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Coöperism 13/13: A Model for a Cooperative University

13/13 Seminar Series

dateApril 3, 2024 timeWednesday, 6:15pm–8:00pm EDT location Jerome Greene Annex, Columbia University locationVirtual Event

This event has been canceled.

  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Columbia Center for Political Economy
  • Columbia Maison Française
  • Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
  • Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought
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  • Free and open to the public
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Universities were born in the Middle Ages as cooperatives of faculty or students. Today, however, “cooperative education” stands for educational establishments where the students alternate between academic semesters and semesters working in the field through internships or paid positions in their industries. There are some cooperative universities that focus the curriculum on learning about worker- and other cooperatives–like the Cooperative University of Colombia, the Co-operative University of Kenya, and the Mondragon University Cooperative University. But what would it take to create a liberal arts cooperative university structured as a cooperative? This is the question to be explored in this session of Coöperism 13/13.

More background about the seminar here.