EXCO Newsletter: March 2010

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You can still register for an EXCO class!
www.excotc.org/classes
Classes that begin in March or April:
-Improve your health and well being with Breathwork
-Oneness Experiential
-Getting the Goods Workshop: Digging in with Twin Cities Indymedia, FOIA & MN Data Practices Act  
-Imagining Revolution
-Introduction to Political Ideologies
-Clases de Yoga
-Basic Bike Maintenance at Sibley Bike Depot
-Complete Overhaul Bicycle Repair at the Sibley Bike Depot
-Collective Home Buying Workshop
-From Abbie Hoffman to Reverend Billy: History, Practice and Pedagogy of Culture Jamming
-What's Your Story? Citizen Journalism 101
-Poetic Meditation

EXCO Presents:
A Conversation about Privilege, Access, and Education--Creating Community-Owned Infrastructure for Free Education in Cedar Riverside

When: Monday, March 8th, 7pm to 8pm
Where: Coffman Memorial Union Room 326
(light refreshments will be provided)

As you may know, the Experimental College (EXCO) chapter at the U of M has been meeting and developing relationships with community members in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood in an effort to lay the groundwork for the co-creation of a community-owned infrastructure for free education in Cedar Riverside.  

In an effort to keep the process moving forward, open ourselves up for criticism, and get advice in the visioning and shaping of this project, EXCO is organizing a meeting among fellow students, student organizations, and others at the U of M or Augsburg that might have (or would like to have) a stake in this process.

Please join us to contribute your thoughts to this discussion and learn more about EXCO, the details, structure and time line of the Cedar Riverside initiative and how you or your organization can help develop and shape this project.

Please forward this information widely! We encourage you to invite others who you think might be interested in this initiative. All are welcome!

End of Season Celebration
Saturday April 24, 2010
If you'd like to excersize your planning muscles by helping out with this sure-to-be fantastic event, please contact Erin at [email protected] or 815.302.2481
Save the date and stay tuned for more exciting details...

Do you like to par-tay?
You might be just the one to help organize EXCO’s June benefit.  We need to find a great space where bands can play and artists can set up and display their work.  We will work together to plan and execute a fundraising event for EXCO that makes for one heck of a party.  Raise money, raise awareness and raise the roof (literally and figuratively)!

There is a lot to discuss about the nature of this party and what kinds of activities we would like to see happen there and for whom.  Those of us who put this end of Spring/beginning of Summer benefit together will be the lucky ones because the process of developing this magnificent event will be a party all in itself. If you’re ready to get down, contact Angie at [email protected] !!

Haiti Benefit Concert
March 12, 2010 at the Fallout Urban Art Center, 2609 S. Stevens Ave.
The Mumble Bugs and Citizen Mpls. are scheduled to play, and more bands and DJ's will be anounced soon.

Thoughts on EXCO - by Tshisuaka

It's a place where knowledge and skills are aquired.  This is about where the similatities end between the Experimental College of the Twin Cities  and formal centers of education.

For centuries knowledge has been at best a privilege and at worst a weapon jealously guarded by those in positions to share or hoard what is, in my opinion, every person's right.

Many struggles and difficult questions are trademarks of any new idea when it's put into practice, and EXCO is no different. Being structured in an anti-hierarchical format is very new and sometimes even strange to lots of people, but the typical new student of EXCO soon will find themselves feeling right at home.

A wide, wide variety of classes are offered through EXCO by a wide variety of individuals.  From professionals who are reguarded as experts in their respective fields to the savvy self taught amatuer who's education has never been affected by financial influence - there's surely something for any and everyone at EXCO.  Anyone can take or teach a class, and all classes are free!

Because of the hard work of organizers, facilitators, and participants , EXCO helps to provide the conditions for free, community-led education.  Why?  Because wanting to help move society forward can be more than just a nice sounding idea.

To find out more about the EXCO please visit http://www.excotc.org