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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 if you want to attend the next meeting or for general inquiries.


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 event calendar.


OB Community Gatherings

Occupy Boston Community Gatherings are held every Monday night. The first half hour is set aside for socializing. The FSU will be joining with other Occupy Boston Working Groups to host the following community gatherings from 6pm - 9pm at the Community Church in Copley Square (565 Boylston St, 2nd Floor, Boston):

Restorative Justice, Community Justice

Monday, June 18: The 99% are the new poor, and a primary reason for that is that they are poor in terms of power and access to it. They are the victims of abuses of authority and power, authoritarianism, and the abusers of power are the state, corporations, the parties of fear and the new Know Nothings. The assignment is to speak to restorative and community justice. “Restorative justice” is a term with many meanings, and it takes many forms, but it assumes that the best people to resolve a problem or conflict are those who have it. We need justice mechanisms that respond to the wants and needs of the people and those that address the core problem of poverty in the sense of ending imbalances of bargaining position. This talk will challenge audiences to consider the value of restorative and community justice (with short descriptions of the two) and how to articulate how to address actual need by way of balancing power relationships and promoting inclusion to challenge legal systems to be truly responsive. For more information, click here

Presented by Dr. James W. Zion, an international lawyer for the National Indian Youth Council and a longtime advocate of restorative justice, with close involvement with establishing the system of Navajo peacemaking of the Navajo Nation that is considered a model of restorative justice. Hosted by members of the FSU and Financial Accountability working groups.

Open House on Immigration

Monday, June 25: The FSU and Outreach Working Groups will host a community gathering with Lydia Edwards (Brazilian Immigrant Center), members of the Student Immigrant Movement, Centro Presente, and Avi Chomsky (Salem State University). Topics include immigration rights, citizenship, secure communities and many other local issues that affect us all in the Boston area. For more information, click here.

Educational Programs on OB Radio

The FSU's 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. Weekly educational programs stream live on' OB Radio

Free School University

FSU-RADIO is a weekly radio broadcast organized and hosted by David K of the Free School University Working Group.  'Programming streams live on OB Radio every Wednesday night from 7:00 - 8:00pm. For more information, visit the FSU-RADIO blog. Call  617-90-20-OBR (617-902-0027) with questions or comments during live broadcasts, or join the IRC chat at '

  • June 20, 2012
  • June 27, 2012
  • July 4, 2012

Veterans For Peace

VFP-RADIO radio is a weekly radio broadcast organized and hosted by Bob Funke, a Vietnam veteran and member of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans For Peace and Occupy Boston's Action For Peace Working Group. Programming streams live on OB Radio every Monday night from 6:00 - 7:00pm. Call 617-506-9726 with questions or comments during the show, or join the IRC chat at

  • June 18, 2012
  • June 25, 2012
  • July 2, 2012


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

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.


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


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 in the News