Eric Utne Speaks at Antioch University New England Commencement May 14

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Eric Utne, founder of the Utne Reader, will be the commencement speaker at Antioch University New England (AUNE) May 14.

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Utne is widely published and is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship, holistic journalism and community-building.

Eric Utne, social entrepreneur, publisher, teacher and founder of the Utne Reader, will speak at the commencement for Antioch University New England (AUNE) students on Saturday, May 14.

Utne, a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, where he is co-writing a curriculum called Whole Systems Healing, about the social and environmental aspects of personal and community health and well-being.

Utne continues to write a column for the Utne Reader, which he founded in 1984 and chaired for fifteen years. It was bought by Ogden Communications, publisher of Mother Earth News, in 2006. He also founded the New Age Journal, of which he was publisher from 1974 to 1978.

From 2000 to 2002, Utne was a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis, which he helped found and develop. He published Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac: Celebrating Nature & Her Rhythms in the City, described by Utne as a "twenty-first century version of Poor Richard's Almanac," in 2005 and 2006.

Utne is a member of the executive committee of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and co-founder of the Headwaters Fund and the Social Venture Network. He is a member of the boards of advisors for the World Future Council and for Ecotrust. He recently retired from the board of trustees of Sunbridge College, a Waldorf teacher-training college, based in Spring Valley, New York. He has a B.E.D. (Environmental Design) from the University of Minnesota.

Utne is widely published and is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship, holistic journalism, community-building and other topics.

AUNE will confer master’s degrees in applied psychology, education, environmental studies and management and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, applied psychology and environmental studies at commencement.

About Antioch University New England (AUNE)
This is Antioch University New England's forty-seventh year as an institution of higher education. Located in Keene, New Hampshire, AUNE offers rigorous, practice-oriented, values-based master's, doctoral and certificate programs. Degrees in education, leadership and management, environmental studies and psychology reflect a dedication to activism, social justice, community service and sustainability. Antioch University New England is the oldest of Antioch University's graduate campuses. For more information about Antioch University New England, visit our web site at:

About Antioch University
Antioch University is a five-campus university located in four states. Each campus has its own distinct academic programs, community life and regional or national identity. Antioch University is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education, innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship. The multiple campuses of the University nurture in their students the knowledge, skills and habits of reflection to excel as lifelong learners, democratic leaders and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose. For more information about Antioch University's campuses, its university-wide PhD program, or the Antioch Education Abroad program, visit
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