NSP! April 2009

Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 PM
The C Space, 20 N. Jefferson, Dayton, Ohio
Hip-Hop Night Featuring Sadat X of Brand Nubian
The performance event of Wright State’s Dear Dr. Hip Hop Conference Sponsored by Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. A line up of diverse and educational performances by ScratchMatic, Circle Nerds, Amotions, Sadat X, and more. Doors open at 7:00 pm to all ages.
Sunday, April 5 at 2:00 pm
YS Senior Center, 227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Joan Horn, an Antioch College alumna who has written a biography of Walter “Andy” Anderson, will be sharing various anecdotes from her 50 year friendship with him, as well as excerpts from the book.

Andy was one of nine children, a grandson of former slaves, and a child prodigy in music. He was the first black chair of a department in any non-black institution of higher learning in the United States when Antioch College hired him in 1946. He enchanted both students and colleagues wherever he went, and traveled extensively, earning an international reputation as both an organist and a pianist. He was Coretta Scott King’s professor, and helped Leontyne Price get her start on the concert stage. He managed to pack nine days of work into the usual week, and routinely outran everyone else in both teaching and extracurricular activities. He ended his career chairing the music section of the National Endowment for the Arts for 15 years.

A Slovenian friend of “Andy’s” and also a friend of Irwin Abrams, who edits a Ljubljana newspaper, said after reading the book, “In a sense it is a biography of America in the second half of the past century.” For Yellow Springs residents, there are numerous stories of life in our village in the ’50’s and ’60’s that will bring back their own memories of that time, as well as Andy’s place in them. Come hear more about this unique man and his triumphant accomplishments.
Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 pm
YS Senior Center, 227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Cartoonist Jennifer Berman will present a slideshow and talk of her work, both old and new. Her talk will focus on her start in cartooning at Antioch in the early 80s, and her later inspirations: people, animals and politics. Jennifer is an alum of the College (1984) was also CM in 1984-85. She worked in co-op at Antioch for two years, in 2004 and 2005.

Jennifer Berman’s work has been published nationally in alternative papers (Chicago Reader, East Bay Express, etc.), popular magazines (Harper’s, Utne Reader, Vegetarian Times), political journals (In These Times, Ms) and scholarly journals (Ethics). She has sold tens of thousands of postcards and  greeting cards and is the author of four cartoon books and has been included in numerous anthologies of American and women’s humor.

Friday, April 17, 7:00 PM
YS Senior Center, 227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Shawn Casey, Ph.D. Antioch Alum and current candidate in English at The Ohio State University
Literacy and the Liberal Arts: New Perspectives.
Scholars of twenty-first century writing, communication, and education, among others, claim that literacy is changing in the context of expanding technologies, globalization, and diversity of all kinds. However, our understandings of the benefits and purposes of literacy instruction, and even our understanding of literacy itself, still hold deep contradictions. Liberal arts colleges have a unique opportunity to distinguish themselves in this changing context by acknowledging and moving us beyond the “myths” associated with the power of literacy and toward a more critical understanding of literacy practices in both local and global contexts. My presentation will survey some of the more prominent charges made in the name of literacy today and ask how the unique perspectives associated with the liberal arts college might lead us to respond.

Friday, April 24, 7:00 PM
YS Senior Center, 227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio
SANE screens The World According to Monsanto
Nonstop student group SANE (Students Against Neoliberal Economics) will screen the recent film The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin which outlines the threat to global biodiversity posed by biotech giant Monsanto through genetically modified crops. The film will be followed by a discussion on sustainable agriculture and related topics.