Check out The People’s Reconstruction Series that we are organizing for the month of January addressing issues related to Hurricane Sandy. See more details here. For a relevant text on these issues, check out the living report put together by Strike Debt entitled “Shouldering the Costs: Who Pays in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy?”
Occupy University (OccU) is a university for everyone which believes that learning should be collaborative and politically empowering. We organize our educational encounters (some spontaneously, while others far in advance) to offer anti-institutional modes of learning, and respond to current crises and community interests. Our commitment to horizontal pedagogy intends to break the traditional hierarchy of the academy, with the belief that each person has something to teach and something to learn.
Our free courses have included “History of May Day and the General Strike”, “Radical Economics”, “Occupy Algebra”, “New York Comics and Picture-story Symposium”, and “Critical Walking”. The fall 2012 “Debt Series” was made up of workshops, conversations, lectures, and roundtables hosted by Trade School, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Momenta Art. We are currently planning a series about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
OccU was founded in New York City in September 2011 as part of the Education and Empowerment working group of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
If you’re interested in organizing an encounter or class, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in what we’re doing, and you’re in the New York area, contact us – you’ll find we’re very friendly.
If you’re not in the New York region, why not get in touch with Occupiers in your area, and start up your own Occupy University?
WHAT WE’RE DOING
We’re helping people to set up courses on all sorts of topics, in many neighborhoods throughout the New York area. If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, get in touch! Email us at email@example.com or fill out our contact form.
HOW WE’RE DOING IT
With the help of brilliant, fascinating, motivated people like you!
Would you like to learn something? Would you like to teach something?
We’re looking for thoughtful and intelligent proposals for great educational activities of all kinds – classes, courses, walking tours, reading groups, apprenticeships… whatever you’re excited about. If you’d like to suggest a class, or would just like to take one, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or perhaps you’d like to help us build our University? If so, we encourage you to join our Occupy University Working Group. You’ll be very welcome!
The Occupy University Working Group generally meets on Monday evenings or Saturday afternoons. Email to confirm.
WHY WE’RE DOING IT
The Occupy movement has inspired many of us to question the way education proceeds in our society – and to try to do something about it. We have many thoughts on this, and we’d love to hear yours, too.
Here are two of our first ideas, just to get you thinking:
1) An idea about what we might want to learn
2) An idea about how we might want to learn