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College of the Atlantic Association
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

January 1988 Vol.3, No. 2



Carpenter's Speech
Celebrates Growth

Bill Carpenter's speech, delivered at
COA's construction celebration on
October 9, 1987.

When I think of the beginning of
Human Ecology at COA it was in the
very first class of the first experimen-
tal summer session in 1971. I was co-
teaching with Sam Eliot. I'm glad he
is here to verify the story because it is
so far back that it's at the point
where memory begins to shade off
into invention. But Sam and I were
teaching this first meeting of the first
COA class in the room that was to
become the original Thorndike
Library. This was before it was Kael-
ber Hall but Ed had been living in it
so it was already beginning to take on
his name.

At any rate Sam and I and the
first twelve students had settled in
around the table and had opened
Thoreau's The Maine Woods, which
was the first book taught at COA.
The doors were open to a lovely
Maine summer morning and in ran a
chipmunk with a cat in hot pursuit-
probably Ed Kaelber's cat-and the
cat caught the chipmunk by the neck
and began chewing off its head the
way they do. I reached out and
smacked the cat across the head so
the chipmunk got free and went scur-
rying back into the garden.

This incident divided the class
down the middle. They put their
books down and started to argue
whether or not I, man, should have
interfered with the processes of na-
ture. That dialogue has been going
on here ever since.

To the best of my knowledge no
cat ever caught a phoenix. Phoenixes
are too big and too mythical and too




Together again...COA alumnae Alice Leeds, Megan Godfrey Kraus and
Gillian Brown Fulford renew old friendships during COA 's first 10th Reunion.
See story on page 6.



smart. The nature of their intel-
ligence is in traveling to some sacred
place every century or so to burn
themselves up. This is tragic in the
sense that they do die, but it is also
desirable because they are renewed.
The bird that flies out of the ashes is
a brand new creature and has the
strength and beauty and agility of
youth. It is ready for the trials and
challenges of the next hundred years,
and it is full of new ideas for the par-
ticular demands of a new century.

None of us will ever forget
where we were standing when we
heard the news of the COA fire.
Many irreplaceable objects were
destroyed, and there is almost noth-
ing so horrible in human history as
the burning of a library. It carries
echoes of the death of civilization it-
self. The fire was a particular loss to
the COA faculty because so many of
us had our offices there and so much
of our labor had gone towards build-
ing the Thorndike Library collec-
tions. In a way the childhood of the
school was lost - the blue learning
center, the yellow learning center,



the circular staircase that was our in-
tercom before their were any exten-
sions to the phone system.

What the phoenix knows is that
death is necessary for rebirth and so
it walks willingly and proudly into the
fire when its time has come. The fire
of 1983 was tragic but it has allowed
the unbelievable generosity and crea-
tive energy that we see now focused
upon this spot in order to rebuild.
We are able to be doing what we are
doing today because of the fire.
There can be no evolution without
biological death. There can be no
creative activity without some pre-
vious destruction. It's hard for us to
see and hear the earth being
dynamited and back-hoed all day
long while we try to teach non-violent
relations to the land. It's hard to un-
derstand why they have to dig so
deep into the earth for a foundation.
"That's where the poolroom and the
saunas are going to be," Dan Scully
tells us, but it still haunts us to see the
hole because we do care so much
even for plain granite rock.

The new Kaelber Hall will trans-



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Editor's Note



You have in your hands the Winter issue of COAA NEWS. By the time our
Spring issue appears it will have a new name, supplied by one of you. The only
suggestion to date is "The COA Blowhole" (as in a whale's breathing apparatus),
so please help think up something better and send it on to me or to Becky within
the next month or so.

The 10th Year Reunion was enormously satisfying to me. Over thirty COA
graduates and former students, from the college's earliest days, spent Columbus
Day weekend together on MDI. Counting husbands and wives and children, we
were more than 75 persons. Over one hundred participated in the Saturday eve-
ning events, which included a round table discussion group, a wine and cheese
party with faculty and friends, a vegetarian dinner, and a dance, all in the Tur-
rets.

I have rarely seen such a wonderfully alive evening, literally aroar with con-
versation, serious and hilarious. To me it was COA at its best, and most fun. The
spirit of the weekend is caught for you in Alice Leeds' sensitive article, in pic-
tures taken during the Saturday boat trip and later that evening, and in words
spoken on Friday by Bill Carpenter and Father Gower.

A single weekend cannot bridge a ten year expanse. But for some, it was the
first real contact with the college in a decade. A reunion is for reuniting, and for
many that happened. Special thanks to the people who worked so hard to pull it
off. The $300 left over from contributions after paying all our bills will be saved
to help host future COAA events.

In this issue we have initiated a "Readers' Forum", whereby faculty, staff and
alums share with one another the books which they have found to be most in-
fluential. Suggested books can be "best ever read" or "best read in the last year or
two". Submissions should be given complete with author, title, publisher and
year, and your own brief annotation or review. Here's a way we can keep up with
the best in each other's fields.

The most thrilling work I have recently been exposed to is David
Attenborough's four-part series on PBS, "The First Eden". What a marvelous in-
terweaving of history and natural science! Attenborough sees the Mediterranean
as a microcosm of the entire planet, holding essential lessons for humanity. Here
is television at its best.

At a recent All College Meeting the COA students and faculty unanimously
approved a Resolution mandating the use of recycled paper for COA News and
COAA NEWS. As I write, we are in the process of searching out suppliers of
such paper. It might mean going out of state. Ecology and economics, conserva-
tion and support of local enterprise: the issues can become difficult to sort out. It
reminds me of debates we had back in the early 1970's. I'm glad things are still
lively!

Send me ideas for future newsletters, in the form of poems, articles, or let-
ters. Thanks to Jamien Jacobs '86 who helped Becky and me with this issue's
production.

PHILIP B. KUNHARDT, HI

Editor



COAA NEWS is published in Fall,
Winter and Spring by College of the
Atlantic Association, COA's alumni
organization since 1982.

COAA NEWS,

January 1988 Edition, Vol. 3, No. 2

Editor,

Philip B. Kunhardt, III, '77
Production Editor,

Rebecca Buyers-Basso, '81
Layout,

Jamien Jacobs, '86

COAA 1987-88 Board Members

Michael Kaiser, '85, Secretary
Jean McHugh, '81, Treasurer
George Bennington, '82
Joy Knowlton, '82
Philip B. Kunhardt, III, '77



Table of Contents

Carpenter's Speech page 1

Letters from Alumni page 3

Annual Appeal page 5

Readers' Forum page 4

Tenth Reunion page 6

Campus Store, Notices

and Update Form page 1 1



Letters



Thanks for reading this letter. Best
wishes for the college - wish we could
have been there January 9th.
Warmly,
Tom (and Cynthia) Fisher '77



Dear Friends,

I am curious about what
everyone is doing in their lives now. I
have caught glimpses of people and
their names from time to time and
even heard actual news from mutual
aquaintances. I surely hope that
every one of you is as happy as I am
in my life. Tom Tutor is the man I
married and from his Mississippi
heritage he brings a true enjoyment
of living which manages to soften my
Puritanical work ethic a bit. He
builds furniture and has worked on
boats as a woodworker and now he is
programming computers. An expres-
sion that pertains and has been in use
a long time on Islesboro: "Trim your
sheets to the prevailing wind."

Fortunately for me I have not
had to change occupations in the ten
years that I have been home from-
Alaska. I have a landscaping and gar-
dening business that keeps my four

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form the College of the Atlantic. To
bring the library back to the campus
is to bring the heart of the institution
back into the center. The word ecol-
ogy means from its roots house-
knowledge. As gracious as the Turrets
building is, we have been in a sense
houseless for the last four years. We
have been parking our cars where we
once studied and exchanged ideas.
Now the concept of Human Ecology
will at last have a physical home.
With new faculty members and so
many wonderful new students, there
is a sense that our discipline is going
to enter a new phase of growth. It's
very lucky and appropriate that we
will be expanding into a new
household at the same time.

I want to close with another



employees and myself more than
busy and it is very satisfying work.

Daniel Hatch Tutor is our son
who was born on Thanksgiving Day
three years ago. As you who have
been blessed with children already
know, we are daily amazed at what a
mirror, teacher and bearer of joy he
is. So we work, we play with the boy,
we travel, though not enough, we
work on the house (I don't expect it
ever to be finished) and life is good.
We will never be rich or powerful or
famous but life is a daily goodness.

I hope that your reunion was a
success and that you all enjoy being
in each others presence and in the
place that is so beautiful and once
did mean so much to our young lives.
I know that there are still faculty
members -Steve and Susan, Elmer
and Carol, Ernie- there who repre-
sented a lot of good things about the
wholeness of education to me and I
am grateful for that. Perhaps I will
run into some of you again someday
or at the next such event.

Sue Hatch '73



November 30, 1987
Dear Friends,

This is the first time in my life
that I've written a single letter, and
copied it, and sent it out to more than
one or two people. I understand its
usefulness. There may be others. Un-
derstand, this letter isn't really about
me. So, what's it about?

Okay, it's partly about me. Since
St. John's (graduated St. John's Col-
lege, Sante Fe, N.M. in '86) I've been
four months in Monterey, California,
four months in France, nine months
as a Production Editor in a book
publishing company. And on Decem-
ber 2 I am leaving for Nicaragua,
which is the real subject of this letter.

I am going to work on a con-
struction brigade in a cooperative
called Chompipe in the mountainous
region of Nicaragua called Matagal-
pa. The group I am going with is
called Architects and Planners in
Support of Nicaragua and is working
to provide direct material support to
the peoples of the United States and
Nicaragua.

I will fly to Mexico City and from
there to Managua, Nicaragua's capi-
tal, which has a population of about
one million. We will then drive to the
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piece of historical trivia. Back in the
chipmunk days of 1972, we had a
small grant that allowed us to put the
first library collection together before
we even opened the official doors. I
had access to a large university
library at the time out in the midwest
and so the college asked me to select
some books for the humanities col-
lection that might be right for COA.
This was before computerization. I
went into a card catalog that con-
tained perhaps half a million volumes
and started to leaf through diligently
card by card jotting down good books
and sending the titles off to Lynn
Dermott at the end of each week, and
she would in turn order them from
the publishers. When the academic
year ended and I had to come to



Maine I had only worked my way
through C. One of the secrets of the
old library that the accreditors never
noticed was that we were strong in
Aristotle and Bacon and Chaucer but
we tapered off sharply from there.

Well, that collection was lost.
Thanks to Marcia Dvorak and the
gifts of so many people we have al-
ready rebuilt so much of it and now it
contains authors equally distributed
throughout the alphabet. And that's
just the beginning. Speaking for all
the faculty I want to thank everyone
who has given of their energy and
resources to achieve this day.

WILLIAM CARPENTER



Readers' Forum



Alumni asked the COA faculty recently, "What are the three most exciting books in your field that you have either
read or taught in the last five years?" What follows is a list of recommended readings for us with their annotations.

Recommended by John Anderson, new faculty member in zoology:

1. Loren Eiseley, The Star Thrower. New York Times Press.

"Anything by Eiseley is worth reading, but this is the best single collection of essays."

2. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow.

"I first read this while doing field work in Baja & dip into it periodically whenever I need to be reminded of
what happens when one gets too out of synch with the world."

3. Larry D. Harris, The Fragmented Forest. University of Chicago Press.

"One of the first serious attempts to apply some of the hocus pocus that has plagued theoretical ecology to real
world situations."
If I can be greedy and add a couple more, let me toss in:

4. Thomas S. Eliot, Four Quartets.

"Forget all the revisionist biographies that have come out recently. Four Quartets is one of the most profound
portrayals of humans-in-the-world that this century has produced."

5. Henry Beston, Tlxe Outermost House.

"A really nice read about doing what we would probably all like to do."
Recommended by Joanne Carpenter:

1. Joseph Campbell, Tlxe Masks of God: Primitive Mythology. Penguin Books, 1976.

2. John Fowles, Tlxe Ebony Tower. Little, Brown & Co., 1974.

3. Carl Jung, Man and His Symbols. Dell, 1968. Doubleday, 1969.

Recommended by John Buell, new faculty in public policy: (These books are listed in order of degree of difficulty.)

1. Langdon Winner, The Whale and the Reactor. University of Chicago Press.

"This book is an impressive discussion of the way the scope and intensity of technological development impacts
upon democratic values."

2. Ivan Illich, Gender. Pantheon.

"This is a highly controversial but stimulating discussion of the relationship between economic society, personal
identity, and equality between the sexes, a book which challenges both conservative and mainstream feminist
views."

3. William Connolly, Political Theory and Modernity. Basil Blackwell.

"This difficult but stimulating discussion of the modern urge to achieve perfect community, attunement to
nature, or technological mastery is an important challenge to a certain kind of Green or 'deep ecology'
perspective."
Recommended by Craig Greene:

1. Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species. Harvard University Press.
Facsimile of first edition of 1859. "The classic synthesis of all time!"

2. E.O. Wilson, Biophilia. Harvard University Press, 1984.

"An eminent biologist discusses the deep connection between humans and the rest of life on Earth."

3. Philip J. Darlington, Jr., Evolution for Naturalists. John Wiley & Sons.

"A world class evolutionary biologist and consummate naturalist shows how field observation demonstrates the
dynamic processes of evolution."
Recommended by Steve Katona:

1. Richard Dawkins, 77ie Blind Watchmaker. Norton Publishers.
"Excellent summary of current ideas on evolution. Very readable."

2. Sarah Hrdy, Tlxe Woman Tliat Never Evolved. Harvard University Press.

"Integrates evolution, primate behavior and human behavior with sensitivity to philosophy and feminism."
Recommended by Don Meiklejohn:

1. Benjamin Barber, Strong Democracy.

"A very plausible exposition of how a democracy on the Rousseau pattern may be developed."

2. Hugo L. Black, A Constitutional Faith.

"Three lectures setting forth Black's views on the Constitution with special reference to the First Amendment and
due process of law."

3. George F. Kcnnan, Memoirs.

"Highly personal and elegantly written account of Kennan's career from early days in our Moscow Embassy to his
later career as scholar and elder states man."



Letters



Dear Friends,

...In the course of my work for In-
ternational Fellowship of Reconcilia-
tion. I started getting more and more
involved in East-West work, par-
ticularly of a religious nature. That
was partly accidental (they couldn't
find anyone to send to a meeting and I
got sent) but also part of a growing
realization among a lot of people in
the peace movement that fear of "the
Russians" is a motor that pushes the
arms race along and that it will be dif-
ficult to do much about the weapons
without addressing that basic fear. I
was particularly involved in an inter-
national seminar with the theme
"Towards a Theology of Peace" which
involved a lot of heavyweight
theologians and Christian peace ac-
tivists. It was held in Budapest in Sep-
tember '84 and was a fascinating
experience. In fact the preparation
process was even more interesting
than the conference itself, given our
various efforts to involve more dissi-
dent-type elements from Eastern
Europe, or at the very least, to involve
genuine theologians with a genuine
personal interest in peace from the
East, since mostly they just feel
obliged to speak out on behalf of the
Soviet viewpoint (and, of course, with



little real theological basis) and that's
it. Well, we didn't succeed in directly
involving any dissident elements but
we did succeed in involving good
theologians. The fact that the semi-
nar was held in Budapest made it
possible for us to do a lot more than
would have been possible in almost
any other East European country...

Anyway, that was a fascinating
experience and got me thinking that I
would like to continue working in the
field of religious contacts between
East and West. It is all so very com-
plex and interesting. So that Fall, I
enrolled in the Slavic Institute of the
University of Amsterdam and started
studying Russian on pretty much a
full-time basis. And, to make a long
story short, that's what I have been
doing ever since, though I've now
ended my stay in Holland...

Joe Peacock '78



December 1, 1987
Dear Friends,

As I can't recall seeing any news
about us in any COAA newsletters,
here is a brief rundown of what's
happened to us in the past 2 or 3
years.



Lets see. ..a daughter, Claire, will
be 2 in February. Cynthia '80 was
awarded the Montessori Associations
International (AMI) Assistance to In-
fancy Certificate. She's using it as a
full time Mommy now, with plans for
consulting. What free time she has
now, she's been studying
homeopathy.

I now have a Master's degree in
Architecture having graduated from
the North Carolina State University
School of Design in December '85
with ALA Certificate of Merit. I
minored in landscape architecture
and computer graphics - using both in
my thesis "Towards an Environmental
Architecture for Bald Head Island"
I'll be taking my registration exam in
June. I'm working now as an architec-
tural designer and project manager
for a small firm in Durham, N.C...I
love it but it's not lucrative yet.

Which brings me to my last item.
Any COA student wanting feedback
about the field I'm in is more than
welcome to contact me. So please put
me on your "mentor" list, (even
though the name makes me shudder,
mildly). I occasionally have infor-ma-
tion for job contacts down here as
well.

So, enough from "the real world",
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Alumni Make Strong Show of Support
For Annual Appeal ■■— —■ ^^^^^^



Alumni contributions for annual
giving have increased substantially in
response to the COAA's personal-
ized campaign to encourage all alum-
ni to "Give a Day to COA". As of
December 31, 1987, 73 contributions
totalling $6053 have been received.

Already this academic year
alumni have surpassed last year's
giving. In fact, the gifts received from
this appeal have had an impact on the
college's overall fund raising efforts.
The number of gifts to the college this
year has increased by 47%; much of
that increase can be attributed to



alumni support.

In reviewing alumni participation
in the annual appeal COA president
Lou Rabineau said,

"It's exciting to see alumni com-
ing forth in support, reminiscent of
the spirit that they showed as stu-
dents. Besides the financial help, the
alumni participation and dedication
sets a good example to current stu-
dents at COA."

Lou went on to say that the
college's trustees were impressed by
the strong support of alumni.

The COAA board had set a goal



of 100% participation of alumni in
the annual campaign for this year.
Thus far, 19% of graduates have
made contributions. The board wants
to extend thanks to all those alumni
who have given a day to COA. We
hope to hear from the rest of you
soon.

MICHAEL KAISER



Ten Year COA Reunion:



Term papers, fall garden
projects, and life in Slippery Rock
take their place on the back burner.
I'm flying to Maine.

After hours of delayed flights,
fake food, running bertween ter-
minals in the rain, and missed con-
nections, I'm in a small plane flying
over nightlit Portland. Out my win-
dow, the Big Dipper hangs above a
clear horizen. In silence, a meteor
drips from the Dipper's rim, streaking
the sky while it burns out. I breathe
deeply. I'm in Maine again.

Our tenth reunion begins with
the dedication ceremony for Kaelber
Hall on Friday noon. It's the epitomy
of an autumn day as faculty, alumni,
and trustees gather around a big hole
in the ground. Faces sparkle, both
new and familiar. Ed beams like a
proud father.

Speakers step onto the platform
and address us, one by one, from trus-
tee chairman Ed Blair's welcoming
remarks to Louis Rabineau's view of
the future to Elmer Beal's lilting song.
Jim Gower, in his characteristic deep
simplicity, reminds us that life is One.
We are brought back to our purpose
in being here. Lisa Hammer, All Col-
lege Meeting moderator, imagines the
future Kaelber Hall, comparing it to
the home each of us longs to dwell in,
the home we would fill with produc-
tivity and reflection. Bill Carpenter
relates his peculiar tales, offered crisp
as the Maine air, carved with finer
craftmanship than ever. He recollects
one of COA's first class sessions, a
literary discussion of Thorcau's
Maine Woods. Abruptly, a mid-class-
room cat-and-chipmunk chase
resulted in a captured chipmunk and
subsequent human intervention. The
ensuing discussion typified what was
to become the COA approach to
human ecology.

I spent Friday afternoon with
Chelli Pingree and her family - Char-
lie, Hannah, Cecily, and Asa. We
blaze the Precipice Trail, not realiz-
ing how challenging it will be for
Cecily and Asa. (Chelli, the first




Cathy Johnson, Charlie and Hannah Pingree, Jackson Gillman and Asa Pingree.



alumni to become a parent — she was
pregnant at our graduation in 1976,
confides to me that perhaps she is an
over-calm mother; Charlie is clearly
concerned). Cheering the children
along narrow ledges, we climb to the
Beehive. We feast on our view of
Sand Beach and the headlands, skip
across the flat rocks, and follow a
more gentle trail to the Bowl, whose
name I have always loved for its way
of describing the hilltop pool of
water. Sunning on the Bowl's rocky
beach, we share a few peaceful mo-
ments.

The weekend continues, a festive
collage of planned and improvised
events. There is an elegant cocktail
party at the home of COA Chairman
of the Board, Ed Blair. We go off to
dinner in clusters. In between events
Jackson Gillman offers Lauren Senoff
and I a moving performance of his
recently composed story about an al-
coholic family.

On Saturday morning many of
the 30 returning alumni and their
growing families meet at Northeast
Harbor pier for a boatride around
Frenchman's Bay. The seals are out,
but with conversations flowing strong,
wc find it hard to keep up with what's
going on out there in the bay.

Yet in a funny way, even with ten



years gone by, it doesn't seem like
there is much to catch up on. I keep


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