BA in Liberal Studies Senior Symposium

June 6, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – June 7, 2013 @ 3:00 am
Antioch University Seattle
Free and open to the public

Please join us to recognize our Spring 2013 graduates!

Room 200A

Noon – Teal Jarzyna
Exploring Childhood Obesity
Obesity prevalence among children aged 6 to 11 years more than doubled in the past 20 years, and the rate among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years more than tripled. In this presentation Teal will explore the causes of this national epidemic, along with the physiological and psychological effects on our youth. We will also look at who is driving solutions; from our local community programs, like the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, to programs on the national level, such as Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.

1 p.m. – Molly Dutton-Kenny
The Intersection of Midwifery, Birth, and Abortion Care
From her perspective as a midwife’s apprentice and reproductive justice advocate, Molly will discuss the diverging societal perceptions of pregnancies that end in abortion versus childbirth, and how both can be supported equally, compassionately, and lovingly. We will consider the possibility of de-stigmatizing and normalizing the option of abortion by incorporating it into midwifery practice.

2 p.m. – Leigh Erickson
Spiritual Hunger: The Implications of Interspirituality
We have unprecedented access to the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, yet in Western culture religion has a diminishing role in communal and personal life. Our spiritual hunger drives us to explore other paths. What are the implications of interspirituality in our personal lives and on the cultures these practices come from? Meditations from several traditions will inform our discussion.

3 p.m. – Toby Van Bryce
Getting Published: How to Find a Literary Agent
Toby will be describing the requirements and processes of sending a manuscript to literary agents. Included in his discussion will be how to research the most appropriate and compatible agents with the type of manuscript you want published. Toby will also give examples of what a full agent packet consists of and will be reading the first chapter of his manuscript.

4 p.m. – Noah Trutzschler
End Addiction to Oil: Gasifiers & Wood Gas Technology
Gasification is the process of heating biomass in a low-oxygen environment to release Nitrogen and other combustible gasses. Using biomass for energy production has many benefits including being able to use unwanted products such as yard waste, wood chips, recycling or even human waste to produce clean and renewable energy. Come learn about this new alternative energy technology.

5 p.m. – Meggan Davis
Women in Theater: Seattle – Gender Equality in the Arts
In the 2008/2009 Broadway season women wrote only 12.6% of all plays produced, down .2% from the 1908/1909 season. WIT: Seattle was created to respond to this and other disparities in gender equality in the Seattle theater community. Meggan will share the results of this 1-day conference, discuss the future of the budding organization, and next steps for gender parity in Seattle’s theaters.

6 p.m. – Lysa Hansen
Post Modern Healing Psychology
Lysa will explore and define the concept of post-modernism and the role of psychology as healing within this reframed context. Examples of healing modalities will be given. Implications will be explored and we will consider their impact. Finally, We’ll look at a model for healing engagement appropriate to our time.

7 p.m. – Douglas Crist
All My Little Words
Douglas will discuss our changing relationship with the written word in the digital age.
June 6th, 2013 Noon – 8 pm


Room 200B

Noon – John Ahrens
Knocking Out Addiction
John will explore a proper and effective way to teach the basics of Mixed Martial Arts while implementing Mental Health Counseling such as Chemical Dependency.

1 p.m. – Porter Eichenlaub
Emerge! Igniting the Potential of Emerging Adulthood
What does it mean to be an adult? Porter Eichenlaub will offer a participatory taste of a five-day “embodied leadership” retreat for 18-24 year-olds that aims to help them grow towards inspired, authentic, and generative adulthood. This symposium includes an exploration of the global, social, and psychological context that emerging adults are coming of age in. Be prepared to participate!

2 p.m. – Aaron Parker
The HeadStrong Mentor Training Manual
The journey back from head injury is a long, challenging search for authentic connection and a place of respect in the community. This training manual is for families, caregivers and professionals supporting young people during their recovery process. The key theme will be the quest for a new, personally meaningful identity, relying on the mentorship model for skill-building and engagement.

3 p.m. – Darlesa Cahoon
Wake up and Smell the Coffee: The Women’s Education Program
For the past 15 years Antioch students, volunteers, staff and homeless and formerly homeless women have come together on Thursday mornings to share a warm meal, their creativity, and their stories. Using music and video, Darlesa shares how stereotypes have been broken and perceptions changed through this uniquely Antiochian experience.

4 p.m. – Deanna Welch-Cram
The Difference in Context: Restraint & Seclusion in Schools
Incorporating interpersonal and intercultural communication in the context of demonstrating a real-life issue for children with disabilities and children of color in schools.

5 p.m. – Break

6 p.m. – Cyrus Knowles
International Labor Activism
An exploration of the changing roles and dynamics of labor activism in relation to globalization.

7 p.m. – Patrick Allen
Open Source, Open Doors: the Artist as Inventor
This presentation will explore examples of automated technology in literature and its influence on modern technology and culture. We will discuss the emergence of open source technology as an artistic medium as well as the social implications of unlimited access. There will be a brief workshop demonstration.


Room 201 A & B

5 p.m. – Lynn Strong
Death and Redemption
Lynn will share many traumatic events that formed her life. She will walk you through the influential tools she gleaned throughout her journey that allowed her to forgive, to heal, to reflect, and to learn on every level possible—spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, physically and intellectually.

6 p.m. – Ryan Ringdahl
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Reality
Ryan will present an examination of the historical foundations of the western tradition of psychological development, and an illustration of a developmental model incorporating them.