Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am

Learn to Use the Patterns of Nature to Create Social and Ecological Change!
10am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays
February 25&26; March 4&5, 18&19, 25&26; April 1&2, 8
Tuition - $1100; Register Before September 10 - $950 (flexible scheduling and payment plans available)

Our Permaculture design course provides a positive and empowering vision for social and ecological transformation. Come be inspired by the possibilities of today and not by the fear of tomorrow!

Primary Permaculture Design Applications:

  • Bioregional design science that provides a new model for economic development.
  • Addressing the major issues of our day from a whole systems perspective.
  • Worldwide movement that is helping to regenerate local...
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

Special Gathering

Urban Revolt: State Power and the Rise of People’s Movements in the Global South
The Spirit of Marikana: The Rise of Insurgent Trade Unionism in South AfricaA report on current and future liberation movements in South Africa 

On 16th August 2012, thirty-four black mineworkers were gunned down by the police under the auspices of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) in what has become known as the Marikana massacre. Luke Sinwell’s The Spirit of Marikana tells the story of the uncelebrated leaders at the world’s three largest platinum mining companies who survived the...

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 3:00pm

In the revolutionary tradition, the name of the nineteenth-century French communist Louis-Auguste Blanqui (1805-1881) is remembered either with derision or—at best—as a noble failure. Yet during his lifetime, Blanqui was a towering figure of revolutionary courage and commitment as he organized nearly a half-dozen failed revolutionary conspiracies and spent half of his life in jail. His first street fight was in 1827. Blanqui inspired an uprising in 1839 by the League of the Just, a forerunner of the Communist League of which Marx was a member in Paris. He was imprisoned for his role in the revolutionary wave of...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Civil War and the Making of the American Working Class

Mark A. Lause will provide an overview of his widely acclaimed book Free Labor: The Civil War and the Making of the American Working Class (2016) and discuss his current project on the origins of American socialism, taking up little-known aspects of the emergence of a class-struggle perspective on the American left.  He will consider why those dimensions have thus far received little attention from historians and socialists.

Mark A. Lause is a professor of history at the University of...

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 11:00am

Core studies

10 sessions
The Grundrisse, Session B

Perhaps the most curious and least understood aspect of Marx’s work is his method of analysis. Marx viewed all his economic laws as tendencies and it is hard to deny that those tendencies are becoming more and more the realities of today’s capitalism. However, to understand our society we need to do more than reading and accepting his concepts, we must critically analyze them and look for the way of thinking that produced them. It is with this goal in my mind that we should embark on a journey through the long and complex sentences of The German Ideology...