251: Expository Writing: Genre

ENG 101/105 English Composition: Content and Form

WORK 150: Work Portfolio I— On Working 

WORK 331: Sound, Sight, Sentiment: Phenomenologies of Place

WORK 425: Humanities Fieldwork: Oral History & Digital Scholarship

WORK 475: Extended Field Experience

 

INSTITUTES, WORKSHOPS & SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Please see Brooke’s CV. 

 

NEWS & FEATURES

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Richard Kraince

Dean of Cooperative, Experiential, and International Education and Associate Professor of Cooperative Education

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Richard Kraince

Richard Kraince is an associate professor of cooperative education as well as the Dean of Cooperative, Experiential, and International Education at Antioch College. He concentrates on the role of the university in social change both as a scholar and an educator. He conducts research on the relationships between social movements and educational reform internationally. He previously held posts as research professor of Southeast Asia studies and academic coordinator at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, where he taught graduate level courses on contemporary movements, social research methods, and the political sociology of Islam in Southeast Asia.

From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Kraince directed Ohio University’s Inter-Religious Dialogue Project. He previously served as a program officer with the Asia Foundation’s Islam and Civil Society program based in Jakarta. He conducted field research in Indonesia as a Foreign Language and Areas Studies grantee in 1998–99, a Fulbright Dissertation Research Program Fellow in 2000, and as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in 2005. He has also conducted educational research projects in Malaysia and southern Thailand. Richard has numerous years of experience leading experiential education programs in Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He speaks English, Indonesian/Malay, and Spanish.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Education, Ohio University
  • M.A., International Affairs—Southeast Asia Studies, Ohio University
  • M.A., Education, University of Rhode Island
  • B.S., Geology, Ohio University

COURSES

  • EXPR 145: Foundations of Community Action: Cooperative Education Preparation
  • COOP 345: Cooperative Education Field Experience II
  • COOP 390: Cooperative Education Field Experience III
  • COOP 490: Cooperative Education Field Experience Capstone

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Kraince, R. G. (2013). Revisitar el islam civil-democrático en los estados postautoritarios: lecciones del Movimiento Indonesia de Reforma. In El Fin de un Sueño Secular: Religión y Relaciones Internacionales en el Cambio de Siglo. Mexico City: El Colegio de México; pp. 129-153. ISBN: 978-607-462-424-3.
  • “Kraince, R. G. (2009). The Challenge to Religious Liberty in Indonesia. Washington DC: The Heritage Foundation; https://www.heritage.org/research/asiaandthepacific/bg2279.cfm
  • “Kraince, R. G. (2009). Reforming Islamic Education in Malaysia: Doctrine or Dialogue. In R. W. Hefner (ed.) Making Modern Muslims: The Politics of Islamic Education in Southeast Asia. Mānoa, Hawai'i: University of Hawai'i Press; pp. 106-140. ISBN: 978-0-8248-3280-3.
  • “Kraince, R. G. (Spring 2008) Academic Freedom in Muslim Societies. International Higher Education, 51. ISSN: 1084-0613.
  • “Kraince, R. G. (September 2007). Islamic Higher Education and Social Cohesion in Indonesia. Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, 37 (3), pp. 345-356. ISSN: 0033-1538 (print); ISSN: 1573-9090 (electronic).
  • “Heyneman, S. P., Kraince, R. G., Lesko, N. & Bastedo, M. (2007). Higher Education and Social Cohesion: A Comparative Perspective. In Higher Education in the New Century: Global Challenges and Innovative Ideas. P. Altbach & P. M. Peterson (Eds.). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers (in Conjunction with UNESCO). ISBN: 978-90-8790-199-8.
  • “Kraince, R. G. (Producer), Sustikarini, A. (Associate Producer), Yadi, D. A. & Nugroho, S. (Directors) (2008). Conflict Management [film]. Available from Ohio University Center for International Studies (English version) or University of Indonesia, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Center for Research on Inter-group Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Indonesian version).
  • “Kraince, R. G. (Producer), Sustikarini, A. (Associate Producer), & Sijabat, S. H. D. (Director) (2007). Interfaith Dialogue [film]. Available from Ohio University Center for International Studies (English version) or University of Indonesia, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Center for Research on Inter-group Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Indonesian version).
  • “Kraince, R. G. (Producer), Sustikarini, A. (Associate Producer), & Yadi, D. A. (Director) (2007). Peer Mediation: School, a Reflection of the Community [film]. Available from Ohio University Center for International Studies (English version) or University of Indonesia, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Center for Research on Inter-group Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Indonesian version).
Beth Bridgeman

Beth Bridgeman

Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education

Beth Bridgeman
Beth Bridgeman

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Beth Bridgeman is an assistant 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.

 

EDUCATION

M.A., International Administration, SIT Graduate Institute

B.A., Education, University of Northern Colorado

AWARDS

Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Food, Forage, Farm, Feast: Teaching Reskilling, Sustainability and Commensality at Antioch College, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference, 2019

The Antioch Apothecary: Place-Based Experiential Learning: Society for Ethnobiology, 2019

The Outdoor Apothecary: Teas and Tinctures, Syrups and Salves, Environmental Education Council Ohio, 2019

Seed Sovereignty: How to Save Seed and Why You Should: OEFFA, 2019

Seed Saving and Seed Law, CFAES Day of Education, The Ohio State University, 2019

History of Seed Patent Law in the United States Since 1930, InFACT Seed to Sustainability, 2017

Community Efforts and Environmentalism, Chatham College Food and Climate Change conference, 2017

Seed-saving: OSU Extension Annual School Gardening Conference, 2017  

Antioch College Rich Earth Institute residency and design-build, 2017 

Re-establishing a Seed Commons through Oral History Methodology https://www.wyso.org/post/capturing-story-seeds

Advancing the Use of Human Waste as a Resource https://ysnews.com/news/2017/03/no-1-waste-is-golden-opportunity

Ohayo-Ohio, an eight-day Japanese Symposium presented at Antioch College, 2016 https://antiochcollege.edu/news/college_events/ohayo-ohio-japanese-symposium https://ysnews.com/news/2016/04/japanese-culture-in-bloom-in-yellow-springs

Antioch College Seed School, a one week immersion workshop, 2015 https://antiochcollege.edu/news/college_events/seed-school-comes-antioch-college

COURSES

EXPR 140: The Antioch Harvest: Seed-saving, Canning, Fermenting, and Preserving

EXPR 241: Reskilling, Sustainability and Community 

EXPR 340: The Antioch Apothecary: Teas and Tinctures, Syrups and Salves

EXPR 341: Seed Sovereignty and Citizen Action. 

EXPR 242: Resilience in the Anthropocene.

EXPR 240: Food, Farming and Resilience: Integrative Learning on the Antioch Farm

EXPR 145:  Foundations of Community Action: Cooperative Education Preparation

COOP 345: Cooperative Education Field Experience II

COOP 390: Cooperative Education Field Experience III

COOP 490: Cooperative Education Field Experience Capstone

SELECTED WRITINGS

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Luisa Bieri Rios

Luisa Bieri Rios

Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education

Luisa Bieri Rios
Luisa Bieri Rios

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Luisa joined Antioch’s Cooperative Education faculty in 2015, and has a background in performance, women’s and gender studies, international education, and community engagement through the arts. Luisa has designed new co-op coursework engaging art as social practice, community action research, and place-based learning. Her primary focus areas within co-op include the arts and therapeutic practices as well as opportunities in Latin America. In Argentina, Luisa has developed co-op partnerships with organizations engaged in community action and social change, including: Mujeres de Artes Tomar, a feminist performance activist troupe; Fundación Hampatu, engaged in arts, sustainability and skills-based classes; and Club de Reparadores, a "repair club" that recycles and repairs items for reuse.

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Luisa's work as a writer, director and performer explores intersections of human rights, feminist thought, counter-memory, migration, ritual, and place-making. As an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow with Creative Alliance, Luisa developed an award-winning community arts program in southeast Baltimore. A member of Sol Rising healing arts troupe, Luisa was a founding member of Baltimore’s Theater Action Group and trained at The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory with Agosto and Julian Boal, among others. As a teaching artist, Luisa aspires towards embodied, experiential and liberatory pedagogies and practices.

 

EDUCATION

  • M.A., Comparative Women’s Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • B.A., Latin American Literature, Theater, Smith College

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David Kammler blue jacket tie

David Kammler

Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Chemistry

David Kammler blue jacket tie
David Kammler

 

Dr. David Kammler is interested in a wide variety of activities, disciplines, and modes of inquiry, especially: astronomy and space exploration, biochemistry, chemistry, cooking, gardening, history, philosophy, running, soccer, and teaching.  Dr. Kammler began to focus on chemistry and biochemistry in college, and graduated from Harvard University in 1994 with an AB, Cum Laude, in Chemistry.  During this time Dr. Kammler fell in love with teaching and the interdisciplinary modes of inquiry found within liberal arts colleges.  After a short hiatus for rest, recovery, cooking, and more teaching, Dr. Kammler attended graduate school at Indiana University, Bloomington, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry major, Biochemistry minor) in 2002.  Dr. Kammler came to Antioch College as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and then an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, where he remained until the school’s closure in 2008.  During this time, he taught majors classes in chemistry and biomedical science, as well as interdisciplinary general education classes such as the science of cooking, chemistry and art, and fresh water chemistry, all of which included healthy doses of history, philosophy, and hands-on learning.  From 2008-2011, Dr. Kammler was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wilberforce University, where he taught majors classes in biomedical science and health services administration, as well as general education classes.  In 2011, Dr. David Kammler was privileged to join the new Antioch College, where he currently teaches chemistry and chemistry-related classes for the biomedical science and environmental science majors, as well as general education classes, with the expected sprinklings of art, astronomy, history, philosophy and, of course, humor.  In 2012, Dr. Kammler became the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, responsible for a wide variety of practical curricular mechanics, which increased when he became Dean of Academic Affairs in 2016.  According to sources that could just possibly be reliable, he continues to have a sense of humor, and still finds writing his own biographical sketches rather odd.  Dr. Kammler is a third-generation Eagle Scout, has written, received, and reviewed scientific grants and patents, has received three distinguished teaching awards since his teaching career began in 1992, and is most assuredly a foodie.

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • A.B., Chemistry, Harvard University

COURSES

  • Chem 105/160: General Chemistry I/II + Lab
  • Chem 205/330: Organic Chemistry I/II + Lab
  • Chem 340: Biochemistry (now a two-course series, Chem 341/342)
  • GS 110: Global Seminar: Water
  • GS 160: Global Seminar: Education

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Art
  • Science of Cooking

RECOMMENDED LIGHT READING

  • The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (Bridge of Birds, Story of the Stone, Eight Skilled Gentlemen) by Barry Hughart
  • The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, by Neal Stephenson
  • Buck Godot: Zap Gun For Hire by Phil Foglio
  • On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, 2nd Edition, by Harold McGee
  • Caveman Chemistry: 28 Projects, from the Creation of Fire to the Production of Plastics by Kevin M. Dunn

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Woehrle, J., Kammler, D., & Spirrison, H. (2016). Minimally Invasive Assessment.  Intersection, The newsletter of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Fall Edition, 12-15.
  • “Studies of Azetidin-2-one as a Reactive Enolate Synthon of β-Alanine for Condensations with Aldehydes and Ketones”, Williams, D. R.; Donnell, A. F.; Kammler, D. C.; Ward, S. A.; Taylor IV, L. J. Org. Chem. 2016, 10463-10475; published on the Web (ASAP Article) September 14, 2016 DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b01585
  • “A Service-Learning Project in Chemistry: Environmental Monitoring of a Nature Preserve”, Kammler, D.; Truong, T.; VanNess, G.; McGowin, A. J. Chem. Educ201289, 1384-1389.  Featured on the cover of the November 2012 issue.  Published on the Web 9/4/12. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed300109k

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From Antioch Engaged: a journal of social practice & professional engagement for the Antioch community