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Workshop 1: Current Issues and Youth Activism: How can we effect positive change?

John Ungerleider:

John Ungerleider, Ed.D. is a Professor at the School for International Training where he teaches graduate courses in Conflict Transformation, Intercultural Communication and Organizational Behavior. John also teachers Conflict Resolution at Hampshire College and recently taught in Spain at the master's program at the Bancaja Institute for Peace and Development. In 1997-98, John was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Cyprus, coordinating bi-communal conflict resolution activities.
Since 1990 he has designed and directed summer programs for youth at SIT. These include Youth Peacebuilding Camps and for teenaged Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Catholics and Protestants from Northern Ireland, and Arab and Jewish Israelis high school as well as Confidence Building Workshops for university students from Cyprus. He also directs the Governor's Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism for Vermont teens. -- See web page at:
Mary Gannon:

Mary has been a faculty member with GICIYA since 1993 and describes her work with Vermont youth as “some of the most important and inspiring work I do all year - I look forward to the Institute every summer!” Currently she is an independent educator and consultant, working with schools and institutes of higher education to address and strategize on issues of social justice, harassment and bullying. She is most passionate about issues of racism, homophobia and student activism in the U.S., particularly in schools. In 1996, Mary supported GICIYA students to organize the first Gay/Straight Alliances in Vermont schools. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication, M.Ed. in Organizational Development and Ed.D. in Social Justice Education, all from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Winchester, NH, right over the border from Vermont, with her husband, Paul, her four year old daughter Ella, and their Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Tim Kipp:

Tim Kipp has been a high school history and political science teacher for 34 years, and a political activists since the mid 1960's

Workshop 2: Holding Our Ground: Action through Presence.

Jasmine Lamb:

Jasmine Lamb has worked at the Governor's Institute on the Arts for many years. She is a mediator, teacher, and writer. Her growing passion is in what she calls ListeningArts, which uses movement, writing, storytelling, and stillness as ways to expand our capacity to listen to ourselves and others.

Matthew Moreau:

When not plotting revolution, Matthew Moreau divides his time between web design and painting. His work in recent years focuses on the complicated relationship of humans and domesticated animals.

Workshop 3: Physical Theater and Arts In Action: Let's Get a Move On!

Willie Gould

Willie Gould is a clown, actor, sketch comedian, theater director, writer, and musician from Brattleboro, VT. He is co-founder of Lunchbox, Wesleyan University´s sketch comedy group. He has trained with the Circo del Mundo in Santiago, Chile, The Marcelo Katz Clown School and Cualquier Lado Teatro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and The Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has also performed as a musician and clown with Teatro la Fragua in El Progreso, Honduras. In 2006 he received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to pursue his independent project "This is not altogether fool, my lord: Comedy and Political Activism" across Europe and Central and South America. In August of 2007 his sketch comedy group Lunchbox made their New York City debut at the Abingdon Theater Complex in Manhattan. He is currently the Youth Arts Coordinator for the Boston non-profit Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (Puerto Rican Tenants in Action).

Sophie Wood

Sophie Wood was born and raised in Thetford Vermont. She just graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Theatre for Social change, by zanily studying performing arts and agriculture at the same time. She is currently entertaining herself by making puppets, being a pop star, writing, dancing, and co-directing for her theatre company, The Royal Frog Ballet.

Kailie Larkin

Kailie Larkin originally hails from Jericho, but is currently residing in Plainfield and in Middletown CT where she is a full time student at Wesleyan University. She is interested in doing as much theatre, dance, and creative writing as possible while majoring in American Studies. She one of the directors of the Get Thee to the Funnery Shakespeare Camps that take place in Chelsea and Craftsbury, VT, and has worked at the Governor's Institute on the Arts Summer Institute and the Winter Weekend for the past three years. She is currently working on a project on civil liberties and storytelling.

Workshop 4: Science/Engineering: Politics and Projects.

Tom Tailor:

Tom has worked in Energy Education and sustainability since 1978. He has designed and built a 95% energy self sufficient house and built or installed 12 wind mills. He is currently the Co-director of the UVM Governors institute in Engineering and teaches physics at Mt. Abraham UHS. He recently returned from South Korea where he led the US team of students to the first International Earth Science Olympiad. The students won two silver medals in challenging competition. Tom's students have recently received more than $1.2 million in grant money to implement sustainability projects. His favorite classroom is a Tipi 1200 feet up morse mt. where he and his wife teach science during the ski season. .

Jessie Ruth Corkins:

Jessie is a senior at Mt. Abraham UHS. As a freshman she decided to evaluate the schools heating system and convert it to wood. After two years of research and political action the school is now heated with wood chips. Not only is this good for the environment, but it is saving the school evil amounts of money. Last year Jessie worked with a group of friends to promote biofuels in Vermont and the country. She presented twice in the State House and met with Lt. Governor Brian Dubee and Senator Sanders. Her work has been written up in the Boston Globe, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Jessie will graduate this year and hopes to study Environmental Science, Policy & Communications at UVM next year

Anne Watson:

Anne Watson, a life-long Vermont resident, has taught physics and math at Montpelier High School for 4 years. She received a B.S. in Physics from Penn State University and subsequently a M.Ed. from UVM. She has experience working at IBM (her work there later earned her a patent) as well as the physics labs at UVM and Penn State. She was recently published in the Science Teacher magazine for an Energy Feasibility Study carried out by her physics students, which resulted in a 2.64 kW solar panel system being mounted on the school's greenhouse. Besides being a physics teacher, Anne is a musician, a kite-flyer, a person of faith, an environmental activist, and an animated laugher.

Other GIV 2008 Folks:

Jean Olson
Executive Director)

Jean has been the ED of GIV since 1994. This is her favorite work ever because she gets to be part of the family of GIV along with so many outstanding students and faculty. She got her Master's Degree in the field of gifted education in 2000 and is now working on her doctorate at UVM in the same field. She is particularly interested to learn more about the educational, social, and emotional needs of high potential adolescents. In her spare time, she plays fiddle in the Barn Band.

Christine Massey:
Site Director)

Christine is an Adjunct Instructor in the Education Department at the University of Vermont. She also works at the Perkins Museum of Geology on grant-funded initiatives and facilitates science education for students and teachers in Vermont.
Current projects include: 1) The Landscape Change Program where she helps coordinate a large historic photograph collection of Vermont landscapes, helps develop on-line learning modules using images, and works with K-12 teachers to develop curriculum using images, 2) Coordinating a workshop on Reconsidering the Science Textbook, and 3) Directing the Perkins Museum Environmental Science Day Camp for children in grades 1-7.
Christine worked previously as an Environmental Consultant for two years in Vermont before working at UVM and spent time at both poles working on climate change studies. She is the mother of two daughters, aged 8 and 5, and lives in Burlington, VT. She enjoys cross-country skiing and cooking.

Paul Bierman:
Program Director)

Paul Bierman is a Geology professor at UVM where he works with people of all ages to understand how Earth's surface works. For more than 15 years, he's done research in Vermont and many other places around the world including the far northern Canada, central Australia, southern Africa, Israel and the American southwest. His latest efforts use historic imagery to document the impact of people on the Vermont landscapes and the impact of landscape scale events on people and societies in our state. Paul earned his BA from Williams College in 1985 and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington, the latter in 1993. He has been at UVM ever since then with appointments in Geology and the School of Natural Resources. Paul was recently awarded the one of the National Science Foundation's highest honors; the Directors award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Of the 35 awardees, he is one of only 2 geologists to ever receive this award.

Coleen Austin:

Coleen Austin has been with Governor's Institutes of Vermont for three years and is quite proud to be a part of the GIV family. She is an active volunteer at her children's school and Vice Chair of the School Board at Rumney Elementary in Middlesex. She is also a volunteer EMT for the Fast Squad in Middlesex. She was proud to be a volunteer and spend two weeks in the south during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Her career background includes education, administration, marketing and public relations. Personally she enjoys sports, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, camping and reading with her children (now 9 and 12) and husband.

Luke Reusser
(Web Dude)

Luke designed and built the GIV winter 2008 winter website, and will continue to update the site through our weekend exploring Global Climate Change. Currently, Luke is a doctoral student at the University of Vermont, where his research focuses on the impacts of human activities on natural rates of landscape change and erosion. Over the past several years, his studies have carried him to places close to home, such as the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, as well as places not so close to home, including the North Island of New Zealand. Luke is an avid cross-country skier, and is currently leanning the art of telemark skiing (not the best year so far). For more information about Luke, visit his website by clicking HERE.

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