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The Public School Los Angeles is a space for radical communal self-education. How do I propose a class? Can anyone propose a class? Yes! Anyone can propose a class. Simply post a comment on the Facebook page describing the class you'd like to host, teach, or see started. If there is enough interest in it and a committee member can host it, we will schedule a time for the class to happen. How do I make a class someone else posted happen? Be sure to like (or LOVE) the comment on this Facebook page. Additionally, if you can help teach part of it, have a specific interest you'd like to see addressed, or had questions about the class, be sure to post those in the reply as well. The more activity and discussion, the more we'll know there's interest in seeing the class happen. Who is the committee? How do you decide which classes actually happen? The committee is a collection of anywhere between 3 and 10 individuals who work on a volunteer basis to host classes. We most often host classes that have a strong appeal to users of this page. What types of classes do you host? We tend to focus on reading groups, often around philosophical, political, and artistic concerns. However, there is no limit to what you can propose. In the past we have hosted walking tours of radical Los Angeles, learned about indigenous plants, had "fucked up drawing classes" and more. If you want to see it, just propose it! Can I get any credit for this? No. This is self-education, outside of all public and private educational structures. You decide the curriculum, you decide how to teach and how to learn. Do classes cost money? Do teachers get paid? All classes are free. Teachers may not accept payment. You may however make donations to the Public School to help offset upkeep costs. What if I have another question or want to talk about a class to the committee directly? Just email the Facebook account and we'll get back to you, usually within 24 hours.
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A new proposal from The Public School website: Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) was a pioneer in semiotics, logic, topology, cryptography, set theory and philosophy. Both hailed as ‘America’s greatest philosopher’ and largely forgotten or ignored, Peirce is an intriguing and complex figure. While many are familiar with his semiotics, few understand how his concepts fit into a wider philosophical system. In this introductory course, we will explore Peirce’s philosophy, paying special attention to his concepts of indeterminacy, tension and continuity and how they figure into his phenomenology, metaphysics and philosophy of science. I have chosen a few of works from his numerous articles, manuscripts and lectures that represent his views most concisely— or at least most intensely. Together, through close reading and discussion, we will unravel what remains even today a fresh and compelling system of thought.
We just received a new class proposal: Reading Group on I.I. Rubin’s “Essays on Marx’s Theory of Value” In the hopes of facilitating subsequent discussions/readings on value-form theory, and more specifically the Wertkritik of Krisis, Exit!, Anselm Jappe, Norbert Trenkle, Robert Kurz, and other value criticism(s), we propose starting first with the basics. Isaak Illich Rubin’s seminal book, “Essays on Marx's Theory of Value” is a foundational piece of writing for the value-form approach to Marxist theory. According to Fredy Perlman’s introduction, “Rubin’s book is a comprehensive, tightly argued exposition of the core of Marx’s work, the theory of commodity fetishism and the theory of value. Rubin clarifies misconceptions which have resulted, and still result, from superficial readings and evasive treatments of Marx’s work. Marx’s principal aim was not to study scarcity, or to explain price, or to allocate resources, but to analyze how the working activity of people is regulated in a capitalist economy. The subject of the analysis is a determined social structure, a particular culture, namely commodity-capitalism, a social form of economy in which the relations among people are not regulated directly, but through things. Consequently, ‘the specific character of economic theory as a science which deals with the commodity capitalist economy lies precisely in the fact that it deals with production relations which acquire material forms.’” No “teacher” – so come prepared with questions and positions to discuss and debate. Meeting 1: a. Introduction: Commodity Fetishism by Freddy Perlman Meeting 2: a. Introduction –I.I. Rubin b. Chapter One. Objective Basis of Commodity Fetishism c. Chapter Two. The Production Process and its Social Form d. Chapter Three. Reification of Production Relations among People and Personification of Things Meeting 3: a. Chapter Four. Thing and Social Function (Form) b. Chapter Five. Production Relations and Material Categories c. Chapter Six. Struve on the Theory of Commodity Fetishism d. Chapter Seven. Marx's Development of the Theory of Fetishism Meeting 4: a. Chapter Eight. Basic Characteristics of Marx's Theory of Value b. Chapter Nine. Value as the Regulator of Production c. Chapter Ten. Equality of Commodity Producers and Equality of Commodities Meeting 5: a. Chapter Eleven. Equality of Commodities and Equality of Labor b. Chapter Twelve. Content and Form of Value c. Chapter Thirteen. Social Labor Meeting 6: a. Chapter Fourteen. Abstract Labor b. Chapter Fifteen. Qualified Labor c. Chapter Sixteen. Socially-Necessary Labor Meeting 7: a. Chapter Seventeen. Value and Social Need Meeting 8: a. Chapter Eighteen. Value and Production Price Meeting 9: a. Chapter Nineteen. Productive Labor
We received another summer class proposal: A History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Revival of Urban Memory It is often said—either approvingly or disparagingly—that Los Angeles is a city without history. This class would seek to revive the city's complex past ask why certain types of histories and communities have disappeared—or rather—why they have been actively erased from the dominant story of the city. In each class, through readings, films, oral histories, and presentations, we will examine one or two different social histories—such as the Central Avenue jazz scene, socialist and anarchist struggles against the “open shop” labor policies in the 1900's and 10's, the Depression-era deportation of Mexican Americans, the undoing of the streetcar system, or the destruction of the Chavez Ravine community—that often do not play a role in the accepted narrative of the city. We will also have a summertime films series focused on the historical anxieties and fantasies about the city—and may include Southland Tales, Boyz N the Hood, LA Confidential, Clueless, Crips and Bloods: Made in America, Zoot Suit, Mullholland Drive, Born in East LA, or Less than Zero. These are just some ideas. Ideally, the class will be driven by all participants who want to suggest their own ideas, readings, films, and/or do short presentations about a history they have learned about. Any histories that are not largely discussed are great.
A new class proposal for the summer: A Post-Occupy Introduction to the History of Radical Politics The recent economic crisis, the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, and the increasing precariousness of people--now in US and Europe as well--have all contributed to a sense that the world has reached a volatile moment. In fact, this volatility--the result of un- or underemployment, debt, and the foreclosure of political possibilities post-Occupy--is now, for many, our daily lived experience. This class will investigate the history of global struggles against economic inequality, racism, patriarchy, and other forms of domination that came into question during the Occupy movement. What other radical political movements have shaped our past? What were the shortcomings and successes of Occupy and other recent struggles? And where might we look for social and economic change in the future? This class will be a six-part series for anyone interested in learning and discussing the basics of various radical political traditions that have shaped the struggle for liberation. We will learn about the social movements and theories that helped shaped the lives of working people, women, queers, colonized people, and people of color throughout the world. The class will cover the following topics: Marxism Feminism Anti-colonial Struggles Queer Theory Anarchism Anti-racism in the U.S. Classes include a presentation that gives a short history of the movement and readings of sections from major texts. Then, we will have an open discussion about the issues raised by each movement, including its influence in the present day. Obviously, one class can hardly do justice to these topics, so we may have multiple meetings or encourage separate reading groups/classes to form. No prior reading or knowledge of these topics required. If you do have some background, great! This is a discussion-based class so everyone can participate.
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