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Arlene Goldbard, In the Camp of Angels of Freedom: What Does It Mean to Be Educated?

Tue, Jan 24



Arlene Goldbard, In the Camp of Angels of Freedom: What Does It Mean to Be Educated?

What does it mean to be educated? Through her evocative paintings and narrative, author Arlene Goldbard has portrayed eleven people whose work most influenced her—what she calls a camp of angels.

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Date, Time & Location

Jan 24, 6:00 PM MST


About the Event

Arlene will be in conversation with Nina Simons, co-founder and Chief Relationship Officer at Bioneers and author of Nature, Culture and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership

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An autodidact explores issues of education itself through essays and personal portraits of the key minds who influenced her. She sees each of her 'angels' as a brave messenger of love and freedom for a society that badly needs “uncolonized minds.” Goldbard describes how the learning from each changed the course of her life in essays that offer generative moments of a life in art and social change. She also reveals ways a dominant society tried to put a first-generation American from a socially marginal family in her place—and failed. Readers will learn about the author’s own self education, issues of formal higher education and its discontents, and the damage done by a society that prizes profits over people. Goldbard asks readers to consider the impact of credentialism on U.S. society and what we can do to set it right.

About the Authors

Arlene Goldbard is a New Mexico–based writer, visual artist, speaker, consultant, and cultural activist. She is the author of multiple papers, reports, and books, including New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, and her essays have appeared in Art in America, The Independent, High Performance, and Tikkun. She is Chief Policy Wonk Emerita of the US Department of Arts and Culture and was one of 2015’s “fifty most powerful and influential people in the nonprofit arts.” She is a 2019 recipient of the Randy Martin Spirit Award from Imagining America. Goldbard cohosts the podcast, A Culture of Possibility, with Francois Matarasso. Learn more about Arlene at her website.

Nina Simons is the co-founder and Chief Relationship Officer at Bioneers, and leads its Everywoman’s Leadership program. Throughout her remarkable career spanning the nonprofit, social entrepreneurship, corporate, and philanthropic sectors, Nina has worked with nearly a thousand diverse women leaders across disciplines, race, class, age, orientation, and more to create conditions for mutual learning and leadership development. Nina studied Theater Arts and Psychology at Cornell University. In addition to writing the first and second editions of Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership (Green Fire Press), Nina co-edited 2010’s Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart (Park Street Press).

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