Free School University (FSU) at Occupy Boston

The FSU is an on-site learning community. Topics vary from fun-and-games to politics and revolution. Our goal is to form an autonomous zone and share skills needed to maintain that, to entertain educate and enliven visitors and Occupiers. Our purpose is to provide support and space for skill sharing and sharing basic info regarding Occupy Boston and to encourage self-organization, teaching, and learning opportunities. To schedule a teach-in, submit a title, brief description, and short bio, along with the day(s) and time(s) you are available to:

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Upcoming Teach-Ins

SUNDAY, October 23


Opening Address and Welcome, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE)

Tania Bruguera, Immigrant International Movement

Opposing Secure Communities and Other Anti Immigrant Attacks; Vigils; Support for Human Rights and Immigrant Workers Rights with Peter Lowber (Steering Committee of Boston New Sanctuary Movement and member of Arlington Street Church Social Action Committee

Heloisa Maria Galvao, co-founder and the Executive Director of the Brazilian Women’s Group

Carlos Rosales, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative

Break Out Discussion Group open to all interested to form a fluid conversation, topic of discussion will be generated by the interest of the group.

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Occupy Boston Writing Workshop: The Other 99%

3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Teach-In: Movement Building and Organizing Strategies with Marshall Ganz

MONDAY, October 24

5:30 - 6:30pm
Money and Politics: Professor Tom Ferguson

WEDNESDAY, October 26

6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Chand Montrie (UMass Lowell) author of ”A People’s History of Environmentalism in the United States”

THURSDAY, October 27

11:00am - 12:00pm
Van Jones at Occupy Boston

5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Perils of American Democracy, The Institutional Basis Behind Our 'Broken Politics': Professor Luis Jimenez

SATURDAY, October 29

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Glenn Greenwald: With Liberty and Justice for Some

SUNDAY, October 30

1:00pm - 3:00pm
How To Run For Office

FRIDAY, November 4

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Responsible Investing

WEDNESDAY, November 30

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Norman Finkelstein

Past Teach-Ins

SATURDAY, October 22

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cut Military Spending, Fund Our Communities

2:00pm - 4:30pm
The Practice of Non-Violence and Civil Disobedience
(meet at the Gandhi statue on the plaza)

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Workshop: Prisoners Realities, with the Asheville Tranzmission Prison Project

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Anonymity & Security on the Web

6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Noam Chomsky

FRIDAY, October 21

1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Wall Street Complex

THURSDAY, October 20

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Occupy Boston: Challenging Basic Assumptions

3:00pm - 4:00pm (CANCELLED)
Food, Corporations, and Justice: The Human Face of Free Trade in Nicaragua

4:00pm - 5:00pm (meet near Camp Alex, on plaza)
Author Brian Wilson at Occupy Boston

4:00pm - 5:00pm (RESCHEDULED from October 19)
Occupy Boston Economics Forum: The Economic Crisis, How Can We Fix Things? (Arthur MacEwan)

The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Elite Control Over US Foreign Policy: Lessons from Vietnam, to Iraq, to Today, with Gary Leupp (Tufts University). (VIDEO 1 / VIDEO 2)

WEDNESDAY, October 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Afghanistan: Why Obama Must Change Course

4:00pm - 5:00pm (RESCHEDULED for October 20)
Occupy Boston Economics Forum: The Economic Crisis, How Can We Fix Things? (Arthur MacEwan)

5:00pm (POSTPONED)
Occupy Boston Economics Forum: 10 Phoney Facts about the US Economy, Keeping It Real for the 99 (Catherine Finnoff)

SUNDAY, October 16

Big Pharma: Another Big Player on Wall Street

Occupy Boston Economics Forum: What Economists Got Wrong and What We've Got to Fix, with Julie Nelson

Occupy Boston: Talking to People Passing By

6:00pm (CANCELLED)
Cindy Sheehan at Occupy Boston

SATURDAY, October 15

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Taking Back Our Economy: An Intro to the Solidarity Economy

3:00pm - 4:00pm
On Conflict and Consensus: Consensus for Cities

The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Neoliberal Dispossession and the Demand for Demands with Nicole Aschoff, Sociology Department at Boston University.

Discussion: Whiteness and Ally-Ship

FRIDAY, October 14

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Occupy Boston Economics Forum: It's Not Just the Banks, Class and the Shift in the Distribution of Income Against Workers and in favor of Capitalists (Alejandro Reuss)

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Occupy Boston Economics Forum: Why Unemployment Is So High and How We Can Reduce It (Juliet Schor)

The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Class and the Shift in the Distribution of Income Against Workers and in Favor of Capitalists (part of Occupy Boston Economics Forum), with Alejandro Reuss (Smith).

THURSDAY, October 13

The Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series: Roots of the Current Crisis with Victor Wallis, professor of Liberal Arts, UC Berkeley

WEDNESDAY, October 12

Active Listening 101: How to Have a Friendly Disagreement

On Labor Day: Importance and Tactics of Building a Worker's Party

TUESDAY, October 11

Occupy Boston Economics Forum: A Primer on Financialization with Bryan Snyder

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Anarchist Occupation Issues

Occupy Boston Economics Forum: Up Against the Wall Street Journal with John Miller

MONDAY, October 10

1:00pm - 3:30pm
The Practice of Non-Violence and Civil Disobedience

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Indigenous People's Day Teach-in on Palestine

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Power: Building a New University in the Shell of the Old

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Active Listening 101: How to Have a Friendly Disagreement (VIDEO 1 / VIDEO 2 / VIDEO 3 / VIDEO 4)

Occupy Boston Economics Forum: The False Doctrine of Austerity with Arjun Jayadev (Video)

Capitalism is Failing: The Socialist Alternative

SUNDAY, October 9

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Capitalism, Energy, and Climate Change (VIDEO)

The Case for Socialism: Human Need, Not Corporate Greed!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
An Intro to Modern Anarchism: Isn't Libertarian Socialism a Contradiction? (Video)

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Open Discussion: Tools Against Sexism within the Occupy Boston Movement

5:00 - 6:00pm
The Meaning of "We Are The 99 Percent" (BLOG)

SATURDAY, October 8

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Anarchism, Psychology, and Law (VIDEO 1 / VIDEO 2 / VIDEO 3)

4:00pm - 5:00pm
US Wars in the Middle East: Much Ado About Oil (VIDEO)

FRIDAY, October 7

Translation Is Not A Crime: The Case for Tarek Mehanna, with Kate Bonner-Jackson

1:30 - 2:30pm
Austerity Games and the Global Impacts of Wall Street (VIDEO 1 / VIDEO 2 / VIDEO 3 / BLOG)

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Effective Deep Green Resistance: A Strategy Conversation

3:00pm - 6:00pm
From the Battlefield to the Home Front: Technologies of Control in America (VIDEO)