Department of Anthropology presents: "Revolutionary Pedagogy: Anarchist Education and the Modern School"


Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:15 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

This event is free and open to the public

Mark Bray, Dartmouth College and Eli Meyerhoff, Duke University will discuss the historical context and enduring legacies of Francisco Ferrer’s Modern School, an anarchist living-learning cooperative founded in Manhattan in 1911, and expand the conversation to consider potential avenues and limitations of liberatory studies.

They ask how understanding the history of education and alternative modes of studying, in the contexts of intersecting social movements, can inform the political and pedagogical impasses of our contemporary world.

Mark Bray is a historian of human rights, terrorism and political radicalism in Modern Europe. He completed his PhD in Modern European and Women's and Gender History at Rutgers University in 2016, and is currently finishing his manuscript "The Anarchist Inquisition: Terrorism and the Ethics of Modernity in Spain, 1893-1909." "The Anarchist Inquisition" explores the emergence of groundbreaking human rights campaigns across Europe and the Americans in response to the Spanish state's brutal repression of dissent in the wake of anarchist bombings and assassinations. Bray is the author of "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" (Melville House, 2017) and "Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street" (Zero Books, 2013) as well as the co-editor of the forthcoming "Francisco Ferrer and the Modern School" (PM Press, 2018).

Eli Meyerhoff currently teaches in Duke University's International Comparative Studies Program, and has also taught in the Education Program and Literature Program. He also works in Duke's Social Movements Lab as the program coordinator. He earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and he is writing a book titled "Against the Romance of Education: A Political Theory of Study." He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and Politics, ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing and The Journal of Environmental Education. 

This talk is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Department of Sustainable Development, Department of English and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. 

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About the Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology offers a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world — past, present and future. Learn more at

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One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University prepares students to thoughtfully analyze human development while focusing on the applied practice of pursuing transformative, community-driven development and social change. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in sustainable development with concentrations in agroecology and sustainable agriculture; community, regional and global development; and environmental studies; as well as a Bachelor of Arts and minor in sustainable development. Learn more at

About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at

About the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels. The department seeks to provide quality programs that emphasize the integration of academics and field experiences. Learn more at

Ellen Gwin Burnette
Jan. 7, 2018

Poster image: Mark Bray and Eli Meyerhoff will discuss the historical context and enduring legacies of Francisco Ferrer’s Modern School, an anarchist living-learning cooperative founded in Manhattan in 1911.
Published: Jan 7, 2019 2:32pm