In 1970 alumnus Larry Yurdin (BA ’67) organized the first Alternative Media Conference at Goddard, a revolutionary event with the goal of creating media that “awakens rather than aestheticizes.” Goddard’s community radio station, WGDR, was one of the important outcomes of this ground-breaking conference. In the spirit of that original event, I warmly invite you to attend the 2013 Goddard College Alternative Media Conference on May 18.
Barbara Vacarr, PhD's blog
A few weeks ago I participated in a panel discussion about the reinvention of higher education sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The discussion was a critical reminder of our urgent need to respond to the new demands for accountability and relevance in higher education.
In Vermont, we have an unprecedented opening for driving real change in education policy. Our Governor, the Secretary of Education, school boards and administrators are deeply engaged in conversations that demonstrate a historic commitment to reform.
Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
The stories that live in silence very often have the greatest power to transform our world and our understanding of it, when we are given an opportunity to share them and to listen to them.
I had the privilege of representing Goddard at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference this October. I was invited to the conference in Los Angeles by the Chronicle of Higher Education to speak as one of a four- person panel about sustainability in higher education. Approximately 150 people--faculty, students, college presidents, sustainability administrators and trustees attended the session. Goddard was invited as a leader and innovator.
During my two years at Goddard, I have had the pleasure of connecting with hundreds of Goddard alumni, faculty, students and friends.
“Students should not only be trained to live in a democracy when they grow up; they should have the chance to live in one today.”– Alfie Kohn, writer and education activist
UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Penn State.
At two of these institutions, they called the police when they shouldn’t have. At another, they failed to call the police when they should have.
There is much we must learn from these events.