MICROCOLLEGE: The Thoreau College Podcast

by Thoreau College

MICROCOLLEGE is an exploration of the crisis in higher education and the innovative projects and thinkers working to address it, with a special focus on the human-scaled, place-based, meaning-oriented learning communities we call "microcolleges." The podcast is hosted by Jacob Hundt, Founder of Thoreau College, a microcollege initiative rooted in the Driftless Region of rural southwestern Wisconsin, and inspired by the model o... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • E12 - Episode #12: Bridget O'Brien, Dr. Charlie Brennan - Permaculture, Praxis, and Play

    E12 - Episode #12: Bridget O'Brien, Dr. Charlie Brennan - Permaculture, Praxis, and Play

    Jacob speaks with Bridget O'Brien and Dr. Charlie Brennan of the Garden Juju Collective, as they take us on a foray into the world and practice of Permaculture: in agriculture, education, and life.Bridget O'Brien is the director o...

    59:18
  • E11 - Episode #11: David W. Orr - Ecological Literacy in Higher Education

    E11 - Episode #11: David W. Orr - Ecological Literacy in Higher Education

    This week on Microcollege, David Orr pleads the importance of a higher education that keeps the Earth in mind.David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus at Oberlin College...

    55:23
  • E10 - Episode #10: Steve Lawless on Service Learning and Adventure Education

    E10 - Episode #10: Steve Lawless on Service Learning and Adventure Education

    Steve and Jacob strike a rich vein of conversation in the topic of service learning, from its origins to its applications in the world of higher education today.Steve Lawless has an M.A. in Education, and has taught in many settin...

    54:39
  • E09 - Episode #9: Nathaniel Williams, Stefan Ambrose - The MC Richards Program at Free Columbia

    E09 - Episode #9: Nathaniel Williams, Stefan Ambrose - The MC Richards Program at Free Columbia

    Tune in this week for a discussion between Nathaniel Williams and Stefan Ambrose of the Free Columbia initiative in upstate New York as they describe the origins of the program and its pedagogy.Nathaniel Williams is the co-founder...

    01:04:27
  • E08 - Episode #8: Austin Smith - Leaving Stanford, Coming Home

    E08 - Episode #8: Austin Smith - Leaving Stanford, Coming Home

    The poet Austin Robert Smith joins Microcollege for an examination of the current state of higher education and the role of poetry in a liberal arts education and otherwise. Austin Smith is a poet and formerly a Jones Lecturer at ...

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