Ever wondered ‘WTF is a Free University anyway’? Ever thought that BFU couldn’t get much more meta? Come along to our next session, when we’ll explore the political potentials of free universities across time and space!
When: Thursday the 25th of June, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Where: The carpark under the Westpac Bank, 89-91 Boundary St, West End.
Laura Nelson is a Ph.D. student studying historical and contemporary models of radical education around the world, focusing on the free universities and liberation schools of the 1960s and 1970s in North America, Europe, and Australia. She is interested in the creative ways people have harnessed their critiques of formal universities and schools to imagine and form community-based spaces for learning and political action.
Fern Thompsett might be better known to many as one of the founders and organisers of BFU. However, she spent 6 months last year travelling through Canada, the US and Mexico, interviewing other free university and radical education activists, from student strikers in Montreal to Zapatistas in Chiapas. She has since been writing on the potentials of free universities as radical anti-capitalist projects, and as hatcheries for alternative political imaginaries.
The session will include ample open discussion time.
As always, all free / all welcome.