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Gay Liberation Front, Come Out!, and Gay Dance Parties at Alternate U and Beyond

Thursday, January 24, 2019
7–9pm

Come and join us for an evening with Gay Liberation at Interference Archive. Flavia Rando and Perry Brass will discuss their personal experiences during the early years of the struggle for gay rights in New York. Flavia and Perry were two of the gay activists that used the Alternate U as a meeting place for organizing as well as liberated space hosting the world first public gay dance parties. Alternate U became a meeting place for gay activists mobilizing after the Stonewall riots in 1969. The Gay Liberation Front published the first issue of Come Out! A Newspaper by and for the Gay Community from Alternate U in 1969.

Free Education? Contemporary Struggles – Roundtables & Film Screening

Sunday, January 27, 2pm-6pm Closing event for Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U, and Learning Liberation. Organized by Common Notions, Free University of New York City, and Interference Archive/Jakob Jakobsen. Film Screening: Who Teaches Them? 2:00-2:45 Screening of the episode Who Teaches Them? (1966) from the WGBH series Radical Americans. This | More »

Radical Psychology at Alternate U and Beyond

Wednesday, December 12, 6pm

Keith Brooks and Phil Brown will share their experiences in the critical psychology movement that was a part of the revolutionary environment at Alternate U.

Politics of Sound: Listening to the Archive

Thursday, October 25, 7pm

Interference Archive presents a panel discussion that brings together a group of archivists, oral historians, librarians, and others working with collections of sound. They work in a range of disciplines–from poetry to oral history–all informed by a political approach to sound. We’ll discuss the various ways archiving sound can be a political act, including how sound archives can support organizing work, and how sound collections can contribute to the creation of historical memory, broadening the range of stories that are part of our collective history.

Radio Documentary: The Greyhound Diaries

Friday, November 9, 7pm

Join us for a listening session of highlights from David Goren’s audio documentary, The Greyhound Diaries, about singer-songwriter Doug Levitt’s journeys across the United States by bus, and a live performance of Levitt’s songs inspired by the experience.

Poetry and women’s theater at Free University of New York and Alternate U

Sunday, October 21, 3pm

An afternoon with Susan Sherman, Sue Perlgut and Miriam Frank, featuring the poetry and theater of women in FUNY and Alternate U.

Panel Discussion: Publishing as a Tool of Resistance

Saturday, September 15, 5pm
Organized by Common Notions 

Please join us in conversation as we discuss how publishing can be used as a tool for resistance and movement-building. The Feminist Press Publicity Manager Jisu Kim, The Operating System Founder and Publisher Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Radix Media Publisher Lantz Arroyo, and El Rebozo Palapa Editorial Publisher Pio will discuss their approach to publishing and the role of independent publishing within building social movements. Moderated by journalist and editor Audrea Lim.

Radical Discipline: Exploring the Reasons Children Are Punished, and Alternative Suggestions

Saturday, June 16, 2018
3pm-4:30pm

RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 16: Radical Playdate presents an open and personal caregiver discussion about disciplining and punishing children—is there ever a need to punish children? How were we punished as children, and what repercussions did that have on us? What are some alternative models for punishment that we can employ as radical caregivers? To frame our discussion, China Martens has generously shared an issue of her exploratory zine on radical parenting, The Future Generation #5, Part II: Discipline. Download it here.

Archive That Comrade! Left Memory Politics, Toxic Fame, and the Populist Archive

Thursday, May 10, 2018
7pm

Author Phil Cohen and participants will look at recent controversies surrounding public memorials, monuments, and archives in both the UK and United States in order to discuss how far “the archive” can serve as a platform for dialogue and debate between different generations of activists in a culture that fetishizes the evanescent present, practices a profound amnesia about its past, and forecloses the sociological imagination of an alternative future?

May 1968 – May 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018
12–10pm

Join us for a day-long gathering looking at the impact of the global uprisings of 1968 on our lives and communities in 2018.