David Sobel’s Feb. 17 lecture rescheduled for April

David SobelThe David Sobel lecture co-sponsored by Antioch University Santa Barbara originally planned for Tuesday, February 17 has been rescheduled to Monday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Sobel has been unable to get a flight out of Boston due to the extreme winter conditions affecting air travel throughout the New England region.

The free lecture and Q&A session by educator and author Sobel is now scheduled for the evening of Monday, April 20 in the Fleischmann Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, located at 2559 Puesta del Sol.

Sobel’s lecture is entitled “The Peace of Wild Things: Nature Education for the 21st Century” and is presented by the Wilderness Youth Project, based in Santa Barbara.

The lecture is designed for parents and educators to learn about the importance of nature-focused learning.

Sobel also will conduct a guest lecture in Marianne D’Emidio-Caston’s seminar class in the AUSB Graduate Education program during his visit to AUSB.

Sobel is a Senior Faculty Member and the Director of the Center For Place-Based Education at AUSB’s sister campus at Antioch University New England. Sobel also has authored numerous books, including Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education.

For further information, please contact the Wilderness Youth Project at 805-964-8096 or wyp.org.

Graduate Education Program Recognizes Professional Accomplishments

Lindsay Johnson
Lindsay Johnson

Antioch University Santa Barbara Graduate Education and Credentialing program alumna Lindsay Johnson and Cooperating Teachers Brandon Sportel and Laura Donner have been recognized recently for their professional accomplishments.

Lindsay Johnson, who earned her M.Ed. at AUSB in 2014 after finishing her inquiry project on “Sustaining School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms in Santa Barbara County Schools,” recently was named Executive Director at Explore Ecology, an organization that originated with the Art From Scrap program and now offers environmental education programs that combine science and art. Explore Ecology will hold a Grand Re-Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. where Lindsay will share her vision for the direction of the organization. Click here for more details on the ceremony. The Santa Barbara Independent recently ran a profile on Lindsay and her work.

Brandon Sportel is a Cooperating Teacher who works with Education Specialist teacher candidates at AUSB and teaches at Canalino Elementary School in Carpinteria. Brandon recently was honored as the Educator of the Year for the Carpinteria Unified School District. Jamie Persoon, principal at Canalino, was thrilled at Brandon’s award. “In Brandon fashion, he accepted his award while giving much credit to his six instructional assistants, who were in attendance for the event: Laura, Lillian, Catherine, Kalani, Hannah, and Beth,” Jamie wrote in an email to Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, chair of AUSB’s Education program.

Finally, Laura Donner, an adjunct faculty at AUSB and also a Cooperating Teacher with the program, has been named Principal at Santa Barbara Charter School. Laura has worked at SBCS since 1995, where she strives to teach developmentally appropriate curriculum that is student-centered and brain-based. Laura also teaches Mediation and Conflict Resolution in the Schools and Classroom Organization: Theory and Practice at AUSB.

Antioch In Conversation Hosts An Evening With Norman Lear

Norman LearNorman Lear – who produced such iconic television shows as All in the Family, Maude, and The Jeffersons – will be the next speaker in Antioch University Santa Barbara’s “Antioch In Conversation…” series on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Music Academy of the West. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit AUSB’s Scholarship Fund.

The evening will focus on “Laughter and Social Change” as Lear and interlocutor Barry Kemp – producer and writer for Newhart, Taxi, and Coach – explore Lear’s career and ways his television shows helped shape public discourse on previously taboo subjects. Video clips will illustrate and augment the conversation. After the lecture, Lear will sign copies of his memoir, Even This I Get to Experience. Tickets are on sale now for the program ($27) or the program plus a VIP dinner ($250). Click here to purchase tickets.

Lear’s lengthy resume in film and television began in 1971 when he produced All in the Family, the comedy featuring the abrasive Archie Bunker, for CBS. Over its nine seasons, All in the Family earned four Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series and a Peabody Award. Lear followed this breakthrough success with a string of sitcoms, including The Jeffersons; Maude; Sanford and Son; Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; and Good Times. His work defined an entire era of television.

A social activist, Lear founded the progressive non-profit organization People For the American Way in 1980 with a mission to protect Constitutional freedoms for all Americans. Lear remains on the organization’s board of directors, serving as founding chair.

The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California was established as a non-partisan think tank concerned with the social, political, and cultural impact of entertainment on the broader world.

Most recently, Lear penned Even This I Get To Experience, a memoir detailing his life in the entertainment industry and how he drew upon his own life experience to create memorable television characters such as Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, and Mary Hartman. Former President Bill Clinton said, “Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.”

Don’t miss this chance to experience a golden age in American television in the words of one of the men responsible for shaping it. Tickets are available online – click here to purchase tickets now.

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and the world.

‘Love, Longing and Lust’ Poetry Reading with 5 Local Poets – Feb. 10

Acclaimed poet Diana Raab has gathered a group of local poets for a Valentine’s Day-themed event entitled “Love, Longing, and Lust: A Poetry Reading with Diana Raab” on Tuesday, February 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus.

The event, which is part of the Antioch in Conversation series, is free and open to the public and will also feature Santa Barbara-based poets Perie LongoMarsha de la OFriday Gretchen Lubina, and Jina Carvalho, who will join Diana for an evening of poetry aimed at the heart. Refreshments will be served.


Diana RaabDiana Raab is a poet, memoirist, blogger, and transpersonal psychologist. She has written eight books, including four poetry collections: Listening to Africa, Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You, The Guilt Gene, and Lust. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. A regular blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and BrainSpeak, Diana explores and facilitates workshops on the power of writing for transformation and empowerment.


Perie LongoPerie Longo, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emerita from 2007-09, has published four volumes of poetry with the latest being Baggage Claim in 2014. Her other titles are Milking the Earth, The Privacy of Wind, and With Nothing behind but Sky: a journey through grief. She has taught poetry to children in grades K-12 since 1985 through the California Poets in the Schools program. Perie runs a private practice as a psychotherapist and poetry therapist, sits on the literary staff of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and remains poetry chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.


Marsha de la OMarsha de la O won the New Issues Poetry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award for her poetry book, Black Hope. Her work has been anthologized in Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (Ballantine), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems from California (Greenhouse Review Press), and One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form (Lynx House Press). Her latest book, Antidote for Night, will be out in fall 2015.


Friday Gretchen LubinaFriday Gretchen Lubina’s poetry can be found in Artlife, Limited Editions, Dance of the Iguana, Caffeine, ASKEW Poetry Journal, Miramar Magazine, and A Bird Black As The Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens. In 2009, she became assistant editor for Askew Poetry Journal. Friday hosted the longstanding poetry series, “Friday on Saturday” and has been a host of Ventura’s Annual Erotic Poetry event for 13 years. She lives in Ventura, actively championing the literary and visual arts.


Jina CarvalhoJina Carvalho has just completed her first poetry collection, “The Hunger Diaries,” that spans her 30-year search for “voice” from a childhood in rural Portugal to Canadian immigrant to Green Card American. Jina graduated from Antioch University with a degree in Psychology and Theater Arts. She is the Director of Communications for the Glendon Association as well as Public Information Officer and one of the founders of the Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN).


The reading is a part of Antioch in Conversation, an event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about the social issues that affect us on a local, national, and global basis. Previous AIC events have included “Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?” and “Laurence Tribe: The Roberts Court, The Constitution, and Our Future.”

UCSD’s Anthony Mathews to Lead MBA Workshop at Antioch

Anthony Mathews - UC San DiegoAnthony Mathews, a Senior Consultant and Lecturer at the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, will conduct a workshop at Antioch University Santa Barbara as part of the socially responsible MBA program on Friday, February 6, at 6pm in Community Hall.

While it will be part of AUSB’s MBA program, the public is invited to attend at no charge. Seating is limited so please contact Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at]antioch.edu or 805-962-8179 x5171 by Thursday, January 29 to reserve a spot.

The workshop is entitled “Partnering with Employees: Creating a Culture of Ownership.” With the participants, Mathews will explore the idea that employee ownership instills more dedication and commitment as well as tools to making employee ownership work.

Mathews is a frequent speaker and author on the subject of employee ownership. He is a founding member of the Administrative Advisory Committee of The Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association (ESOP), a member of the Steering Committee of the Western States Chapter of The ESOP Association, and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Mathews has deep Southern California roots, earning his BA from Loyola University of Los Angeles and his MA from UCLA.

AUSB’s socially responsible MBA program emphasizes social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership. The program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015. To learn more, visit the MBA program page or attend an upcoming MBA information session.

AUSB Dedicates Myrna Lord Memorial Classroom

Myrna LordMyrna Lord, a longtime resident of Santa Barbara who passed away in May 2014, was honored with the Myrna Lord Memorial Classroom at Antioch University Santa Barbara on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

About 30 of Ms. Lord’s friends and family, including her husband Donald Lord, gathered together for the dedication, which included a campus tour led by Victoria Riskin, chair of the AUSB Board of Trustees. Following the tour, AUSB revealed a plaque commemorating the classroom, room 340, in Ms. Lord’s memory on the third-floor of the downtown campus. The attendees then shared stories and memories over a catered lunch in the Community Hall.

Friends and family of Myrna Lord take a campus tour

“Myrna Lord was a strong believer in the value of education,” said Barbara Greenleaf, Ms. Lord’s friend and director of institutional advancement at AUSB. “She was always there for young people who wanted to better themselves, which is why AUSB — with its emphasis on creating access to higher education for all — is the perfect place to honor her name.”

Originally from Chicago, Ms. Lord spent many winters in Santa Barbara and was active in progressive causes, mostly notably serving on the local committee of Human Rights Watch.

For more photos, visit Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Facebook page.


AUSB Sponsors Global Fund For Women ‘Architects For Change’ Reception

Global Fund for Women honorees
From left: Amina Doherty, Yvette Kathurima, Musimbi Kanyoro.

Antioch University Santa Barbara is co-hosting a special invitation-only reception on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in partnership with the Global Fund for Women to honor human rights activists who are architects for change.

To RSVP for the event, visit globalfundforwomen.org.

The event, which is part of the Antioch in Conversation series, will feature three women who have worked to inspire change and strengthen the women’s rights movement across the globe. They are:

Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and an advocate for health and human rights for women and girls around the world

Amina Doherty, a feminist activist who focuses on philanthropy and creative arts

Yvette Kathurima, head of advocacy at Femnet, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network, based in Kenya

In addition to AUSB, the event will be hosted by Junemarie Justus, AUSB Trustee Susan Rose, Janet Wolf, Libby Moore, and the Orfalea Foundation.

In light of numerous recent events around the world, from the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria, to the stoning of pregnant women in Pakistan, to the epidemic of rape on college campuses, it is critical for the world to hear about women who are fighting the courageous battle to advance women’s human rights. While the media focuses on the struggles and violence women face, the stories of these women leading change are inspirational.


‘Cowspiracy’ Is Next Film in AUSB’s Environment In Focus Series

CowspiracyThe next event in AUSB’s Environment in Focus series, as a part of Antioch in Conversation, takes on what filmmaker Kip Andersen calls “the most destructive industry facing the planet today” in the screening of the documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.”

In the film, Andersen not only investigates the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming, but also why why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

The film will be screened on Thursday, January 22 from 4-6 p.m. in the Community Hall on the AUSB campus at 602 Anacapa Street. The is free and open to the public – we invite you to join us!

View the trailer for “Cowspiracy”:

Each quarter, the Environmental Studies faculty in the BA program at AUSB sponsors a collaborative series on contemporary environmental issues affecting our world for our community. The Environment in Focus events are part of Antioch in Conversation, an event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about the social issues that affect us on a local, national, and global basis.

For more information about the “Cowspiracy” screening, please contact Susan Gentile at 805-962-8179 x5178.

Stream the Full Antioch in Conversation Water Panel Broadcast on KCRW

Warren OlneyKCRW has made the full broadcast of the Antioch in Conversation event “Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?” – a presentation by the Santa Barbara Independent and moderated by Warren Olney – available on its website, KCRW.com.

In addition to Olney, the five local panelists who joined the discussion are:

Charles Hamilton, General Manager, Carpinteria Valley Water District

• Kira Redmond, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

• Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara Mayor

• Nick Welsh, Executive Editor, Santa Barbara Independent

 Robert Wilkinson, Professor, UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Panelists from Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?To listen to the full hour-long discussion, please visit KCRW.com.

The discussion on California’s historic drought was held on Friday, Dec. 12 at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West.

Three years into the worst drought in California history, Santa Barbara is looking for water. From importing supplies to re-opening its desalination plant — what are the costs? And what’s the environmental impact? Listen in at your convenience as Warren Olney moderates a panel of local experts on Santa Barbara’s sustainable future.

Antioch MBA Students Look for Local Projects

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshopLocal businesses and organizations have a chance to work with AUSB’s first cohort of socially responsible MBA students starting in 2015.

The MBA students are currently researching topics for year-long individual projects that will begin in January. Local organizations are encouraged to submit projects that align with at least one of the MBA program’s core values of social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership for student consideration. Projects also must provide students with opportunities to challenge themselves, apply their classroom knowledge, and test new skills learned in the MBA program. Students will select their own projects, and not all submitted projects will be chosen.

Deadline for project submission is Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014; download the project submission form herePlease contact MBA Program Coordinator Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at]antioch.edu with any questions.

Before beginning their projects, the MBA students attended a workshop on campus on Friday, Dec. 5, during which they split into five groups to conceive and pitch a start-up idea. Students, faculty, and program advisors all participated in the groups.

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

View more photos from the workshop at the Antioch University Santa Barbara Facebook page.

AUSB’s Odyssey Online Releases Video Showreel

The Odyssey Online, a digital magazine produced by Antioch University Santa Barbara students, has released a video showreel that depicts the interests and talents of several students in the Bachelor of Arts program.

The video was produced by Jacob Kistner, a BA student with a concentration in marketing and who moved to the United States from Sweden four years ago.

The Odyssey Online accepts stories, photos, and videos from all members of the AUSB community. View more from the Odyssey at odyssey.antiochsb.edu, and click here to submit your work and suggestions.

In addition, BA students can still sign up for COM 332 – Online Odyssey: Digital Magazine Publication with Jim Murray for the Winter Quarter.

AUSB To Host Free RICA Review Workshop

ann lippincottAntioch University Santa Barbara is offering a free Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Review Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-noon in room 343 at the AUSB campus at 602 Anacapa Street.

This workshop, hosted by AUSB adjunct faculty Dr. Ann Lippincott, is designed for students working toward a credential who have not yet passed the RICA requirement.

Please RSVP before the event to Kelly Pena.

RICA is a part of California’s effort to improve student reading skills. State law requires the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to administer the RICA to develop prospective teachers to deliver high-quality reading instruction to students. Click here to learn more about RICA.

Learn more about AUSB’s Graduate Education and Credentialing program. 

AUSB Forms Partnership with KCRW Public Radio

KCRW 88.7 FMAntioch University Santa Barbara is excited to announce a partnership with KCRW, Southern California’s flagship NPR affiliate broadcasting in Santa Barbara as KDRW at 88.7 FM.

Under the partnership, KCRW will inhabit space on the AUSB campus in downtown Santa Barbara, which will allow AUSB students – particularly in the Bachelor of Arts program concentrations of Communication & Media and Marketing – to have exposure to and work with a professional media organization to enrich their studies as well as KCRW’s operations.

The partnership between AUSB and KCRW, which began in November, also will lead to collaboration on community events, the first of which will be “Antioch in Conversation: Water – Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?” on Dec. 12. KCRW’s Warren Olney and a panel of local experts will discuss the state’s historic drought and Santa Barbara’s sustainable future. Tickets to the event, which is also co-sponsored by The Independent, are free and open to the public, but space is limited (RSVP here).



AUSB Holds Veterans Day Reception to Honor Those Who Served

AUSB Yellow Ribbon ProgramAntioch University Santa Barbara held a Veterans Day reception on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Community Hall on campus.

All AUSB alumni, students, faculty, and staff were invited to the reception honoring the U.S. military veterans and families of the AUSB learning community.

AUSB proudly supports veterans and recently became a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides men and women who have served honorably in the United States armed services with tuition assistance at private educational institutions. As a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, AUSB makes additional funds available for student-veterans’ education through direct tuition grants without an additional charge to their GI Bill entitlement. In addition, credit is given for military training and experience, and attendees have the ability to transfer as many as 80 college credits into AUSB.

View photos from the reception on our Facebook page:

To learn more about how AUSB’s Yellow Ribbon Program could support your educational dreams, please visit antiochsb.edu/yellowribbon or contact Sharisse Estomo, Director of Admissions.

Barbara Greenleaf Joins AUSB as Director of Institutional Advancement

Barbara GreenleafAntioch University Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Greenleaf as Director of Institutional Advancement. In this position, she will be responsible for community outreach, development, and alumni affairs.

Barbara comes to AUSB with a strong background in development and communications. As a consultant she helped numerous nonprofits reach their financial goals through a strategic combination of personal appeals, advertising, public relations, and event planning.

Barbara is enthusiastic about her new affiliation. “I’ve been consulting at AUSB for more than two years, during which time I’ve come to deeply admire its mission, programs, students, faculty, and staff,” she said. “I look forward to helping this wonderful institution realize its full potential as an educational force in Santa Barbara.” 

She is the author of six books, numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and several award-winning speeches. Upon graduation from Vassar College, she worked at The New York Times and then went on to become a contributing editor at McCall’s magazines. Her other corporate experience includes Conoco, an energy conglomerate, and VideoStar Connections, a satellite communications firm. She did graduate work at the Hunter School of Urban Planning.

Barbara also has an impressive track record as an entrepreneur, having launched Greenleaf Video, Inc. and Strategic Communications in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. She founded the much-lauded Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival. As a community volunteer Barbara works with the Dons Net Café at Santa Barbara High School and serves on the board of the More Mesa Preservation Coalition

“Barbara brings a great skill set to our campus,” said AUSB President Nancy Leffert, PhD. “Exuberant and effective, she will be an excellent advocate for AUSB’s mission. I am delighted with her transition from consultant to full member of our senior staff.”

Marianne D’Emidio-Caston Presents at CCTE Institute

marianne d'emidio-castonMarianne D’Emidio-Caston, Acting Chair of the Graduate Education Program at AUSB, presented “Educating Teachers to Inspire Moral Development through the Arts” at the California Council on Teaching Education’s Fall 2014 conference in San Diego on Oct. 25.

“(The presentation) supports AUSB graduate education and credential programs’ mission to advocate for elementary school classrooms as caring learning communities where children reach their full potential as self-motivated, resilient learners,” Marianne said. “Creativity through the arts energizes learning with self expression.”

The conference described Marianne’s presentation further: “Even without explicit instruction, influences on moral development are inescapable in school contexts because of the powerful relationships that occur throughout schooling – relationships that may or may not foster a strong sense of caring and fairness. This institute will explore classroom teaching for moral development as an inherent function of public schools, using various artistic media. Participants will engage in thoughtful inquiry into the moral side of teaching Common Core State Standards (CCSS) using graphic and performing arts, as well as linguistic forms of artistic expression. Teacher educators will leave the institute with a more explicit notion of how integration of the arts can be used in course settings to engage teacher candidates in thinking about the important role they can play in the moral lives of their own students while they are addressing the CCSS.”