THE POPULAR EDUCATION NEWS
Connecting popular and community-based educators and activists to resources for improving educational work in social movements against oppression and for democracy, sustainability, social justice, and peace.

A monthly newsletter about popular education/community organizing resources for facilitators and practitioners: Many of the materials reviewed or listed in the newsletter are part of the collection in the Penny Lernoux Memorial Library at the Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406. You can contribute to future issues by sending suggestions, notices of materials and short reviews or subscribe by sending your email address to lolds@popednews.org.

NO. 37 April 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: THE INSPIRATION OF HIGHANDER

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. HIGHLANDER STILL INSPIRES
2. MASTERS DEGREE OPPORTUNITY
3. NEW BOOK: TEACHING DEFIANCE
4. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
5. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
6. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
7. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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1. HIGHLANDER STILL INSPIRES

The idea of Highlander inspires. I was reminded again of this while I sat listening to the reports of four people who had attended the Highlander Social Change Workshop March 17 - 19. The Popular Education News had been able to assist three young activists to participate; two were there at the report-back dinner that they were obligated to attend after the workshop. Two others from the Upper Midwest who had made the journey to Tennessee were also able to join us at the dinner. Once again I was present for discussions of how we could learn from Highlander. Could there be such a center in our region? I felt a surge of hope as I watched the slide show of images from the workshop, listened to the stories, and heard their plans for further gatherings. I have been part of a number of efforts to create a center in the past, beginning shortly after I first met Myles Horton in 1978 at a meeting friends organized in the same room where we had gathered for the dinner. We haven't succeeded yet, but I am still inspired.

One of the places that shares this inspiration from Highlander is Kotare, a popular education center in Aotearoa (New Zealand). I was inspired by them, too, when I had the opportunity to visit in late 2005. Here is a statement of the vision and methods of Kotare. From http://kotare.orcon.net.nz/

The Kotare Vision

Kotare is a Charitable Trust established in 1996 by a wide range of people involved in community, church, youth, union, local economic development and adult education. This group has since broadened to include people from Te Tiriti and environmental activism backgrounds. Kotare was founded in the belief that people from all sectors need to be inspired and supported to develop and sustain their organisations working for justice and positive social change. We saw a need for the potential of flaxroots/grassroots people and communities to be fostered, supported, sharpened and realised. Our initial years of experience has taught us that this potential needs to be realised and encouraged outside of conventional institutions within an independent and creative environment. The Kotare Trust believes that for real change to be effective, solutions to poverty, inequity and injustice must come from the people who are most directly affected. Our educators have learned that respecting culture and developing analysis, organising and leadership skills are fundamental requirements for successful community development in all its forms. Our educators and researchers are trained by the Trust and in addition to many years experiences in the fields of expertise, they are constantly challenged to reflect on their practice and maintain the principles of popular and radical adult education.

Our methods

· Working with everyone's stories and experiences to create collective visions and collective strategies
· Using structural analysis tools to work with issues that groups identify for themselves
· Using cultural work (drama, music and art) to explore issues
· Holding workshops at our Centre and also in communities
· Using safe (non therapeutic) role play to highlight causes and solutions to forms of oppression
· Developing non-academic, fun and creative learning tools
· Learning from the participants and reflecting on our processes
· Basing our work on practical experience and accurate information

There will be another Highlander Social Change Workshop in October. Space is limited. Sign up early. See below in WHERE POPULAR EDUCATOR WILL GATHER for information on the workshop and a link to registration and more information about the Highlander Center.

2. MASTERS DEGREE OPPORTUNITY

An opportunity to study the theory and practice of education in a community-based programme emphasizing ideas advocated by this newsletter "COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING FOR SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE" begins July 2007 ­ UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA BC. For information contact Dr. Darlene Clover, clover@uvic.ca

3. NEW BOOK

TEACHING DEFIANCE: STORIES AND STRATEGIES FOR ACTIVIST EDUCATORS

(Information from Jossey Bass web site www.jbp.com . Watch for a review later.)
Michael Newman­a two-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education­examines the use of rational discourse, non-rational discourse, and storytelling to bring about personal and collective change. Using a powerful blend of theoretical discussion and step-by-step accounts of practice, Newman returns to what actually happens in that magical encounter between teacher and learner. He examines the educational use of emotions such as frustration, dismay, anger, hatred and love. He proposes ways of teaching and learning insight. He examines how educators can teach people to take effective action. And he discusses how educators and learners can work together to make that action morally justifiable. Newman argues that the educator's role is to help people resist the controls imposed on them by others. The task, the challenge, the mission of the activist educator is to teach defiance.

3. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS

2007 WORLD SOCIAL FORUM (WSF)

2007 World Social Forum will take place in Nairobi in January (www.forosocialmundial.org.ve).

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)

The (USSF) Planning Committee recently announced that the USSF will be held in Atlanta June 27 - July 1, 2007. For Information see www.ussocialforum.org or contact United States Social Forum, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Tel: 505-247-8832

MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MSF)

The MSF will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 6-9, 2006. The planning committee met in Madison Wisconsin Jan 20-21, 2006. A process for adding participant to the planning process was developed. For information www.mwsocialforum.org

BORDER SOCIAL FORUM - (includes the Southwest Regional Organizing Meeting) May 1-7, 2006 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (across from El Paso, TX) The goal of the Border Social Forum is to create a space for the integration of the social movements from the border bi-national region, to connect the social movements of the global north and the global south, and to connect to the organizing for the 2007 US Social Forum. Contact Ruben Solis at the Southwest Workers Union at 210.222.1704 or grulla@igc.org for more information.

SOUTHEAST SOCIAL FORUM & PLANNING MEETING June 16-18, 2006 in Durham, NC at the NC Central campus The SE Regional Organizing Committee for the USSF met in January in Atlanta and decided that a crucial step in organizing a broad-based, people of color-led US Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007 would be to gather movement building organizations in the South and Appalachia to identify our issues and plan for the larger national forum. The gathering's theme will be "Another South is Possible" to parallel the World Social Forum's theme "Another World is Possible." For info contact stephanie@projectsouth.org

EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM (ESF)

The ESF will take place in Athens, Greece, in April 2006. For further information: http://www.fse-esf.org/

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD

For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

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4. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

 

April 7-9, 2006, Northwest Region Immigrant and Refugee Rights Training Institute (WA, OR, ID, MT, UT, CO, WY) Portland, OR (The Training Institute is an opportunity for immigrant and refugee community organizers and activists to gain training on using the BRIDGE Project curriculum and other popular education resources in their work; as well as trainings on topics such as turning out immigrant/refugee community votes in an election year; human rights abuse documentation; and more! ) For a copy of the application form, visit http://www.nnirr.org/NWTrainingInstitute.htm.

April 26-29, 2006 Kingian Nonviolence Leadership Seminar Columbus, Ohio, Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities. (The four-day seminars empower participants to help lead the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) www.KingianNonviolence.info

May 18-21, 2006 Annual PTO Conference: Engaging Community: Creating Critical Praxis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Pre-conference workshops with Augusto Boal, post-conference workshops with Michael Rohd) For Information (http://www.ptoweb.org)

June 5 - 9, 2006 International Seminar on Literacy and post literacy Policies and programs Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cuba and UNESCO at Palace of Conventions , Havana City , Cuba delreal@iplac.rimed.cu   www.iplac.rimed.cu

June 7-10, 2006 Kingian Nonviolence Leadership Seminar Columbus, Ohio, Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities. (The four-day seminars empower participants to help lead the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) www.KingianNonviolence.info

June 25-27, 2006 Peace Education Conference (part of the World Peace Forum) British Columbia Teachers' Federation. For further info and proposals www.bctf.ca

July 2 - 5, 2006 International Conference on RETHINKING EDUCATIONAL CHANGE Al Akhawayn University and Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, Ifrane, Morocco (We believe education should have the power to transform lives, enabling continued profound positive change and personal growth, to ultimately build a better world.) http://www.ghfp.org/

Sept 12 - 15, VENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL FORUM Y PAULO FREIRE: Sendas de Freire: opresiones, resistencias, y emancipaciones en un nueva paradigma de vida Paulo Freire Institute, Valencia, Spain www.institutpaulofreire.org (Spanish-English translation provided)

October 4-7, 2006 Kingian Nonviolence Leadership Seminar Columbus, Ohio, Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities. (The four-day seminars empower participants to help lead the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) www.KingianNonviolence.info

October 13-15, 2006 Social Change Workshop Highlander Center, New Market, TN (The workshops are 2-1/2 day sessions that bring together activists from around the country to share ideas and experiences and to learn about Highlander's history and current programs and about our core methods of popular education, cultural work, and participatory research.) www.highlandercenter.org

January 2007 (Before the World Social Forum) International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) 2007 World Assembly Nairibi, Kenya

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4. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
(*those with online bookstores)

*Catalyst Centre
*Highlander Center
*Institute for Peoples'Education and Action (IPEA)
*Resource Center of the Americas
*Growing Communities for Peace
Kotare
Project South
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research
Pop Ed Links Directory
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network
Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology Sydney
The Change Agency

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5. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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If things are getting easier, maybe you're headed downhill. - Proverb from Ghana
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