On the University of Puerto Rico Debt Struggles and Resistance

Virtual

SPEAKER: Maria del Mar Rosa Rodriguez

https://youtu.be/tvPaLPAg_vE In 2016, PROMESA law was signed by President Obama to restructure Puerto Rico’s debt. A Federal Oversight Management Board (FOMB) of unelected Wall Street bankers was imposed to control all finances on the islands and renegotiate the debt. Austerity, privatization, hurricanes, earthquakes and a pandemic added to the Puerto Rican crisis. The University of […]

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The Alternative University: Lessons from Bolivarian Venezuela, reading & discussion

Virtual

SPEAKER: Mariya P Ivancheva

https://youtu.be/sQQm1_BdMl8 Based on extensive fieldwork in Venezuela, The Alternative University outlines the origins and day-to-day functioning of the colossal effort of late President Hugo Chávez’s government to create a university that challenged national and global higher education norms. The session will commence with reading from the book and outlining some of its main themes. It […]

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Reparative Universities – a Collective Unraveling Session 

Virtual

SPEAKER: Ariana Gonzalez Stokas

https://youtu.be/P5GBiRg9Tb0 As diversity, equity and inclusion efforts play a central and increasingly embattled role in the strategy and resources of higher education, reparation is rarely offered as a pathway for transforming higher education. Together,through engaging with the text  Reparative Universities, we will work together to come to terms with diversity and what its failures tell […]

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New York Liberation School – a community study session

Virtual

SPEAKER: Conor Tomas Reed

https://youtu.be/2QYyuW8TY0Q New York Liberation School documents how a public university and city were transformed by such writers and organizers as Toni Cade Bambara, Samuel Delany, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Assata Shakur. Through archives, interviews, publications, and movement waves, we chronicle what occurs when people commit to radically reconfiguring an urban learning institution […]

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Ukraine: Bought & Sold International Finance and War

Virtual

SPEAKER: Jacques Laroche

https://youtu.be/GurjDmtdvJo SPEAKER: Jacques Laroche This talk delves into Ukraine’s debt and its impact on the country’s citizens while also examining the debt burden that US and EU citizens bear in fueling this ongoing proxy-war. The discussion covers financial aid packages, their conditions, and the priorities of involved parties, ultimately questioning the allocation of funds that […]

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