Tom Wessels, Diane Kurinsky Featured Spring Speaker Series in April

Tom Wessels and Diane Kurinsky, faculty members from Antioch University New England (AUNE) who retire this spring, will both give talks in April for AUNE’s Spring Speaker Series. The public is warmly invited to these free events, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the AUNE Community Room.

• Tuesday, April 10. “Reflections on Transitions Later in Life,” with Diane Kurinsky, professor of clinical mental health counseling and director of clinical training in the Department of Applied Psychology.

Kurinsky will explore some of the life transitions that happen when a person enters the sixth decade of life which are unique and, often, unanticipated. They include managing and enjoying retirement, redefining the meaning of life without the prospect of one’s professional role to aid in that process and learning what is truly meant by “living in the present moment.”

Kurinsky has taught at Antioch University New England (AUNE) for more than twenty years.

• Thursday, April 12. “A Career in Teaching Environmental Studies,” with Tom Wessels, who has taught in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies for more than thirty years.

“I will talk about my evolution as an educator, starting with my early childhood and the woods that were dear to my heart, my senior year at the University of New Hampshire when it struck me that I should teach, the twists and turns that brought me to AUNE, important mentors and
what they taught me, how students molded me as an educator, and how as a poor writer, I accidentally found writing books an expansion of my teaching,” Wessels says.

Wessels is the founding director of the master’s program in conservation biology and the author
of several books, including Reading the Forested Landscape and the follow-up field guide, Forest Forensics. He also conducts workshops and lectures throughout the country.

For more information, contact Sean Wiley, 603-283-2431, or email swiley@antioch.edu.