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Goddard in the World is a podcast highlighting the work of the Goddard College academic community. Goddard has a diverse history with radical roots: our guests’ work before, during and after Goddard reflect not only a deep questioning, but how to bring the critical eye to the world and society around us. 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 Godd ...
 
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Beyond the Hedges

The Association of Rice Alumni

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Rice University is home to an abundance of brilliant minds, game-changing research and unique stories. Now alumni and friends don’t have to be on campus — or even in Houston — to experience Rice’s vibrant intellectual life. Each month, join Rice alumna Kate Coley ’11, associate director of alumni programs, as she sits down with those on campus and those out in the world to explore a range of fascinating topics. We’re bringing Rice’s spirit of lifelong learning beyond the hedges, to you!
 
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Matt Mulligan has been a nanny, a professional fundraiser, a para educator in a public school and is now a master’s level mental health counselor. He has lived all over the country, traveled all over the world, and now resides in his hometown of Barre, Vermont. Growing up in Vermont, a relative local to Goddard’s Plainfield campus, Matt appreciated…
 
Rachael Rice is an artist, writer and certified weirdo who crafts scroll-stopping content for people who want to shape change. We talked about Rachael’s childhood aspirations to her current work as an artist, from drawing in condensation on windows to moving into fine art and acrylic paint, to moving back toward folk art and alternative mediums wit…
 
“Hate is not something you can be indifferent about and just find middle ground. You have to denounce it whenever you find it,” says Luis Duno-Gottberg. In this episode, the Professor of Caribbean and Film Studies discusses his experience teaching one of the Humanities Department’s “Big Question Courses.” The question he and his students contend wi…
 
How do unconscious, embedded stereotypes shape our behavior towards each other? And how do these behaviors subtlety affect a person’s self-confidence? Eden King, Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Psychology, does research that seeks to guide the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. Listen in as she discusses her eye-opening fin…
 
Welcome back to Mike Alvarez and Sam Rebelein for Goddard in the World’s Spooooooooky Halloween episode! We talk about Mike and Sam’s horror inspirations from childhood to present day and how horror stories helped them cope with their own fears and anxieties. Plenty of recommendations to check out to wrap up the spooooky season! For more on Mike Al…
 
Welcome to Season 2! I'm excited to share this conversation with the Goddard Alumni Council. If you're interested in joining us on the Council, please fill out the nomination form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIwqSqsmU0WetUY4uMU11-fwhM8fnmdfv2Wy38kUs_pO1bfg/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2qMiX1-WzwmA6XeZYKLjrq8Sl4rmtTYxM_ZN4Bu7OVA9HNVFgk-ib…
 
“Am I disabled because of my impairment or am I disabled because of attitudes in society?” This thought-provoking question is posed by this episode’s guest, the Director of the Disability Resource Center here at Rice University, Alan Russell. Whether visible or invisible, disabilities affect so many different people, but they are still stigmatized …
 
Welcome to a special summer episode about Goddard’s upcoming Alumni Weekend with Kailina Mills! We talk about summer blueberries in Maine, fall New England weather, and most importantly the Goddard Alumni Weekend which is taking place virtually and on campus in Plainfield, Vermont from October 8-11, 2021. Kailina takes us through the four keynote w…
 
Welcome to Goddard in the World’s Season One Finale! We are so excited to end the season with an incredible writer and guest Sam Rebelein. Sam Rebelein is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College. His work has previously appeared in Bourbon Penn, Planet Scumm, Shimmer, Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, and elsewher…
 
Max Harrick Shenk (MFA, EDU) was born in Carlisle, PA in 1964. From as far back as he can remember, he says he enjoyed not only writing, but creating his own ‘zines and publishing his work. Max also has delved into the mystical teachings of Neville Goddard and has published two e-books of quotes pulled from Neville’s teachings. We talk to Max about…
 
Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses plants, breath, and words to explore survivorhood, body(ies) and healing. A queer and trans affirming and centering, trauma-experienced herbalist and breathwork facilitator, Jennifer offers sliding scale care as a practitioner through her private practice Corpus Ritual and is a member of The Breathe Net…
 
John Ollom (MFA-IA ’14) has been the Artistic Director of Ollom Art/Prismatic Productions Inc since its inception in 2003. John is the creator of Internal Landscapes methodology which he refined during his time at Goddard. His methodology speaks to helping people find their most authentic expressions via drawing and writing and movement exploration…
 
This week Amanda interviews Casey Caronna, the co-host of Goddard in the World podcast. Casey graduated from the EDU program in 2011 with his Master of Arts in Education degree with his degree focusing on the re-conceptualization of the status and purpose of Community Education. His passion for life-long learning, holistic education and democratic …
 
Rachel Economy is a poet-performer, ecological educator, design-thinking strategist, and gardener. She is the owner of Index For The Next World, an online hub of story-publication, skills-education, and human-centered design consulting for those seeking to build a world that thrives. Rachel holds a master’s degree in Social Innovation and Sustainab…
 
Amanda sits down with Kailina Mills (IBA ’18) to talk about the Atlanta shootings at three Asian-owned businesses in March 2021 through an antiracist lens. At Goddard Kailina studied social justice education with a focus in antiracism. Together, Kailina and Amanda co-created and co-facilitate a series of Antiracism Learning Circles for Goddard alum…
 
Lindsey was born and raised in Vermont. She worked in the field of early childhood education for over 17 years. During that time she worked as an Afterschool Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Lead Classroom Teacher, and spent her final three years in education as the Head of School at a progressive and holistic education school in Williston, Vermont. Li…
 
Will Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of creative musicians working in New York City. Known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, melodic compositions, this New York City native melds the various styles, phrasings and concepts of the jazz idiom with the raw elements of soul, rock and funk, to …
 
Mary Abrams (IMA ’11) is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and teaches in NYC and internationally. Her work is informed by her MA degree from Goddard College in Consciousness Studies, which was focused on embodied movement, affective neuroscience, and Epistemics (a model for how humans create meaning); dance; and 26 years of Continuum. Mary ow…
 
Amanda Faye Lacson (one of Goddard in the World’s co-hosts!) is interviewed by GTW’s other co-host Casey Caronna! Amanda Faye Lacson (IMA ’10) is the founder of FamilyArchive Business, a studio designed to meet the family at any point in their archiving process, from organizing photos in boxes to creating a final product to share with the family. A…
 
Dr. Alvarez (IMA '10, MFAW-VT'13) is a Filipino writer and scholar who studies narratives of health and illness, communication about suicide and end of life, and stigmatized individuals' use of digital platforms to co-create meaning and community. Dr. Alvarez is currently Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar at the University of New Hampsh…
 
Every Friday at noon during the fall and spring semesters, you can find Byrd and McDaniel leading a live webinar on Zoom for the Rice community, examining and discussing old documents and photographs from Rice’s past. Through a series of weekly webinars called Doc Talks, the history professors illuminate important research from historians and stude…
 
In the final episode of our three part series with Stephen Klineberg, we grapple with how to make Houston successful in the 21st century given the deep class divides, inaccessibility to quality education, and exploitation of immigrant workers. Steve says “the story of America is the story of immigrants, and we need to get back to that… I tell peopl…
 
In the first episode of this three-part series, Stephen Klineberg discusses the research found in his book “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America,” covering the early days of Houston up until the oil bust in 1982. Klineberg is a professor emeritus of sociology at Rice and the founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban R…
 
When people say they don’t see color when it comes to race, is this actually a dangerous social lie that means people don’t have to be held accountable? Colorblindness is “premised upon problematic thinking that has framed race relations in the United States… [and is] based upon the assumption difference is a problem to solve, but in wiping out dif…
 
The killing of George Floyd has caused global protests around racial injustice and white supremacy. How does the stress of racial trauma play out in the lives of people in Black and Brown communities? What can we do as a global Rice community to fight racial injustice? Join guest host Vanity Hill, assistant director of alumni regional outreach, as …
 
COVID-19 is constantly on our minds and on our screens. How has the history of contagion media shaped the way we respond to and think about pandemics like this? How do we handle the shifting paradigm of health communications in a digital age? In this episode, Kirsten Ostherr, director of Rice’s Medical Humanities Program and Medical Futures Lab, di…
 
How can ants teach us to be more efficient? Most of us think of ants as a picnic pest on the hunt for food, but ants are actually members of societies that function as complexly as ours with divisions of labor and specialties. They grow their own food on a mass scale, develop pesticides and prepare in case of food scarcity, all without ever experie…
 
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