NSP! February 2009

Sunday, February 1, 3:00 PM
The Emporium, 233 Xenia Avenue, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Aurelia Blake and Jeanne Lemkau will read original work This event is free and open to the public. A wine tasting will accompany the event. For information, please call 767-2646.

Writer Aurelia A. Blake has taught in the Yellow Springs schools since 1996, where she currently teaches middle school Language Arts and directs the student writing team, Power of the Pen. She has been on the board of Antioch Writers’ Workshop since 2004 and has a master’s degree from Antioch University McGregor and a bachelor’s from the University of Colorado.  She is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel.  Aurelia will read poems and short stories that she has written steadily throughout her varied careers and while raising three children.

Jeanne Lemkau is a psychologist, writer, and Professor Emerita of Family Medicine at Wright State University. She divides her time between her psychotherapy practice, political activism and creative non-fiction writing related to Cuba and Cuban Americans.  She has been involved with Latin America since the early 1970s when she served with the Peace Corps in rural Nicaragua.  As an academic, she published widely on cultural issues, psychology, and family medicine. Since traveling to Cuba and earning her MFA in creative nonfiction writing, however she has devoted herself to writing about her experience of Cuba and working on behalf of the rights of Cuban Americans to visit their families in Cuba. She will read from her manuscript Risking Cuba: A Tale of Sabbatical Rebellion.

Friday, February 6, 4:00-7:00 PM
Nonstop Grand Opening & Exhibition: Education & Community – Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute will host a reception to celebrate the opening of its newly renovated headquarters at Yellow Spring’s Millworks complex, 305 N. Walnut Street.

This event will feature the exhibition Education & Community, a multi-media installation that integrates art and journalism, including student work, pertaining to the ongoing efforts to revive an independent Antioch College. According to artist Migiwa Orimo, “it’s a kind of archive of Nonstop over the last year.” Part of the project consists of items arranged visually in a “stack”. The “stack” also refers to the method Nonstop uses to organize public discussions, where people add their names to a stack for a turn to speak. Media stations will also be set up throughout the space showing student and other work.

The event will also feature our new geodesic dome. The dome will be situated within the large, open space at Millworks and serve as a translucent meeting and gathering space. Informal tours of the space will be given to those interested in learning about how Nonstop transformed a plastics manufacturing space into an environmentally-responsible campus, constructed with recycled and reused materials and utilizing exciting green innovations such as solar tubes for light.

We hope that you will join us at Millworks! The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 8, 7:00 PM
Yellow Springs Senior Center, 227 Xenia Avenue
Antioch alum Michael Casselli (’87) is a visual artist whose work includes large sculptural installation, sonic experimentation, scenic and video design. Michael recently relocated to Yellow Springs after 15 years of working in both the experimental theater scene and the underground art world in New York City. His theater design and original installation pieces have been displayed and performed around the world. He will talk about the influences and questions that inform his work as well as the directors, performers and fellow designers he has worked with over the years.

Thursday, February 12, 7:00 PM
Yellow Springs Senior Center, 227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Wendy Ake and Fayyad Sbaihat: A Report on International Solidarity Campaigns for Palestine.
Wendy Ake, a resident of Columbus, is a human rights activist who works with Divestment Support Committee, an organization that provides information resources, direct training, and promotional materials to groups advocating divestment from Israel. Ake and Fayyad Sbaihat will give an update on the latest development on Gaza and the international Palestine solidarity movement.

Sunday, February 15 at 3:00 PM
The Emporium, 233 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Writers Kai Cooley and Ken Simon will read from their work This event is free and open to the public.

Kai Cooley is an Antioch College alumna from 2001. She loves cats, wildflowers, birdcalls, dirt roads, blue-collar men, fitness training and cooking without a recipe. She is on her 16th job (math teacher) and splits her time between Yellow Springs and Lynx, Ohio. She will be reading poems, excerpts from “Zen” writings, and a snippet of fiction.

Ken Simon has been a philosophy professor, a urine bottle washer, a restaurant owner, a vacuum cleaner salesman, a picture framer and a waiter, among other occupations. He has been part of a “Zen writing group” that met every week for 12 or 13 years. He will discuss the writing group process and read an assortment of short pieces, as well as a short story.

Thursday, February 19, 6:30 PM
Millworks, 305 N. Walnut Street, Suite F
Join Central State professor Jahwara Giddings for a journey along the Yellow Springs Black History Trail. Caravan rides to the sites will be accompanied by a slide show history talk. We will also use this time to document black history in the making by showcasing art work from local artists. Participants will meet at Millworks Suite F on the north side of the complex.

Saturday, February 28, 7:00 PM
Yellow Springs Senior Center, 227 Xenia Avenue
Director of The People’s Channel in Chapel Hill, NC and 2001 Antioch College alum Chad Johnston will consider the erosion of the public sphere as he traces significant events in North American media policy from the 1934 Telecommunications Act to recent times. How do we break down these complex policy issues as they relate to activist movements, grassroots organizing and perhaps, the current state of Antioch College? Topics covered will range from the spectrum of community media, public access television, low powered/free/pirate radio, the indymedia movement, and internet freedom.