Microcollege: The Thoreau College Podcast
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Episode 9 – “Nathaniel Williams, Stefan Ambrose – Free Columbia, MC Richards Program”

Tune in this week for a discussion between Nathaniel Williams and Stefan Ambrose of the Free Columbia initiative in upstate New York as they describe the origins of the program and its pedagogy.

Nathaniel Williams is the co-founder of Free Columbia with Laura Summer. He studied visual art and marionette theater in Basel, Switzerland, graduating with a certificate in visual art from the neueKUNSTschule in 2002. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University at Albany and works as a performer, teacher and artist. 

Stefan Ambrose is the director of the MC Richards program at Free Columbia. He grew up in the shimmering heat of central Florida’s Green Swamp region, spending his youth immersed in the dark marsh water and sugar sand forests of old Florida. Stefan has studied Goethean science with the Nature Institute of Ghent, New York, storytelling at the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College, United Kingdom, and has trained extensively in Rogerian empathic dialogue and humanistic psychology through Satvatove Institute. 

Learn more about Thoreau College and the microcollege movement at https://thoreaucollege.org/

Driftless Folk School: https://www.driftlessfolkschool.org/

Free Columbia/MC Richards Program: https://www.freecolumbia.org/