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 will be on Friday, April 13 @ 6:00pm. 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.


Occupy Boston Radio


Wednesday, April 25, 2012 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


Monday, April 23, 2012: Bob will be broadcasting the FSU's Peace & Economic Justice Community Gathering live! Tune in to to listen if you can't attend. 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 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).

Occupy Boston Community Gathering

Occupy Boston Community Gatherings are held weekly on Monday evenings at St Paul's Cathedral on Tremont Street, from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. It will be broadcasted live on obr. by Bob Funke, of VFP-Radio on OBRadio. Listen online if you can't make it! The first half hour of the Community Gatherings are set aside for socializing. FSU will be hosting the following community gathering:

Peace & Economic Justice: What's the Connection Between War & the Economy?

Monday, April 23, 2012 (6:00pm, St. Paul’s Cathedral - 138 Tremont St, across from Park St T Stop): The teach-in will begin at 6:30 with a short presentation from the New Priorities Network, "The Price of War" and a panel discussion with activists from various movements who will discuss the impact of war on communities. Click here to download a poster to print and share. Panelists include:

The panel will be followed by an open group discussion: Where do we go from here?

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 (6:00pm @ Encuentro 5 - 33 Harrison Ave, Boston): Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization with Michael Staudenmaier


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


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

Media Coverage