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No. 69 March 2011                   

TABLE OF CONTENTS:      

Column I
1.  EDITORIAL NOTE
2. NEW REVISED EDITION OF ENVIRONMENTAL POPULAR EDUCATION CLASSIC
3.  MISC  ANNOUNCEMENTS
4.
  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES 

Column II
5.  PROVERB OF THE MONTH
6.  IN MINNESOTA

DOWNLOADABLE POPULAR EDUCATION RESOURCES

1. EDITORIAL NOTE
       
This newsletter is late again - perhaps it is becoming a quarterly publication.  There are a number of interesting events in the WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER section below as well as interesting links in the MISC ANNOUNCEMENTS.  Please send items to include in the next newsletter.
        I've been thinking that the Wikipedia entry on popular education should be revised to better reflect contemporary practices of popular educators.  I've begun to draft an entry to do this.  Please get in touch if you would like to assist in this effort. ---Larry Olds,

2. NEW REVISED EDITION OF ENVIRONMENTAL POPULAR EDUCATION CLASSIC

COVER

“The Nature of Transformation: Environmental Adult Education, 3rd Edition” by Darlene Clover, Bruno de Oliverira Jayme, Shirley Follen and Budd Hall, 2011. book website

This is a book on environmental adult education and learning. It is for adult and community educators educators, trainers, literacy and health care practitioners, social and environmental activists, community artists and animators, labour educators, secondary school teachers or higher education professors interested in weaving, socio-environmental issues into their work. In particular, there is an emphasis on using the arts as tool of learning and change. The book contains numerous activities, ideas for workshops, stories and resources that illustrate how to critically and creatively integrate the rest of nature, concepts of ecological and gender and justice, citizenship, critical environmental consciousness and activism into educating and learning in community settings, organisations, education institutions or workplaces.

The Nature of Transformation” has become a quiet  best-seller since its first appearance in 1998.  It was the first book to link critical adult education theory with a call for environmental  action while at the same time providing scores of  engaging participatory methods for effective environmental action teaching and workshops.  Drawing from the popular education traditions of Latin America and Asia, feminist approaches and a very strong use of the arts, “The Nature of Transformation: Environmental Adult Education” has been totally revised with new materials, new graphics, contemporary references to uses of social media and much more. ...Jim Crowther, Popular Education Network

Short review of the book from a previous of this newsletter

3. MISC ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • News from David Greene that The Newark Freedom School is growing well.   It is based in Newark, Ohio, based on popular education for leadership development - a center for community empowerment.  For info: eagle3372(at)msn.com
  • From Move To Amend comes a link to a video they call "a great tool for organizing": The Story of Citizens United v. FEC  link
  • Received from the Participatory Research Group in Asia (PRIA) notice of the launch of 'Global Partnership', the quarterly e-newsletter of PRIA Global Partnership (PGP)link
  • Received from Budd Hall: Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GLACER) Newsletter #14 bhall(at)uvic.ca
  • John Van Rooy's report on popular education at the 2010 United States Social Forum can be found at link
  • Interesting newsletter from Just Associates at JASS Newsletter
  • Good resources continue to be found at United for a Fair Economy http://www.faireconomy.org/about/enews_33
  • SOUL!, a movement-building training center in Oakland, California, has available curriculum manuals (as well as a selection of sample curricula) link
  • The newsletter from the Change Agency in Australia chocked full of resources and info http://www.thechangeagency.org/

4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

Spring Workshop schedule from Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) in NYC  http://www.toplab.org/

Schedule of Training for Change Workshops in various locations:  http://www.trainingforchange.org

April 13 – 16, 2011 12th Annual White Privilege Conference Minneapolis, MN http://www.uccs.edu/~wpc/

April 15, 2011 Developing Popular Education Curricula for Community Organizing, with Eunice Cho, author of BRIDGE: A Popular Education Curriculum for Immigrant and Refugee Organizers , Oakland Asian Cultural Center , Oakland CA (Part of a series of workshops, WORK IT OUT! / A CHAMBEAR! , every other Friday until May 13  http://www.pilaweb.org/

May 9-14, 2011 How to Do Transformational Work, Training for Change, Minneapolis - St. Paul http://www.trainingforchange.org/transformational_workshop

June 9 -12, 2010 At the AERC/CASAE joint Conference in Toronto with pre-conferences on June 9: Feminist Popular Education: Exploring The Edges (a full day event) Convener: Linzi Manicolm;  If People Counted: Popular Economics and Economic Diversity and Mapping Popular Economics: Networking the Field (each a half day event) Convener: The Catalyst Centre
For more information on these and other pre-conferences and the conference see http://www.casae2011aerc.org/workshops/

June 14 - 17, 2011   ICAE 8th World Assembly: A World Worth Living, Malmo, Sweden.  See http://aworldworthlivingin.se/  for the program, themes of the assembly, a call for proposals, and for scheduling your activities.  (There are many seminars and workshops on popular education themes.) 

June 22-26, 2011 ROOTS Fest 2011: Many Communities, One Voice, in West Baltimore, MD http://alternateroots.org/festival
June 23-26, 2011 Allied Media Conference 2011, Detroit http://alliedmedia.org/

July 20 - 23, 2011 17th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference: "We Are Each Other's Harvest" Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, Il  link for information

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5. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

A deaf ear is followed by death and an ear that listens is followed by blessings. - Samburu (Kenya) Proverb

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6. IN MINNESOTA

 
April 9, 2011 CD Release Concert with Larry Long, recipient of the Popular Education News 2007 Award for Contributions of Music in the Struggle for Justice and Peace.  Joining Larry in concert will be Tonia Hughes, Robert Robinson with special guests JD Steel, Billy Peterson, and more.  Loring Theater, Minneapolis.  link to more info

April 13 – 16, 2011 12th Annual White Privilege Conference Minneapolis, MN http://www.uccs.edu/~wpc/

May 10 - 15, 2011 How to Do Transformational Work  Mpls/St. Paul, MN
Learn how to go beyond experiential education into the domain of transformation, assisting workshop participants to identify and loosen their emotional blocks to greater effectiveness. Prerequisite: Advanced Training of Trainers.


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ANNOUNCING

The Larry Olds Popular Education Fund at Headwaters Foundation for Justice


This fund is to support Minnesota organizations, activists, and community-based educators in improving their use of popular education in their work. Grants will be provided for organizing training events as well as for local folks to participate in training opportunities elsewhere.  To apply send the following to lolds@popednews.org: a) a paragraph (or 2 at the most) about yourself and your work, b) details about the education or training activity (including its cost) and its connection to your work and your interests.

Recently funded activities:

  • Scholarships for 6 people to attend a Training For Change Workshop
  • Support for two to attend a TOPLAB "Cop-in-the-Head" workshop in NYC
  • A Workshop "Teaching Ourselves the Wall Methodology" (methodology from the book Starting With Women's Lives)