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Antioch Under the Stars

A virtual gala benefit supporting Antioch College Works

The Main Event

Featured Special Guest, John Lithgow

Actor, musician, poet, author, and singer John Lithgow spent part of his childhood in Yellow Springs when his father, Arthur Lithgow ’38, taught theater at Antioch College and co-founded the acclaimed Shakespeare Under the Stars festival.

Lithgow is the recipient of two Tony Awards, six Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe awards, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards.

During Antioch Under the Stars, John will offer Yellow Springs memories, readings from stellar alumni, and his own book, Trumpty Dumpty.

Master of Ceremonies, Peter Ekstrom ’73

Peter Ekstrom ’73 is a theatrical composer, lyricist, and actor, whose works have been performed Off-Broadway and in theaters across America.

Virtual Bars

Hop into (or between!) “virtual bars” including Com’s, The Gulch, and Ye Olde Trail Tavern at the beginning of the Main Event to gather and socialize with other guests. Or, just hand out on “Main Lawn,” the primary event space.

Honoring Antiochian Stars

At Antioch Under the Stars, we will celebrate and reminisce about the Antioch faculty and staff who nurtured us and inspired us to “win victories for humanity.”

During the Main Event, guests will be invited to visit breakout rooms to honor and share their own memories of influential Antiochian “stars” throughout the decades. Below is a list of hosted breakout rooms with examples of the “stars;” guests will have the opportunity to add their own “stars” to the constellation.

Arts, Performance, and Media Room

Theatre, Dance, Music, Radio, Film/Video, Sculpture/Painting, Media Studies
Hosted by Alan Siege ’78

Honoring stars including:

  • Meredith Dallas/Arthur Lithgow ’38/Paul Treichler
  • Bob Devine ’67
  • Karen Shirley ’61
  • Louise Smith ’77
Science Room

Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Earth Science, Math, Computer Science, Environmental Studies
Hosted by Joan Straumanis ’57

Honoring stars including:

  • Henry Federighi
  • Oliver Loud
  • Peter Townsend
  • Dick Yalman
Humanities Room

Philosophy, History, Creative Writing, Literature, Languages
Hosted by Chuck Rosenberg ’68

Honoring stars including:

  • Irwin Abrams
  • Louis Filler
  • Keith McGary
  • Nolan Miller
Social Sciences Room

Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Education
Hosted by Shadia Alvarez ’96

Honoring stars including:

  • Jewel Graham
  • Hassan Rahmanian
  • Phil Rothman
  • Andrew Winnick
Co-op & Community Room

Co-op Faculty, Administrators, Chaplins
Hosted by Shalini Deo ’02

Honoring stars including:

  • J. D. Dawson
  • Al Denman
  • Steve Schwerner ’60
  • Jimmy Williams
Innovations and Adventures Room

First Year Program, Rockefeller Program, Environmental Field Program, Algonquin Trips, AEA
Hosted by John A. Knox ’68

Honoring stars including:

  • Victor Garcia
  • Dick Meisler ’60
  • Esther Oldt
  • John Ronsheim
Plus, the Townie Tent!

A breakout space especially for Yellow Springs participants, and those who grew up there
Hosted by Barrie Dallas Grenell ’65 and Paula Treichler ’65

Remembering Your Antioch College Stars

To expand our collective appreciation for the Antioch Stars who transformed our lives, all are welcome to add comments or new names on this Google Doc.

Anyone with the link for this Doc can participate as an Editor, so feel free. Thanks to John A. Knox ’68 who has been very involved with the Gala planning for offering to collect and coordinate remembrances that alums might have about the Stars being highlighted in each of the Breakout Rooms during the Gala, plus any others that alums would like to add for recollection.

Div Dance

After the main event, the party continues!

Dance under the Stars with DJ Shane Creepingbear ’08 and and enjoy more socializing.

Pre-Party Zoom Test-Drive

Get acquainted with the Zoom platform!

Test the breakout rooms and see your friends on Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00 PM EST (5:00 PST) so that you’ll be prepared and ready to enjoy the Gala on Saturday!

Gala Committee

Shadia Alvarez ’96

Anita Brown

Judith Church ’75

Shelby Chestnut ’06

Shane Creepingbear ’08

Vanessa Cubano

Barrie Grenell ’65

Susanne Hashim

Catherine Jordan ’72
Alumni Board

John Knox ’68

James Lippincott

Stephen Lipmann ’67
Alumni Board

Maureen Lynch

Susan Mayer ’79

Karen Mulhauser ’65
Trustee, Alumni Board

Alan Siege ’78
Alumni Board

Joan Straumanis ’57
Alumni Board

Paula Treichler ’65

April Wolford ’92