Education, awareness spread with Nonstop efforts

Oct 15th, 2009

By Aaron Larson, Staff Writer, Xenia Gazette — read the original article here.

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Nonstop Liberal Institute has designs to become a new source of cultural and intellectual advancement for Yellow Springs and Greene County.

The institute, formed in the wake of Antioch College’s suspension in 2008, began as a way for students to continue taking classes in an alternative format. Classes were taught by several former Antioch College professors and people from the community, and classes were held in coffee shops, people’s homes, and other public places.

Now, with the rebirth of Antioch College, Nonstop registered itself as a non-profit organization and has refocused its efforts on providing workshops and events for the community. “We host about 2 events per month,” said Tim Nobel, IT Coordinator for Nonstop. “We’ve been very successful in terms of engaging the community.”

Last Wednesday, they hosted a live teleconference with Steven Bezruchka, senior lecturer on Global Health at University of Washington, entitled “Capitalism and the health impacts of Economic Collapse.”

“I think we might do another event on health care, and I can imagine that there will be a series of local performers,” said Chris Hill, a member of the Executive Collective of Nonstop. “I think it makes sense to take advantage of the people who are here and their desire to continue keep the community active, and that’s what we see ourselves doing.”

“We hope to be able to collaborate with the college in some way, but in the short term, I think that there’s a group of people here who put an enormous amount of effort into making YS a healthy community and we want to continue to do that,” said Hill. “We feel that the space represents that issue and to carry that forward is a healthy thing for us and for Greene County.”

The office and meeting place is a renovated plastic factory, which houses custom designed offices and a library of books from the student and women’s center collections salvaged from Antioch College. The remodeling was done mainly by Nonstop faculty and volunteers, and used many materials recycled from the factory. The total redesign, which utilizes resources like natural light and recycled heat, cost about $10 per square foot, according to Nobel.

There is also a small stage and projection screen in the office to host Non Stop Presents events. Such events include dance performances, interviews, lectures and debates. People who are interested in becoming involved with Nonstop should go to www.nonstopinstitute.org or e-mail inquiries@nonstopinstitute.org.