Upcoming Courses

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  • Cooperative Study Group: Beginners Helping Beginners

  • Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)

    The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA's members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics.

    We are activists committed to democracy as not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism — a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.
     

    WE MEET EVERY 4th SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

    Our Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreDSA/

    Our Email:
    baltimoredsa@gmail.com

  • Meditation

    I will hold a safe space for your to explore your breath, your mind, and your emotions. Together we will pay attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. We will breathe in different ways,  direct our focus to different things, and explore various meditation practices. Then, we will share our thoughts and experiences of the practice.

     

    Everyone is welcome. You do not need any prior experience with meditation, and you don't have to be able to sit cross-legged.

  • Yoga for Ex-Offenders

     Introduction to Yoga for Formally Incarcerated Individuals in Baltimore reoccurring each Tuesday.

  • Literary Review and Criticism of Multicultural Books

    This class will focus on the reading, discussion and critique of fiction and non–fiction books about the many cultures that make up America and the world.

  • China-Africa Relations: Cooperation and Conflict

    This course will be an introduction to the history of China's engagement with African countries from the Cold War to the present period. We will discuss the history of Chinese engagement, migration of Chinese to Africa/Africans to China, Neocolonialism, and how Chinese economic investments have restructured the global political economy of Africa. 

  • Freedom of Movement

    In this series, Ryan Hoffman provides background lectures and movement meditations into our lived experiences as social animals. The same mechanisms that let us function in day-to-day routines -- the force of habit -- is also responsible for some of our most commonly-encountered challenges to our health and our interpersonal lives. Hear how a biology and pain science perspective can be used to approach this challenge, and experience how simple movement lessons (based on the Feldenkrais Method) can be used to increase ones self-awareness and ability to find comfort in difficult or coercive scenarios.

  • Meditation with Talbolt Johnson

    This is a special meditation session with Red Emma's Talbolt Johnson, longtime popper and loving member of the community.    Come explore your breath, your mind, and your emotions!   To read more about Talbolt and his personal philosophy, check out: http://www.citypaper.com/arts/stage/bcpnews-longtime-popper-talbolt-johnson-mixes-dance-with-personal-philosophy-20150616-story.html  

  • Gentrification and Racial Equity in the "Laboratory for Social Innovation"

    This panel discussion, organized by Baltimore Corps Fellows, attempts to build a shared analysis among attendees of how to differentiate between gentrification and community economic development in the Baltimore context and take action to prevent the losses that have happened in other cities. 

  • Resistance for Introverts

    'Silence is complicity' is a colloquialism in activist movements. What happens to the introverts who have a strong preference for silence, but also desire to be part of an activist movement? Oftimes introverts can feel overwhelmed by the group component of activism or by large crowds at marches. However, introverts may feel conflict at their innate desire for aloneness and individualism in spaces that ask for group think and vocal participation.

    This three part series will give introverts space to talk about their experiences as well as ways to brainstorm resistance that complements a strong preference for quiet and small groups. Also, strategies to participate in larger groups and protests will be part os the discussion. 

    Some light reading and video viewing will be assigned as well. 

  • Self Care is Radical

    In a world that constantly takes out so much of us, we are required to continue moving forward with the same strength and intensity. How do we fill up all the energy we give out? Join us in a discussion surrounding the emotional labor of activism, and societal expectations. We will heal together through conversation and by making tangible objects that will serve with a dual purpose of healing and creating! 

  • Using Blogs and Social Media to Affect Social Change

    How to use aspects of social media to spark social change.

Info for learners

  • All courses are free of charge.
  • Signing up helps instructors know who to expect, and give them a way to contact you if something changes.
  • Almost all courses are totally open, and most courses can be dropped in on even if you miss the first session(s), but check the course description or email the instructor to be sure.
  • All courses are non-credit, non-degree, non-certification, and fun-filled!
  • Most courses take place at the North Avenue Classroom, inside Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse