UPCOMING: “New Directions for Social Ecology: From Climate Action to Housing Justice.”
June 12 – June 22 : San Francisco
2012 ISE Intensive Series: Directly Democratic Social Change
Drawing immense inspiration from the Occupy Movement, the Institute for Social Ecology hosted two seminars on Directly Democratic Social Change in partnership with the Brecht Forum. These Intensives took place in New York City, from January 7 – 15 and March 11- 15. Instructors focused on providing tools to deepen student’s analysis, historical knowledge, and strategic visions for fundamental social transformation. Courses included topics such as Climate Justice, Direct Democracy & Dual Power, Rethinking the Left, and Liberating Land for Community Control. Central to our discussions were questions of strategic movement building, solidarity & accountability, and the unique potentialities and challenges presented to the Occupy Movement.
The Institute for Social Ecology’s 2011 Summer Intensive
The 2011 ISE Intensive was held from August 9 -17th in the Hudson River Valley region. Students enjoyed marvelous summer sunshine and ate delicious farm fresh foods in between classes on Alternatives to Capitalism and the Politics & Philosophy of Social Ecology. Several special presentations highlighted the 2011 seminar, spanning topics such as the history of revolutionary art in Mexico, left-libertarian political movements in Venezuela, and grassroots resistance organizing against hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota.
The Institute for Social Ecology’s 2010 Winter Intensive
In January 2010 the Institute for Social Ecology held an 8-day intensive introduction to the philosophy and politics of Social Ecology in New York City. This 8-day intensive offered students an introduction to the dialectical philosophy and politics of Social Ecology. Using the lens of Social Ecology, students participated in four topical seminars focused on climate justice; alternatives to capitalism; race; and the history of Social Ecology and radical movements. Students also participated in a practicum applying the principles of Social Ecology to their own actual (or imagined) activist campaigns. You can view the 2010 ISE Intensive Schedule as well as the Readings used in the seminars.
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