Freedom school is free small group lectures & roundtable discussions by some of the areas most dynamic thinkers on topics of the upmost importance today - politics, racism, social justice, gender, feminism, culture, migration. The ideas is to create a space outside of academia for exchanging ideas directly related to social justice via informal lectures followed by discussion. Someone leads, an expert on something I would invite, the "class" is capped at around 15 and there will be snacks & drink. I am looking for participants, presenters and all manner of collaborators. To get into contact please join the meet up group or write me an email here.
Here is a synopsis of the last Freedom School class before I gave before moving to the area, by NYC organizer Dr. Mark Naison.
Bronx Freedom School at the Bronx Beer Hall- A Truly Memorable Evening
There is no substitute on social media for the kind of passionate, face to face discussion that took place at Bronx Freedom School last night. Melissa Castillo-Garsow was incandescent leading a discussion about transnational Mexican artists and activists in New York City, but so were Felipe Luciano, Justin S. Williams and Aixa Rodriguez, speaking from the audience, each of whom made comments that could have been presentations in their own right. Not only did people come away with renewed energy, new perspectives and new ideas, but contacts were made for future collaborations, one of which will involve Felipe Luciano having Melissa and me on his radio show on WBAI to talk about our novel "Pure Bronx."
Also Aixa Rodriguez idea for having this presentation in the Bronx Beer Hall was brilliant! You could not have had a better setting for a talk and discussion than the closed off section of the Arthur Avenue market which the Bronx Beer Hall was able to give us , while serving world class antipasto and pizza and craft beer. I plan to have events here at least once a semester! We may even bring Melissa back to lead another discussion.
But the main take away from yesterday's event is that people need to have public discussions like this all over the country to talk honestly about difficult issues and build camaraderie among people who care about what is happening around them. That camaraderie was the great contribution of last night's event. Thank you Aixa for organizing this, Melissa for presenting, the Bronx Beer Hall for hosting, and everyone who came for making what took place truly memorable.