Program Director

Laura Marcus has been mulling Nunnian education since high school, when she discovered Deep Springs College. In 2010 she began working with Deep Springs alumnus John Moriarty to make this vision a reality for women inspired by Nunn’s unique model of education. From their collaboration, the Arete Project was born. Laura brings to Arete extensive experience in nonprofit operations and experiential education. She has held positions as the president’s assistant at Deep Springs College and as a program officer at a Washington, DC based conservation group. She has also worked as a ranger in Yosemite and Glacier National Parks. Laura has her B.A. from Yale University, her M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and is a doctoral candidate at Stanford University. In her free time, Laura is an avid backpacker, reader, and tanguera.

Seminar Chair

jrappJennifer Keller has taught as the Robert Aird Chair in the Humanities at Deep Springs College and at Stanford University in its core humanities program for undergraduates and its Department of Religious Studies. She has an MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a PhD from Stanford University. Her book, Ordinary Oblivion and the Self Unmoored: Reading Plato’s Phaedrus and Writing the Soul, was released by Fordham University Press in 2014. Her commitment to teaching within unorthodox, innovative liberal arts settings is grounded in the ethos expressed by James Baldwin in The Fire Next Time, namely, that barring a door to someone’s social and spiritual ease is “hard and odd as it may sound, the most important thing that one human being can do for another.” For Jennifer, teaching in the liberal arts involves not only creating such disruptions but also developing students’ capacities for living from them. When not surrounded by piles of books you can find her enjoying the outdoors, her yoga mat, a far-flung corner of the world, or a good laugh.

Farm and Garden Instructor

Kavita Hardy received a BA in chemistry and economics from Swarthmore College in 2009. She has been farming in the South Toe valley for for seven years and running the Arthur Morgan School farm and garden for four years. This is her third year working with the Arete program and she looks forward another summer of encouraging the Arete students to learn, take leadership, make mistakes, and enjoy the fruits of their labor. She loves being in the woods, foraging, cuddling with her dog, board games, and feeding people.



Labor Coordinator

Tal Galton is an educator, a naturalist, a father, and a modern-day homesteader. For much of the past two decades, his passion for alternative education was focused on expanding the programs and honing the governance practices of Arthur Morgan School. At AMS he served as a teacher, a trip leader, an administrator, and the farm manager. Tal is now launching a Celo-based naturalist/guide service, Snakeroot Ecotours. He lives in Celo Community in the timber-frame home that he and his wife, Jessica, designed and built out of local trees. Tal likes to pick mushrooms, catch snakes, find interesting plants, and hike and run the trails of the Black Mountains and South Toe Valley.