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August 10 to 17, 2019
Your Chairs for LOAS 1, 2019 are
Bernadette Clemens & Scott Jones

Bernadette and family Scott and family


2019 LOAS 1 LogoJoin us for kinetic experience, engaging discussion, and artistic interpretation as we examine the interactions of technology and culture over the ages. Humans make and use tools, and always have -- from the spear point to the plow, to the internet and to artificial intelligence. How do our inventions change us? And, what will happen to sex and love and the family when our tools become more powerful than we are? We will host keynote speaker Debora L. Spar, Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School, former president of Barnard College, former president and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and author of the forthcoming book, The Virgin and the Plow: How Technology Shapes How We Live and Love (links below). Debora will explore how social structures have evolved as new technologies have emerged, from prehistory to the present. In this context of discovery and reflection about who we are, how we live, and how we love, she will examine the agricultural revolution, the pill and feminism, online dating, robots, artificial intelligence, and more. Reverend John Marsh and family return to the island to offer chapel services and reflection. Workshop leaders including longtime favorites will provide collaborative experience, thought-provoking discussion, environmental engagement, exercise, and fun. Musicians will return to the porch, lime rickeys will be drunk, and old and new shoalers will be invited to wonder, question, play, and connect.


Theme Speaker: Debora L. Spar

Debora Spar is a Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School where she teaches the first-year Strategy course. Her current research focuses on issues of gender and technology, and the interplay between technological change and broader social structures. Spar tackles some of these issues in her forthcoming book The Virgin and the Plow: How Technology Shapes How we Live and Love.

Spar served as the President of Barnard College from 2008 to 2017, and as President and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 2017 to 2018. During her tenure at Barnard, Spar led initiatives to highlight women’s leadership and advancement, including the creation of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the development of Barnard’s Global Symposium series.

Before joining Barnard, Spar spent 17 years on the HBS faculty as the Spangler Family Professor in the BGIE unit. She also served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. During this period, her research primarily explored how political forces shape and constrain market behavior.  She looked in particular at the politics of foreign trade and investment, and developed a second year course entitled Managing International Trade and Investment. In 2001, she published Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet, a comprehensive history of commercial technological revolutions that traced the intricate ways in which even the wildest of technological booms are likely, over time, to fall prey to political demands for control and regulation.  Spar also studied the specific politics of reproductive science and tracked, in her 2006 book, The Baby Business, the emergence of a large (and largely unregulated) commercial market for fertility.  In 2013, Spar published Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (2013), an exploration of how and why women have failed to realize many of feminism’s early promises.

Spar is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves as a director of Value Retail LLC and a trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She has also served as a Director of Goldman Sachs and a trustee of the Markle and Wallace Foundations. Spar earned her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and her B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Check out these links to Debora’s inspiring public speaking: 

- The Virgin and the Plow talk at the University of Edinburgh

- Gender equality talk at Stanford University

- Women and power talk at Wharton School of Business

- TED talk on rethinking failure at Barnard College


Minister of the Week: Rev. John Marsh
John Marsh is an accredited Interim Unitarian Universalist Minister.  When we gather at Star he will have recently finished a two year interim in Lansing, MI, and will be heading to a place not yet determined.   In the past he has served as interim at Churches in upstate New York, Arlington, MA, and the South Jersey Shore.  He has also had settled ministries in Edmonton, Alberta, San Francisco and Ottawa, Ontario.

He is married to Alison Patrick, a social worker.  They have three grown children and are currently raising their eight year old grandson, Daniel.  This will be Daniel’s first time on the Island.

John has served on the Board of the Unitarian and Universalist History and Heritage Society.  He has two entries in their online Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist biography.  He is currently promoting the bicentennial of William Ellery Channing’s Baltimore Sermon by writing a blog on Channing and food: Dining with Bill

Registrar: Patti Emmons

Patti Emmons - Registrar


Your Youth Team

Youth Coordinator:
Kristin Tlili

Kristin Tlili - Youth Coordinator      Floater:
Mark Povinelli

to come...

Name: Malaga Group
Ages:  0 to PreK
Meets at: Baby Barn
LeadersJackie Trimble Shapiro & ...

to come...

Name: Lunging Group
Grades:  K to 1st
Meets at: The Louisa's Barn
LeadersAmy McAvoy & Steve Goodman
Name: Cedar Group
Grades:  2nd through 4th
Meets at: Lawrence Hall
LeadersEllie Emers & Anne McPherson
Name: Duck Group
Grades: 5th and 6th
Meets at: Parker
Leaders: Madeline Bergstrom & Hop Hopkins

Name: Smuttynose Group
Grades:  7th and 8th
Meets at: Brookfield
Leaders: David Garvoille & ...

to come...

Name: Appledore Group
Grades:  9th through 12th
Meets at: Marshman
Leaders: Ken Keech & Andrew Kensley



Workshops and Starbursts:

Week long classes offered daily

Meditational Kundalini Yoga
with Diana D’Amato-Vitarelli

     Diana holds certifications in Kundalini Yoga from Yoga West and Primordial Sound Meditation from the Chopra Center, as well as in Ashtanga from the Ashtanga Yoga Center, and teaches a more free-form and meditational practice based in the White Tantric lineage of Kundalini Yoga. Her offerings are an invitation to turn inward and soul gaze. The physical part of the practice is incredibly simple, allowing for a state of meditation to occur, even if you choose to sit in a chair for class. Special techniques to release stress and steel the nervous system will be woven into these wild, charming, and high-vibration practices each afternoon!


Vinyasa Flow Yoga
with John Vitarelli

     John Vitarelli and Diana D’Amato-Vitarelli co-direct a yoga studio in Philadelphia, Dhyana Yoga, where the focus is as much on community and fun as it is on discipline and effort. They have each been teaching for over 20 years, and are also advocates for the earth and animals, big-time foodies, travel buffs, and parents to 6 year old Lorraine who will be with them at LOAS 2019!
John has certifications in Ashtanga Yoga from the Ashtanga Yoga Center and in Vinyasa Yoga from Dhyana Yoga, and he teaches an vigorous yet accessible Vinyasa flow practice. His style is informed by his athletics in youth, long time studies of Qi Gong, commitment to the breath, and the Krishnamacharya school of yoga which emphasizes that the practice must be of service to each individual. You will sweat AND laugh in John’s classes each morning!

Public Art: Site-Specific Sense from Nonsense with Jimmy Kuehnle

How do you engage with a site and creatively respond? Learn how to make inflatable objects and structures from common everyday materials. Topics will include sketching and idea generation, simple model making, visualizing shapes in 3D, patternmaking and inflatable fabrication. This workshop will follow a simple creative process that can be applied to other projects by participants, and will include daily instruction for newcomers. For those who attend throughout the week, concepts will progress and build upon previous sessions. The goal will be a large-scale collaborative sculptural installation influenced by the environment of the island, materials on site, and investigations by the workshop leader and participants. In addition to the formal workshops, Jimmy will be collecting materials, exploring the island, and creating a new on-site studio project. This work will be presented in the workshops. Workshop participants are invited to drop by and work with the artist on a collaborative, creative journey. 

Jimmy Kuehnle is an American contemporary artist known for interactive inflatables, site-specific installations and public performances.  Jimmy researched public art and sculpture as a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow in Japan after completing an MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Kuehnle’s solo exhibitions in national museums have featured site-specific, interactive, inflatable sculptures. His past work has also featured public performance treks through rural and urban cities in the United States including Chicago, Detroit, Austin, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Dallas and New York as well as performances in Japan, Italy and Finland. Jimmy serves on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In the last decade, Jimmy has been awarded numerous public commissions, solo exhibitions, creative fellowships, and national attention. In 2014, he was selected for the national survey exhibition, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Additional national exhibitions include: a large kinetic inflatable at MOCA Cleveland as part of the group exhibition, How to Remain Human; a solo exhibition at the Hudson River Museum reviewed in The New York Times, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, Artnet, and Hyperallergic; monumentally-scaled, site-specific inflatables at the Akron Art Museum in the Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle exhibition; and a site-specific interactive inflatable installation at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco in 2018. In 2019, Jimmy will open a solo show at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina that will span four interior galleries and include a monumental site-specific inflatable sculpture on the museum’s exterior.

A Rock Critic's Guide to Classical Music  with Tim Riley

Have an interest in classical music but don't know where to start? You probably already know some tunes and concepts in the classic rock catalog that lead directly to classical pieces. These workshop sessions introduce some key moments in classic rock, from Paul Simon and James Gang to the Beatles and Yes, that work as windows into the classical world.
NPR Critic and Emerson College associate professor Tim Riley reviews pop and classical music for NPR's Here & Now and On Point. He has contributed to The New York Times, Radio Silence, and The NYT Book Review hailed his first book, Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary, for bringing "new insight to the act we've known for all these years." He has since authored Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary, Madonna: Illustrated, Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender, and Lennon: Man, Myth, Music. In 2016, he won the LA Press/NAEJA Best Cultural Critic Award for his truthdig reviews.




Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days

Island Moth Story Hour with Kate Conquest

     Our Star Island Moth Story Hour starburst will take place on two days, inspired by The Moth, a non-profit organization based in New York City that presents storytelling events in other cities across the country. Themes designated by starburst host, Kate Conquest, for respective sessions will be Something Borrowed and Almost. Anyone can present a story in a five-minute time limit that relates to the theme. Stories must be true, and must have happened to the person presenting. Interpret as you will, come prepared, and practice! If you have questions, or are curious about how the story hour works, check out and enjoy their collection of outstanding stories! 
     Old shoalers will recognize Kate Conquest as “Dr. Faye”’s daughter and Joyce Homan’s granddaughter. Kate has been lucky enough to attend LOAS with those two wonderful women for her entire life, with the only exceptions being the three recent summers she worked as a Pelican on island. These days, Kate lives in Burlington, VT and is a social worker. She hopes to be enrolled in graduate school by the time LOAS I starts!   



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