Free School University (FSU)

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Free School University (FSU) is a learning community of Occupy Boston. Topics vary from fun-and-games to politics and revolution. Our goal is to form an autonomous zone to entertain educate and enliven Occupiers and the general public, and to share skills needed to maintain it. The FSU has provided support and created the space for skill sharing, self-organization, teaching, and more than 150 learning opportunities so far. Our next FSU Working Group Meeting is TBD. Contact fsu@lists.occupyboston.org if you want to attend the next meeting or for general inquiries.

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To schedule a teach-in, please submit the following information to fsu@occupyboston.orgIf you know the exact date and time and have all of the information below ready, please include POST: (date / time) in the Subject of your email. 

  • Date & Time
  • Location
  • Title & Brief Description
  • Short Biography
  • Working Group Association
  • Sponsors (if any)

After everything is confirmed, you can use the Occupy Boston Event Submission Form to expedite posting to the occupyboston.org event calendar.

Contents

 CURRENT TEACH-INS 

Occupy Boston Radio

FSU-RADIO

FSU-RADIO is an educational series by the Free School University at Occupy Boston that streams live on OB Radio every Wednesday night at 7pm. Our goal is to maintain an autonomous zone to entertain educate and enliven Occupiers and the general public. Our purpose is to provide support and space for skill sharing and sharing basic info regarding Occupy Boston and to encourage self-organization, teaching, and learning opportunities.Call 617-506-9726 with questions or comments during the show, or join the IRC chat at occupyboston.org/radio.

Global Teach-In: Global Problems & the 99 Percent's Solutions

Wednesday, April 25, 2012: On tonight's show, we will be airing an interview with environmentalist and author Bill McKibben and interviewer Suren Moodliar (live guest) as part of The Global Teach-in, a web event taking place from 12:00 to 4:00 taking place simultaneously in multiple cities in seven countries, will be an interactive and participatory event including discussions by experts, grassroots activists and citizens at large concerned about developing solutions to policy problems and creating alternative institutions.

  • Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.' Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Suren Moodliar is a coordinator of Massachusetts Global Action, an organization challenging corporate globalization. He worked on the Boston Social Forum and helped found the encuentro 5 "movement-building space" in Boston's Chinatown. He also oversees the "Color of Water" project that promotes the UN-recognized Human Right to Water, and has served as executive director of the Organizers' Collaborative and coordinated the 9th and 10th annual Grassroots Use of Technology Conferences.

VFP-RADIO

VFP-RADIO is a weekly radio broadcast organized by members of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans For Peace (VFP) streams live on OB Radio every Monday night at 6:00pm. Call 617-506-9726 with questions or comments during the show, or join the IRC chat at occupyboston.org/radioHosted by Bob Funke, member of the Action For Peace Working Group at Occupy Boston and Vietnam Veteran For Peace. Veterans For Peace is a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war employing the motto "De Oppresso Liber" (Liberate the Oppressed). The next shows will be aired on:

  • Monday, April 30, 2012
  • Monday, May 7, 2012

The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series

From the Organizers of The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: We, as citizens, academics, and members of the 99%, would like to contribute to the conversation taking place at Occupy Boston about how to make a better, more equitable world for all of us. In the radical and participatory spirit of Occupy Boston and similar radical movements of the past, we see our role, as Giovanni Arrighi once argued, as helping the movement to develop its "own autonomy through an understanding of the broader processes, both national and global, in which their struggles [are] taking place" (The Winding Paths of Capital, New Left Review, Mar-Apr 2009). We wish to participate in the movement not from a position of authority, but one of mutual dialogue. While people know their situation much better than we ever will, as academics we are better positioned "to understand the wider context in which it develops" (Ibid). For this reason we have created a series of lectures in which academics lead a dialogue with Occupy Boston participants on issues of economic, political, and social justice. We call these lectures The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series at Occupy Boston in honor of the late, great Boston Historian. For an archive of past lectures, click here.

Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 (6:00pm @ Encuentro 5 - 33 Harrison Ave, Boston): Book launch for Truth & Revolution by Michael Staudenmaier. Founded in Chicago in 1969 from the rubble of the recently crumbled Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Sojourner Truth Organization (STO) brought working-class consciousness to the forefront of New Left discourse, sending radicals back into the factories and thinking through the integration of radical politics into everyday realities. Through the influence of founding members like Noel Ignatiev and Don Hamerquist, STO took a Marxist approach to the question of race and revolution, exploring the notion of "white skin privilage" and helping to lay the groundwork for the discipline of critical race studies. Michael Staudenmaier is a 20-year veteran anarchist and student of revolutionary movements and a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Illinois.

 RESOURCES 

Free School University

Working Group Information

Meeting Notes

October 2011 January 20, 2012       March 23, 2012
November 2011 January 27, 2012 March 30, 2012
December 2, 2011 February 3, 2012 April 13, 2012
December 7, 2011 February 10, 2012
December 16, 2011 February 23, 2012
December 23, 2011 February 30, 2012
December 26, 2011 March 8, 2012
January 6, 2012 March 15, 2012

The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series

Archives

Past Teach-Ins

Since our first teach-in on October 7, 2011, the Occupy Boston Free School University has created the space for more than 150 teach-ins! For a complete list of past teach-ins, click here

Videos

To access our video archive, including nearly 40 videos of our past teach-ins, click here. If you have video you would like us to add to the archive or links to coverage of FSU events in the news, please email them to us at fsu@occupyboston.org.

Media Coverage



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