Running thread for my own selfish benefit, as per.
Professors from departments including economics, history, sociology and political science spoke at the event, each lending their own expertise to contextualize the movement. After each set of speakers, there was a question-and-answer session.
Community members — such as a member of the Rhode Island Anti-Sexism League and representatives from Occupy Providence — spoke last at the event, which lasted over three hours. By the end of the event, the auditorium was half-full.
“I think it’s awesome that teachers are involved, but I got the most out of the community members,” said Emily Doyle ‘13. “They’re the ones who have seen what’s happening in Providence and are motivated to change it.” She said she thought it was a mistake to schedule community members to speak last.
The Occupy Seattle demonstrators took some free classes Sunday night and into early Monday, courtesy of half a dozen instructors from North Seattle and Seattle Central community colleges.
The class titles included “The Art of Protest Signs” and “Camera Techniques for Documenting Human Rights Abuses.”
They were held for free in the brick courtyard along Broadway at Seattle Central, near where demonstrators have been camping out since Saturday.
The instructors conducted the classes on their own time.
There was no overcrowding at the sessions.
Esther “Little Dove” John, 59, a psychology and conflict-management instructor, says her 5 a.m. session on “Labor History and the Psychology of Greed” had a dozen people attending, and half of them were fellow instructors.
“People were cold and shivering, using blankets, bundling up together,” she says.
Why was she there?
“This is the moment,” says John. “I believe this is the beginning of a great historical sweep.”