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Audio Interference 58: Radical Access

“Our lending policy is: as many books as you want, for as long as you want. We want people to take the time to live with the books as long as they need to, to figure out how they fit into the larger picture of how they live.” — Dawn Finley, FLOW

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How Public is Public Space? A Field Recording Workshop and Discussion

Thursday, December 13
6pm – 8:30pm

Join us for a friendly talk, potluck and a workshop introduction to the topic of field recording and the different ways of perceiving and understanding the freedom of public space and its wider context.

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Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U, and Learning Liberation

October 11, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Opening reception: October 11, 6-9pm

Rooted in an examination of the history of the Free University of New York (FUNY), a 1960s experiment in radical education, this exhibition and event series reflects on the questions: What is a university? What does the university have that we want? What does the university have that we don’t want? How would a university look if we could build one from scratch?

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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.

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Holiday Openhouse 2018

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 12-5pm

Come celebrate our second annual holiday open house on 7th Street! Stop by, sip on hot cocoa, and browse our last-minute-market of radical gifts. Other activities include Radical Snowflake Cutting with our resident scissor expert, and Holiday Cardmaking with stamps, stencils and kid-friendly spray markers (you’ve gotta see our equipment for this!). This is an event for people of all ages and abilities.

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Guided tour of Free Education!

Saturday, December 15, 5:30pm

Come to Interference Archive on Saturday, Dec 15th at 5:30pm for a guided tour of the Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U, and Learning Liberation exhibition. Sue Simensky Bietila and Jakob Jakobsen will lead a walk through of the project, discussing histories of the Free University, Alternate U, the Rat newspaper, Newsreel Collective, and more.

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Social Justice Book Club: The Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn

Tuesday, December 18, 7 PM – 9 PM

Join us for a meeting before the holidays! For our December book club, we’re reading The Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn.

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Audio Interference 57: Free Education!

“I think we were interested in finding a true story. We were interested in telling the truth, not to make a propaganda film and not to make a film that would make people feel heroic. We wanted to make a film that was both sympathetic to the project and its goals and purposes, and at the same time was realistic about the world that it was operating in.”
– Robert Machover

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The archive will have shortened hours on Thursday, November 22nd

Interference Archive will have shortened hours, from 1-6pm, on Thursday, November 22nd. We will be open regular hours November 23rd – 25th.

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K-12 Radical Education in NYC: a collaborative investigation

Saturday, December 1, 3-5pm

Radical education on the K-12 level also has a rich history in New York City, dating back as early as 1901. This two-hour event will be split into two parts: the first hour will be a presentation covering the definition and a brief history of radical education in New York City (including a love affair and an attempted bombing) and a look at the current state of radical K-12 education in New York City. The second hour will be a collaborative workshop, discussing realistic ways in which to get involved in radical education and children’s rights in our city today.

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Certain Days 2019 Calendar Release Party

Friday, November 30, 7:30-9:30pm

Join us for the Certain Days 2019 Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar launch party! The calendar is in its 18th year and is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal, Hamilton, New York and Baltimore, in partnership with a political prisoner being held in maximum-security prison in New York State, David Gilbert.

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Radical Education Wikipedia Editathon

Sunday, December 2, 2-5pm

In recognition of our current exhibition, Free Education, we are holding a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on the theme of radical education throughout history. We’ll work to improve representation of the individuals and organizations involved in radical education movements worldwide — including those represented in our exhibition, and those that are not. Our objective is to make information and documentation related to this work more accessible for current and future movement makers, educators, and learners. Childcare is available if requested by November 28, 2018.

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Audio Interference 56: WTO Protests, Seattle 1999

“I remember walking home from that huge protest and feeling this sense of huge hope in the air…And it was just really exciting and it felt like things actually could change.”

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Propaganda Party: LOVE AND PROTECT EACH OTHER

Saturday, November 17, 1:30-5:30pm

Interference Archive and Hate-Free Zone Queens (HFZ) are excited for our second collaboration producing propaganda to spread HFZ’s message. Join us on Saturday, November 17 from 1:30-5:30pm at Interference Archive (314 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11225) to make posters, t-shirts, buttons, and more. HFZ proactively builds a strong community defense system that centers those most impacted by current discriminatory policies and actions.

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Audio Interference 55: Steal This Radio and WBAD

“We knew it was illegal, and we knew the FCC would probably come after us at some point, and they did.”

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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.

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Re-imagining Death

Saturday, October 27, 2-4pm

Please note that this workshop has a limited number of spaces and has received the maximum number of RSVPs.

What is the relationship between death awareness and social change? This workshop will highlight the communal possibilities that open when we make space to discuss our fears and visions together. In this workshop we will consider inspiring models for supporting each other in community. We will provide local resources for today while imagining a radically different future.

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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.

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Contemplating War and Peace: films and poetry for Veterans’ Day

Saturday, November 10, 7pm
The battles of our daily lives are fought with images. And the images we choose to create and consume define who we are as both individuals and as a society. This evening of films by Chris Benker, with poetry reading by Jerome Mazzaro, serves as an opportunity to contemplate the role of empathy as our only hope for a peaceful future.

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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.