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Goddard in the World is a podcast highlighting the work of Goddard College Alumni. All invited guests are alumni of Goddard, whether they completed one semester or their full degree program.

We are interested in sharing our guests’ stories, rather than focus solely on their accomplishments at Goddard. While we are curious about where Goddard landed on their path, and if/how Goddard shaped their work in the world, the podcast highlights where our guests’ work and passions and how they bring them to their community.

Goddard in the World podcast is a project created by the Goddard Alumni Council, independent of the Goddard College.

Goddard in the World Amanda Faye Lacson/Goddard Alumni Association

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Goddard in the World is a podcast highlighting the work of Goddard College Alumni. All invited guests are alumni of Goddard, whether they completed one semester or their full degree program.

We are interested in sharing our guests’ stories, rather than focus solely on their accomplishments at Goddard. While we are curious about where Goddard landed on their path, and if/how Goddard shaped their work in the world, the podcast highlights where our guests’ work and passions and how they bring them to their community.

Goddard in the World podcast is a project created by the Goddard Alumni Council, independent of the Goddard College.

    Miriam Tobin & SCRiB Lab

    Miriam Tobin & SCRiB Lab

    Today we’re talking to Miriam BC Tobin, winner of the Goddard Alumni Association Spirit Grant for her work with SCRiB Lab, a writing organization aimed at creating community through experimentation. SCRiB Lab provides writing labs in three categories: SCRiBE for literary writers; SCRiPT for dramatic writers; and SCRiBBLE for ideas seekers. Besides creating a playful space for writers, Miriam is a contemporary absurdist playwright, interested in using the grandiose and extraordinary to explore human truths.
    We talk about Absurdism with a capital A in theater: how absurdism (like rocks starting to talk) can be used not to be silly or funny, but to make a point about human existence. Miriam says, “Absurdism is this idea, or this concept of what happens when a human faces the greater universe. And is that space in between ‘I am a small little human’ and the devastation of seeing the great expanse of the universe.” We also talk about how the themes of Absurdism relate to classical Greek and Roman theater, in how humans relate to nature.
    At Goddard, Miriam was exposed to pre-Columbian drama (particularly Mayan) and Noh drama, both of which influenced her thesis play. She was specifically drawn to how both of those eras engage the community/audience in the participation or spectacle of the plays, and how the stories continue beyond the end of the theater piece.
    Keep up with Miriam and SCRiB Lab at:
    Website: https://mirbct.com/plays
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scrib.lab/
    Website: https://www.scriblab.org/
    And if anyone wants to compose an opera with Miriam, or sponsor SCRiBLAB  do get in touch!
    Recommendations:
    Links
    Sleep No More: https://mckittrickhotel.com/events/sleep-no-more/
    The Catamounts: https://www.thecatamounts.org/
    Sweet Truth: https://www.instagram.com/sweettruthinsta/
    Stories/Plays:
    Sleeping Beauty
    Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    The Bacchae, Euripides
    Medea, Euripides
    Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim
    Authors/Movements:
    Martin Esslin
    Samuel Beckett
    Theater of the Absurd
    Linda Addison
    Jeff Strand

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sam Rebelein and Mike Alvarez Return!

    Sam Rebelein and Mike Alvarez Return!

    Warning: SPOILERS ABOUND in this episode! 
    Sam Rebelein and Mike Alvarez are back for an appropriately Halloween-y episode! Last time we talked about their horror inspirations; this time we’re talking about their recent (October 2023) book publications!
    We talk about their books individually and together: how and why they use body horror to enhance their narratives; monsters as metaphors for grief, loss, and trauma; and the act of writing itself and how it can retraumatize or heal the writer. 
    If you’re anti-spoiler DON’T listen to this podcast until you buy the books (spoiler: they’re worth it). If you don’t mind spoilers, take a listen and buy the books anyway!
     
    Snag Edenville and check out Sam’s other work: https://www.srebelein.com/
     
    Snag Mike’s Unraveling direct from the publisher: https://www.routledge.com/Unraveling-An-Autoethnography-of-Suicide-and-Renewal/Alvarez/p/book/9781032346519
     
    Recommendations
    Transformative Language Arts Network: tlanetwork.org
    Books:
    Kathryn Harrison, The Kiss
    R.L. Stine, Goosebumps series
    Louise DeSalvo, Writing as a Way of Healing
    Movies & TV
    Jeepers Creepers, Victor Salva
    The Babadook, Jennifer Kent
    Hereditary, Ari Aster
    Fargo (Season 2), FX, Noah Hawley 
    Video Games:
    The Last of Us
    The Witcher 3
    God of War

    • 2 hr 22 min
    Transformative Language Arts roundtable

    Transformative Language Arts roundtable

    This week Amanda is hosting a Transformative Language Arts (TLA) roundtable:
    Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, founder of TLA and current chair of the TLA Network (TLAN) board
    Angie Ebba, graduate of the TLA program at Goddard; and
    Joy Zimmerman, board member of TLAN. 
    We discuss the role of words, especially poetry and song  in our lives, particularly how we all recognize the power of words to make our experiences concrete and understood to ourselves and others. 
    All music in this episode is by Joy Zimmerman. Featured songs: “We Are a Bell” and “Nobel Prize” from Where the Light Lives.
    Caryn developed Transformative Language Arts (TLA) as a concentration in the IMA program at Goddard. While it no longer exists as curriculum at Goddard, the nonprofit TLANetwork is holding community space for people who use written, spoken, and sung word for personal and community transformation. 
    One of the keystone events of TLAN is the Power of Words conference. Everyone at the roundtable will be presenting at the 2023 Power of Words conference: 
    Amanda’s workshop: Using TLA to Create & Deepen Your Family Archive
    Angie’s workshop: My Body is Not a Battlefield: Illness, Body, and the Use of Metaphor
    Caryn’s panel discussion: TLA in the World: Transforming Communities Through the Power of Words
    Caryn’s workshop with Kathryn Lorenzen: The Big Picture of Your TLA Livelihood and Life
    Joy’s keynote performance with Erin McGrane: music and spoken word
    For more information please follow the links below:
    2023 Power of Words conference: https://www.tlanetwork.org/conference
    Transformative Language Arts Network: https://www.tlanetwork.org/
    Joy Zimmerman: https://joyzimmermanmusic.com/music
    Angie Ebba: http://rebelonpage.com/
    Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg: https://www.carynmirriamgoldberg.com/

    • 52 min
    Minna Dubin

    Minna Dubin

    Minna Dubin (she/her) is a writer, mother, and educator. She graduated from the Transformative Language Arts program at Goddard where she tackled hard subjects that people aren’t supposed to talk about, from sex, race, identity to interracial relationships. Now, as a leading feminist voice on mother rage, Minna writes about mothers and what society expects of them, from career shifts to emotional calm and reserve, and how these expectations can breed a crisis of loneliness and yes, rage, in mothers. 
     
    Her forthcoming book, MOM RAGE: The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood will be published in September by Seal Press and is available for preorder now anywhere books are sold. 
     
    Pre-order from the publisher: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/minna-dubin/mom-rage/9781541601307/?lens=seal-press
    Pre-order from Amazon: https://a.co/d/26F8Tzr
     
    Read more of Minna’s work:
    “The Rage Mothers Don’t Talk About”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/parenting/mother-rage.html
    “I Am Going to Physically Explode: Mom Rage in a Pandemic”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/parenting/mom-rage-pandemic.html
    MomLists: https://momlists.tumblr.com/
     
    Take a workshop with Minna:
    Writing the Home Workshop: https://www.amandamontei.com/store/p/writinghome
     
    Keep up with Minna:
    Instagram: @minnadubin
    Website: minnadubin.com
     
    Other Recommendations:
    Angela Garbes, Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change: https://bookshop.org/p/books/essential-labor-mothering-as-social-change-angela-garbes/17364605?ean=9780062937360
    Raised Pinay, the 5th Generation - Raising up the Mother: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raised-pinay-2023-a-benefit-production-for-roots-of-health-tickets-608992943287
     
    Get involved with Season 4! 
    Be our guest: https://forms.gle/A9XRF4ynvKK3uCqV9
    Join the team: https://forms.gle/LXfxKC28cMDBeoUj6

    • 2 hr
    Chris Younce

    Chris Younce

    Chris Younce received a Bachelor’s Degree from Goddard College for his thesis work on Evolutionary Theory. Chris’s experience was indeed very Goddardian as he changed his focus six times from film to the psychology of sport to art to Buddhism and then looked at autism spectrum disorder before he began exploring the origins of consciousness. He dedicated the book which was spawned by this process, Cognitive Liberty, to the school. Its focus pays homage to the multi-disciplinary approach as it links the fields of psychology, biology and ecology. 
    Currently, Chris works as a case manager for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He advocates for a person-centered approach which allows individuals to claim as much agency as they care to. He is also an active and proud member of the Vermont Beekeepers Association where his work in mycology has led him to champion a mushrooms for bees campaign as certain species of mushroom seem to mitigate colony collapse disorder.
    Recommendations:
    Accepted (film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384793/
    Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Terence McKenna: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna
    Paul Stamets: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stamets
    Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival: https://www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com/
    Keep up with Chris:
    Buy Cognitive Liberty at bookshop.org or anywhere you get books. Support Chris’s favorite independent bookstores:
    Bear Pond Books, Montpelier: https://www.bearpondbooks.com/
    Bridgeside Books, Waterbury: https://www.bridgesidebooks.com/
    Phoenix Books, multiple VT locations: https://www.phoenixbooks.biz/
    Follow Chris on Instagram: @harmonic_homesteading
    Sam & Amanda’s Projects:
    Pre-order Sam’s novel Edenville on Amazon, bookshop.org or anywhere you buy books. Support Sam’s favorite independent bookstores:
     
    Oblong Books, Millerton & Rhinebeck: https://www.oblongbooks.com/
    Inquiring Minds, Saugerties & New Paltz: https://www.inquiringbooks.com/
     
    Mark your calendars for the inaugural TLAN Virtual Salon on April 22, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)/2:00 p.m. (PT)! The Transformative Language Arts Network (TLAN) virtual salon will feature presenters who are active members of TLAN. Each presenter will have 5-7 minutes to present their written, spoken, or sung work followed by an artist talkback. 
    Join or renew your TLAN membership: https://www.tlanetwork.org/Membership
    If you are a TLAN member and would like to present, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/MiP1ZKM3eMLEmUyc7.
     
    Support the Goddard Staff Union in their current strike: 
    Read the press release on the strike: Goddard Staff Union votes no confidence in Dan Hocoy : to strike.pdf
    Sign the petition in solidarity: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/for-a-just-democratic-goddard-college
    If you’re local to Vermont, join the picket in the upper lot. 
    Email the board and Dan Hocoy to tell them you support the staff in utilizing their rights to bargain for fair wages and dignity. 
    Follow @goddardalumni on Facebook and Instagram for continuing updates. 
    Sign up for the Goddard Alumni website and newsletter: https://goddardalumni.com/signup/

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Dennis R. Rush

    Dennis R. Rush

    Poet and artist Dennis Rush grew up on a remote 100-acre tobacco farm in Kentucky. It was at the end of a gravel road, a mile from the nearest house, which was often unoccupied. He spent much of his time walking through the woods, fishing and just being in nature.
     
    His most recent book, Mayfield is an account of his volunteer experience in Mayfield, KY helping a community which had been devastated by tornadoes. He took his two youngest kids with him to work  at a food distribution center, which was a giant grocery store made of donations.
     
    Keep up with Dennis on Instagram: @dennisrrush
    Buy a signed copy of Dennis’s books: www.dennis-rush.com

    • 1 hr 3 min

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