I'd actually love to go myself, just to see the film, but I'll be in DC. Forwarded from engrad-L.
A rare screening of the 1967 feature-length cult favorite, THE ANTIOCH ADVENTUREWhere/When:
Studio 35 (3055 Indianola Avenue) 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18th.Why:
To show support for the continuing operation of Antioch College and to learn more.
As many of you know, local little liberal arts icon Antioch College announced that it will close next year.
While the trustees have suggested that the college may reopen in 2012 they have been less clear about the consequences of the proposed reorganization
. In short, closing the college allows the University to free themselves of their obligations to tenured faculty
positions and to the college union. It also allows the University to re-open under the more lucrative model of the commuter college as "Antioch University Yellow Springs," effectively undermining the pillars of Community Government and experiential Cooperative Education that have traditionally distinguished an Antioch education.
Alumni around the country have organized fun and informative events for this weekend as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness, and money, for the alumni board's negotiations to keep the college open. While everyone admits these efforts are a long shot, the alumni have already received $2 million in pledges and over $500,000 in donations in support of their efforts. These donations are being used as a bargaining chip to persuade the University to make one final effort to save the college and avoid a faculty lawsuit
THE ANTIOCH ADVENTURE (1967) by director/producer Marc Stone, 1967 Antioch alum, provides a glimpse into student culture at this famously radical institution. The film opens with an expansive fly-over of the Antioch campus and goes on to relate in 60’s pulp fashion the eccentric story of T. Manley Scruggs and Merry Lou Merriweather.
Inspired by Antiochian Lawrence Block's 1960 pulp novel, Campus Tramp, the film spoof's the college's famous, or infamous, community government as well as various counter-culture characters. Block went on to become a best selling mystery novelist. The Antioch community went on to deliver such memorable hits as the 1973 strike that shut down the campus and the 1991 Sexual Offense Policy, which raised awareness of common campus sexual offenses across the nation.
THE ANTIOCH ADVENTURE captures the spirit of the Antioch community and inspired at least two feature-length sequels. Come see why the alumni and friends of Antioch College are so invested in saving this venerable, if quirky, institution.
If you're interested in seeing a rare artifact of 60's counter-culture the film alone is worth the $5 admission. Studio 35 is generously donating the proceeds from the matinée. This event, however, is less about fund-raising and more about fun. We need to be able to demonstrate support for the continuation of an Antioch College with a tenured faculty and unique local governance structure.
For more information about the alumni efforts to support Antioch College visit www.antiochians.org.