New York Liberation School: Study and Movement for the People's University

In the 1960s and ’70s—when Toni Cade Bambara, Samuel Delany, David Henderson, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Guillermo Morales, Adrienne Rich, and Assata Shakur all studied and taught at CUNY—New York City’s classrooms and streets radiated as epicenters of Black, Puerto Rican, queer, and women’s liberation.

Conor Tomás Reed is part of the next generation of insurgent CUNY thinkers nourished by these legacies. Highlighting the decolonial feminist metamorphosis that transformed our educational landscape, New York Liberation School explores how study and movement coalesced across classrooms and neighborhoods. Reed’s immersive and wide-ranging narrative brings us into the archives and up close to the stories of its main participants in order to reactivate these vibrant histories. The result is a radiant reclamation of collective history that charts a vision for liberating education and society today.

New York Liberation School Book Tour:

1.19.24 Williams College winter study program, New York, NY.

12.11.23 Paseo13, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11.30.23 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

11.29.23 Columbia Law School, New York, NY.

11.28.23 University of California-Los Angeles, online.

11.11.23 Boston Anarchist Book Fair, Boston, MA.

11.10.23 Firehouse, Worcester, MA.

11.10.23 College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. 

11.9.23 Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY. 

10.31.23 Essex County College, Newark, NJ.

10.30.23 Lehman College, Bronx, NY. 

10.27.23 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Baltimore, MD.

10.25.23 Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ.

10.20.23 CUNY Law School, Long Island City, NY.

10.3.23 American University, Washington, D.C.

9.22.23 Bridge Community Cafe, Ypsilanti, MI.

9.22.23 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI.

9.21.23 Columbia University Teachers College, online. 

9.19.23 CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY.

9.8.23 The Clemente Center, New York, NY, September.

9.7.23 Making Worlds Books, Philadelphia, PA.

7.7.23 BookWoman, Austin, TX.

6.29.23 The Word is Change, Brooklyn, NY.

6.26.23 Debt Collective Jubilee School, online.

6.22.23 Maysles Documentary Center, Harlem, NY.

6.17.23 Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

6.12.23 ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

5.27.23 All Power Books, Los Angeles, CA.

5.26.23 Stories Books, Los Angeles, CA.

5.10.23 CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY.