Joan Dempsey ’05 (Los Angeles, MFA) and fellow Maine novelist and friend, Margaret Broucek read from their work and discussed becoming debut authors later in life and the joys of a literary friendship at the Southwest Harbor Public Library in August 2018. Dempsey’s Novel, This is How it Begins, was published by She Writes Press in 2017. It was the 2018 Bronze Medal Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), a 2018 Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2018 May Sarton Women’s Book Award finalist, a 2017 Foreword Review Indies Book Award finalist, and a 2017 Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange award winner.
What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm