TEACH IN: Tuesday, November 12 to Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019


Offering information and analysis to understand the rise of White supremacy and other systemic oppressions, and strategies, skills, and models of advocacy to resist oppression in the current time and climate.

Unbought, Unbossed, and Unbroken: the theme of this year’s teach-in is taken from and extends the “Unbought and Unbossed” slogan for Shirley Chisholm’s historic 1972 presidential campaign as the first Black candidate to run for a major national political party’s nomination and first woman to run for the Democratic Party nomination. Chisholm was a revolutionary activist, educator, public servant, and catalyst for change. She was the first Black U.S. Congresswoman and served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years. We honor Chisholm’s legacy by convening a space this November for learning, thinking, reflecting, and resisting systemic oppression.
About Teach Ins: Education has always been central to people’s movements for justice and liberation. Teach ins have a special place in that proud legacy: as sites of radical, democratic knowledge-sharing crucial to social change and movement-building. Teach-ins are often conducted according to the principles of popular education to ensure accessibility and application for action but, there is no one specific “right” way to do a teach-in.
We would like to acknowledge the many people who may be unable to participate in this teach in due to systemic oppressions that create direct and indirect barriers to accessing education. Barriers to access are created by, for example, restrictive immigration laws and policies, detention of asylum seekers, deportation policies, undocumented status, poverty, imprisonment of political dissidents, and/or restrictions on movement and education that individuals living under military occupation face (such as Palestinians residing under Israeli rule (http://right2edu.birzeit.edu/). We stand in solidarity with those individuals who may be potentially interested in engaging in our teach in, yet are unable to join us due to these types of systemic oppressions. Understanding these barriers and the need to take action against systemic oppression is why spaces like this teach in are necessary to engage our campus community with these issues.

Where we stand are the traditional homelands of the Massachusett People, who are the traditional stewards of this place, and are still with us today. We also acknowledge their near neighbors, the Nipmuc and Wampanoag Peoples.