The Baltimore Free School

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The Baltimore Free School is a grassroots, collectively run and community-funded project, with a classroom inside Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse at 30 W. North Ave. Building upon a long tradition of horizontal organizing, collaborative learning and participatory education, we believe that the empowerment of people of all ages and backgrounds to share and learn is vital to the health of any community. To that end, we work toward creating a space where the exchange of ideas can occur without the exchange of money; a space where we can learn to relate to each other in new and meaningful ways. By building this infrastructure, we hope to form a microcosm of the world in which we want to live.

After a hiatus in 2013, the BFS is re-opening in a brand new classroom inside Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse. We are now accepting proposals for classes starting in January of 2014; just click here to get started submitting a proposal. If you want to get involved with organizing the Free School, or have any questions about the project or the course process, please contact us at freeschool@redemmas.org.

If you’d like to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the project, including new technology for the classroom and funding for dedicated community outreach, please donate here.

Take a course

Every course offered through the Baltimore Free School is 100% free of charge to learners. Sign up online today!

Teach a course

Anyone can teach a course or organize a discussion or workshop at the Free School; propose one right now!

Support the BFS

Get involved as a volunteer organizer or make a tax-deductible donation to help us keep the doors open.

More info

Information on renting the space for private meetings, our consensus-based collective structure, our history and more.

Upcoming Courses

    • Tue, Jul 29 @ 7:30 PM
    • Tue, Aug 05 @ 7:30 PM
    • Tue, Aug 12 @ 7:30 PM
    • and 3 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    Readings from Isaac Newton's "Principia"

    A short course to discover by selected readings some of the many enduring concepts the natural philosopher Isaac Newton contributed to mathematics, technology, philosophy, astronomy and the physical sciences. Some of these concepts include:absolute and relative space, time and motion, centripetal forces, inertia, the laws of motion, gravitation, and the system of the world. This course will encourage participation in brief discussions, hands on demonstrations and experments and should conclude with a lively discussion on the relevance of Newton's concepts to our 'modern' world views.

    A 250 sheet bound copy including Book I of Newton's "Principia" and Newton's "System of the World" will be available at a modest cost. Participants should bring a protractor, compass, ruler and some graph paper for the hands-on demonstrations.

    • Tue, Jul 29 @ 6:30 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) aka Tapping for Stress Relief and Self-Empowerment

    Learn a simple process that can be self-applied to help you be more effective in your mission in the world.  EFT involves tapping on a series of acupressure points while focusing in a specific mannner on your problem.  This relieves stress which can be at the root of chronic negative conditions in our lives such as physical pain, diseases, PTSD, phobias, poverty, overweight, addictions, poor relationships, and not living up to our full potential in the world.  

    www.emofree.com

    www.thetappingsolution.com

    www.eftuniverse.com

    • Thu, Jul 31 @ 7:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    The Atheist Reformation - Origins - 1859-1871

    History doesn't conform to neat outlines. Everything which we think of as the 20th century begins not in 1900, but in 1859. It was the year that Darwin published On the Origin of Species, the year Marx published his Critique of Political Economy, and the year Wagner completed his opera Tristan und Isolde - and with those three documents lay the triple revolution in Science, Politics, and the Arts that threw over the monotheistic foundation which dominated the world for 1600 years.

    • Fri, Aug 15 @ 7:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Jacobin reading group

    We'll meet monthly to discuss radical politics, using articles from Jacobin, a socialist quarterly, to structure our conversation. The purpose is to engage with leftist ideas in a lively, open, non-doctrinaire environment. No prior knowledge is necessary, and meetings will be on Friday nights at 7 p.m

    Readings and updates here:

    http://baltimorejacobin.tumblr.com/

     

    • Wed, Jul 30 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Aug 13 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Aug 20 @ 7:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Black feminism and intersectionality

    Organized by the Baltimore branch of the International Socialist Organization

    The Baltimore branch of the International Socialist Organization is getting together to begin educating ourselves about Black feminism and Intersectionality. None of us are experts and nobody is "teaching" the class, but rather we will go through the material collectively. We invite anyone with any level of experience with this topic to join us and share your perspective! The way we structure the group is simply to ask for a volunteer to facilitate, and any Black woman who wants to facilitate is given priority, in recognition of the fact that there are very few spaces where Black woman's voices are allowed to be dominant. We spend time discussing reading that has been chosen by the group, but also leave space for open discussion about any relevant current events, media, blogs, etc. that members want to talk about. We see this group as being shaped by its members, so anyone can suggest readings or changes to the structure at any time. To get on the listserv for the group and receive the readings, please email Alana Davenport at abdvnprt@gmail.com. We also have a facebook group called Baltimore Free School Black Feminism and Intersectionality.

    • Sat, Aug 02 @ 2:30 PM
    • Sat, Aug 09 @ 2:30 PM
    • Sat, Aug 16 @ 2:30 PM
    • and 2 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    Public Safety Collective

    A Baltimore ‘Families Against Police Brutality’ Bloc initiative; a collective of friends, families and victims of police brutality, from both the living and dead, grieving proactively to uplift the community.

    The Public Safety Collective is an autonomous citizens review board of the Baltimore City Police Department.

    • Researching and archiving the history, laws, policies, and practices of the Baltimore City Police Department
    • Organizing an independent media platform where that information will be accessible to the public for free, in addition to reflections of current events and communiques from the 'Families Against Police Brutality' bloc. 
    • Mobilizing 'Cop Watch' program; community outreach, distributing literature, observing police activity, providing direct aid, facilitating resource accessibility, recruiting, networking.