Julia Reichert ’70 (Antioch College, BA) won an Academy Award for the best feature-length documentary American Factory. She co-directed it with her longtime partner and collaborator, Steve Bognar, and her nephew Jeff Reichert. American Factory is the first documentary released by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company. This was Reichert’s fourth Oscar nomination. She launched her career with a film she made while attending Antioch College. Growing Up Female examines female socialization through the lives of six women. It was one of several films shown as part of Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film, a retrospective at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque that ran from late Nov. to Dec. 2019.
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