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Deschooling & Decolonizing

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Age Requirements: 18 and older
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Deschooling & Decolonizing: Systemic Change From the Inside Out

This 8-week OlioCourse examines the settler colonial history of the university and the different ways we can create decolonial projects from the institution’s structure using Janelle Monae’s work. We'll be launching our conversations off la paperson’s "A Third University is Possible", where the author explores the three different types of universities and the kind of people these environments create. We will time travel with the android, Cindi Mayweather and scyborg, Janelle Monae to look at the resistance in and out of the college campus and the wider institution of the university. 

Somewhere along their academic endeavor, the idea of inclusion and belonging in higher education becomes erased for many marginalized students. What happens in these instances? Why is this a common experience? The answer may be because of the history and structure of the university itself. Inspired by the works of la paperson, Janelle Monae and Robin D.G Kelley, this course will help us to unveil the history and the impact of the American universitie's connection to settler colonialism. 

La paperson’s A Third University is Possible creates a scaffolding in which we will look at different types of universities. Janelle Monae’s critically acclaimed album, Dirty Computer and emotion picture of the same title is based on the artist wanting to tell her story “before it was erased.” In the current sociopolitical climate, Janelle Monae was inspired to create an album for Black women, LGBTQIA, immigrants, people with disabilities and other marginalized communities. She not only wanted to represent for these communitiesc but as an artist, felt it was her responsibility to do so. Robin D. G. Kelley’s work looks at what it means to be “in but not of” the university and how that perspective creates change. All three works lead to how we can build decolonial projects in and outside the universities. 

This OlioCourse will expose the veneer of the university and colonial machine that it is. It will show how some were able “take a byte” and reconfigure the university into decolonial projects. Moreover, our 8 sessions will help us to understand why being a dirty computer is not such a bad thing and in fact, could be a worthy aim.

  • Week I & II: The Source & Structure
    • Before we get to the university, we have to start on the land that it is built upon. In this session, we will explore how settler colonial origins and technologies are employed to maintain the universities structure.
  •  Week III & IV: Resistance, Reactions and Responses
    • What does it look like when students and faculty of the universities decide to resist curriculum and spaces of oppression? In these sessions, we will look at what happens when marginalized students and allies begin to refuse the university.
  •  Week V & VI: Scyborgs in the System
    • Scyborgs are created within the university. These scyborgs can rewire the machinery of the institution for their own intention. These sessions will examine how scyborgs of all kinds have “screwed” the institutions that they are affiliated with.
  • Week VII & Week VIII: Movies, Music and the Media
    • For these sessions we will step out of the university and see how scyborgs in the media industry apply the previous lessons into all kinds of works.

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