Maestro Nir Kabaretti Headlines Next Antioch In Conversation Event

Nir Kabaretti
Nir Kabaretti

Maestro Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director for the Santa Barbara Symphony, will speak at Antioch University Santa Barbara as the next featured guest in the “Antioch In Conversation” series on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 4:30 to 6pm.

Kabaretti will discuss a variety of subjects – including topics related to conductors, musicians, symphonies, and opera companies. Newly appointed Symphony Executive Director David Pratt will introduce Kabaretti and also explain issues facing regional symphonies such as Santa Barbara’s. The audience will be able to mingle with Kabaretti and Pratt at a pre-program reception, with light refreshments beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the AUSB Community Hall. Both will participate in an audience Q&A session at the end of the evening.

Born in Israel, Kabaretti has built an impressive résumé in both symphonic and operatic styles across the globe. He showed musical talent at an early age, studying first at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and then at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

After graduating, Kabaretti was appointed chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. In 2002, he was named Principal Conductor of Israel’s Raanana Symphonette Orchestra before joining the Santa Barbara Symphony. Kabaretti also has served as the Music Director for the Southwest Florida Symphony since 2012.

The maestro has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Hélène Grimaud. Kabaretti also has been selected to serve as guest conductor for orchestras around the world: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, just to name a few.

David PrattKabaretti also has an operatic background that has featured his work on productions with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra de Lausanne, The New National Theatre in Tokyo, Opera Santa Barbara, and more.

Australian native David Pratt recently joined the Santa Barbara Symphony as Executive Director after serving in the same position for the Savannah Philharmonic. Pratt also has held senior positions for the G’Day USA Festival connecting the U.S. and Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Festival of Chamber of Music, and the Melbourne Film Office for the State of Victoria.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world. Previous Antioch in Conversation guests have included television pioneer Norman Lear, legal expert and Harvard professor Laurence Tribe, and KCRW’s Warren Olney leading a panel on California’s water issues.

AUSB Class Screens Social Justice Documentary Film Festival

Stan Roden
Adjunct faculty Stan Roden holds up his smartphone as he describes how many of the students shot their films for the Social Justice Documentary Film Festival with nothing but their phones.

Thirteen students in Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Bachelor of Arts program can now add “Documentary Filmmaker” to their resumes.

The students screened their films in the Social Justice Documentary Film Festival on campus on Thursday, March 12, as part of Stan Roden’s Documentary Filmmaking class.

Roden introduced the morning by telling the audience that the films being shown were the first films produced by most of the students. Praising how much they had accomplished in the 10 weeks of the class, Roden said the students all climbed several hills dealing with lighting, composition, and music, but also likened the storytelling aspect as more of a mountain the students all climbed successfully.

View a sampling of the films here:

Hurtful Love by Karoline Karlsen

The First Night by Mishan Warnakulasuriya

Belinda by Helen Rosales

Tough Luck by Charlotte Dessens

Call of the Wild by Tamlorn Chase

Forgiveness by Marissa Kochan

Lord, Don’t You Love Us More Than Birds? by Julie Stensrud

Norman Lear Receives Standing Ovation at Antioch in Conversation

Nancy Leffert, Barry Kemp, Norman Lear, and Victoria Riskin
Nancy Leffert, Barry Kemp, Norman Lear, and Victoria Riskin

Norman Lear — creator of such television shows as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” and more — entertained a packed house in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West on Friday, March 6, the latest in the Antioch in Conversation series.

(View more photos of the evening on the AUSB Facebook page.)

With fellow TV producer/writer and Montecito resident Barry Kemp (“Newhart,” “Taxi,” “Coach”) serving as interlocutor, Lear spun tales of his career, which included battles with network censors, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and even landed him on former President Richard Nixon’s infamous enemies list.

Lear detailed his start in the entertainment industry by selling a humorous routine to actor and comedian Danny Thomas and building his career from there before striking gold with the iconic show “All in the Family” and its lovable but gruff main character Archie Bunker.

“He was afraid of tomorrow, afraid of progress,” Lear said of Archie, who was partially modeled after Lear’s father and whose bigotry introduced sensitive subjects like race relations to American television.

“Your shows were designed not just to make people laugh, but also to make people think,” Kemp said in summarizing Lear’s career.

Lear also pointed out Alan and Marilyn Bergman in the audience. The Bergmans helped compose the theme music for “Maude” and “Good Times,” two of Lear’s most popular shows.

The next Antioch In Conversation event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 when Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director for the Santa Barbara Symphony, will speak in the Community Hall on the Antioch campus at 602 Anacapa Street.

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

Antioch PsyD Students Placed in Prestigious Internships

James Chavers
James Chavers

Four students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program have been placed in prestigious internships at Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) sites.

James Chavers placed at Case Western/University Counseling Services in Cleveland, Ohio. “I believe that Antioch is beginning to develop a reputation in the industry as a school that is preparing students to be solid clinicians with a social justice emphasis,” James said. “I believe that this PsyD program is helping me on my journey to be the clinician and healer I aspire to be.”

Crystal Gonsalves
Crystal Gonsalves

Crystal Gonsalves will be working at the University of Washington-Tacoma. “The staff at Antioch University and my fellow cohort members have helped me grow both on a professional and personal level more so than I could have ever expected,” Crystal said. “I continue to be amazed at the level of warmth and knowledge expressed by my professors and their genuine care and concern for my continued growth. I have found it difficult to put into words how much this experience has meant to me and how thankful I am to everyone including my family, my wonderful cohort members and the professors.”

Yoseline Lopez-Marroquin
Yoseline Lopez-Marroquin

Yoseline Lopez-Marroquin will be heading to Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, which is an American Psychological Association accredited site. Yoseline said, “I’ve been an Antioch student for over five years, and it has been a key factor in my life changes and developmental growth. Others are drawn to us, and I like being part of an academic family that is quite unique.”

Cameron Zeidler
Cameron Zeidler

Cameron Ziedler also placed at an APA-accredited site at Coalinga State Hospital with the California Psych Intern Consortium in Fresno. “Antioch University Santa Barbara prepared me as a practitioner and scholar in a rigorous environment set for achieving academic excellence,” Cameron said. “Their scholarly model, designed with a very personal student-centered approach, provided state-of-the-art fieldwork experience necessary for championing social justice advocacy and advancing therapeutic jurisprudence. Antioch does not just teach us to become expert psychologists, but promotes our professional development to become meaningful healers who work with intention, determination, and compassion.”

Learn more about AUSB’s PsyD program, which is chaired by Ron Pilato.

Memorial Service for Austin Bartoo Scheduled for March 14

Austin BartooA memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14, in Los Olivos for Austin Bartoo, a BA student at Antioch University Santa Barbara who passed away on February 23.

Austin’s family has released the following obituary with details about the memorial service and highlights from Austin’s life and also set up a site for family and friends to submit memories and photos of Austin:

Austin Troy Bartoo, a student at Antioch University Santa Barbara, wine club team lead at Firestone Vineyard, and lifelong resident of Santa Ynez, CA, died unexpectedly on February 23, 2015. Austin was in a severe car accident on Saturday, February 21. He was transported to the ICU at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, where he fought for his life and recovery. When Austin sadly passed away two days later, he was able to give others the gift of life through his organ donation.

Austin is survived by his parents, Roy and Theresa Bartoo, and his sisters, Alisha and Shannon, and grandparents, Bill and Paula Bartoo and Jeanne Kubes.

Austin was born in Santa Maria, CA, on April 3, 1989. In 2008, he graduated from Santa Ynez High School, where he played football and soccer. He went on to study first at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and then at Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB). He was expected to graduate from AUSB with his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Marketing and Communication in December of this year.

Austin was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, co-worker, and friend. He enjoyed working out, running, and living an active lifestyle by becoming a certified personal fitness trainer. Austin loved spending time with his friends and family at the lake, and he was a fun, playful, and loving uncle to his niece, Kenleigh. He was a passionate wine enthusiast who loved working at Firestone vineyards. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

An open memorial service for family and friends is scheduled on March 14 at 1pm at Crossroads Estate at Firestone Vineyards, 4871 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (rain or shine). In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an annual scholarship fund in Austin’s honor to benefit upcoming graduates of Santa Ynez Valley High School. In addition to the scholarship, a portion of all initial donations received will go to upgrading the Santa Ynez Valley High School Weight room. Please send all donations to P.O. Box 567, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460. Make checks payable to “Austin Bartoo Memorial Fund.”

Judy Bruton, Susan Rose to be Honored with NAWBO-SB Awards

Judy Bruton and Susan Rose
Judy Bruton and Susan Rose

Judy Bruton, program director of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master’s in Business Administration and Women & Leadership programs, and AUSB Trustee Susan Rose among are those chosen for the inaugural Bravo Awards.

The Bravo Awards are presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners Santa Barbara chapter, and Bruton and Rose will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, March 12 at the University Club in Santa Barbara.

Bruton moved to Santa Barbara in 2009 after a distinguished career in St. Louis that included practicing law, running a psychotherapy practice, running for public office, and serving on many non-profit boards. She joined AUSB upon her move to Santa Barbara.

“Having Nancy Leffert, President of Antioch University Santa Barbara, give me the opportunity to build and launch two new programs over the past two years — our Women & Leadership Certificate Program and our new MBA Program, with a focus on social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership — that have impacted the lives of so many wonderful students is a significant accomplishment and an even greater honor,” Bruton said.

Rose has over 30 years of experience in the public sector, education, community service and business, including a two-term stint on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. She also has been active with organizations like the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, the Santa Barbara Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee.

The Bravo Awards luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

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

Posted on February 16, 2015

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] 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

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,

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

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] 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.