Below you can download the court documents filed since the California Appeals Court April 13, 2017 ruling in favor of the college. The College’s reply is due by June 12, 2017.
The 2017 shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize was announced today. Misha Hoekstra DS’82 was named to the list for his English translation of Dorte Nohrs’ Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, recently published by Pushkin Press. The shortlist honors just six books and their author/translator ‘teams’ in contention for the final award, which recognizes excellence in translated fiction from throughout the world. The final winner will be announced in June of this year at a ceremony in London. A writer and musician, Misha lives in Denmark and has translated numerous titles from Danish to English, including recent new translations of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Wild Swans and The Snow Queen.
I am happy to announce that the appeals court ruled in favor of coeducation at Deep Springs. All three Justices agreed. Their ruling is linked below.
What does this mean? Is the lawsuit done? That depends. Until May 23, 2017, the objectors have the right to petition the California Supreme Court for review. If they do, we don’t know if the court will accept the case for consideration or not.
Never trust predictions about the legal system. Delays are common. Decisions can be overturned. That said, the trustees remain hopeful. This ruling is an important step towards a coeducational Deep Springs.
Chairman, Trustees of Deep Springs
The sausage company founded and owned by Charlie Munford DS’00 in Mississippi was recently featured in Gambit: Best of New Orleans. After finishing at Deep Springs, Charlie established Two Run Farm in his home state on land his grandfather had farmed. It was among the very first farms in Mississippi to be certified organic. Charlie then completed his MA at Yale before returning south to establish a farm-to-table company supplying pork directly to restaurants in New Orleans. Business is growing and he purchased his own slaughterhouse and smokehouse in Louisiana. His operation has proved so successful that the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry approached him for help with their runaway overpopulation of wild boars infesting Louisiana’s pine forests. Apparently, Charlie has a way with smoked meats and building a market for the porcine critters is proving successful – good for the environment and the grocery. But, don’t take our word for it, read the article.
Robert Gunn DS’16
My experiences at Deep Springs have proven to modulate something that I already knew before coming here—that there really isn’t the time to do and learn anything and everything that I’d like to, be it in a day, a week, or a lifetime. But rather than just augment that truism, these experiences have added a few more fugal voices to create a harmony that is ultimately both romantic and frustrating.
I usually have an urge to learn and read about anything I can get my hands on, yet here and now, more than at most points in the past, in a place dedicated to intense thought, I feel the time constraints that show time efficiency’s limitations. Beyond that limit a value judgment comes in: what will I prioritize with what time I do have. In few other areas of life here do I feel that more than with academics.
Academics at Deep Springs provide opportunities that are difficult to find in virtually any other circumstance. Small classes of five to ten others whom I know and engage with individually day-in-and-out in labor, self-governance, and social spaces, and whom actually do the readings assigned to them and have things to say about it, are not easy to find elsewhere.
I find seminar spaces can be a grind at times—here comes the cheesy comparison to fugues once more—a room with that many voices can be difficult to synchronize and keep together without central organization, but those moments when we learn to think of the whole before ourselves such that the dialogue between voices is put above the virtue of any individual voice—when the individuals melt into something larger—are the moments that not only make up for the occasional grind, but point to the beauty of much of what there is to learn here. Much of DS is an odd balance of autonomy and self-sacrifice for something that’s tangible on one level but elusive and mysterious on another. Even when I don’t have as much time to do all the things I’d like to, I do have time to help create a beautiful conversation in class. Whether that be excitedly speculating on the decision procedures within various ant species in Eusociality, deciphering the aphoristic propositions of Wittgenstein, or battling over whether the concept of judicial review should be given as much weight as it does in American political institutions and thought during Constitutional Law, those moments of questioning can be powerful.
Sometimes class discussions can fall short, but unlike most educational institutions, it feels that far more of the onus is on every single person that steps into that room twice a week for 90-minutes to create something outside of themselves. My past lifetime experiences in classrooms have ranged between redefining a part of my sense of the world on the positive end and making me hate learning on the negative, but the project at Deep Springs asks me to do something else. It asks me to think about the grade I will be receiving second and to think about the ideas being floated, challenged and built around first—to love the pursuit not as a solitary venture, but as a joint venture with equals.