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  • 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.

    Readings and updates here:

    http://baltimorejacobin.tumblr.com/

     

  • 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. 

  • Anti-Racist Organizing Reading Group

    The goal of this class is to engage in the self-reflection and political education that enables white activist to be accountable, principled anti-racist organizers. The reading list would be taken from the Anne Braden Program (Catalyst Project).

  • Creative Writing Workshop

    In this class we will workshop one another’s pieces and discuss select readings. While readings and prompts will focus on creative nonfiction pieces, we will keep submission guidelines loose and are excited for participants to submit any range of creative writing pieces, including fiction, poetry and/or creative nonfiction. Each class we will ask for 3-4 individuals to prepare to workshop their pieces with the goal of providing constructive criticism and support towards each individual’s literary goals and vision. Participants will receive pieces before class via email. Each class will focus on a different topic or theme, to which participants may want to center their submissions. Readings include work from Jamaica Kincaid, Joan Didion, Kathy Acker, Eula Biss, Jenny Boully, Nehisi Coates, Gloria Anzaldua.

    * This course will take place once a month for six months.

  • Strength To Love Project

    The Strength To Love Project, consists of individuals (esp creatives) getting together to discuss social justice issues and engage in creative expression around the theme "Strength To Love". The film Selma, Dr. King's third book, "Strength to Love”, the #blacklivesmatter movement and other mediums will be used as material for these conversations. Participants are encouraged to create a piece(s) of art, poetry, music, film or civic engagement which they were inspired by, from those conversations. Its all capped off with a exhibition/performance of the pieces. 

  • Tools for Change: Improving Group Effectiveness and Strengthening Communities

    This series of Free School gatherings is for anyone interested in community organizing, consulting, or facilitating groups to do important work. During each of the three sessions, we will explore several intuitive, easily applied concepts that inform decision making, improve problem solving, and enable groups and communities to work together more effectively. The tools are relevant for people with all levels of experience, and the session format encourages participants to share insights and learn from each others’ experiences.

  • Exploring Bioethics

    Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader of the Baltimore Ethical Society, will offer a series of targeted bioethics discussions exploring the crossroads of science, medicine and ethics.  An ethical framework will be used to analyze a wide range of issues. Participants are asked to bring in articles or ideas about the following three topic areas

    March 8 – 4PM: Aging, Acceptance, and Enhancement: How should we treat the body?

    April 12 – 4PM: Human and Animal Subjects in Medicine and Science

    May 10 – 4PM: Health Care Mandates, Freedom and Ownership

     

  • The Last Days of Socrates

    8-week discussion series on four Platonic dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo.

  • 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. 

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