When Bob Lazzarini was president of the Pasadena Pacers, a running club that meets at the iconic Rose Bowl, he met a lot of people who said they couldn’t run….
If you ever talk to a student, alum, or faculty member of Antioch’s Individualized Master of Arts, there is a high likelihood that they will bring up “FDN-5003: Foundations in Individualized Study.” This course, with its alphanumeric code that sounds like something from a Sci-Fi story, is much more than just another class.
“How can there be such a thing as a nonprofit in a capitalist economy?” asks David Norgard. It’s a bold question as it stands, but it’s even bolder considering it’s central to a class Norgard teaches in Antioch’s MA in Nonprofit Management and in the MBA’s Nonprofit Leadership Concentration.
“We’re not reading a book and taking a test on each chapter; we’re talking about how what you’re learning impacts your life,” says Hays Moulton, Chair of Undergraduate Studies for Antioch University’s Online programs.
Every interaction we have with another person utilizes some kind of communication. From the coffee shop to the classroom, we’re constantly relaying our needs and thoughts in the hopes that another person will understand. But the process isn’t a given.
“We live in a difficult, destructive, and oftentimes very limited, oppressive society. So how are you supposed to be healthy?” asks Cece Briggs. This isn’t, however, a question Briggs is directly answering in “Anxiety in Literature,” a class she is teaching in the BA in Liberal Studies on Antioch’s Seattle campus.
It’s common to hear people say that housing is a human right, yet by many estimates, over half a million Americans experience housing insecurity every year. “It’s time to create a groundswell of interest in this topic in this country,” says Charles Durrett, an architect, activist, builder of cohousing communities globally, and instructor of the upcoming four-week Continuing Education course at Antioch, “How to Address Homelessness in Your Town,”…
Business is always about profit. That’s the bottom line. Unless you’re talking about Ken Baker’s class, “Strategy, Innovation, and Resilience,”—then it’s time to think bigger. This class doesn’t have one bottom line, but three. “The triple bottom line is not about regular ‘business as usual,’” explains Baker. “It’s about taking a more holistic approach, where we talk about people, the planet, and profits.” This framework is changing how students conceptualize what it means to be successful.
Jeff Gaddess sees the prevalence of stress in our society as a product of the ways that it is arranged. “There are reasons you feel the way you feel,” he says. Instead, in his undergraduate course “Global Perspectives of Stress,” he guides students as they explore how different cultures from around the world manifest and manage stress—ultimately aiming to find new ways to disrupt today’s cycles of stress and trauma.
“I love the ways that the arts and social sciences can be brought together,” says Ángel L. Martínez, PhD, who teaches the course Systemic & Generational Trauma.
“Education needs to have different stories,” Mariameé Gonzalez says. And she’s working to do exactly that, to bring those different stories to the Antioch Seattle classroom and to expand the…
Five years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dr. Elaine Parker-Gills in person for an article about the variety of African American studies courses she teaches at Antioch…