Exco Newsletter: April 2010

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  • Exco Party in the Park
  • Exco Reflection Dinner
  • Cedar Riverside Collaborative Meeting
  • Reflections on the "Beneath the University, the Commons"
  • Apply to teach with Exco this summer
  • Scholarship opportunity

We have quite a few events coming up in the next few weeks.  Come to those that interest you most!  There's something for everyone.

Exco Party in the Park
Saturday, April 24th, 1pm-4pm
Matthews Park
2318 29th Ave. S. Minneapolis

Join us as we celebrate another round of Exco classes.  Come with your Exco class or invite friends and family (all are welcome!) and enjoy a nice afternoon of celebration.  You all are enthusiastically encouraged to showcase what you've been doing/discussing/making/playing at EXCO classes this session!  It will be a Potluck-style event. Some Grillable food will be provided, but do bring a dish to pass and come grill out with us!  Bring your own plate/utensils if you can to help us cut down on waste. In case of bad weather, we will hold the event inside the Matthews Park Community Center.  Bring a shirt for screenprinting EXCO shirts.  Thank you for another great session of classes!  Hope to see you there!

Exco Reflection Dinner 
Saturday, April 25, 5:30-8 pm
Coffman Room 323 at the UMN
300 Washington Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

Building map: http://www.coffman.umn.edu/about/directory/
Free parking around Coffman Union is limited, so plan on taking the bus or biking if possible.  There is a parking ramp behind the building that has an hourly fee. 

As the spring session of classes comes to a close, the U of M chapter of EXCO would like to thank you for your involvement and request your feedback. (EXCO is only possible with community participation!) Please extend this invitation to anyone interested in expanding education, making learning more accessible to university and non-university members. This will be an informal time to eat a delicious meal, discuss our personal experiences and insights to make EXCO better, and form ideas towards the co-creation of more exciting classes.  We hope to build a stronger community at the U of M and better connect our efforts to struggles at the Universities and the needs and desires of our communities. Some things we want to discuss are:

  • What opportunities or challenges do we see?  What has your experience been, what has gone well and how can we make it better?
  • What do we, as individuals want to learn more about? What do we want to teach?
  • What types of classes would we like to see?
  • What are other ways we could contribute to EXCO? (Childcare? Ideas for spaces? Community resources?)
Please join us! RSVP by Friday April 20th (so we know how much food to provide!) by emailing brittnymalec@gmail.com or calling Britt at 414-732-9481

Cedar Riverside Collaborative Meeting
Monday, April 26, 6-7:30 pm
Brian Coyle Community Center
420 15th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55454
Come to the second community meeting to talk about how Exco can grow in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood as a community-led collaboration to create free quality classes that build community capacity, interconnection, and respond to community needs and desires. Childcare and translation will be provided.  
Reflections on the "Beneath the University, the Commons" conference (April 8-11, 2010)
"This year marked the third annual Minneapolis conference focused on critically examining and re-imagining the university in our everyday lives. "Beneath the University, the Commons" drew students, faculty, organizers, and many others from throughout the country and globe. In the intimate space of the West Bank Social Center, I got to hear rousing manifestos from University of Minnesota professors, front-lines analysis from students involved in the UC struggles in California, powerful and sobering stories from activists seeing the cultural logic of privatization in the wake of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and hard-hitting theories and calls to action from Italy, Toronto, Finland, and New York. Despite the varied experiences and backgrounds, we drew out many connections, commonalities, and understandings of today's crises as seen through the lens of the university. We raised the importance of organizing sustained projects and institutions that embrace the university as a confluence of resources and energies while also moving away from its corporate machinery; the Experimental College was lauded as one such project. I look forward to where these conversations go, both within EXCO as well as among the myriad groups and individuals I got to meet at the conference who are struggling for another world."
--Stevie Peace, EXCO supporter and former class facilitator and student
Apply to teach with Exco this summer! 
Everyone is a teacher and a learner with Exco. What have you learned?  What are you passionate about?  What are your skills? Classes can be on any subject and can take many forms.  Facilitators are volunteers but we may be able to provide some money for those who could not teach without it.  We may also be able to provide money for supplies.  If you are interested in facilitating a class or a workshop, submit your online application before May 14.  Learn more and apply online at http://www.excotc.org/content/facilitate-a-class
Scholarship opportunity
The Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship is a private family scholarship that was established in the 1970’s in Carol’s memory to assist “non-traditional” women in completing their education at the University.  The Carol E. Macpherson scholarship is sustained by the generosity of Carol’s family, and is administered by the Women’s Center.  Each year approximately 10 women are awarded the one time scholarship (ranging from $500 to $4,000). The applicant MUST fulfill each of the following requirements to be considered eligible:
  • Women students (28 years or older)
  • Have had a five-year or longer break in post-secondary education
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Admission or pending admission to an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree or credit certificate program at any U of M campus
  • Good academic standing at the University of Minnesota
  • Meet half-time enrollment status minimum
Please visit:  http://www1.umn.edu/women/awardsMacpherson.html for more information and to obtain an application. Application deadline Wednesday, April 28, 2010. 
Other upcoming Exco dates:
May 26: Summer classes posted online/ registration open
June 21: Summer classes begin

Please send May newsletter submissions to [email protected] by May 1.

Hope to see you soon!

Callie and the Exco organizing team

Experimental College of the Twin Cities
Where everyone can teach and take classes, and all are free!

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