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This Series of talks is not a FyC specific event, i'm just doing them the favor of posting their info here. They are looking for people to contribute and if you'd like to help, write to them at FreeUniversityOfLa@yahoo.com
we WILL have our own schools that are NOT designed to re-produce
ignorance, obedience, helpless docility, fear, and hate
ALL NON-AUTHORITARIAN PEOPLE ARE INVITED!
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org (please try to send us your phone # if you are thinking about helping with presentations or promotion)
CHECK OUT www.florycanto.org/freeuni.htm for updates
the series is designed in a way that the earlier sessions facilitate the understanding of the latter sessions. therefore, you are encouraged to attend all of the sessions.
If your sources of inspiration come from a place that is not listed above, PLEASE contact us as soon as possible and we will try to add that topic somewhere in this listing where it makes some chronological sense.
This series of talks is intended for ALL NON-AUTHORITARIAN people of LA who would like to learn about/discuss SOME of the most significant instances, movements, theories, and languages of liberation. Most importantly, the presenters will try to discuss how they are applying these lessons into their own actions toward liberation.
Currently, we are as ghettoized as our city! It’s time for us to come together and introduce ourselves to one another. The speakers will discuss:
the sources of their inspiration - HISTORY,
how they understand the world around them - THEORY,
and what they do about it – ACTION !
The point of the university is to provide a space for various non-authoritarian people of LA to explain/share/discuss/etc the roots of their inspirations; and then explain how some of those ideas are being applied into their existing ideas and actions.
For example, if it was learning about the Chinese peasant rebellions that initially motivated you to start a community garden project, then it would be great if you could come and talk to us about (1) the Peasant Rebellions that you know about, (2) what you found to be the most inspiring/enlightening elements of it (here you will have a chance to more explicitly express your current way of seeing the world), and (3) how that inspiration is translated into the way in which you go about building the gardens. (This is only an example of one of the ways in which this can be done. The actual presentations are completely up the speakers.)
Generally, the topics will be presented by people who use the presented ideas and lessons in their own actions. In addition to being educational, this will also give the presenters and the people of our communities the much-needed opportunity to get to know one another, build links, participate in mutual aid, and fight against the ghettoization of our city.
What you can do to help:
We need help with:
1) finding speakers/presenters
If you can help us or know anyone who might want to help/participate, PLEASE contact us as soon as possible.
Each session is going to be run by the speakers of that session! Since we are very ghettoized and know very little about one another, then it should probably be a broad intro thing, but again, it’s up to the presenters to determine how they would like to run their session. At the end of the session if the people want to get into the topic in any more depth, then, on the spot, they can agree to meet again, hopefully even branching out to turn this into a multiplicity of popular education schools.
The location of the particular talks will be up to the speakers for that week, however, if they don't have a space or don't care, we can provide a space.
Sessions that no one signed up to present (or signed up but never followed up or responded to emails)
These topics can still be rescheduled, if anyone wants to present them. For now (contrary to our previous expectations), we are assuming that either none of these topics are inspirational enough for anyone in LA to discuss them with others, or we didn’t get enough help with promotion.
Some PRE-20TH CENTURY REVOLUTIONS
1. PEASANT REBELLIONS,
3. AMERICAN REVOLUTION
4. FRENCH REVOLUTION,
Some early 20th Century Revolutions: section 1
1. RUSSIAN REVOLUTION,
2. SPANISH REVOLUTION,
1. US PRISONS
COINTELPRO: THEN AND NOW
Some of the FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN ANTI-AUTHORITARIANISM :
ANTI/POST COLONIAL RESISTANCE
3. CARIBBEAN: HAITI, CUBA, JAMAICA, etc
4. HUNGARY, POLAND, etc, (AGAINST USSR)
AFRICAN RESISTANCE IN US:
1. THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT,
2. BLACK POWER MOVEMENT, MOVE
BROWN BERETS, FARM WORKERS, etc
ASIAN RADICAL MOVEMENTS