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Free University Week will transform Madison Square Park, September 18-22
In Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street Anniversary and Global Education Movement
New York, NY (September 12, 2012): To mark the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, a coalition of students, faculty, and community groups will produce the Free University Week: ‘an experiment in radical education and an attempt to create education as it ought to be.’ This will be held in Madison Square Park from Tuesday, September 18 through Friday, September 21, from 2pm to 7pm, and on Saturday, September 22, from 10am to 2pm. The event will gather in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s one-year anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park, as well as with education movements in Chicago, Quebec, Chile, and beyond.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 18 – Saturday, September 22, 2012/ Tuesday – Friday, 2pm-7pm, Saturday, 10am-2pm.
WHERE: Madison Square Park, Manhattan, NY.
During the week, lectures, workshops, skill-shares, discussion and classes will be held—all free and open to the public. All are invited to participate by attending a class or volunteering to lead a class based on their own knowledge, skills, and experiences. Of the over 70 scheduled workshops, highlights include: ‘On Disasters and Encampments’ with Rebecca Solnit; ‘Occupying Language: A Conversation’ with Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini; ‘The NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium’ with Ben Katchor; ‘Strike Debt’ workshop series with Pamela Brown, George Caffentzis, Nick Mirzoeff, and Andrew Ross; ‘Student Unionism’ workshop series with a member of Quebec’s CLASSE student union, an OWS Screenprinters artshop, and an ‘Occupy Guitarmy’ musicianship certificate program.
This event is a follow-up to the day-long Free University held on May Day, 2012, in which over 2,000 people participated in dozens of classes and workshops in Madison Square Park. With the momentum of Occupy Wall Street’s September 17 actions, the ongoing Chicago teachers’ strike, and the recent students’ victory in Quebec that defeated a 75% tuition increase and ousted Premier Jean Charest, the Free University Week’s hub of political education in New York City will contribute to enhancing the movement’s clarity, confidence, and direction.
Film crews and photographers are welcome throughout the week. For more information on the schedule of events, visit http://freeuniversitynyc.org/schedule/.