Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education

CUNY Graduate Center, Center for Humanities
Apr 11, 2013, 6:30pm, room 9206

Education outside of a traditional classroom is on the rise. Again. Spurred on by DIY culture, a tidal wave of student debt, and changes in technology, new non-traditional learning scenarios are emerging in many academic disciplines.

Join a conversation with protagonists from Anhoek School, Brooklyn Brainery, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Machine Project, Mildred’s Lane, New York Arts Practicum, NYC Resistor, Occupy University, School of Missing Studies (SMS), SOMA Summer, The Public School, and Trade School.

Moving beyond questioning whether these alternative spaces can produce meaningful learning, this roundtable seeks to bring together artists, educators, and scholars to present case studies of their experiments in this area, discuss why this is happening now, and explore the future of creative learning outside of the conventional classroom.


Anhoek School, Mary Walling Blackburn
Brooklyn Brainery, Jen Messier & Jonathan Soma
Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Ajay Singh Chaudhary & Abby Kluchin
Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Haley Mellin
Machine Project, Mark Allen
Mildred’s Lane, J. Morgan Puett
New York Arts Practicum, Michael Mandiberg
NYC Resistor, Jon Santiago
Occupy University, Yukiko Hanawa and Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo
School of Missing Studies (SMS), Katherine Carl and Srdjan Jovanović Weiss
SOMA Summer, Carla Herrera-Prats
The Public School, Nova Benway & Taeyoon Choi
Trade School, Caroline Woolard

Moderated by Michael Mandiberg, College of Staten Island, CUNY.

Cosponsored by CUNY Center for Humanities, Graduate Center Digital Initiatives and JustPublics@365.

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.