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July 2018

Homeric Greek

July 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Sunday, repeating until July 29, 2018

Spasso Cafe, 6021 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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The Homeric Greek course at Oakland Free University

This is a reading group focused on slowly learning ancient Greek and enjoying the works of Homer. No familiarity with ancient Greek is required, but an understanding of the Greek alphabet is recommended.

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Reading Vergil’s Aeneid in Latin

July 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Spasso Cafe, 6021 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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Vergil's Aeneid in Latin course for Oakland Free University

This is a reading group focused on reading Vergil's Aeneid in Latin. No familiarity with Latin is required, but brushing up beforehand couldn't hurt.

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August 2018

Oakland Free University Presents: Summer School

August 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - August 5, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

About the Summer School: The Oakland Free University Summer School is a collaborative, non-institutional, space of learning & gathering dedicated to collectively envisioning our communities through study, discussion, and the arts. Over the course of two days, we plan to gather and host a series of discussions, panels, workshops, and performances exploring the themes of Crisis & Liberation. Interpreting these themes broadly, we hope to provide a space for collectively grappling with questions, envisioning the communities we want, sharing knowledge,…

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October 2018

Wild Gift Reading Series Presents Caroline Knapp, Terry Taplin and Jacob Kahn

October 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Bookmark, 721 Washington Street
Oakland,, CA 94607 United States
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We are pleased to welcome Caroline Knapp, Terry Taplin and Jacob Kahn to The Bookmark for an evening of readings. As is our custom, 100% of the proceeds donated at this event will be given to the Oakland Public Library to show solidarity with our local community. If you have questions about this event, please email hey@oaklandfreeuniversity.org. Terry Taplin is the inaugural Lambda Literary Fellow. He holds a BA in Classical Languages: Greek and Latin. He is a former slam champion…

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January 2019

Between Past and Future: The Works of Hannah Arendt

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until January 17, 2019

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Grant’s Place, 3839 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611 United States
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This course will begin by touching on two of Arendt's most influential political texts: Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963) and The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951). Later in the course, the focus will shift to Arendt's works involving action, thought, and human potentiality by reading The Human Condition (1958), The Life of the Mind (1978), and Between Past and Future (1961).

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Levinas for End Times

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until January 24, 2019

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The plan is to read two texts very slowly over the course of 2018: Totality and Infinity and Otherwise than Being. We'd spend the first half of the year on the former, taking a break over the summer, meeting one or twice a month to discuss the text (depending on participant interest/availability), digging into the latter text over the fall/winter. We'd work super slowly in order to really dig in, and we'd do so using a simple seminar model: that is, actually sitting around a table and talking…

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March 2019

I’ve Got the Light of Freedom

March 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every 2 months that begins at 3:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until April 6, 2019

Mather Building, 287 Mather St.
Oakland, CA 94611 United States
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We are planning to read I've Got the Light of Freedom, which is a history of the Mississippi civil rights movement and the political organizing that went into it. We thought it would be fun to organize a reading group for this. We will convene the first Saturday of each month at 3 pm at 287 Mather St, apt 4, Oakland, CA for discussions. For the current month's reading assignment, please email the course organizer. A pdf of the book…

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July 2019

Learning Ancient Greek…Slowly

July 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Sunday, repeating until July 7, 2019

Caffe Roma, 2960 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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This is a reading group focused on slowly learning ancient Greek. No familiarity with ancient Greek is required, but an understanding of the Greek alphabet is recommended.

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October 2019

Tongo Eisen-Martin: What Is To Be Thought About?

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Sunday, repeating until October 6, 2019

The Bookmark, 721 Washington Street
Oakland,, CA 94607 United States
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The Bookmark Bookstore is pleased to welcome back Tongo Eisen-Martin as he presents a political education session following on his work at the Oakland Summer School. Tongo is continuing a whirlwind 2018 in which he won the California Book Award, the American Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. All are welcome to this free event, but space is limited so please arrive early. If you have questions about this event, please email hey@oaklandfreeuniversity.org.

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Lou Keep’s “Uruk Series”

October 6 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30pm on day First of the month, repeating until October 27, 2019

Mather Building, 287 Mather St.
Oakland, CA 94611 United States
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Lou Keep is my favorite undiscovered writer. He writes sam[]zdat, which is kinda about everything (think Slate Star Codex, if Scott Alexander was obsessed with questions of meaning & power). Lately I've been captivated by his Uruk Series. The Uruk Series is about "modernity, nihilism, and power." It's nominally a review of four books: Seeing Like a State – James C. Scott The Great Transformation – Karl Polanyi The True Believer – Eric Hoffer The Culture of Narcissism – Christopher Lasch But the…

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