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New Website – BRE(A)D @Brum

We’ve moved…come and join us at our new website BRE(A)D @Brum :


UK Free University Network (FUN)

UK Free University Network (FUN) Sustaining Alternative Universities
Collaborative Research Conference 1-2 December 2012 Oxford, UK

Free University Network Conference: ‘Sustaining Alternative Universities’



David Harvey

An RSA animate of David Harvey’s work on the crisis of capitalism


An inteview with David Havey that questions him about his book – A brief history of neoliberalism:


25 minute talk by David Harvey, 2009 :

October 2012 – meetings, events

Wednesday 10th October 2012 – 


18.30 @ The Birmingham & Midland Institute. Margaret Street, B3 3BX Birmingham.  Meeting to discuss and plan the group and next event – details below.

Saturday 27th October 2012 – 


12:00 until 16:00 @ The Birmingham & Midland Institute. Margaret Street, B3 3BX Birmingham. We are meeting on Saturday 27 October 2012 to have a discussion on Paolo Freire’s work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

The discussion is mainly to situate this writing in our current context and talk about how we can engage in critical learning and teaching today.

We are meeting to have the discussion between 2-4pm but if you would like to join us before that – from 12 noon we are meeting to discuss plans for workshops/events/classes and films we hope to set up in the coming months in the Free uni.

Please come along, bring friends and share your thoughts! The book is freely available in pdf at the link below.

Our only rule about reading it is that you come ready to discuss education and learning experiences critically – whether you have read some of the book or all (or very little!)  We look forward to seeing you there!


September 2012 – meetings, events

Info, of, about September 2012  meetings & events

28th September –  


Symposium – MSFAC residency @ Edible Eastside, a response to Cathy Wade’s ‘Beyond The Pale’ . MSFAC – an investigation into the nature of territories, boundaries, walls, communities and areas.

26th September –  


We met to watch a film at the mac at 6pm and had a short meeting afterwards to finalise plans for our event in October which will be an afternoon of films and discussion on the crises of capitalism and the effects of the marketisation of education and how we can create new spaces to live and learn. We watched a documentary called Nostalgia for the Light (part of the human rights film festival)

Trailer for the documentary:

Link re mac:

15th September 2012 – 


5th September 2012 – 



Chomsky on ‘education’

Noam Chomsky talks of the long standing hostility of the rich to truly educating the public so they don’t realise they are victims of an economic system they need to replace with one that truly serves the public.

More about Summerhill

A.S.Neil talks about freedom and his Summerhill School in England. Summerhill is often said to be the first school based on freedom and democratic ideals.