5.01.2008

On Monday, May 5th, 2008 at the Medicine Show Theater on 52nd Street, NYC, Factory School requests your presence for a pre-Publication Book Party for Charles Bernstein and Ben Yarmolinsky's Blind Witness: Three American Operas, due out in August.


For more information about this event, please click here:
http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/bernstein/blog/#04-23-08


For more information about Blind Witness, and to pre-order a copy, please click here:
http://factoryschool.org/pubs/blindwitness/



SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – PLEASE HELP US CONTINUE OUR WORK


If you are unable to attend Monday's event, we hope you will join us online for an important announcement regarding the future of Factory School and its work in the community. We are planning a significant relaunch of our organization, its purpose and orientation. This change will be visible on our website on Monday, May 5th, when we will unveil a 2.0 upgrade to our site. To this end, we are seeking collaborators, projects, and support for our work.


Since 2000, Factory School has sponsored online galleries, an audio archive of poetry readings, as well as resources for teachers and teachers of writing--all this in addition to our books. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have made use of these materials. Since our books are our only source of income, we are pleading with the community to help us continue our work by purchasing one or more of our books. These purchases will allow us to continue to publish books while continuing to expand our organizational infrastructure.


While we will be making a more significant announcement on Monday, May 5th, here is a preview of what our priorities will be in the coming years:



CULTURAL CAPITAL GENERATING MACHINE


--Free University of New York Press: a new academic press without the university.
--Publication Club: social networking site allows younger writers to meet each other and develop editorial identity, social and real capital.
--Series based publishing: Developing projects for extant book series (Heretical Texts, PS3577, Public Intermedia, Southpaw Culture).
--Working collaboratively not as aesthetic judges, seeking alternatives to the social-subcultural engine that drives micro communities of taste.
--Development of books for use in courses, not the other way around.



KNOWLEDGE LAUNDERING


--"Community Handbook" resource development project: teaching materials, student-generated learning modules.
--Textbook recycling program.
--Reclaiming for public use educational content pilfered from the public domain by private corporations.



ACTION RESEARCH CONSULTATION SERVICE


--Community-based problem solving and future planning.
--Design studio and workshop.
--Curriculum and learning program development.
--Organizational feedback strategies, research methods and practice.



LEARNING STUDIOS AND POLICY LABORATORIES


--Interactive websites for all new Factory School books.
--Beginning research and planning phases for independent urban college.
--Think tank and policy-paper laboratory to counter-act regressive trends in American politics and culture.



PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING, OR PURCHASING SOME BOOKS


Please click on the link below to order a book or make a donation using Paypal. If you would rather send us money, please send an email to INFO "@" FACTORYSCHOOL ORG to make arrangements.


http://factoryschool.org/pubs/order.html

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