Ken Pienkos is Program Manager for Extended Education with Antioch University Online. He is a former public library director from rural Pennsylvania with BS and MLS degrees in Library Science. He completed the MFA Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where he also taught as the Reference & Instruction Librarian. Ken and his family live among the potatoes in a lettuce crisper in Palm Desert, CA. He performed a solo one-act and a six-week run in “Shades of Disclosure” at Skylight Theatre and regularly joins Queerwise LA in spoken-word readings.
An award-winning novelist, Meg has been teaching “online” before there was the Internet (on TV). Her academic passion is the intersection of history, philosophy, psychology, and religion. She has been an invited lecturer in numerous venues on the subject of her Master’s thesis, individuation (the psychological process of how we become individuals). She has also won a number of course design awards.
Her life motto is, “Change your mind; change the world”; and her teaching style is to help seekers draw out their own genius. She is an avid student of the classics and reads Ancient Greek. Her politics is to seek justice for all: “Everyone counts.”
“I have a passion for my purpose of opening the minds of those I know will be coming up who will be immersed in a future culture bound in the Internet, a future that needs to stand on the shoulders of the thinkers who came before them, and will need someone who has her hand in the past (I studied classics at St. John’s College Great Books in Ancient Greek) and is a digital expert using the current Codex (CSS, XHTML, etc.), using both as needed–as is the tradition of academia (tradizio, Latin for “hand to hand”). My purpose is aligned with the university’s purpose, to draw out (educare, Latin for “to draw out”) each individual’s genius, now with the art of the Internet as a powerful energy-multiplier.”
Professor Stoner has been teaching business law for nearly 20 years, at various universities. Following her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Dayton, she was employed by a large corporation, where she ultimately became a corporate officer, responsible for investor relations, and some treasury functions. She is now retired from her subsequent intellectual property and corporate law practice. However, she is still employed as an arbitrator for securities and intellectual property matters.
Nathan Singer is a novelist, playwright, composer, and experimental performing artist. He is also the lead vocalist and guitarist for award-winning “ultra-blues” band The Whiskey Shambles. His published novels are the controversial and critically-acclaimed A Prayer for Dawn, Chasing the Wolf, In the Light of You, The Song in the Squall, Transorbital, and Blackchurch Furnace. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he is working on a multitude of new projects.
Nathan has taught at varying universities, including: Antioch University, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, Northern Kentucky University, Tiffin University, Cincinnati State College, and Union Institute & University.
I’ve taught ESL courses at language schools, political theory and international relations at the university and British-literature based intensive reading and writing courses to first year university students, as well as courses on multiculturalism to secondary school teachers.
I’ve published articles on Middle East issues with Monthly Review, London Progressive Journal, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. I’ve worked on environmental issues and produced a film on the health effects of uranium ore exposure to Navajo uranium miners and the by-product of uranium refining leading to U-238 and its incorporation into warfare.
I’ve completed a political thriller involving the subject matter of mind conditioning. I continue to research and write on the subject of IMF economic penetration of formally less integrated regions of the world in the web of finance capitalism.
“You should not allow yourself the luxuries of discouragement or despair. Bounce back immediately, and welcome the adversity because it produces harder thinking and harder drive to get to the objective.” – Ralph Nader
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them..” – Henry David Thoreau