NSLAI Archive

This archive contains materials of NSLAI (Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute), which ceased operations on June 30, 2009. During the brief 12 month life of this tactical liberal arts intervention, NSLAI offered over 100 classes and produced over 100 public events, presentations and lectures in the Village of Yellow Springs. To learn more about this singularly unique project in the history of higher education, follow these archived links or read the NSLAI “About/Faq” section below.

Major Sections:



Spring 2009

Summer Alumni Festival 2009

Archive of Nonstop Presents 2008-2009

September 2008

October 2008

November and December 2008

February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

About/Faq’s of the Former Nonstop Liberals Arts Institute

About This Project

The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute (NSLAI) is a collegium of former Antioch College students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Nonstop Institute was created in response to Antioch University’s decision to close Antioch College and dismiss its tenured faculty, and supports civic and educationally innovative opportunities, research, arts and education related events, lectures and performances as well as venues for educational, cultural, art and academic projects that exemplify progressive and socially-conscious education.

1500 higher education professionals from over 250 Colleges and Universities internationally have publicly called for “the reopening of Antioch College… at the earliest possible time.” These same educators “applaud the work of Nonstop” and the “efforts of the dismissed [Antioch] College faculty to continue… the tradition of progressive academic and civic education in Yellow Springs”.

What we’re up to:

In response to the tragic and unwarranted closure of the historic Antioch College (“Antioch”) campus by the Antioch University Board of Trustees, former Antioch faculty, staff, students and alumni are launching the NONSTOP Liberal Arts Institute (“Nonstop”) located in Antioch’s home village of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Carrying forward Antioch’s long tradition of educational innovation, we re-imagine education for the 21st century as progressive liberal arts for life.

Nonstop is a sustainable joint venture that, in the words of Antioch’s founder and first president Horace Mann, encourages students to “win victories for humanity.” It draws on the collective support of the former Antioch faculty, students, alumni and staff along with the people of Yellow Springs in order to continue the values of Antioch and its Honor Code: “the search for truth, the development of individual potential, and the pursuit of social justice.” Nonstop carries on this proud Antioch legacy while providing students with a new and distinctive liberal arts experience. Nonstop reinvigorates traditional Antiochian ideals within new contexts and environments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who Can Attend Nonstop?

A: The Nonstop educational offerings follow a policy of open enrollment. Our student body will consist of both traditional and non-traditional students who enroll either as full time students or on a course by course basis.

Q: What sorts of courses may I choose from?

A: Our open curriculum is designed to provide flexibility and choice. Varied course structures that allow faculty to teach from their strengths and to student interests are augmented by local community and alumni contributions.

Q: What other events are part of Nonstop?

A: Halfway through the semester, a festival week brings the community together around artistic and academic events, lectures and performances. Students, faculty and other Nonstop community members pursue ongoing collaborations and actively engage our self-governance processes toward building a sustainable education community.

Q: What about credit?

A: The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute is not currently accredited. However, our classes are affordable and offer an immersive academic experience that is college-level and community driven. Our course structures and requirements adhere to national crediting standards. Students will maintain Learning Portfolios documenting each course and providing a future opportunity to petition accredited institutions to accept Nonstop Faculty-evaluated course work as transfer credit. Read more on this topic from Jill Becker.