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Antioch’s year-round schedule is sometimes grueling, and always exhausting. However, it also creates space for variation and diversity that more typical models don’t always facilitate. In this vein, The Word is undergoing a few changes. Episodes will now feature projects from people in the Antioch community such as students, staff, and faculty. We also remixed the theme song!

The Living in Divided States exhibit has been in display at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery since December.  It explores concepts of diversity and division in post-election America through a variety of art forms and activities. 

Archibald MacLeish
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Today on Rediscovered Radio, we meet the American poet Archibald MacLeish whose life spanned most of the 20th century. Bob Dylan described him as a man “who could take real people from history..and with the tender touch of a creator, deliver them right to your door.” Rediscovered Radio producer Dave Barber has the story of a MacLeish visit to Antioch College. Captured on tape, it is now part of the WYSO archives.

An Antioch Record article about Florynce Kennedy's appearance at the College
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Florynce Kennedy,  an outspoken attorney and activist who bridged the Women’s Liberation and Black Power Movements in the 1960s and 70s, said “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” She was outrageous and defiant and with her middle finger in the air and a cowboy hat on her head, she came to Antioch in 1971 to talk about fighting oppression. WYSO was there.

Cecil Taylor
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The American jazz pianist Cecil Taylor is a pioneer of what is called free jazz—music which often discards notated scores and breaks with meter and conventional harmonic progression. Now 87, his first recordings were released in the 1950s. In the late 1960s and early 70s Taylor taught at Antioch College and recordings from his years in Yellow Springs are found in the WYSO archives.

During Antioch College's alumni weekend in September, current students and past graduates participated in an open forum about their co-op experiences. In this forum, recorded by WYSO Miller Fellow Mari Smith, you'll hear perspectives from current students Lucas Bautista '18, Malka Berrow '18, and Catalina La Mers-Noble '18 and alumni Bruce Lebel '76, Karen W. Mulhauser '65 and Robert Goldsmith '76.

Last May at Antioch College, students of color filled the Coretta Scott King Center in secret to have a difficult discussion about race and culture. They called it a "day of disappearance". The idea was to show the college what a day without people of color, or POC would look like. Community voices producer and Miller Fellow Mari Smith     sat in on the day of disappearance and spoke with the participants to hear their experiences. 

Antioch College
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Antioch College is once again, a fully accredited educational institution. Today the Higher Learning Commission granted the status to the college, which has been working aggressively to regain accreditation since it re-opened in 2011. 

Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Lori Collins-Hall, says it was Antioch alumni who positioned the college for a comeback.

Ohayo Ohio is a 10-day Japanese symposium and cultural event taking place in Yellow Springs from April 30 through May 9. A variety of workshops, presentations and exhibits on traditional and contemporary Japanese art, culture and language will be offered. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Jerry Kenney spoke with Instructor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College and symposium organizer Beth Bridgeman. You can check out the full schedule of events here.    

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The mass movement of people across national boundaries has become one of the defining characteristics of our era. In the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, millions of people—welcomed and unwelcomed—are fleeing the effects of war, poverty, crime, intergroup conflict, and environmental change. At the same time, political discourse in the US has sunk to new depths with national political leaders calling for the construction of walls and moratoria on the acceptance of refugees.

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