Alumni Festival Work Projects: Distributing CFL’s and Alt Library Cataloging

Jun 17th, 2009

The work projects for this weekend’s Summer Alumni Festival will be to hand out CFL bulbs to homes throughout Yellow Springs and to catalog the Alt Library collection.

Compact Florescent Bulbs are more energy efficient than incandescents. The Village of Yellow Springs purchased the light bulbs, and alumni will go door to door to distribute them. This project will promote greater energy efficiency, help support Yellow Springs in their efforts to become a greener village, and help to sustain the important connection that Nonstop has made with the village over the past year. It will be a pleasant and relaxing way to spend some time strolling through beautiful Yellow Springs, chatting with our neighbors!

Alumni will also work on cataloging the Alt Library collection. Sara Eklund Payne, a recently-retired professional librarian will be guiding the effort. The Alt Library will join the Womyn’s Center and the TWA/BAMN collections which have already been barcoded and cataloged, so your contribution this weekend will allow the entire library to be accessible online. The Alt Library was created and maintained by students and Community Government workers over nearly two decades.

The work project hours are: Thursday, June 18th, from 2PM to 5PM, Friday, June 19th, from 2PM to 5PM, and Saturday, June 20th, from 9AM to 11AM. Alumni should meet at Nonstop’s space in the Millworks building at 305 N. Walnut Street in Yellow Springs.

Nonstop Alumni Festival to Feature Academic Freedom/Labor Mini-Conference

Jun 17th, 2009

Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute will host an Academic Labor/Freedom Mini-Conference this Saturday, June 20th, as part of the Nonstop Summer Alumni Festival. The mini-conference will feature panel presentations by Nonstop and other faculty, moderated by AAUP President and Antioch alum Cary Nelson ’67, and a film screening and discussion.

This semester, Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute had the opportunity to give presentations at the Reworking the University conference at the University of Minnesota. The response from Nonstop’s fellow presenters was enthusiastic and supportive, so much so that some of the conference organizers and presenters from Minneapolis will come to Yellow Springs and participate in this weekend’s mini-conference.

From 12:30PM to 2PM on Saturday, come to a screening and discussion of “Whose University Is It?”, a film about the struggle against corporatization at Trent University in Ontario, with filmmaker James Motluk and academic labor organizer Alison Hearn. At 2:30PM to 6PM, there will be a Panel on Academic Labor/Freedom with Prof. Scott Warren, Prof. Jean Gregorek, Alison Hearn, and others, moderated by AAUP President Cary Nelson ’67.

For those Antioch alumni and other supporters who can’t make it to the Alumni Festival, programming from the entire weekend will be streamed live on the Nonstop homepage along with live chatting capability, so alumni everywhere can connect.

This event will take place at Nonstop’s space in the Millworks building, at 305 N. Walnut Street in Yellow Springs.

Bob Devine will Teach Last Class of Media & Social Change at Alumni Festival

Jun 17th, 2009

Archived Video of Media and Social Change from live web-broadcast, June 19, 2009

Media and Social Change – Part 1 of 2

Media and Social Change – Part 2 of 2

Pre-event Announcement:
This Friday, June 19th, Bob Devine ‘68 will teach a session of his Media & Social Change class as part of the Nonstop Institute’s Summer Alumni Festival. This class has been a favorite of many Antioch students over the 20 years that Bob has been teaching it. Bob is retiring at the end of this semester and this session will be his last class – it is not to be missed!

Media & Social Change played a vital role in Antioch’s communications curriculum. In this last session of the class, Bob will look back to the 20 years that he has been teaching the class and “explore the paradigm shift in social change media during those years — from content distribution to interaction and the building of relationships — with some comments on the communications and organization relative to the saving of the College.” From documentary films of the 60’s and 70’s, to public access, to social networking media, Bob will discuss how we use media to shape the world around us and how it shapes us.

Alumni and friends who cannot make it to the Summer Alumni Festival this weekend will be able to watch a live video feed of Bob’s class and other programming on www.nonstopinstitute.org. A chat window will be in place to allow viewers to talk about the programming.

Bob Devine has thirty years of teaching in the general field of Communications, fifteen years in CEO and leadership roles in non-profit organizations, and credits on several dozen documentary film and video productions. His teaching fields include communications theory, social theory, film history, cultural studies, community media and the use of democratic and participatory media for social change. Other areas of teaching interest include African-American film, Labor and film, and the First Amendment.

Bob Devine will teach the class from 12:30AM to 2PM on Friday, June 19th at Nonstop’s space in the Millworks building, at 305 N. Walnut Street in Yellow Springs.

Antioch Campus Listed on the 2009 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites

Jun 4th, 2009

Released by The Ohio Preservation Alliance — read the press release here.

Springfield, Ohio (June 1, 2009) – Preservation Ohio has announced the 2009 List of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites. This important list highlights important pieces of Ohio history that face an uncertain future, and which deserve the attention of all Ohioans as remnants of the past that merit preservation.

Each year, Ohio’s statewide preservation organization searches for houses, commercial buildings, governmental structures, bridges, historic roadways, landscapes, downtowns, neighborhoods and other important pieces of Ohio history that face a potentially risky future. The list serves to highlight those properties which are both historically significant and endangered — whether it be by threats of demolition, long-term disinvestment or neglect, insensitive governmental action, uncertainty or indifference.

Nominations for this important list have come from individuals, preservation organizations, downtown and neighborhood revitalization organizations, historical societies, historic road associations, local governments and other entities. In each case, the property is reviewed for both its value to local, regional, state or federal history, and the nature of the threat involved. Special attention is paid to those sites facing a threat which typifies one facing many of Ohio’s historic resources. Properties remain on the list each year until such time as the threat is lessened.

Designation is similar to that given for the country’s most endangered historic sites by the National Trust for Historic Preservation — the primary benefit of the list being public attention and focus. The list has received substantial media attention, including coverage in all of Ohio’s major newspapers, as well as in magazines, lifestyle publications and local media.

Information about the Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites program can be found on our website, located at: www.preservationohio.org. Beginning on June 2, a link to each listed property will be activated each day, with photos, videos and more to be included.

Antioch’s listing:

    Antioch College Historic District (Various stages beginning in 1854) – Yellow Springs, Greene County – A landmark of national educational history, the original campus has been closed for over a year with concerns over the future of its historic buildings, and awaits hopeful re-opening. This is the first year for Antioch College on the list.

View the entire list here.