F19 UGP-1 Residency has ended

Abenaki Acknowledgement

We acknowledge this land we sit on and the people whose home this is. This land is the land of the aboriginal Abenaki people who have lived here for over 12,900 years. The Abenaki people faced centuries of war and disease stemming from the European invasion, continued eradication pre and post American Revolution and sterilization as a result of the Vermont Eugenics laws in the 20th century. The resilience and strength of the Abenaki people continues to manifest itself today in their protection of the land and their communities. As members of the Missisquoi Tribe of the Abenaki Nation shared with us, “We will always stand up and protect our aboriginal title.

Apocalypse, Futurity, and (Re)Making the World:

Are We at the Beginning, the End or Somewhere Else? 

To see that your life is a story
while you’re in the middle of living it

may be a help to living it well.

-Ursula K. LeGuin

This is a turbulent time for the planet, the United States, and Goddard College. Challenges abound. Uncertainty is commonplace. And we are being asked to (re)consider who we are, what we believe, and what our future will be. 

Our theme for this residency was created as a call to question where you are in any of the particular stories in which you exist and consider how that questioning changes what is possible.  How does your worldview open or foreclose possibilities? What stories have you been holding about where the planet, the United States, and Goddard College are in their life cycles? How do those stories inform your decision-making as a person, community member, artist/writer, scholar, activist, learner, healer, practitioner, etc.? What are the sources of your stories/worldview? How does the location of those sources affect the kinds of stories that appear in and are embraced within those spaces? What makes it possible to think outside of one’s personal story in order to understand other stories? What skills are required in navigating these stories and the worlds they create? 

Keeping these questions in mind and heart, we invite you to utilize the creative and intellectual resources of your degree track to propose answers to the residency theme as well as visions for what the planet, the United States, and/or Goddard College could look like in the future.

A NOTE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY: To document residency activities, we may take photographs of events. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken, please inform the photographer. If you are photographing people, please check with the group or individuals to see if anyone objects to being photographed.

Social Justice Statement
Residency Notices
UGP Learning and Epistemology Statement
UGP 1 Semester Dates & Deadlines
Back To Schedule
Saturday, August 24 • 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Beyond "Totalitarianism": Re-examining and Reflecting on the "Stalinist" Era of the USSR.

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
This workshop will be a presentation of Matt's senior thesis which challenged the McCarthyist "totalitarian" historical model of Soviet History during the mid 1920s-early 1950s under the leadership of Joseph Stalin. Drawing inspiration from the so-called "revisionist" school of Sovietology which emerged after the opening of Leon Trotsky's personal archives in 1980 and matured with access to official state archives through Glasnost in th 90s as well as the fall of the USSR, and focused on complex social dynamics in analyzing historical events rather than the usage of an all powerful dictator to explain away everything, Matt will debunk 7 commonly held myths about Soviet society.

From there, reflection is encouraged to understand a more complete Sovietology and to reckon with the successes and even the dire failings of the USSR's role in being the first long lasting socialist experiment, and what historical and material conditions act as barriers to developing an immediate socialist utopia, necessitating an understanding of developmental strategies and tactics. Additionally are the roles of geopolitics and decolonization in shaping such a tumultuous history and why such a history is important for progressives to learn from, and central to Matt's thesis, how the construct of "Stalinism," as well as distorted histories, and American co-optations of human rights dialogue are used even today to demonize states in the Global South who struggle against NATO imperialism, especially if such states even remotely hint at socialist sympathies.


Matt Coughlin

Graduating Student, Goddard College

Saturday August 24, 2019 7:15pm - 8:00pm

Attendees (5)