Film Screening/Meeting: Wednesday 22nd May 2013. 19.00.

Wednesday 22nd May 2013. 19.00.
The Warehouse Café Building, 54-57 Alison Street, Birmingham B5 5th

‘Obey’ is a film based on Chris Hedges’ (2010) book, Death of the Liberal Class.
Obey discusses the current political, social, economic and environmental crises the world now faces and suggests the need for rebellion to fight against these crises.

There will be a discussion afterwards about the implications of this film in general and for activists in Birmingham.


October 2012 – meetings, events

Wednesday 10th October 2012 

18.30 @ The Birmingham & Midland Institute. Margaret Street, B3 3BX Birmingham.  Meeting to discuss and plan the group and next event – details below.

Saturday 27th October 2012 

12:00 until 16:00 @ The Birmingham & Midland Institute. Margaret Street, B3 3BXBirmingham. We are meeting on Saturday 27 October 2012 to have a discussion on Paolo Freire’s work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

The discussion is mainly to situate this writing in our current context and talk about how we can engage in critical learning and teaching today.

We are meeting to have the discussion between 2-4pm but if you would like to join us before that – from 12 noon we are meeting to discuss plans for workshops/events/classes and films we hope to set up in the coming months in the Free uni.

Please come along, bring friends and share your thoughts! The book is freely available in pdf at the link below.

Our only rule about reading it is that you come ready to discuss education and learning experiences critically – whether you have read some of the book or all (or very little!)  We look forward to seeing you there!

September 2012 – meetings, events

Info, of, about September 2012  meetings & events

28th September 

Symposium – MSFAC residency @ Edible Eastside, a response to Cathy Wade’s ‘Beyond The Pale’ . MSFAC – an investigation into the nature of territories, boundaries, walls, communities and areas.

26th September 

We met to watch a film at the M.A.C.  (Midlands Arts Centre) at 6pm and had a short meeting afterwards to finalise plans for our event in October which will be an afternoon of films and discussion on the crises of capitalism and the effects of the marketisation of education and how we can create new spaces to live and learn. We watched a documentary called Nostalgia for the Light (part of the human rights film festival)

Trailer for the documentary:



Norma Bermudez: 28th March 2012

The Birmingham Free University are holding an event on 28 March from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Ropewalk pub in Hockley.

We are really happy to have Norma Bermudez – a feminist and pacifist popular educator who works with displaced Afro-Colombian and shanty town women community members using popular education as a tool of empowerment and liberation- as a speaker at this event.

We hope that you can join us to hear from Norma about the ways that she and others are using popular education (built on the same principles as critical pedagogy) to support community development.

This event is open to the public and we hope that you pass the information on widely so that we can get a good crowd to hear what Norma and her colleagues are doing.

For those of us setting up the Birmingham Free University, this might give us some ideas as to how to realise our ideas more fully.

Norma Bermudez, Professor and Women’s Rights Activist, Colombia: