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The Unity of Human Ecology

An essay by CO A 's philosophy professor, John Visvader

I sometimes wish that the field of
human ecology would be so robust and
its major concepts would be so obvious
and clear that I'd never have to go to
another meeting of human ecologists in
which the major topic for discussion is
'what is human ecology?.' This is cer-
tainly an interesting and important
question but I feel that it sometimes
gets in the way of doing human ecology,
and can often lead to what Ernie Mc-
Mullen calls 'excessive navel gazing.'
There is of course something self-
reflective about our discipline because,
unlike a relatively unproblematic field
like primate ecology, we are studying

ourselves. When we study ourselves we
discover our mistakes, and a mistake
discovered generates concern to
change our behaviors. This in turn
leads to a closer scrutiny of our values
and strategies for actualizing them. But
this is a necessary and healthy aspect of
human ecology and needn't by itself
lead to the kind of paralysis that I am
concerned with.

The major problem that seems to
contribute to our continuing crises of
self-identity arises from the fact that
our concept of human ecology is so
broad and includes so many diverse
fields that it becomes difficult to articu-

late the unity of its subject matter.
What do philosophers, poets, artists,
ecologists, anthropologists, physicists
and so on have in common that they
can be said to be parts of the same dis-

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* Save this Date *


COME to:


a provacative SEMINAR,

then PARTY with FRIENDS!

* * *Details to follow* * *

Alumni Discuss COA Governance, Celebrate New Library

On the morning of Saturday, Oc-
tober 8, dedication day for the new
Kaelber Hall/Thorndike Library, mem-
bers of every constituency of the Col-
lege came together to discuss issues of
community and the future of par-
ticipatory democracy at COA.

This special alumni-intitiated All
College Meeting included new and

returning students, staff, alumni, facul-
ty members, trustees and parents of
current students. The discussion
centered around a would-be proposal
to change COA's self-governance sys-
tem to a representative democracy.
The proposal was soundly defeated in
a straw vote after extensive testimony

Alumni John Biderman '77, Philip B. Kunhardt, HI '77 and Cathy Ramsdell '78
listen to ACM discussion.

by alumni and others on the value of
COA's current system.

Trustee Maurine P. Rothschild
shared her thoughts about the meeting
this way, "My first reaction was that I
was witnessing unusual and exciting
training for leadership. These meetings
may not solve all dilemmas, but COA
students are learning to know what
they think about tough questions and
how to express their thoughts. This is
what produces leaders and everyone of
those students will have some impact
on society. We are listening to them in
these sessions, their faculty and staff
are listening but mostly they are listen-
ing to each other. That is what I con-
sider serious training for a responsible

Over thirty alums came to campus
that day to participate in the ACM, the
dedication ceremony, an admission
volunteer training session and an alum-
ni cocktail party thrown by the fled-
gling Down East Alumni Club.

Rebecca Buyers-Basso '81

Editor's Note

The other night, while Rick Waters and I were speaking on the phone about
things related to COAA, suddenly the subject of the moon came up. It was a war-
mish, blustery full-moon night, and it reminded me of nights in Acadia, filled to
overflowing with excitement and promise and mystery and emotion. And suddenly
I was feeling all those old feelings again, and thankful that Rick was too, and that
the same marvelous sky had drawn him out into that night, as well, where our
spirits could soar. And thankful, too, that such gorgeous clean night skies were still
possible on this poisoned earth of ours. And fearful that this may not be true for
long, as the greenhouse gases pour forth, and the atmosphere continues to be used
as a dumping ground. Last summer's planetary-wide excesses — heat, drought,
cyclone, forest fire, typhoon, and ocean debris — screamed a warning at the world
community, and finally there were a few signs that some were beginning to listen.
The World Bank is helping to lead the way, by hinging its loans to countries in the
tropics with agreements to safeguard their rain forests. We need numerous other
practical, productive initiatives.

Keep sending your letters, articles and pictures for inclusion in 77ie Peregrine.
A special thanks to John Visvader for his provocative essay on the challenges
before Human Ecology and to Rick, for establishing a new feature, "Praxis", and
to Jared Crawford, for contributing our first "On Campus" column. May the
beautiful earth go on, for many moons.

Philip B. Kunhardt, HI

Readers' Forum ===============

Don Meiklejohn recommends this one "first-class" book:
A Worthy Tradition: Freedom of Speech in America by Harry Kalven (ed. by
Jamie Kalven) Harper & Row 1988. An elegant, readable study of First
Amendment issues 1919-1970.

COA Gala Update

The first meeting of College of the Atlantic's Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae
(COA GALA) was held in Boston on December 3rd. Those attending the meeting
came from New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. We all agreed that posi-
tive, affirming steps must be taken to improve College of the Atlantic's attitude
towards gays and lesbians. A guest from Yale's GALA pointed out that in Maine,
Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby have gay and lesbian alumni/ae organizations, and
there are dozens of others around the country.

The primary goal of COA GALA is to improve relations with the college and
its alumni/ae. In addition, we want to increase the visibility of lesbian and gay per-
sons and concerns at Alumni/ae events and improve campus and off-campus life
for gay and lesbian students, faculty, and staff.

At COA in the next few months, we will be working to ensure that basic health
information is available to students. We will also be taking steps to increase the
college community's awareness of gay and lesbian concerns.

It has been our experience that many gay and lesbian alumni/ae are reluctant to
be involved with College of the Atlantic. As students, most of us felt alienated from
the college community because of our sexual orientation. In organizing as a group,
we want to improve the college's ability to meet the needs of lesbian and gay stu-

For more information about COA GALA, or if you wish to be notified of the
next meeting, please contact Bill Allen, 420 Middle Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

College of the Atlantic Association
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

The Peregrine is published in

Fall, Winter and Spring by College of
the Atlantic Association, COA's
alumni organization since 1982.

Winter 1989 Edition, Vol. 4, No. 2


Philip B. Kunhardt, III '77
Production Editor,

Rebecca Buyers-Basso '81

Jamien Jacobs '86

COAA 1988-89 Board Members

Michael Kaiser '85, Secretary
George Benington '82
Joy Knowlton '82
Philip B. Kunhardt, III '77
Rick Waters, '77

The college logo combines three runic symbols:

f"V is for tree, yQ for

humans, and

<g/g^ for ocean, intertwined in a circle
symbolizing the earth and universe.

Table of Contents

Unity of Human Ecology 1

COA Governance page 1

Editor's Note page 2

Readers' Forum page 2

COA GALA Update page 2

Peregrine Profile page 3

Personal Notes page 4

Praxis page 5

Graduate Studies in
Human Ecology page 7

On Campus page 8

Printed on 100% recycled paper

Peregrine Profile: ==^=^==

COA Daughter Promotes Peace through International Friendships

Eleven-year-old Eden Erdoes Good made 43 new
friends last summer and she has made a vow.

"If I ever get enough money, I am going to visit
Kate and Faith in England," Eden told me. This
was in September, shortly after she returned
from a month's stay in Chattanooga, Ten-
nessee where she was a part of a Children's
International Summer Village (CISV). "The
airfare costs 500 pounds which is about
$1000," she added matter-of-factly.

Eden, the daughter of 1980 COA
graduates Jaki Erdoes and Terry
Good, learned more about interna-
tional relations than how to convert
foreign currency during her time at the
Children's Village. She learned about I
different cultures and to think of other ]
countries as the homes of her new
friends, not just as places on a map.
Eden was part of a network of 50
children's villages organized for the
purpose of promoting friendship and
understanding among children, young
people and adults around the world.

The woman behind this ambitious
project is Dr. Doris Twitchell Allen, a
psychologist at the University of Cin-
ncinati who has been a visiting psycho-
drama instuctor at COA.

After witnessing the trauma of
World War II, she came to believe that
humans must learn to feel and think in
new ways in order to achieve peaceful
solutions to the world's problems.
"Peace is possible only as individuals
and groups learn to live amicably with
one another as friends," Allen states in
her literature promoting the CISV ex-
perience. And education for change,
she believes, should start before
adolescense in order to continue into
adulthood. She founded CISV in 1951.
Now there are 92 nations involved in
the organization and 16 chapters in the
U.S. including one in Orono, Maine.

The village Eden experienced was
comprised of 44 eleven-year-olds from
Great Britain, Nigeria, Columbia, New
Zealand, West Germany, South Korea,
Portugal, Holland, Japan, Sweden and
the United States. They spent time
together in an atmosphere conducive
to communication, learning and
friendship building. Supervised by a

Eden Erdoes Good
staff and crew of teenage junior coun-
selors who hailing from Turkey,
Greece, West Germany, Norway and
the U.S., they particpated in group ac-
tivities such as drama, music, arts and
crafts and games.

Each nation sent a delegation of
four (two girls and two boys) to the
summer village based at a camp
facility near Booker T. Washington
State Park. The children at the village
were selected on the basis of their
charactor, sociability and good be-
havior. Jaki, who had nothing but
praises for CISV, explained that
before Eden was asked to attend the
summer program she particpated in an
overnight in Old Town, sponsored by
the Orono chapter.

Eden talked enthusiastically about
her experiences in Tennessee, unpack-
ing a bag full of photos and momentos
to show me. She pointed out each
child by name and I was impressed by
her easy pronunciation of Oriental and
African names. She especially enjoyed
telling me the meanings of the Korean
children's nick names ("Naughty Boy",
"Little Pink Pig" and "Superman").

While English was the officical lan-
guage of the village, not all the kids
were fluent so Eden learned how to
communicate with signs and facial ex-

We made the sign of the cross to ask Toti if she wanted

to go to church," she recounted. Toti was her

bunkmate from Colombia who spoke Spanish almost

exclusively. Eden learned some other languages,

too. Birthdays were celebrated by singing "Happy

Birthday" in the native tongue of the one

celebrating. And each morning, after raising the

CISV flag, they all said "good morning" in the

in the language of each delegation.

"The best part of the village was
making friends," Eden concluded,
"and the worst part was leaving. I'll
probably never see most of those
people again."

I wouldn't bet on it. Eden is not the
only member of her family that has
1 ^i been bitten by the travel bug. Through
her participation in the program as a
parent, Jaki has increased her interest
in and knowledge of foreign cultures
and would like to see them firsthand.
Jaki would be pleased to talk to other
parents of eleven-year-olds about the
Children's International Village
program. Or, write to:

Anne Anglin
Ellsworth, ME 04605.

Rebecca Buyers-Basso '81

You Can Make Things
Happen With COAA

Do you feel like your COA
days are becoming distant
memories? Get involved in the life
of the college again by nominating
yourself to the COAA board. This
year there will be at least two
openings on the 5-member Board
of Directors. You may nominate
yourself or someone you know to
be willing to serve. Board mem-
bers meet six times a year, usually
in locations on the East Coast.
Each member is given significant
work on behalf of the College and
the Association. It also happens to
be a lot of fun. Send nominations
to Becky Buyers-Basso at COA by
February 24.

Personal Notes

Lisa Baraff '84 is now living in Provin-
cetown Mass. and working at the
Center for Coastal Studies where she's
been involved with their humpback
whale project.

Tenia Bannick '86 is working toward a
Masters in architecture at Miami
University in Oxford, OH. She spent
the summer as a research assistant at
the Nacul Center in Amherst, MA and
is teaching as a graduate assistant
during the academic year. Her son,
Remy, age 10, is participating in a na-
tional gifted and talented program for
fifth graders this year. And her
daughter, Tanya, 20, is expecting a
child, which will make Tenia COA's
first graduate to become a

Lisa Carpenter '81 is now working in
the Student Employment Office at Mt.
Holyoke College in South Hadley,
MA. She and her husband Tom Ouel-
lette are expecting a baby in May.

Elizabeth Cunningham '82 (formerly
Charlotte Arner) writes that she con-
tinues to enjoy her work as a freelance
editor, which she does primarily for
Harper & Row publishers in San
Francisco. Alums may contact her at:

2206 Haste St. #14

Berkeley, CA 94704

David Emerson '81 is in the final
stretch of his studies at Cornell in
microbiology. He will earn his Ph.D.
and then go on to do postdoctoral
work in the genetics of fish pathogens.

Brian Farmer '80 and Pam Lord '83

report another beautiful home birth
for 8 lb. 4oz. Curran Kai Lord-Farmer
on August 22, 1988 at 6:19 p.m. He will
be called Kai, which means "sea" in
Hawaiian, and Brian and Pam hope it
won't be too long before he visits the
Atlantic. Three-year-old Shea wit-
nessed Kai's emergence into this world
and so far enjoys being a big sister. He
goes to FUTU FUTU gigs and recog-
nizes the drum beat from his pre-natal
tri-weekly dance classes with Pam.

Lisa Baraff spreads her wings!

Sue Freed '80 and her husband, Cam,
are back in Albuquerque after then-
five month hiatus in Asia and
Australia. Sue writes ". . Asia is dif-
ferent from everything you have ever
cherished and held to be any of those
self-evident truths. . . Survival skills
come swiftly to the fore! It was a learn-
ing experience, stimulating all sensory
receptors on a constant basis, and
bringing to light all the myriads of op-
portunities available for a truly full
lifestyle to those who are intrepid or

Sue Freed and her husband Cam

curious or both. The opportunities are
always there but we tend to become
myopic, bent on the pursuit of happi-
ness, success and stability, as
prophesied by our own personal plan .
. . Having found that the world is not
flat, it is impossible to view life or live
it the same way as before. . ." Sue says
they are committed to stay put for at
least a year (just long enough to save
up for their next trip) and would wel-

come visitors who care to stray off the
standard flight paths down to:

P.O. Box 357

Albuquerque, NM 87103

Martin Hahn '83 began a program of
study this year at the Center for Public
Policy, Tufts University.

Loie Hayes '79 is now an apprentice
editor at South End Press, a publisher
of progressive political non-fiction.
Previously, she worked for three years
as features editor for Gay Community
News. Loie and her lover, Julie
Ogletree, celebrated their fourth year
together in December. They are now
living at:

P.O. Box 2635

Boston, MA 02115

Loie would like to hear from old
friends and is interested in participat-
ing in any discussions of the social
sciences, including politics, in the
COA curriculum.

John Jacob '81 and his wife, Deb, have
moved from New York City to Austin,
Texas. John now writes a weekly art
column for the Austin Chronicle as
well as doing curatorial work with
photographic exhibitions which
recently took him back to Eastern
Europe and the Soviet Union. Deb is
managing a growing fashion business
in Austin. They find Texas hot and
quite a contrast from New York.

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Esther Kerkmann '83 is studying for
her Masters degree in Landscape Ar-
chitecture at the University of Califor-
nia, Berkeley.

Herbert Laughlin '84 is single, living
in Reno and attending graduate
school to get a double license to teach
art and English in grades 7-12. He is
focussing on special education and
multicultural curriculum. He says he
plans to stay in Nevada for a while but
will return to Maine to build a house
in Robbinston.

Barclay McCurdy '86 spent last year
working at an adolescent treatment
program in Boulder, CO and the sum-
mer in New Mexico working several
wilderness courses with various
populations. Most recently he was a
counselor at a Soviet/American ex-
change camp in Colorado. Campers
focussed on communicating and un-
derstanding each other's ideas and
cultures. Barclay is now back in
Boulder, making pottery and training
for a January climbing expedition in
Argentina. He will climb Mt.
Aconagua (22,834 ft.) and then plans
to travel around South America. If
anyone has suggestions of places to
visit while he is there, Barclay would
like to hear from you. And if you
don't, he'd like to hear from you
anyway. His address is:

725 31st St.

Boulder, CO 80303

Eddie Monat '88 has written some
COA folks several very colorful letters
from Florida where he is working with
a marine systems lab from the Smith-
sonian Institute. What follows are
some of the publishable highlights.
"I miss Bar Harbor and COA. It does
feel good not to be in classes, but I
miss the people. In Florida the people
are really different. I met one person
from Maine here and he's a hermit on
an island named Dismal Key. His best
friend is a diamond-backed rattle-
snake named Elmer. Wicked cool
dude, the ultimate human ecologist.
He knows COA and people there but

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Alumni: Someone Wants To Know

Moved lately?
Got the job? Wrote
the book? Won the
case you always
said you would?
Said "I do"? How
about that new
baby? Help us keep
alumnf and other
members of the
College of the At-
lantic community
informed about

your activities.

Remember to
include awards,
honors, appoint-
ments, job changes,
organizations, of-
fices held, profes-
sional achieve-
ments, etc. Include

a picture if possible! Please send a note to: Becky Buyers-Basso, College of the
Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

Mary Ann Machis enjoys a moment in the sun on board
the alumni/senior booze cruise at graduation '88. . . . photo
byJonathon Gormley '78.


by Rick Waters '77

COA imbued us with a strong awareness of our place in the world and in-
stilled in us a strong commitment to environmental issues. It was a positive and
fertile environment in which to nurture a fledgling commitment to the awesome
task of managing the planet. In sharp contrast, the rest of the world is not nearly
so aware, committed or supportive. In fact here in the late 1980s I fear at times
that we have lapsed into total environmental apathy. Issues which caused mass
protests and front page headlines in the past go unnoticed today. In addition, the
issues seem larger and more threatening than ever. The environment was barely
mentioned in the recent election and the incoming administration seems to have
no environmental agenda whatsoever.

These issues bother me and at times I feel that I might lose sight of the goals
and ideals that COA instilled. But I know that there are lots of other people in the
same situation. We need to reinforce each other and keep our goals in perspec-
tive, We all encounter environmental dilemmas in our lives. I am starting a regular
column in Peregrine in which we COA alumni will have the opportunity to discuss
these dilemmas among ourselves. For example, I am a boatbuilder and I use a fair
amount of teak in the course of my work (not nearly as much as a production shop
but nevertheless a few hundred board feet each year). Boat manufacturers use
teak for a variety of reasons. It stands up to the weather well, it looks beautiful and
holds varnish well, it has natural non-skid properties even when wet and it is rot
resistant. I had noticed that it is easier for me to find teak from Thailand than
cedar from New England. Becoming increasingly concerned about the plight of
the tropical rain forests I wondered whether the two were related. Is there an
abundance of tropical hardwoods because of the policy to clear the forests or was
it the demand for hardwood that led to the decision to clear cut? If I'm able to
determine the cause, can I do anything about it? Would a decision to stop using

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could never afford to go. His name is
Niranjan. A good guy.
"Anyhow, I'm working very hard (80
hours/week) building a research sta-
tion in Goodland, FL, a small fishing
village on Marco Island on the west
coast. I'm about a half hour north of
the Everglades. The wildlife is
(modifier of your choice) beautiful."

Karl L. Porter '82 married Kristen
Goertemiller, an equestrienne from
Maryland. They have a nine month old
son named Samuel and reside in
Westminster, MD. After fours years
aboard R.V. Marsys Resolute/Smith-
sonian Institute, Karl is now an
entrepreneur in the crab mariculture
business and a full time realtor in the
Baltimore metropolitan area. He is
also finding a challenge in restoring
their 150-year-old home in

Donna Riley '82 writes that after four
years in Maryland and almost two
years back home in New York, she has
found paradise (thanks to Jay Bick-
ford '82). She is living on a 400 acre
farm with three sheep, six chickens,
two turkeys, two cats, one dog and a
"wonderful guy" named Gary. The

house is big and old, has no electricity
and no telephone. Donna's comment:
"Life is at its best here". She is cur-
rently recovering from reconstuctive
surgery on her knee which includes
nine months of therapy and a knee
brace. Donna's address is Forest Echo
Farm Mt. Holly, VT 05758 (just out-
side of Rutland) and she would love to
either see or hear from COA'ers.

Jeff Rothal '84 attended the annual
Marine Mammal Conference, held in
Monterey, CA in November. Jeff is a
cataloguer at the University of
Colorado, Boulder library.

Barbara Jean Sassaman

honored by the |

Down East

Alumni Club at

the October 8

alumni cocktail

party for her


work as project

manager of the new Kaelber Hall/

Thorndike Library. Building architect

Dan Scully acknowledged the value of

Sass's contributions to the project

before she was presented with flowers

and a $100 gift certificate.

Katrin Hyman Tchana '83 recently
returned from Cameroon after com-
pleting her two year assignment as a
Peace Corps volunteer. In Bogo,
Cameroon Katrin taught English as a
foreign language to secondary school
children in grades 7 through 10. She is
now working in New York Public
Schools as a remedial reading teacher
and is receiving a fellowship from
Colombia University for her Peace
Corps experience. In January Katrin
married Eugene Tchana, the son of a
high ranking tribesman, in Maraoun,
Cameroon. Harris and other members
of Katrin's family attended the trad-
tional tribal wedding and festivities.

Wendy Van Dyke '81 has started a new
job, teaching 7th grade life science at a
middle school in Ashland, MA. The
school wants to re-vamp its science
curriculum, focusing more on hands-
on, activity-oriented science from an
environmental perspective. Wendy is
excited about this challenge - her first
full year of teaching in her own class-

Compiled by:
Rebecca Buyers-Basso '81

HUMAN ECOLOGY continued from front page

There are three major ways of un-
derstanding the unity of human ecol-


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