William Edelglass


William has been a teacher in a variety of settings, including a federal prison in New York, a Tibetan refugee settlement in Nepal, and for many years as a wilderness guide at Outward Bound. Before coming to Marlboro, William taught philosophy at Colby College and at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India, where he taught Western philosophy to Tibetan monks and Buddhist philosophy to American college students on a Tibetan studies program. He was attracted to Marlboro by its commitment to preparing students with the skills, methods and background to take responsibility for their own work, and by the vibrant intellectual and artistic community this makes possible.

William has been a collaborator in the “Peoples, Places and History of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont” project—a three-year plan to build community through collaborative activities including creating audio tours linked to key places in and around Brattleboro, exhibitions and a book on the rich and little-known printing and publishing history of the area. This project recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. 

“The Project really builds on this concept of place-based learning by linking physical places to their history,” said Edelglass.  He says the college’s SPARK teacher training program will help facilitate classroom work in conjunction with the WSESU school district.  “We will bring scholars to classrooms who will engage students in exploring the places from a variety of humanities lenses -- philosophy, history, art, sociology and offering research, cartography and other skills -- and raise questions about the meaning of the history of these places that will be addressed in handmade books, audio pods and other media.”  

Creative Placemaking in Our Region
South Stage 1:30pm

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