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  • Cooperative Study Group:Beginners Helping Beginners

    Dear Baltimore Free School Folks


    The Catonsville Cooperative is interested in starting a beginner study group for people that would like to rigorously study successful (and not as sccessful) cooperatives in order to help build their knowledge about cooperatives and also inform their own infrastructure building. We are considering hosting the study group in a variety of places and would hope one of them could be the free school. We would like to rotate spaces to accomodate people coming from all over the area. I look forward to hearing from you. With gratitude, Holly - holly.leon@gmail.com - 443-897-0080

  • Understanding the Arab Spring: History, Hope, and Counter-Revolution

    From late 2010 through the end of 2011, uprisings, attempted revolutions, and mass protests followed, bringing about both significant political changes and civil war across the Arab world.

    This class will examine first-hand accounts as well as historical reflections on the "Arab Spring" - What does this mean for contemporary theories on revolution and mass protests? What motivated these situations, and what contexts led to them? What can we be doing today to support and participate with those continuing to fight for liberation and social justice in the Arab World?

    Through readings, guest speakers, videos, and discussion, students will learn a general synopsis of Arab political history in the 20th century and will look in-depth at  key issues that shaped the revolts in 2010/11 - as well as hearing about the revolts themselves.

  • Dharma Punx Baltimore

    Dharma Punx Baltimore is a new chapter within Dharma Punx Nation. We are an alternative meditation community, inspired by the Insight/Vipassana tradition. We work to cultivate mindfulness as a tool for transformation. 

  • Socialism Reading and Discussion Group

    This monthly course will offer an open space to discuss socialism and get connected with others on the Left. This class and meeting will provide a forum for discussion and debate of the political questions facing activists. The monthly discussion group will focus on socialist politics and ideas. Readings from socialistworker.org, the International Socialist review and other books and journals will inform the monthly discussion. 



  • Jacobin Reading Group

    We meet monthly to discuss socialist politics, typically structuring our discussion around readings from Jacobin magazine. Our conversations are lively and non-doctrinaire; no prior experience is necessary. 

  • A Basic Guide To Essential Oils

    Learn how to use essential oils in holistic approaches to wellness which include topical, aromatic, and internal consumption.

  • Power and Its Subversion in Modern America

    Course Summary

    The course will explore different systems of institutionalized power and how they interact with each other. Sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia and colonialism will be analyzed through a feminist lens and within the context of national and global capitalist economic systems. We will work to re-visit American history and identify where and how these prejudices shaped that history. Instances in the history activist organizing where the welfare and visibility of any of these groups were positioned as at odds with each other will be analyzed. The histories discussed will be used as a spring board for discussions of activism in daily life. Students will be encouraged to critique the material that I present and to introduce their own readings and narratives. As the course progresses, I will do additional research on new ideas that the class brings to light and I will bring in more information on topics which the class is particularly interested in.

    The course will be tentatively scheduled to take place weekly, on Tuesday evenings, for six weeks during June and July.

    While readings will be suggested for each class, I will try to structure the class in such a way that people who do not have time to do outside reading can also participate and learn.  

  • DIY Sexual Health: Reclaiming Knowledge and Choices in Abortion, Contraception and Reproductive Options

    This course will introduce students to the foundational concepts and frameworks of reproductive justice and health. Together we will unpack and discuss the current medical knowledge about abortion, contraception, queer and trans* sexual health and reproductive options and how to navigate the medical industrial complex as a patient and reclaim the power to be in control of your own body.




    Taught by Kaity Molé, RN, BSN, Co-Director of Baltimore Doulas for Choice 

  • Everybody In; Nobody Out – Film & Discussion About Universal Health Care

    Everybody In; Nobody Out – Film & Discussion About Universal Health Care

    Sponsored by Health Care Now of Maryland

    Every day people are going without needed health care in the U.S. due to the ills of our private health insurance system.  Many other nations know that health care is a basic human right, and ensure that everyone has access to high-quality care. The Health Care Movie is a documentary that provides the story of how health care in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one time they were essentially the same. Produced by a Canadian/American couple, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians of the universal health care system they enjoy because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. The screening will be followed by a discussion with members of Healthcare-Now of Maryland, a statewide grassroots organization working for affordable, accessible quality health care for all.  

  • Baltimore Area Cooperators: Beginners Helping Beginners: A cooperative study group

    Our study group is open to all Baltimore region folks interested in learning more about cooperatives and building a cooperative culture in Baltimore. We meet monthly, do individual reading and host group workshops to broaden our collective knowledge about cooperatives and inspire and edcate one another on our respective cooperative ventures. 

  • Montaigne's 'Essays'

    An 8-week close reading and discussion series on a selection of Michel de Montaigne's Essays.

  • Psychedelic Seminars

    This is a discussion group providing safe spaces for open and honest conversations about psychedelics

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