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WMRC Arts & Activism 2019

Arts & Activism Listening Party: Strength in Numbers

Thursday, June 6, 6-8pm

Join us for a showcase and listening party for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls 2019 Arts & Activism program, to celebrate the work they’ve produced this year — individual podcasts based upon this years theme “Strength in Numbers” with original interviews, media and music!

Report back from Venezuela

Friday, June 7, 7pm

Come hear first hand accounts from Brooklyn residents Ann Fawcett Ambia & Keith Brooks, who were in Venezuela as members of a delegation from April 26 – May 5, 2019.

Unschooling: Understanding the past, living the present, looking towards the future

Friday, June 21, 7:30pm
In collaboration with the rooted us unconference. This talk and discussion will look at the history of the unschooling movement, as well as the potential for its future.

Historical Memory, Citation, and the Archive: Activating the Components of Our Culture of Revolt

June 23, 2019, 6-8pm

How do recollections and invocations of past struggles inform contemporary campaigns against injustice? Drawing on material from his new book Premonitions, movement-based scholar AK Thompson reveals how historical memory, citation, and the archive operate unconsciously to constitute the political field and shape our culture of revolt.

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.