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Separate Shit and State: Live with the Zapatistas in Mexico this Summer!

Sometimes, feeling good is all about comparing yourself to the right peer group. I may be dumb, but at least I’m not gonna do something cool this summer, like these losers:

Still looking for something to do this summer?  Look no further.  A diverse group of people, mostly but not entirely Wesleyan students, will be heading to Mexico for a 6 week tour de force of innovative social theory in practice, accompanied by intellectual/activist Gustavo Esteva.  Esteva was inspired to organize the trip after receiving such a wonderful response from Wesleyan during his lecture series here this February.  We will be meeting people effectively creating radical social change, exploring ecological living (including urban agriculture), staying with Mexican families, and time will be reserved for independent study.  We will be hosted by cooperatives, communities participating in ongoing occupations of land, and the Zapatistas, among others.  Knowledge of Spanish is not required – some people already committed to going do not speak Spanish yet – and learning Spanish will in fact be part of the trip.  This is an incredible chance to be students of revolutionary ways of living and constructing society, organized and accompanied by an excellent person to do so (Gustavo Esteva).  Please contact Emily Gershen ’12 at emilygershen(!)gmail(!!)com for more info–AND SOON!  Time is running out to commit to going.

Date: Tomorrow, Summer ’12
Time: Presented in 24-hour cycles
Place: Um. Mexico.
Cost: Inquire for details!

Direct Action and Radical Social Theory: Interest Meeting

Welcome back, nerds. I wish to take this occasion to welcome you into a Joyous New Apocalyptic Year of 2012, one which probably no longer feels very New at all. It’s just more school. School’s a drag. Also, the whole 2012 thing is bullshit. Regardless, we carry on with classes starting tomorrow, and I’m totally gonna get trashed December 21st regardless. I hope you understand.

Anyway. You might recall last semester’s announcement that students were planning a student forum on the subjects of direct action and radical social theory, inspired by the recent Occupy movement and what was seen as a lack of institutional attention to alternative social theory. Using a syllabus based on the one anthropologist David Graeber drew up to teach a course on the same subject, we’re planning on having the participants themselves teach the course – each week, students will put together a discussion of the reading, viewing, and other material everyone will be engaging with.

Interested? Do one or both of the following: a) Show up to the interest and application meeting tomorrow, Thursday, at 7 PM in the UOC, where we’ll discuss our vision for the course and give out the application questions for all those interested. b) Contact someone involved in the planning of the forum – say, Jon Lubeck ’14 (jlubeck at wesleyan dot edu), Dan Fischer ‘11.5 (dlfischer at wes), or Maxwell Hellmann ’13 (mhellmann at wes) for more information and an app, when it’s ready.

Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 7 P.M.
Place: UOC (190 High St., in between Beta and Eclectic)

Click through for a little more information about applying: