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Curious About Cannabis?

Not sure where you stand on the issue of marijuana legalization? Never really thought about it? Wondering what all the hoopla in the media is about?

This is a mini workshop of three classes with the mission of dispensing the truths and dispelling the myths about cannabis in our society.

Please note: We will not be discussing growing and cultivating techniques, or how to make edibles. Instead, we will cater this workshop to the specific needs of the group.

Our mini-workshop will go as follows:

1. First meeting:
a. Group discussion. Topics:
i. What is your current stance on marijuana legalization?
ii. What are your concerns and questions about cannabis or cannabis legalization?
b. Look at some of the false propaganda propagated by the US Government.
c. Watch Reefer Madness
d. Homework: Find one article related to a question or concern you have about cannabis.
2. Second meeting:
a. Share your homework with the rest of the class and discuss.
b. Watch What if Cannabis Cured Cancer
3. Third and final meeting:
a. Group discussion: What have you learned? How have your views changed?
b. Watch The Union: The Business of Getting High

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
I have been a board member with MN NORML--the Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws--since June 2011. I formerly served as the events coordinator and am currently the treasurer. I am passionate about educating the public about this amazing plant, all it has to offer, and why the War on Drugs has been a failure. I hope you will join me for this inaugural class!
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-670-4268
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
12
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Curious About Cannabis?
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21st-Century Propaganda: Thought Control in A Democracy

This six-week course will offer an unconventional definition of Propaganda as it functions in U.S. society in the 21st Century. Although the premise of the class is that Propaganda permeates the entire intellectual culture, the focus will be on the mass media. Along the way we’ll do a bunch of fun and challenging exercises, working in small groups and doing as much homework as people want to do. (Maybe none.) We’ll consider how Propaganda affects social change work, learn how to protect ourselves from the dangers of Propaganda and how to begin to neutralize the power of Propaganda in the culture at large. We’ll look a bit at Public Relations theory and what I like to call the Public Relations-ization of U.S. culture. We’ll be learning a bit about systems analysis and the functioning of the structures and processes that are built into the modern media environment. By the end of the course, I hope we’ll all have a better understanding of how Propaganda works, how it affects our lives, and how to spot it and disarm it. The only requirement will be interest in the subject—no prior knowledge will be required to understand any of the concepts we’ll be covering.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Blegen Hall, U of MN West Bank
269 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
I have been an activist, writer, editor, and teacher based in Minneapolis for the past 39 years. For the past fourteen years I have published a free newsletter on politics, culture, and media called Nygaard Notes: Independent Periodic News and Analysis. My work has appeared in the Star Tribune, Z Magazine, Counterpunch, Access Press, and various other publications. I have also appeared on radio and television, and taught media courses and workshops around the Twin Cities and elsewhere. For the past seven years I have been featured, along with local activist Dave Bicking, on a monthly cable TV show called “News: A Different Perspective.” I’ve written extensively on the subject of media and Propaganda, and am currently working on a book on the subject of propaganda in the 21st Century.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-703-6157
Class minimum size: 
6
Class maximum size: 
12
Time/Location
Class times: 
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Thu, 10/11/2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Thu, 10/18/2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Thu, 10/25/2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Thu, 11/01/2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Address: 
Blegen Hall, U of MN West Bank
269 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 58' 18.8364" N, 93° 14' 36.1716" W
Additional class location information: 
Just north of Wilson Library, West Bank
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Omar Alansari-Kreger's picture

Intro to Social Preliminology:

The introduction to social preliminology class is intended to exist as a single medium that works to develop the context of social preliminology. Human civilization has perpetually been confronted with two extreme outcomes which can be broken down into the following primary categories: rise and downfall. The class will be tasked with developing a universal formula that can explain and depict this cycle using the human diversification factor. Further defined, the human diversification factor represents the unique attributes that distinguish communities, societies, nations, and civilizations from each other; both past and present. A comprehensive understanding of social preliminology is achieved by bracing ourselves with universal human behaviors and their impacts on a respective society’s environment in addition to its greater civilization at large.

The downfall of the Roman, British, and the Ottoman Empires collapsed for various reasons that are hardly uniform when observing the actual technicalities. Nonetheless, if we take a brief journey into history, we will observe that the Roman Empire collapsed as a result of a split between east and west, the British Empire fell due to its weakened position after the Second World War, and the final blow to the “sick man of Europe” (the Ottoman Empire) was delivered in the form of the First World War. In an effort to eliminate the abstractness that surrounds this subject matter, the prevalence of the societal infrastructure holds itself as an invaluable attribute that supports/sustains any human civilization. When the infrastructural variable is weakened and destabilized, adverse implications are felt in the political, economic, and social arenas of the nation-state, empire, or sovereign entity in question. As an example, the cost of World War Two economically devastated Great Britain while the infrastructural backwater of the Ottoman Empire leads to the creation of its derogatory nickname (the sick man of Europe).

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
I am an individual who has been exposed to a wide variety of experiences throughout the last ten years. I work as a freelance writer and content creation specialist, but I devote a considerable amount of my personal time to my own personal studies. Through these efforts, I have successfully developed structural frameworks for new and endeavoring subject matters which are intellectually oriented in nature. Apart from being a writer and intellectual contemplator, I have also established my own grassroots organizations right here in the Twin Cities which include: the Voices for Intellectual Independence Society & the Free & Independent Intellectualism Confederation. In addition, I have also assisted with the assembly of locally inspired cultural awareness programs throughout the greater Twin Cities.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(952) 649-0800
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
50
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sat, 09/08/2012 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sat, 09/15/2012 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sat, 09/22/2012 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sat, 09/29/2012 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sat, 10/13/2012 - 11:00 - 13:00
Additional class time information: 
Class meets every Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. starting from September 8th and then ending on October 13th 2012.
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
The class is best described as freely inspired Intellectual curriculum at its earliest stages.
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance at Cycles for Change (Sundays) (September)

This class is designed as a complete introduction to the basics of maintaining your bicycle yourself. Learning to fix your own bike can save you money, ensure access to reliable transportation, and be a rewarding personal experience to understand how your vehicle functions. Participants aren’t expected to know anything beforehand – the only thing you need to bring is your lovely selves, your bike if you want, and a creative desire to learn!

In addition to providing technical explanations and building mechanical knowledge and confidence, this class will attempt to provide a basic overview of the role of community bike shops throughout the country and world, as we work to build sustainable transportation movements locally and globally.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Cycles for Change
712 University Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: 651-222-2080
Facilitator's experience: 
Bri is a Program Associate at Cycles for Change.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651-222-2080
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
25
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 09/09/2012 - 16:30 - 19:00
Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:30 - 19:00
Sun, 09/23/2012 - 16:30 - 19:00
Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:30 - 19:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Cycles for Change
712 University Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: 651-222-2080
44° 57' 20.3004" N, 93° 7' 43.0716" W
Basic Bicycle Maintenance
angiecoe's picture

Basic Bicycle Maintenance at Cycles for Change (Thursdays) (September)

This class is designed as a complete introduction to the basics of maintaining your bicycle yourself. Learning to fix your own bike can save you money, ensure access to reliable transportation, and be a rewarding personal experience to understand how your vehicle functions. Participants aren’t expected to know anything beforehand – the only thing you need to bring is your lovely selves, your bike if you want, and a creative desire to learn!

In addition to providing technical explanations and building mechanical knowledge and confidence, this class will attempt to provide a basic overview of the role of community bike shops throughout the country and world, as we work to build sustainable transportation movements locally and globally.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Cycles for Change
712 University Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: 651-222-2080
Facilitator's experience: 
As the Program Director at Cycles for Change, I am responsible for teaching adult maintenance classes. I have had the opportunity to teach bike repair at several community bike shops over the years.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651-222-2080
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
25
Time/Location
Class times: 
Thu, 09/06/2012 - 18:00 - 20:30
Thu, 09/13/2012 - 18:00 - 20:30
Thu, 09/20/2012 - 18:00 - 20:30
Thu, 09/27/2012 - 18:00 - 20:30
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Cycles for Change
712 University Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: 651-222-2080
44° 57' 20.3004" N, 93° 7' 43.0716" W
Basic Bicycle Maintenance
maggie.miller86's picture

Mental Health Medicinal Herb Garden

Partially inspired by the Icarus Project (http://theicarusproject.net/), this class aims to start a medicinal herb garden open to the public which would encourage seeking new options to navigating mental health. In addition to managing a community garden plot with a variety of helpful herbs, classes/book discussions/movie viewings generated from pooled resources will help us learn how to utilize herbs grown there, along with gaining a more comprehensive view of herbal medicine and exploring new directions in mental health. The roots of curiosity and self-education must be present in this group, as we help each other learn and break away from health being only understood or comprehensible by "professionals". We are the experts on our own experiences. Let's get our hands dirty and our minds buzzing.

This class is open to all, but please contact the facilitator with a letter of introduction so we can map our potential resources and direction.
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Long-Term Care Insurance Awareness

Around 75% of people reaching age 65 will require Long-Term Care at some point in their lives. Learn that you can often stay out of the nursing home, in instances even paying family and friends who are caring for you, so that they do not have to be left totally unsupported when the burden grows while helping you.

The course is designed to educate you on the best options available. We will cover the probability of need, the rising costs to waiting, and the new benefits available to you as you choose the right policy. Your premiums can also be deductible for either a business or an individual or couple...

We will discuss the changes in this area of insurance from a non-lawyers view, or from your perspective as a consumer. We also will deal with common misconceptions involving Medicare, and Medicaid. The course itself is strictly educational.

***2nd-half of the class is to be reserved for answering specific questions of the participants as necessary!***

Facilitator email(s): 
brinnmarie@specialistlt[email protected]
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
Many years behind us, and even 15 years teaching such a class to community schools...
Facilitator phone number(s): 
952-906-2928
612-791-3131
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
15
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
No, but willing to find an alternate location if necessary.
Additional class location information: 
Flexible, possibly also having a meeting space in an apartment bldg. in St. Louis Park, Mn
Become Savy and Be Prepared for Choices in the world of Long-Term Care
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Creativity and the Problem of Ownership

Creativity and the Problem of Ownership.
This course will address some of the issues facing artists and content creators.
Sources for group discussion will include readings from Lewis Hyde, Lawrence Lessig and others, as well as video from Kirby Ferguson.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Blegen Hall, room 205, University of Minnesota MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
MFA and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Studio Artist, Research interests in Visual Culture, Intellectual/Creative Property and the Humanities.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612.990.1723
Class minimum size: 
3
Class maximum size: 
10
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 19:00 - 20:30
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Blegen Hall, room 205, University of Minnesota MN
United States
This course will focus on the potentials and limitations of creative ownership.
andrew.gramm's picture

DIY Screenprinting with Living Proof Print Collective

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 13:00 - 16:00
DIY Screenprinting

Participants are invited to join Living Proof for a two-day workshop covering the fundamentals of screenprinting. We'll emphasize Do-It-Yourself methods so folks will be able to take their screenprinting skills out into their communities!

The first day, Sunday 1:00-4:00PM we will focus on designing images to print and exposing screens.
The next day, Monday 7:00-10:00PM we will be printing and sharing prints!

By the end of the workshop, participants will make their image into a one-color print that they can put on paper or fabric to share and post widely and wildly. We will cover print shop basics, introduce materials and alternative inking and printing processes.

Due to space limitations, we can only allow 5 participants per 2-day workshop. Please sign up only if you're sure you can attend both days.

Facilitator's experience: 
Living Proof is a group of young screenprinters who use the medium to increase arts access and support emerging voices in partnership with educational and activist projects in the Twin Cities. We've worked with students from middle school to 12th grade and last session facilitated our first all-ages EXCO workshop.

Location

Living Proof basement studio, Minneapolis MN
United States
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
[email protected]
Additional workshop time information: 
Sunday March 11, 1:00-4:00PM and Monday March 12, 7:00-10:00PM
Address: 
Living Proof basement studio, Minneapolis MN
United States
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SAORI Weaving

Explore SAORI (Japanese Free-Style) Weaving.

One 2-hour long class.
No age and skill limitation

Students will weave on SAORI loom which is very easy to use and it's for all levels and ages.
Since everyone has a different pace when weaving, the lenghth of woven cloth varies between 10 and 70 inches depending on individual. Many people get started in a short class like this and have fun with this style of this class. Students can decide what they will do with the fabric they weave. However, I assist with ideas as well.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
Experience teaching SAORI wewaing workshops, outreach at shcools and other facilities, presentations, and exhibits. Also I have worked with younger children, and handicapped adults and children.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651-964-9189
Class minimum size: 
1
Class maximum size: 
4
Time/Location
Additional class time information: 
It's a 2-hour class. and it's flexible: open Mon, Thu, and Fri between 10:15am to 2:00pm.
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
SAORI, Japanese Freestyle weaving
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