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No. 61 March-April 2009                   

TABLE OF CONTENTS:      

Column I
1.  EDITORIAL
2.  RESOURCE FOR THEATER AND THE ARTS
3.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
4.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
5.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
Column II
6.  PROVERB OF THE MONTH
7.  IN MINNESOTA


1.  EDITORIAL
This issue marks a milestone for this newsletter.  Along with the new and improved format for the newsletter, simultaneous with the distribution of the newsletter, a new updated version of the web site has been launched.  The aim has been to condense the information in the newsletter itself and provide direct links to additional information on the web site.  Also a search engine has been added to the web site to make finding information about resources for the many issues of our social movements much easier.  Prior to the addition of improved navigation on the web site it had grown to become quite unruly.

        Planning for the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed 15th Annual Conference to be held here in Minneapolis at Augsburg College May 21 to 24 with pre-conferences scheduled for May 18 to 21.  This newsletter is pleased to be sponsoring the Thursday afternoon bi-lingual pre-conference with Pancho Arguelles on popular education.  (See Column II of this newsletter for more information and register at www.ptoweb.org.)  We are also involved in creating popular education activities designed to animate dialog and connections in the informal spaces and times of the conference.  This year's PTO conference is going to be a gathering to remember.  Join us!

2. 
POPULAR EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR THEATER AND THE ARTS (follow links for more information about these resources)

The art of social justice: Re-crafting activist adult education and community leadership Edited by Darlene Clover and Joyce Stalker. Naice, May 2007. more info

 

Beginners Guide to Community-Based Arts: Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S by Keith Knight and Mat Schwarzman. The New Village Press, 200 pages 2005 more info

 

Games for actors and non-actors by Augusto Boal, Adrian Jackson, Translated by Adrian Jackson Edition: 2, illustrated, Published by Routledge, 2002, 301 pages. more info

 

The rainbow of desire: the Boal method of theatre and therapy By Augusto Boal, Adrian Jackson, Translated by Adrian Jackson Edition: reprint, Routledge, 1995, 188 pages. more info

 
Ready for Action: A Popular Theatre Popular Education Manual by Jennifer Anderson, Jennifer Michol, Joshua Silverberg. Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG), 1994. more info


Theater of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal, Edition 3, illustrated, Pluto Press, 2000, 208 pages. more info

 

Wild Fire: Art As Activism Edited by Deborah Barndt. Sumach Press, 2006 more info

 

cover 7Wild Garden: art, education, and resistance by dian marino, Betwen the Lines Press, 1998. more info

 

 

3. DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES  (Please send information about other links. -- the editor)


4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
April 21-24, 2009 International Conference: Performing Arts Training Today, Bovec, Slovenia http://www.iugte.com/projects/PerformingArts.php

April 22, 2008 Undoing Silences: Writing for Social Change Workshop with Louise Dunlap, The Loft, Minneapolis, Also at Humphrey Institute TBA. www.undoingsilence.org

April 24-26, 2009 Reworking the University: Visions, Strategies, Demands, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, http://rethinkingtheu.wordpress.com  also see http://www.emancipating-education-for-all.org/

May 21-24, 2009 15th Annual International PTO Conference:  Mad as Hell? Now Move (or Draw, or Act...): Organizing for Social Justice, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, (Pre-Conference Workshops May 18-21, 2009, Post-Conference Workshop May 24-25, 2009) http://www.ptoweb.org/conference.html

June 7-9, 2009, Popular Education for Movement Building and Economic Justice, sponsored by
Highlander Resource and Education Center with the Labour Education Centre, Labour Education Centre, Toronto.  For more information info@laboureducation.org

August 26-29, 2009 Educating the people, the history of popular education Utrecht University, The Netherlands, http://edugate.fss.uu.nl/ISCHE2009/

5.  FOR LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES  click here
A Google search for "popular education" produces an interesting list that is more focused than it has been in the past.  Also the wikipedia entry for popular education is interesting and in the opinion of this newsletter, needs some revising and additions.  Finally, the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) has important global links to the work.



6. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story - Ewe-mina Proverb


7. IN MINNESOTA

Special Opportunity

Thursday May 21, 2009 1:30-5:00 pm: A pre-conference session sponsored by The Popular Education News at the PTO (Free – to register go to www.ptoweb.org )

Popular Education: Experiences, tips and questions - a practice based dialogue on the challenges and  opportunities for the practice of popular education in the U.S. context(s)... and beyond (a bi-lingual workshop)  Facilitated by Pancho Arguelles from Colectivo Flatlander

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Report: The Popular Education Library in a Box Project
 
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At a training session for the recipients of the first boxes containing A Popular Education Library for Activists, Organizers, and Community-based Educators was held on February 23, 2009.  Sixteen people from the seven projects that received the boxes attended along with the facilitators from the Popular Education News that donated the boxes and the Headwaters Foundation for Justice that organized and hosted the training.  Click here to link to an annotated bibliography for the contents of the box.

The Popular Education Mini-box Library Project

The Popular Education News will soon be launching a project offering a small popular education library in a box.  The boxes are designed to be given to individual Minnesota area activists, community-based educators, and organizers who are interested in improving their education work in social movements against oppression and violence, and for democracy, sustainability, justice, and peace.  Details on applying for a mini-box will be distributed to the Minnesota area subscribers to this newsletter.

Events in Minnesota

April 7, 2009 Noon - 1:30 pm
Organizer Roundtable: Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed - A Powerful Organizing Practice

Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 N Dale Street, St. Pau

The session will be led by Victor Cole and his colleagues from the Twin Cities Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed. Come join with your peers to learn new and innovative organizing techniques and to discuss how they can be applied in your own campaigns.
Organizer Roundtables are free, but registration is required. Light snacks will be provided, and please bring your lunch!

April 7, 2009 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Headwaters Foundation RADICAL TUESDAYS: Movement Building with a Twist (and a lime)
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake St, Mpls

cost: FREE!!

April 22, 2008 6:00 pm Undoing Silences:
Writing for Social Change Workshop
 with Louise Dunlap
, The Loft,
Minneapolis, www.undoingsilence.org

April 24-26, 2009 Reworking
the University: Visions, Strategies,
Demands
,
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,
 
http://rethinkingtheu.wordpress.com 
also see http://www.emancipating-education-for-all.org/

May 21-24, 2009 15th Annual International PTO
Conference:  Mad as Hell? Now Move (or Draw,
 or Act...): Organizing for Social Justice
,
Augsburg College, Minneapolis,
(Pre-Conference Workshops May 18-21, 2009,
Post-Conference Workshop May 24-25, 2009)

http://www.ptoweb.org/conference.html

May 20, 2009 Headwaters Social Justice Event