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.
What is the Ragged University ?
‘The Ragged University is the concept of free education and self learning – everybody is a Ragged University sums it nicely. The Ragged project is something which is delivering free, fun and informal talks in pubs, cafes and libraries around the country. The idea is simple – anyone can do it. In fact that is how the Ragged Schools started, as did many other free education like the Chautauqua.
With a few ales and chewing ears off, we discussed the theory of taking the origins of the Ragged Schools and update them using available infrastructure (i.e. pubs, cafes, restaurants, businesses) and available technology (internet, libraries, books, open access learning). Whatever your passion, if you love a subject, the idea is to create a space to share insight into that. There is no money involved, there is no registration nor accreditation. Just plain old pleasure in learning and a confidence with knowledge comes power, however it is only power when it is shared…’
UK Free University Network (FUN) Sustaining Alternative Universities
Collaborative Research Conference 1-2 December 2012 Oxford, UK
Free University Network Conference: ‘Sustaining Alternative Universities’
An RSA animate of David Harvey’s work on the crisis of capitalism
An inteview with David Harvey that questions him about his book – A Brief History of Neoliberalism: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2006/lilley190606.html
25 minute talk by David Harvey, 2009 :
Noam Chomsky talks of the long standing hostility of the rich to truly educating the public so they don’t realise they are victims of an economic system they need to replace with one that truly serves the public.