Woolman Blog

Getting Fired Up: A Celebration of the 123rd firing of Woolman's Renowned Climbing Kiln

David Dean
Saturday, November 2, 2013

On Friday, October 25th the students and staff of the Woolman Semester School gathered with over 100 members of the broader Nevada County community in celebration of the 123rd firing of the school's renowned six-chambered, wood-fired climbing kiln. The night included a lecture by Richard Hotchkiss, one of the original designers of the

Wait a minute, white people can help solve racism?

Izak Lederman-Beach, Student and Aspiring Weatherman
Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Catalyst Project is an organization that teaches white people how to help stop racism, which is a really great thing to do. I learned that anyone can make a difference in society no matter how they have been affected. The woman that came to talk to us was an incredible person who is really changing the world- which was inspiring to me and my friends. She has been involved in activism for a long time.

An inspiring afternoon with Mia Mingus

Carl Sigmond, Media and Technology Intern
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Mia Mingus describes herself as a "queer physically disabled Korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee,… [working] for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and [longing] for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love." She focuses her work and activism in two areas: 1) She is an active member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, an organization that supports transformative justice resp

A frank conversation about disability with our own intern, Carl

Valentine Purell, Fall 2013 Woolman Semester Student
Thursday, October 31, 2013
After a discussion with Mia Mingus, a disabilities activist, Carl Sigmond, the Media and Technology intern and co-teacher of our Documentary Class, led us in a conversation, or a discussion about how what we had just spoken about affects him. Carl has cerebral palsy, which affects the nervous system’s ability to communicate with and control muscles. He generally uses a wheelchair to get around, and his speech can be difficult to understand for the unfamiliar listener.

Fighting for Justice Beyond Prisons

Samara Rosen, student
Friday, October 11, 2013


The Truebloods' living room is humming with friendly chatter and chewing, and then seeped in silence as an author enters the room.  Laura Magnani introduces herself, author of Beyond Prisons. She is the director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Bay Area Healing Justice Program, working with people of many backgrounds to transform social tensions and systems to promote peace.