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In Conversation: Shy Radicals: The Black Panthers for Shy People

Sunday, May 5, 7-9pm

Join us for a talk by activist Hamja Ahsan in conversation with Gemma Sharpe. Hamja talks about his debut book Shy Radicals, imagining a utopic homeland called ‘Aspergistan’, in the context of debates around introvert power, intersectionality, radical mental health, and neurodiversity.

Australian Political Posters: Four Decades

Thursday March 28, 2019, 6:30 pm

Australia has a rich history of political poster collectives that emerged in the 1970s and are now experiencing a resurgence. Curator Macushla Robinson will [do her best to] contextualize the political posters on display as part of Hi Vis: Australian Political Posters within the broader frame of Australian political movements, protest work and print culture over the past 40 years.

Conflict & Crisis in Myanmar

Saturday, February 9,
5-6:30pm

Join Interference Archive for a rare visit by someone deeply involved in the urgent struggle to for free speech and peaceful coexistence in South East Asia. Decades of Military domination are coming to an end but despite the Burmese government coming under partial civilian control under Aung San Suu Kyi, the space for civil society continues to shrink, along with its ability to manage ethnic & religious diversity. As is well-known, Burmese journalists are increasingly arrested on trumped up charges. The promise of democracy is fading & the international community appears either hapless or complicit in the persecution of Rohingya and other minorities, well known around the world, but largely denied in Myanmar (Burma) itself.

Free Education? Contemporary Struggles – Roundtables & Film Screening

Sunday, January 27,
2-6pm

Closing event for Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U, and Learning Liberation. Includes screening of the episode Who Teaches Them? (1966) from the WGBH series Radical Americans; Wages for Students roundtable with George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, and Wilson Sherwin, moderated by Malav Kanuga and Jakob Jakobsen; and To Transform NYC, Start with CUNY – Free University of New York City roundtable.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2019
7–9pm

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.

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.