September 2009


Operation Bite Back: Rod Coronado's War to Save American Wilderness

by Dean Kuipers '87 Operation Bite Back was the Animal Liberation Front's 1991-92 initiative against fur research facilities and feed suppliers - the burning and destruction of university facilities in Washington, Oregon, Michigan and other states. Ron Coronado was the leader of the movement that went on to conduct more than 1,200 acts of sabotage, a billion dollars in damage, and a legal showdown that continues to this day. In "Operation Bite Back," Dean Kuipers tells the story of ALF and its more broad-based spin-off Earth Liberation Front through Coronado, from his teenage association with Earth First! and the sinking of two whaling ships by the Sea Shepherd in Reykjavik in 1986, to his life underground on Native American reservations, and the dramatic manhunt that transformed him into a folk hero - or terrorist - depending on your point of view. Kuipers also describes Coronado's time in Michigan when he was linked to a February 1992 fire at Michigan State University and prosecuted, in Kalamazoo, in 1994. His book is based on interviews with many people involved in the events he describes, including Coronado. Kuipers is an editor at the Los Angeles Times and is a longtime writer on the radical environmental movement. He is the author of "Burning Rainbow Farm," a 2007 Michigan Notable Book. He lives in Los Angeles.
Integrating Study Abroad into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Theory and Practice across the Disciplines

Co-Edited by Kiran Cunningham '83. Chapters authored or co-authored by Kalamazoo College faculty members: Carol Anderson (Religion), Kiran Cunningham (Anthropology and Sociology), Ann Fraser (Biology), Anne Haeckl (Classical Studies), Elizabeth Manwell (Classical Studies), Jennifer Redmann (German), and Jan Solberg (French). Globalization and the geopolitical realities of a post 9/11 world have driven home the need for U.S. graduates to be "globally competent." As U.S. colleges and universities seek to incorporate internationalization throughout the institution, study abroad will need to be a prominent and well-crafted strategy. Integrating Study Abroad situates study abroad in the wider context of student learning, development theory, and campus internationalization. It offers useful theoretical frameworks to apply in designing pre- and post-study abroad programs and provides details that will help readers adapt these approaches to their own courses and institutions. Making study and work abroad accessible to more students is imperative - especially students of color and science students - as there is no better route to global learning than real-life experience in another culture. Institutions that are serious about producing globally competent graduates must think beyond a course requirement here, an international student festival there, and a junior year abroad in Europe for affluent students in search of an interesting experience. They must move to a broader and deeper institutional approach, centered on the campus and in the curriculum. Scheduled for publication in fall 2009 by Stylus, Integrating Study Abroad traces to the American Council on Integration (ACE) internationalization process in which Kalamazoo and Beloit colleges participated, and to a subsequent ACE grant the two colleges received to explore ways to integrate study abroad into the curriculum.
Who Says I Can't?

by Jothy Rosenberg '78 Jonathan (Jothy) Rosenberg was 16 years old when osteosarcoma led to the amputation of his right leg above the knee. Three years later, in 1976, the cancer returned to the then Kalamazoo College student. This time he lost two-fifths of his lungs. When his doctor told him "No one so far has ever survived once this type of cancer spreads through the bloodstream," Jothy heard "You have zero chance of survival." But he did survive...and then some. Following a year of chemotherapy - which he credits for saving his life, Jothy completed his studies at "K" and went on to earn a Ph.D. in computer science. In the years since, he's authored two technical books, established six high tech companies, become a double diamond-black skier and an accomplished endurance athlete - 15 times he's completed the grueling Alcatraz to San Francisco "Sharkfest" swim. Now, the married father of three has told his story of surviving and thriving in Who Says I Can't, due to be published this fall. "I am not famous and I have not changed the world," said the Boston-area resident. "But I have a story to tell that might help others." Jothy frequently helps other cancer survivors by participating in athletic fundraising events such as the 192-mile Pan-Massachusetts Bicycle Challenge (he's a six-time entrant). A portion of the proceeds from his new book go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Follow Jothy and order his book at his blog.

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