Fruiting Bodies: Collapse as Medicine, Liminal Portals, Mycelial Entanglements

GGI student Shante’ Sojourn Zenith has an essay in the latest issue of Dark Matter: Women Witnessing: A Lesson: A Warning. A Flare: Voices from the Pandemic.

“Fruiting Bodies: Collapse as Medicine, Liminal Portals, Mycelial Entanglements”  is based on Shante’s in-depth explorations in Embodiment Studies. It’s also a beautiful meditation on this pandemic moment.

“Within this culture” Shante writes, “we fear experiences of disintegration, breakdown, and collapse. But what if the collapse is also a part of the medicine? There are openings and cracks in these times of breakdown, windows into other worlds….. For transformation to be possible, there first has to be a stopping, a pausing, refusing to continue the dance of fear and survival….”

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Frances Moore Lappé: GGI’s Fall 2020 Visiting Scholar

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Join us for an online presentation by author and researcher, Frances Moore Lappé. Explore the root causes of our democracy crisis and the underreported story of millions of Americans joining together to restore and deepen democracy through a “movement of movements.”

August 3, 2020 6:00 pm Eastern

This presentation is free and open to the public:

Bio: Frances Moore Lappé is the author of nineteen books, including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her latest book is Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, coauthored with Adam Eichen. Frances is co-founder of Food First and Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances is the recipient of nineteen honorary degrees and the Right Livelihood Award, often called the “Alternative Nobel.”

Sponsored by the Goddard Graduate Institute


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The Hard Problems: Consciousness, Embodiment, Sex

Malpede Weil Love

Malpede, Weil, and Love

Britta Love (GGI-IMA ’16) and Lise Weil (Faculty Member) speaking about “The Hard Problems: Consciousness, Embodiment, Sex” in a Talkback session following one of the last performances of Karen Malpede’s cli-fi play “Other Than We” at La Mama Theater in New York on November 29. The conversation kicked off with Britta describing her progress through GGI as a Consciousness Studies student with a focus on Embodiment Studies. In the words of Malpede  (to their right on the stage) “Wonderful, wacky, ecofeminist, sexually liberated, so much nonbinary there is no word for it, holistic-love-spectrum, psychedelic talk-back with Lise Weil and Britta Love.”  To find out more about the play and Talkback session:

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Lori Wynters: Belonging, Connecting, Celebrating


GGI’s Spring 2020 Commencement speaker was Goddard Faculty Member Lori Wynters. Lori’ celebrated the depth of the graduating students’ accomplishments:

Graduates, you have listened to your callings, to one another, growing, manifesting, speaking the truth, continuing with your knowing to bring your work out into the world and helping us ALL reclaim our humanity, treating each other as embodiments, vessels, of the sacred.

Read her moving speech at this Link.


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Tedx Lecture on Theatre and Literacy by IMA Student Debbi Arseneaux

In her TedX Vero Beach lecture, “The Gifts of Theatre to Literacy,” Debbi Arseneaux reinforces the connections between the arts and literacy.DebbiArseneaux

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Anna Weick and Lise Weil host Lesbian and Queer Dialogue


GGI faculty member and author Lise Weil, together with author and alum Anna Weick (MASIS ’19), hosted a dialogue among lesbian and queer artists at l’Euguélionne, a feminist bookstore in Montreal’s Gay Village. The event was featured on The Link, a Montreal publication.AnnaWeick copy

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Visiting Scholar Kris Hege (GGI-IMA ’15)

Kris HegeKris Hege spent several days with us during GGI’s Fall 2019 residency. Her Visiting Scholar keynote and her workshop explored controversial conversations on campuses, which dovetailed perfectly with the residency theme, “Why Beliefs Matter.”  Listen to Kris’s conversation with Tonio Epstein on Magical Mystery Tour here.

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Tim Simmons (IMA ’18): Spring 2019 Commencement Speaker

“You have made tiny steps towards truth, towards making meaning out of your world, and your embodied experience will be a mirror for the rest of us, so that we can transcend our moment, so that we can learn from you, so that we can see the sunrise too, and jam along with you until the sun hits the highest point in the sky.”11050306_10206098616163101_1428131764628501806_n

Read Tim’s moving speech here: Tim Simmons Goddard Graduation Talk.

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Odale Cress: The Care Package Story Project

CarePackageShelburneNewsIndividualized MA student, Odale Cress, is garnering a lot of well-deserved attention with her traveling exhibit, The Care Package Story Project.

Photographs of care packages depict stories about military life and show the diverse cultures that comprise the US Armed Forces.

Check out this piece in The Shelburne News: Handle with care: Military care package art project illuminates diversity within the ranks



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Hunger Pangs and Bio-Navigating the Counter-Intuitive Food System with Jennifer Arlia

Jennifer Arlia and passion fruit

Jennifer Arlia and passion fruit

Jennifer Arlia writes in her thesis, “I love to eat. But anyone who knows me, even if just for an hour, knows this.” Food, an intricate part of culture and identity, especially since for Jennifer, who is part of an Italian family, but she also suffered from food allergies, some  triggered by the very foods that was part and parcel of her daily life and Italian heritage.

Her experience led her to study what it means to eat intuitively for health and

One of Jennifer's portraits of dinner with her happy reflection

One of Jennifer’s portraits of dinner with her happy reflection

life. At the same time, she was was also drawn toward her roots as a visual artist, particularly as a photographer. What do do with all she wrote, read, researched, and photographed? She found her answer in creating a website for her thesis project, Hunger Pants: Bio-Navigating the Counter-Intuitive Food System.

Her website explores three major interdisciplinary areas related to her topic, which she nicknames ComFet (Commodity Fetishism related to food), MoPro (Modes of Production, Skill and Food Origins), and Intuit (Intuitive Perception related to eating). Throughout her thesis, she interweaves slide shows of her startling and vivid photography, occasional recipes for dishes such as “Chicken Soul Soup,” and ample research combined with life expeirence. She also shares her bibliography and annotated bibliography, and thoughtful reflection on writing her thesis. In her powerful photo essay, “Life and Death on the Farm,” she writes:

Another of Jennifer's photos

Another of Jennifer’s photos


The farm, also true for other platforms in nature, takes on a broad spectrum of life and death. It is utilitarian and functional, giving to while being part of the wider ecosystem. It is a set of unwritten rules, formed out of systematic (and aesthetic) relationships. Basking in the sunlight or shrouded in fog, the allure of the farm stems from its declaration of life – erotic, vibrant, sentient – and its welcoming of death.

See Jennifer’s whole project right here.

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