Saturday, October 4, 2008

Reading list

Someone recently asked for a reading list for the project. I sent out an email and here are the responses. Please feel free to add to this list.
First responder:
Predeparture readings: history of New Orleans and history of Katrina
Robert bullard and Beverly Wright's Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
When the Levees Broke
Week one: Alternative theories to education
Pedagogy of the oppressed by Paolo Fraire
Games for Actors and Non-Actors: Theatre of the Oppressed by Augosto Boal
Week two and three: alternative theories continued
Ted Sizer, Horace's compromise
Week four: education continued
Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave, Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation
Week five: sustainability and sustainable living - food
Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fresh the movie
the future of food the movie
Food Inc. the movie
Week six and seven: sustainability
Endgame, Volume 1, Derrick Jensen
Week eight: No readings first project due
Week nine and ten: Race
The falsification of Afrikan consciousness, Amos Wilson
Why are all the black Kids sitting alone in the cafeteria? Beverely Daniel Tatum
Week eleven and twelve: The process of change
Norman Long, The case for an actor oriented sociology
Ivan Illivich, To hell with good intentions
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (editor), The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
Anthony Wallace, Revitalization Movements (article in American Anthropologist - 1959)
Week thirteen: autonomy
Rebecca Solnit, A paradise built in hell (selection on New Orleans)
David Graeber: Fragments of an anarchist anthropology
Week fourteen: Autonomy and self-organization
John Hollaway, Changing the world without taking state power: the meaning of revolution today
Autonomous Self-Organization and Anarchist Intervention (Wolfi Landstreicher) article
Week fifteen: Autonomy continued
Selections of Black Flag: The revolutionary class politics of anarchists and syndacilsim , Michael Schmidt, Lucien Van Der Walt
Week sixteen: No readings final paper
In addition there will be a weekly journal. In the journal interns will respond and have a conversation with the authors and the ideas in the work, as well as discuss some of the lessons and ideas they have learned from that week. Paper assignments are open for discussion, but will be reflective. No page limits are necessary, work will be as long as it needs to be for me to get their ideas out. Syllabus is also subject to change, for something might seem more appropriate to learn about if interns are at OSBG, and find a lack of knowledge in a certain area that they need to know.
Second responder:
Topics
New Orleans: Race Place and environmental justice after Hurricane Katrina, struggles to reclaim, rebuild and revitalize New Orleans and the gulf coast. Robert Bullard and Beverly Wright (strongly recommend)
documentary: Welcome to New Orleans (on youtube), When The Levees Broke: a requiem in four acts
Education: Pedagogy of the oppressed, Paolo Friere (strongly recommend), free schools Jonathon Kozol, Horaces Compromise Ted Sizer
documentary: fourth purpose, also in high school you once showed a documentary on the difference of black schools and white schools. I don't remember the name but it stuck with me if you can remember what I am talking about. I'll see if I can find another good one and get back to you.
Farming/Sustainabillity: Omnivores dillema Michael Pollen
documantaries: Fresh (strongly recommend), the Power of community: how cuba survived peak oil (on youtube)
Grassroots organizing/democracy: Looking to the light of freedom, Lessons from the civil rights movement and thoughts on anarchist organizing, chris Crass. One more here, struggling thinking of another good one.
Documentary: Beyond Elections, in high school you showed us one about the mississippi bus boycotts that is relevant. I vaguely remember curtis muhammed in it too.
Third responder:
resources (In no order whatsoever):
  1. Watch video "Katrina Myth" on Levees.org. Browse the website. Why did New Orleans flood in 2005? What choices do we have in rebuilding?
  2. Funny Gulf Restoration Network Spoof Video: Shell Confesses! Again: Why did New Orleans flood in 2005?
  3. Watch Fresh: the Film
  4. Long, sometimes incoherent notes on Katrina & Evironmental Justice in New Orleans.
  5. Review these few OSBG-specific flyers: Food, Summary, 2pg and the blog, particularly kellogg proposal
  1. Read YES Magazine's "The City that Ended Hunger" and also anything on YES!
  1. Majora Carter speaks about Sustainable South Bronx.
  2. Will Allen discusses the Good Food Revolution.
  3. "One thing Missing From the Urban Farming Movement: Farmers." 
Fourth responder:
Bayou Farewell by mike tidwell, and/or The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the coming Death of America's Coastal Cities also by Mike Tidwell. These read very narratively and so are appropriate for all levels of readers.
Some more academic minded suggestions:
Selections from Collapse by Jared Diamond.
Also, the executive order by President Clinton on Environmental Justice
Also, Robert Bullard and Beverly Wrights compilation: Race, Place, and Environmental Justice after Hurricane Katrina (this is very scholarly written selection of articles, so it might be tough for some, but it's independent articles so definitely worth putting on the list I think)