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Tolstoy College Symposium

August 20, 2020 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

CQTC100: ANARCHISM IS NOT A DIRTY WORD (SUMMER 2020) is a self-directed summer program designed to highlight the important history of Tolstoy College (TC), an anarchist educational community that was part of UB between 1969-1985.

Although the course is self-directed, we are organizing an online symposium which will include two short conversations between researchers, artists, and alumnus of Tolstoy College to speculate on the possibility and relevance of an anarchist education today. The speakers include Michael Basinski, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Nicolas Vass and Jennifer Wilson. Please RSVP to join us on August 20, 5:30 pm EST. This symposium will be held over zoom and is free and open to the public.

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This program is designed by Julie Niemi, Steven Chodoriwsky and Chris Lee, who comprise the members of Collective Question (CQ). CQ is a working group whose independent practices in art, design, pedagogy and political action coalesced around collective research about the life and activities of TC. CQ offers a program syllabus for a 4-week schedule of readings, walks, screenings and a symposium which, taken together, explore the themes and sites of TC and their resonances today.

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About the Speakers

Culled from his unquenchable ego, Michael Basinski is Curator Emeritus of the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo. He has published a lot of stuff over the past 50 years, and then he did a lot of other stuff too. His most recent book of poetry is Tub Bunny (Brooklyn: Spuyten Duyvil, 2020). He laughs a lot, refuses, and just outside of Buffalo, New York, he lives a little past the airport.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an artist, researcher, and educator. Rasheed holds an Ed.M in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College. She has exhibited her work at Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, Weeksville Heritage Museum, Vox Populi Gallery, Project Row Houses, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Keyholder Residency at Lower East Side Print Studio, Triple Canopy Commission at NYPL Labs, Artadia Grant, A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Queens Museum Jerome Fellowship, Process Space LMCC Residency, Art Matters Grant, Rema Hort Mann Grant, Working Classroom Teaching Artist Residency, The Laundromat Project Fellowship, Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency. Her long form interviews and essays have been published in The New InquiryGawker, The Guardian, and Creative Time Reports.

Nicolas Vas is an artist and researcher who teaches in a business school and studies the use of visual and arts-based methods for the facilitation of grassroots and community organizing.

Jennifer Wilson is a contributing writer at The Nation where she covers books and culture.


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Topic: Tolstoy College Symposium
Time: Aug 20, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 955 9229 1184
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August 20, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Virtual Program