Free University schedule and info pack released

The May Day Free University schedule has been released. Download the entire packet at: http://www.dropbox.com/sh/fi89tzdqivhe8m3/Fv4Ten7z2Y.

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Press Inquiries: (347) 670-FREU (3738)
Rayya El Zein:  (rayyaelz@gmail.com646-696-8910
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On TUESDAY, MAY 1, New York City Student and Faculty Coalition to Launch Free University in Madison Square Park

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, a coalition of students and faculty from Brooklyn College, Columbia University, the CUNY Graduate Center, Eugene Lang College, Hunter College, New School for Social Research, New York University, the Occupy University, and Princeton University are collaborating to produce a “collective educational experiment” to be held from 10am to 3pm at Madison Square Park in Manhattan.  The action is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s call for a General Strike and a day without the 99%.

During the day, lectures, workshops, skill-shares, discussions and classes will be held — all free and open to the public.  Highlights include: Environmental and Social Psychology Critical Research Methods with Michelle Fine & Cindi Katz; Reclaiming the City for Anti-Capitalist Struggle with David Harvey; Student Debt Teach-In with Andrew Ross; Death of the Liberal Class with Chris Hedges & Frances Fox Piven; The Practice of Everyday Life with Wayne Koestenbaum; culminating in a NYC-wide student convergence at 3 pm.

The experiment in collaborative education continues the following day on Brooklyn College Campus during the “Create Access Convergence,” a CUNY-wide day of action held on the main quad.

Film crews and photographers welcome for both events. For more information on May Day or to view the schedule of events, please visit: http://maydaynyc.org/freeuniversity. Follow @FreeUnivNYC #FreeU on Twitter

DATE: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
TIME: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Madison Square Park

Full Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Free University in Solidarity with May 1 General Strike


Press Inquiries/General Information: (347) 670-FREU (3738)  

Rayya El Zein:  rayyaelz@gmail.com
Zoltán Glück : zoltan.gluck@gmail.com
Priya Chandrasekaran: pchandrasekaran@gc.cuny.edu
Michelle Obando: ob4ndo@gmail.com

This May Day, a coalition of students and faculty from Brooklyn College, Columbia University, the CUNY Graduate Center, Eugene Lang College, Hunter College, New School for Social Research, New York University, the Occupy University, and Princeton University are collaborating to produce a “collective educational experiment” to be held on Tuesday, May 1st from 10am to 3pm.  The action is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s call for a General Strike and a day without the 99%.

This day-long Free University is being conceived as a form of education strike in which we, a city-wide coalition of students and faculty, will simultaneously withdraw our labor from an increasingly privatized, securitized, and exploitative educational system and redirect our energies towards a vision of what education could be. The May Day strike and Free University will intervene in a dysfunctional, inequitable, and inaccessible system and will offer instead education that is open, free, and accessible to all. It is a strike against all forms of oppression and the perpetuation of class, racial, and gender inequalities within the contemporary universities. It is a strike which demands an educational system that actually serves the public’s needs and desires. It is a strike against the rising and unmanageable burden of national student debt. And above all, it is a strike which envisions a world in which students, educators, and the wider public may become decision-makers in their collective future.

The Free University is an expression of collective desires for educational justice and for knowledge to be a genuine commons and a collaborative process – not a source of profit. It is a call for free access to education at
all levels and for all people, and for an educational system emancipated from the shackles of racism, patriarchy, homophobia and all other forms of oppression. The Free University is an open invitation to students, educators, workers, citizens, and non-citizens to join in a conversation about what education could be. The Free University calls for change.

During the day, lectures, workshops, skill-shares, discussion and a plethora of classes (from computer programming to drawing classes, horizontal pedagogy, English as a Second Language classes, lectures on the prison system, and much more) will be held — all free and open to the public.  Anyone may sign up to hold any kind of class or skill share. Anyone may attend. All are invited and encouraged to participate by attending a
class or volunteering to lead class based on their own knowledge, skills, or experiences.  Finally, faculty from universities around New York who may be contractually prohibited from striking, are encouraged to move their classes off campuses and into the park in solidarity with the General Strike.

For more information on May Day and how to participate, or to view a schedule of classes, please visit: http://maydaynyc.org/freeuniversity.

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