Story Threads: Karen Werner (Faculty) and Kristi Leora Gansworth (MFAW ‘12)

Connection and collaboration

Karen Werner (Undergraduate Program faculty) is collaborating with Kristi Leora Gansworth (MFAW Port Townsend ‘12) to develop an audio and digital storytelling project titled “I Have Been Born at the Waterfall Many Times.” The piece is about colonization and water as a living relative, focusing on a sacred waterfall, Akikodjiwan (Chaudiere Falls), that is part of a proposed real estate development in the center of Ottawa, Ontario.
photo credit: Warwick Brothers & Rutter Publishers
“We were commissioned by an academic journal called Rethinking Marxism for their issue on Marxism and spirituality, due out in the winter 2016 issue,” says Karen.
“Leora is Anishinabee (First Nation) and we are basing the piece on a particular treaty between Haudenosaunee and Dutch settlers called the ‘two row’ and weaving our voices together following this pattern,” she says.

Note: an abridgment of this story appears in the article, “Is Activism Dead?” in the Clockworks Fall/Winter 2015 issue on page 9.

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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