The Public School New York is planning a weeklong intensive and site-specific reading group for the summer of 2012 on the topic of democracy. Building upon past classes such as "...there is nothing less passive than the act of fleeing" in the summer of 2010, "On Democracies" will take place in public spaces, privately owned public spaces, inside amenable organizations, and (possibly) in commercial spaces. The new series will include screenings, presentations, and discussions that will explore issues pertaining to parliamentary systems, electoral processes, citizenship, and participation in and resistance to democracies.
The first meeting will take place at 155 Freeman Street at 11am on Sunday, May 6th. It will be a time to reflect upon the May Day General Strike and to plan the series. Please join us for a casual potluck brunch.
We will start by reading Jacques Ranciere's 'Hatred of Democracy'.