ISE 2020 Online Intensive: Social Ecology in a Time of Crisis

2020 ISE Summer Intensive

June 19-24 – Online via Zoom

We are living in a moment of overlapping social, political, and ecological crises, now accelerated via the COVID-19 pandemic. Authoritarianism and fascism march on, fueled by rising nationalism, xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, and ethno-religious chauvinism. Already anemic democratic institutions are under siege from the U.S and South America to the U.K. and India. Rosy economic reports obscure stark inequality and lowered expectations as precarious, part-time, and often multiple low-wage jobs becomes the new norm. The climate crisis is already here, as we face unprecedented wildfires, ocean acidification, climate migration, and other environmental problems. Deforestation, capitalist agriculture, and hyper-exploitation of resources has unleashes deadly zoonotic viruses like COVID-19 with increasing regularity. Recent movements and popular uprisings around the world have rekindled hope, but have been unable to translate mass anger into meaningful institutional change. There is a growing sense that we’ve reached a breaking point.

These social and ecological crises demand visionary new ideas and radical alternatives. The Institute for Social Ecology has been developing such alternatives for 45 years, fostering radical educational and movement self-reflection informed by long experience in the anti-nuclear, alter-globalization, climate justice, and Occupy movements, and in struggles for democratic autonomy by Kurds in Turkey and Syria. Social ecology provides a holistic analysis of the overlapping crises we face, and offers a radically democratic political vision for moving beyond them.

It is with these themes and questions in mind that we invite you to join us for our Social Ecology Intensive, June 19-24, for five days of exploring social-ecological transformation in theory and practice. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Intensive will be held online via Zoom seminar. Our intensives bring together ISE faculty, activists and scholars, and participants from around the world for a week of classes, workshops, and seminar discussions. Participants will explore the fundamentals of social ecology in relation to contemporary struggles and issues.  ISE Intensives are always an inspiring experience of radical education, political strategizing, comradely networking, and utopian visioning.

Program (All Times in Eastern Standard Time)

Day/Time (EST)

Course

                  FRI, June 19

           

5-6 pm

Opening circle

6-7:15 pm

Introduction to Social Ecology – Dan Chodorkoff

7:15-

Getting to know each other

SAT June 20

 

10am-12pm

Philosophy & Politics of Social Ecology 1 – Chaia Heller & Dan Chodorkoff

12-1:30pm

Break

1:30-4pm

Building Dual Power and Revolutionary Movements 1 – Mason Herson Hord, Katie Horvath, Kelly Roache of Symbiosis

*with breaks & breakout groups

6:30-8:30pm

Deep Time: documentary film screening and discussion w/ director Noah Sutton

The film focuses on the effect of the fossil fuel business indigenous people in the area and the future ecology of our planet.

SUN June 21

 

10am-12pm

Philosophy & Politics of Social Ecology 2 – Chaia Heller & Dan Chodorkoff

12-1:30pm

Break

1:30-4pm

 

Building Dual Power and Revolutionary Movements 2 – Mason Herson Hord, Katie Horvath, Kelly Roache of Symbiosis

*with breaks & breakout groups

MON June 22

 

10am-12pm

Democracy in an Age of Crisis & Unreason

Saladdin Ahmed, Chaia Heller, Blair Taylor

12-1:30pm

Break

2:00-4pm

The Racist Climate Politics of the Right
Hilary Moore

6:00-8pm

Feminism & Ecological Struggles –

Silvia Federici 

TU June 23

 

10am-12pm

Capitalism/Climate & Food Justice 1 – Brian Tokar and Grace Gerhuny

12-1:30pm

Break

1:30-4pm

Understanding & Overcoming Capitalism – Blair Taylor & Peter Staudenmaier

*with breaks & breakout groups

WED June 24

 

10am-12pm

Climate & Food Justice 2 – Brian Tokar and Grace Gershuny

12-1:30pm

Break

1:30-4pm

Closing circle, reflections

To register or learn more, complete the form below or email us at social-ecology@mail.mayfirst.org.  Everyone is welcome to participate, we ask for a suggested donation of $30 from those who can afford it to pay our guest speakers – no one turned away.

And please help us spread the word!

Institute for Social Ecology Intensive Application

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