Educational Outliers Unconference

What are the theoretical and political repercussions of education outside of a traditional classroom? 
Whether spurred on by a tidal wave of student debt, changes in technology, or new and nontraditional learning scenarios emerging from various academic disciplines, DIY education is on the rise.

The Educational Outliers Unconference brings together seminar members, guests, and the larger public to engage in a lively day of dialogue, questioning, and critique.

WHEN: Sunday, March 30th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, Room I202, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011



Educational Outliers
Click on the image above to read statements prepared by Educational Outlier participants in a Periscope dossier series edited by Social Text collective member Michael Mandiberg.

The Educational Outliers unconference began as a workshop and roundtable that brought together artists, educators, and researchers to present case studies of important experiments in this area to explore the future of creative learning outside of the conventional classroom, moving beyond questions of whether these alternative spaces can produce meaningful learning. The initial workshop was followed by a Social Text dossier and a year-long seminar at CUNY’s Center for the Humanities.

For the March event, attendees will set the agenda and framing in true unconference style, so we need you to join us in proposing sessions you want to lead, or want to learn about.  The first step in that process is registering.

Our starting point will be the questions that have motivated the seminar: a consideration of the the theoretical, practical and political repercussions of education outside of a traditional institution: the cost and value of education; the function of learning and degrees; hierarchies and politics of the classroom; meeting points and community formation; curricula; and other structures.

Register online, and follow the event via Facebook.

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Michael Mandiberg

Michael Mandiberg is an interdisciplinary artist who created Print Wikipedia, edited The Social Media Reader (NYU Press), founded the New York Arts Practicum, and co-founded the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Editathons. Mandiberg is professor of media culture at the College of Staten Island, CUNY and Doctoral Faculty at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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