NSP! October 2008

Thursday, October 2, 7:00 PM
The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute in Yellow Springs is co-sponsoring the Junkyard Ghost Revival poetry troupe, at Wright State University in Fairborn. The event is free for Nonstop community members, but registration is required.

A spoken word theatre experience like no other, the Junkyard Ghost Revival combines the national and world champion cast of Derrick Brown, Andrea Gibson, Anis Mojgani, and Buddy Wakefield.

These four artists collectively represent six of the nine individual and world poetry slam titles since 2003, have come together in a month-long tour, aimed at charging hearts and uplifting audiences out of their personal junkyards of their soul.

A truly inspiring and moving event, the Junkyard Ghost Revival has been hailed as the liveliest spoken word experience in America. Get ready for the ultimate experience in audience participation at the Student Union Apollo Room at Wright State University.

Saturday, October 4
Local jazz host and Antioch emeritus Professor, Steve Schwerner,will teach a day-long workshop on The History of Jazz at the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute in Yellow Springs. Registration is open and encouraged prior to the workshop. The registration fee is $100.00. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village of Yellow Springs Bryan Center, 100 Dayton Street, Room A.

Schwerner will use lecture, video and recorded music to provide an overview of the history of jazz music, starting with its origins in the African-American tradition to the present day world music it has become.

Brooklyn born, Schwerner started his career as a jazz radio host at Antioch College in the 1950s. As a student he used his co-ops to return to New York as much as possible, where he would frequent the Blue Note and other jazz meccas of the time, to return to Ohio with new inspiration.

He was one of the first hosts at WYSO upon its creation in 1957, where his classic show “Alternate Takes,” co-hosted with Warren Watson, ran for 25 years. Both hosts were favorites among advocates fighting to “keep WYSO Local” in the early 2000s.

With this workshop, Schwerner is drawing from years of experience teaching the History of Modern Jazz at Antioch College, now brought together in this one-day intensive at the Nonstop Institute.

Sunday, October 5
Founders Day – The Nonstop community will celebrate the founding of Antioch College in 1852 by Horace Mann, the father of public education in the US, with assorted festivities. Please watch for further details on Founders Day events.

Wednesday, October 8, 7;00 PM
Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave.
Nominated for an Academy Award, the documentary Building Bombs explores lives and sentiments in the South Carolina community of Aiken, epicenter of U.S. plutonium processing and the production of the atomic bomb. With the help of rare archival footage and interviews, Directors Mark Mori and Susan Robinson show the impact of the Savannah Power Plant on workers, the environment and local community living in the shadow of the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The event is free and open to the public as part of the course Media and the Atomic Era at the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute in Yellow Springs.

Friday, October 10, 7:00 PM
Methodist Church, 202 South Winter St.
Local media artist Brian Springer will screen The Disappointment (2007), a documentary about buried treasure, an anarchist farm wife’s lost diaries, and “an all-American story about napalm, spirit possession, Korea, Vietnam, American Indian massacres, early American opera…and the way mothers try to protect their families from wounds that never heal…”

Saturday, October 11, 1:00 PM
Miami Valley Pottery, 145 E. Hyde Rd.
Naysan McIlhargey – Ceramic Immersion Workshop – This workshop will continue its focus on ceramic art history. Future workshops will also include studio demonstrations, and a consideration of ceramics as an entrepreneurial venture.

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 PM
Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave. Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Stephen Okazaki’s documentary White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima & Nagasaki (2007), explores two events that in 1945 changed the world, through the memories and testimonies of those who witnessed and survived it. First-hand accounts from 14 Hibakusha, survivors of the August 6 atomic bombings, intersect with rare archival footage and interviews of Americans intimately involved in the bombings. The screening is free and open to the public, as part of the course Media and the Atomic Era at the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, in Yellow Springs.

Three Day Environmental Documentary Series

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 PM
Methodist Church, 202 South Winter St.
This is Our Home, It Is Not for Sale (1987) by Jonathan Schwartz is an award-winning documentary that follows a 60 year history of integration, real estate blockbusting, white flight, and re-gentrification in a Houston neighborhood. It is the first film in this 3-day Environmental Documentary Series.

Friday, October 17, 7:00 PM
YS Senior Center, 227 Xenia Ave.
Manufactured Landscapes (2005) by Canadian Jennifer Baichwal examines the work of Edward Burtynsky, acclaimed large-scale photographer of quarries, recycling yards, mines and dams, with attention to his documentation of the current industrial revolution in China.

Saturday, October 18, 7:00 PM
YS Senior Center, 227 Xenia Ave.
The Unforeseen (2007) by Laura Dunn examines the battle between land development and preservation of natural resources in Austin, TX. It is notable for its visual poetry as well as for being a “portrait of contemporary American economic life.”.

Saturday, October 18, 1:00-4:00 PM
3372 Hustead Road, Yellow Springs, Ohio
This second in the series of Local and Sustainable Agriculture workshops taught by Andrew Manieri will examine the “food forest” on the Haack’s acreage, based on permaculture principles. They will discuss water collection systems, including the Springfield aquifer, wells, rain barrels, and cisterns, and collaborations with neighbors.

FESTIVAL WEEK October 20-26

Monday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave.
Alum Chas Brack will screen his new documentary Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project (2008) about a high school student murdered in Newark in 2003 who identified as Aggressive (homosexual women of color who dress in masculine attire but do not necessarily identify as either lesbians or female-to-male transgenders). Brack has produced video for Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and now works at Third World Newsreel.

Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave.
This symposium on community, public, and alternative healthcare will feature presentations by Suparna Bhaskaran, former Antioch College professor now involved in state (Ohio) healthcare initiatives, alum and public health physician Don Wallace, CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) practitioner Amy Rothenberg, and rural family practitioner Tamara Singleton.

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 PM
Bryan Center Gym, 100 Dayton St.
Lawyer, artist and alum Judi Church will speak on the history of intellectual property protection and entrepreneurship. She also will explore how the First Amendment and Fair Use doctrines limit the scope of copyright protection, and will draw from some challenging cases in the visual arts and music.

Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 PM
YS Library Meeting Room, 415 Xenia Ave.
Painter, author, and faculty emerita of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, alum Deborah Curtiss will speak on A Passion for Visual Literacy. Her books include Introduction to Visual Literacy (1987) and Making Art Safely (1993).

Thursday, October 23, 2:00 PM
Yellow Springs Art Council, 108 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Environmental journalist and travel writer Peter Thomson will be reading from his new book, Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal. Thomson, an Antioch College alumnus, joined the fledgling National Public Radio environmental news program Living on Earth in 1991 as its founding producer and editor and helped to bring home numerous awards for the program over nearly a decade as Living On Earth’s Producer, Senior Editor, Western Bureau Chief, International and Special Projects Editor and Senior Correspondent.  His reporting for Living On Earth took him to Brazil, Morocco, Alaska and many other parts of the U.S.

Sacred Sea (Oxford University Press, 2007) tells the unforgettable story of his recent travels through Russia and Siberia to Lake Baikal, a World Heritage site known as the deepest and supposedly purest body of water on earth.  Naturalist Bill McKibben declares the book “an intellectual adventure,” while Russian specialist Thomas Hodge describes it as “a wandering son’s meditation on his family’s footloose history, an experienced eco-journalist’s indictment of how we squander our birthrights, and a gifted observer’s comic commentary on Americans, Russians, and most people in between.” Sacred Sea has received accolades from The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and was named a Bookshelf Selection by the journal Natural History.

Thursday, October 23, 8:00 PM
The Epic Book Shop-Mermaid Café, 118 Dayton St.
Alums Terry Blackhawk, poet, and Louise Smith, writer and performer, will read from recent work. Blackhawk founded Inside Our Literary Arts Project in Detroit, and her most recent publication is The Dropped Hand (2007). Smith chaired the Antioch Theater program for 15 years; her work engages solo performance, dialogical and community-based art practices and the intersection between theater and therapy.

Friday, October 24, 7:00 PM
Methodist Church, 202 South Winter St.
Alum, Professor of English at Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Cary Nelson will speak on Globalization and the Future of the Liberal Arts. His many publications include Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left (2001) and Office Hours: Activism and Change in the Academy (2004).

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 PM
Wright State University, Student Union, Apollo Room
Michael Berube, professor of American Literature at Penn State, co-editor (with alum Cary Nelson) of Higher Education Under Fire (1995) and author of a number of books including What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts? (2006), is known for his writing on African-American literature, music, and disability studies, and will speak on issues in higher education. His talk is co-sponsored by Wright State University.