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.

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Sunday, August 25 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Rooted in the Earth: An Ecologically-Centered, Heart-Based Education Curriculum

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In this current day human activities have negatively affected the geological, ecological, and environmental systems on the planet, and also the social and emotional ways in which we connect within the environment. The perception that humans are the dominant species and are entitled to take whatever they believe will make them happy, has shaped people’s obsession with money and the things it can buy. This belief that money and luxury bring happiness has driven people into a consumerist fury which has impacted not only the planet on which we depend, but also the ways in which we see and interact with each other. It is the author’s belief that these major problems are the outcomes of a disease of the mind, and through a shift in the way we think about each other and the planet, we can change the trajectory we are currently on. This thesis offers a foundation for building an education system which puts ecology and social empathy at the center of all learning. Empathy for each other and for all of life, is necessary for the continued survival of society and planet earth. The principles outlined in Rooted in the Earth form the basis for education, starting with the local environment, community, and the interdependence of all things, and weaving in the development of emotional intelligence, and leadership that benefits all the people. This presentation will discuss the principles of Rooted in the Earth and show how they can be integrated into any program.


Kathi Stimson

Graduating Student, Goddard College

Sunday August 25, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT

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