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EXCO (Experimental Community Education – Twin Cities)

https://excotwincities.org/ Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities (EXCO) is a collective dedicated to supporting community initiated  educational opportunities as a means for social change. Classes organized through EXCO are spaces of learning where people share their talents in an inclusive, open, non-hierarchical, and non-coercive setting. EXCO brings together community members, organizations, and movements to engage in a shared education mission. Therefore,… Read more →

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Melbourne Free University

http://melbournefreeuniversity.org/ The Melbourne Free University provides a platform for learning, discussion and debate which is open to everyone. The MFU was established in 2010 in response to Australia’s increasingly outcome oriented education system, and aims to offer space for independent engagement with important contemporary ideas and issues. The MFU runs six-week courses on a range of subjects and themes, with… Read more →

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Occupying the City with the Social Science Centre – an Interview with Mike Neary

Summary: Professor Mike Neary speaks on the origins, purposes, and tensions of The Social Science Centre, Lincoln in the UK, an alternative form of higher education provision run as a formally constituted co-operative. The Social Science Centre sets itself against the usual colonial relations between universities and communities, seeking to occupy and re-invent the ‘idea of the university’ by producing critical,… Read more →

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Unsettling the University: For Abolitionist, Decolonial Education Struggles – An Interview with Matthew Evsky (2/2)

– An Interview with Matthew Evsky (Part 2) – Summary: In this interview, Matthew Evsky* speaks on ways that the education system is bound up with policing, mass incarceration, and settler colonialism.  How can we integrate education struggles with abolitionist, decolonial approaches?  For resistant alternatives, we can look to Liberation Schools and free, cooperative universities embedded in communities.  Facing major… Read more →

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A Brief History of (CUNY) Time: Recent Radical University Organizing in NYC – An Interview with Matthew Evsky (1/2)

  Summary: Drawing on first-hand experience, Matthew Evsky* shares a recent history of student and labor organizing at and around the City University of New York (CUNY), including the Adjunct Project, Campus Equity Week, the CUNY Time Zine, Occupy CUNY, and the Free University of NYC.  He delves into the complex relationships between students, contingent faculty, the broader faculty union,… Read more →

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Contaminating the University, Creating Autonomous Knowledge: Occupied Social and Cultural Centers in Italy – An Interview with Claudia Bernardi

An Interview with Claudia Bernardi   Summary: From her experiences creating an occupied social center in Rome, Claudia Bernardi speaks of self-organization and self-education between migrants, students, artists, and other precarious workers.  Within the global crisis, these spaces of resistance make common institutions that cross the boundaries of the university and city. As a kind of autonomous study center, the… Read more →

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Bloated Corpses and Institutional Limits – An Interview with Mark Paschal

Summary: Drawing on his extensive research on the history of universities, Mark Paschal debunks mystified views of higher education.  Instead of relying on overly sophisticated theories that are tough to popularize, Mark recommends focusing on what attracts people to universities: opportunities to make better lives for themselves.  We can create autonomous universities with a kind of vocational training more in… Read more →

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