‘Nonstop’ classes to begin Monday

Sep 6th, 2008

By Aaron Keith Harris Greene, County Dailies / Xenia Daily Gazette — read the original article here.

YELLOW SPRINGS — While the status of Antioch College continues to be negotiated by Antioch University officials and college alumni, a group of enthusiastic education activists is going ahead with their plans for the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute.

The institute’s first semester classes kick off Monday in non-traditional classrooms — like community centers, coffee shops, churches, and private homes — throughout the village of Yellow Springs. A majority of classes will be taught by former Antioch College professors.

“Nonstop not only carries on Antioch’s tradition of learning, but reinvigorates it,” said Nonstop faculty member Chris Hill. “This experiment takes our classrooms out into the world and into uncharted territory.”

The first week of classes are free and open to the public so that potential students can decide whether they want to enroll for the fall semester. Students may enroll on a full-time or course-by-course basis, or sign up for shorter courses or one-day workshops.

Classes beginning on this Monday include: Modern Dance and Improvisation for Beginners, Visions of Suburbia, Elements of Photography, Community Journalism, Documentary Inquiry: The Atomic Age, Sounds and Circuits, and Community Band. Other classes offered include history and anthropology, art and literature, and the sciences. Two of the classes that may interest adult students are Personal Investing and a Good Books Club.

Also, the Local & Sustainable Agriculture Workshop, for instance, will utilize a local farm as a classroom to study the permaculture approach to farming.

For more information, including a full list of fall classes, visit the Nonstop Web site, nonstopinstitute.org.