In 1909, Francisco Ferrer, the notorious Catalan anarchist educator and founder of the Modern School of Barcelona, was executed by firing squad. Ferrer navigated a tempestuous world of anarchist assassins, radical republican conspirators, anticlerical rioters, and freethinking educators to establish the legendary Escuela Moderna and the Modern School movement. Was Ferrer a ferocious revolutionary, an ardently nonviolent pedagogue, or something else entirely? Mark Bray will present Anarchist Education and the Modern School, a new reader of Ferrer’s writings on rationalist education, revolutionary violence, and the general strike, published by PM Press. Mark Bray is a historian of Modern European History, a political organizer, and the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. He is currently a Lecturer at Dartmouth College.
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