Working Membership Meeting Minutes


Collectively Embodied Experience

While newly incorporated in August 2009, the Nonstop Institute’s Directors and Membership embodies a wealth of experience. A number of Nonstop’s Working Members and Supporting Members have enjoyed long and distinguished careers in college education [see Working Member profiles below.

The interdisciplinary dimension common to our shared liberal arts education traditions provides us a useful resource in collaborating effectively to meet current needs. Individual members likewise bring a richness of disciplinary perspectives to the conversation in drawing upon experiences from a variety of areas of specialization in the humanities, arts, social and natural sciences.


Lincoln Alpern is awaiting his BA through Antioch College. He was heavily involved in the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, where he served two terms on the Diversity Committee. He has experience working as a library assistant, painter, audio and photo documentarian, and mail carrier. He has published several opinion pieces in the Antioch/Nonstop Record, and writes book reviews for the Quaker circular Friends Journal.

Jill Becker, director of Dance at Antioch College from 2001-2008, teaches through Nonstop Institute, Ohio Wesleyan University and the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse. A recipient of the NEA Choreographer’s Fellowship and several Artists Fellowships from Community Arts Partnership (Ithaca, N.Y.), she directed Jill Becker and Dancers, Inc. in NYC from 1980 – 1986.  Becker has toured extensively, including through Holland and Germany, lately presenting Portraits of Women an evening of dance celebrating contemporary and historical female figures. She holds a BA in Dance from the SUNY at Brockport, an MA in Performing Arts from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Michael Casselli, visual artist, performer and freelance production coordinator, majored in Visual Arts and Performance Studies at Antioch College, then earned an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Additional to his personal artistic endeavors, numerous important experimental theater artists (including Richard Forman, Ann Bogart and Reza Abdoh) engaged Casselli’s for his many skills, and he received the Bessie Award for scenic designs made for Elizabeth Streb. Most recently, he provided technical design for Songs of Ascension, a collaborative work by Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton included in the 2009 Next Wave Festival. Casselli headed the Technical Direction Department and Production Management at Cal Arts and taught at NYU’s Steinhardt School. In 2008 he relocated to Yellow Springs, established his studio and designed the Nonstop space while also active in the Institute’s programming and governance.

C.T. Chen, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Antioch College 1984-2008. Dr. Chen’s specialty lies in the area of computer software/hardware design and development, time-series, statistic and stochastic analysis, digital image processing and high-performance digital computing. Recently his research interest expanded to the use of social software for interactive and collaborative learning and the application of Instructional Technology (IT) for pedagogical innovation.

John Fleming, Artistic Director, YS Kids Playhouse. John Fleming founded the YS Kids Playhouse, an avant-garde theater for youth, in 1995. As a director, choreographer, performer and teacher, his career spans over thirty years of artistic activity in the theater. Since 1995, he has been an adjunct instructor in theater and dance at Antioch College, Antioch University and Central State University. As Artistic Director of the YSKP, he has received numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He is a Kennedy Center/Ohio Partners in Education participant teaching artist. He has a MA in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University. In 2002, he was the first artist to receive a fellowship from the International Peace Research Association Foundation. As a performer he has been seen at the Edinborough Festival, Japan’s Toga Festival, the Venice Carnivale, the Montreal International Theater Festival, the Bitef Festival in Belgrade and the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro in Bogota. A native of New Orleans, he currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Chris Hill, curator and media artist (MFA, SUNY Buffalo, 1984), taught Communications/Media Arts at Antioch College (1997-2008). Active early in the Nonstop Antioch movement, she served on the NSLAI Executive Collective and directed the Communications Team while also serving as liaison with College Revival Fund Executive Committee. At NIYS, Hill continues as an Executive Collective member. Hill curated the Video Program at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo,1983-94); and served as Board President of BCAM, Buffalo’s public access cable facility, during its first three start-up years (1990-93). Among her notable curatorial projects is the 17-hour collection Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S., 1968-1980 that since 1996 has been distributed by the Video Data Bank internationally to over 400 museums and universities. Hill’s recent curatorial work, Habeas Corpus: You Have the Body, engages documentary media on prisons. Her current media art project, Sweetness and Labor, explores the information-gathering strategies of bees.

Iveta Jusová, educator and scholar (Ph.D. Miami University, 2000), focuses her work in Continental feminist theory, epistemology, and post-colonial and global feminisms. She is also a Victorian literature scholar.  Her book The New Woman and the Empire (OSUP) was published in 2005, and her articles have appeared in North-American, British, Polish, and Czech journals. In her teaching and research, she employs a range of textual and socio-cultural engagements toward socially significant inquiry across boundaries, both inside and outside of Western culture.

Nevin Mercede, interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and educator, taught at Antioch College from 1998-2008, following a considerably itinerant fourteen years at eight geographically diverse institutions. A foundational participant in Nonstop Antioch/NSLAI, additional to teaching she served on the Curriculum and Diversity Committees, and as Executive Council Chair. Recent creative presentations include the twenty-year retrospective analogues & metaphors (three major installations along with supporting investigations) and the solo exhibition 20 DEGREES NORTH, 50  DEGREES EAST, image-text digital prints made in response to travel in Russia. Mercede’s current projects involve the production of two limited edition artist books, Russians Reflect and White Nights, while she continues seeking publication for her creative-nonfiction manuscript, SEEING PAINTING.

Tim Noble, a 2002 graduate of Antioch College, lived for 5 years in Baltimore working in printing, bicycle mechanics, carpentry, and as an MFA student in Digital Arts. Last year he returned to Yellow Springs as IT Coordinator for the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. Noble’s passionate interests include open source hardware and software. Most recently he has been constructing a 3D printer capable of partial self-replication.

Migiwa Orimo (Director), visual artist originally from Tokyo, exhibits her paintings and mixed media installations nationally. Venues include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, the San Bernadino Museum, CA along with the Springfield Art Museum and Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. An Artist-in-Residence at Antioch College during fall 2007, Orimo directed her work toward community organizing for the Nonstop Antioch movement. A vital member of the NLAI communication team, she now also serves NIYS as a founding board member and continues working with various committees. A two-time recipient of the Individual Artists Fellowship, in 2008 the Ohio Arts Council again awarded Orimo, this time with an Individual Creativity Excellence Award for her interdisciplinary art projects House Visit Project andCommunity as a Form of Art.

Dan Reyes, educator, interdisciplinary scholar and registered architect (Ph.D. Miami University, 1999), advocates for liberal education and the progressive social imagination. He produces art works as mixed media sculpture, graphic arts and architectural constructions and his primary scholarly interests include the social and philosophical foundations of education, literary theory, cultural studies and visual cultural studies. Reyes identifies one particularly significant social challenge before us as reinvigorating a commitment to work that benefits the collective common good.

Brian Springer, media artist and instructor (MFA, UC Santa Barbara), co-produced, a critical online archive regarding the recent unwarranted closing of Antioch College. In 2007 he created Antioch Confidential, video that explored the history of Antioch College and Antioch University as well as an experimental documentary The Disappointment about veterans who return from war. He based his award-winning documentary Spin (1995) on satellite feeds. Other projects include international media installations with Projekt Atol (1996-09), collaborative theater/media projects as an artist-in residence in local schools, and founding a nationally respected grassroots media arts center in Buffalo. A member of NSLAI’s Communications Team, Springer currently serves on the Executive Collective for NIYS.