Over the next two months at the SSC, we’re going to be exploring ideas about what cooperative education is for, and how it works. On May 26th we’ll be having our 7th AGM, where we’ll be making decisions about how we’re moving forward as a community.
Tuesday 13th March
Free, cooperative higher education: What does it mean to be a co-operative? The vision and co-operative structures of the Social Science Centre – with Lucy, Laura, Bradley, Joss, Sarah
Tuesday 27th March
Creating curricula for new alternatives: the EarthCare project
In this session I will share about ongoing work in a project called the ‘EarthCARE Global Justice Framework’ and invite reflection on the kinds of alternative world-making that it offers.
“The EarthCARE Global Justice framework emerged out of an international R&D network of eco-social learning initiatives that seek to integrate ecological, cognitive, affective, relational, and economic (EarthCARE) approaches to local and global justice. This framework is intended to push the boundaries of prevailing approaches to global change and related definitions of ‘global citizenship’, ‘development’, ‘success’, and ‘sustainability’ beyond problematic patters of simplistic analyses and engagements well documented in research (see ‘HEADS UP’ tool). The framework aims to support the design of deep learning processes that can enable CARE-ful learners to think, relate and work together differently to alleviate the effects and transform root causes of unprecedented global challenges.
“The EarthCARE framework proposes a vision of deep transformational learning processes that combine practical doing (together), the building of trust (in one another), deepening analyses (of self, systems, and social and ecological complexity), and dismantling walls (between peoples, knowledges, and cultures). In this vision, intellectual engagements, the arts, ethics, cosmovisions, the environment, and embodied practices are all understood as important conduits for learning.”
“The EarthCARE global justice framework is unique as it combines six complementary approaches to justice that encourage ‘alternative approaches to engagement with alternatives’, moving beyond the search for universal models and problem-solving approaches towards preparing people to work together with and through the complexities, uncertainties, paradoxes, and complicities that characterize efforts to address unprecedented global challenges collaboratively today.”
Tuesday 10th April
Tuesday 24th April
The Greatest Threat to the Internal Security of the USA: The Black Panther Free Breakfast for Children Program with Sunny Dhillon
This paper seeks to explore the legacy of The Black Panther Party amidst the contemporary, neo-liberal context in which we find ourselves, here in the UK. In particular, the paper will focus on the Panthers’ Free Breakfast for Children Program, and the response in 1969 by the then former FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, responding to it as ‘the greatest threat to the internal security of the USA’. The reasons for this response will be examined through a critical theorist lens; namely, Herbert Marcuse. The legacy of this program will be explored, before a group work task to attempt a synthesis with what the Panthers accomplished, and the challenges facing those disenfranchised here in Lincolnshire. It is hoped that the paper rekindles interest in the Panthers, and how they serve as an example of the power of community organisation and activism in the face of state and corporate injustice.
This link to to a brief overview of the Panthers on the open access Marxists.org., as well as their Ten-Point Program: https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/workers/black-panthers/1966/10/15.htm.
Midday at the Angel Coffee House, Free School Lane – come and join the conversation about what’s next for the SSC.
Calum Watt – A History of Housing in Lincoln
7pm at Mint Lane Involve Centre
A study on the early history on the City of Lincoln’s pioneering efforts to bring social housing to the masses, the efforts of working people to win for themselves a “home with a bathtub” and the enduring quality of planning and architecture in the early 20th century that stands as an example for modern housing projects today.