Published twice every year, Potash Hill shares highlights of what Marlboro College community members, in both undergraduate and graduate programs, are doing, creating, and thinking. The publication is named after the hill in Marlboro, Vermont, where the college was founded in 1946. “Potash,” or potassium carbonate, was a locally important industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, obtained by leaching wood ash and evaporating the result in large iron pots. Students and faculty at Marlboro no longer make potash, but they are very industrious in their own way, as this publication amply demonstrates.
Editor: Philip Johansson
Alumni Director: Maia Segura ’91
Staff Photographers: Emily Weatherill ’21 and Clement Goodman ’22
Staff Writer: Sativa Leonard ’23
Design: Falyn Arakelian
Potash Hill welcomes letters to the editor. Mail them to: Editor, Potash Hill, Marlboro College, P.O. Box A, Marlboro, VT 05344, or send email to email@example.com. The editor reserves the right to edit for length letters that appear in Potash Hill.
Front Cover: The Serkin Center for the Performing Arts takes on an air of ambiguity as reflected in the campus fire pond. The future of the campus has been on the mind of many, as Marlboro College prepares to enter an alliance with Emerson College. Photo by Richard Smith
Students in the Body as Material and Metaphor class (right) demonstrate teamwork during their performance of “InterCorporeum,” choreographed by visiting artist Daniel Bear Davis, in December’s Dances in the Rough showcase. Students have provided unprecedented mutual support in the past year, and have responded to the uncertain future with empathy and compassion. See some excerpts from Dances in the Rough. Photo by Emily Weatherill ‘21.
About Marlboro College
Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, establish a strong foundation for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At our campus in the town of Marlboro, Vermont, students engage in deep exploration of their interests while developing transferrable skills that can be directly correlated with success after graduation, known as the Marlboro Promise. These skills are: (1) the ability to write with clarity and precision; (2) the ability to work, live, and communicate with a wide range of individuals; and (3) the ability to lead an ambitious project from idea to execution. Marlboro students fulfill this promise in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, an egalitarian spirit, and community.