The goal of Octopus Books Community Classroom is to create an environment for community and knowledge building. It is a space to share experiences and talk about what matters to us collectively. It is also a space to promote democratic participation. Under our current political and socio-economic climate, talking to each other in a caring and loving environment has become crucially necessary to overcome a sense of despair, expand our imagination and build solidarity. So that we can continue our work for justice.
Our community classroom is also an avenue for you to support your friendly independent bookstore! We require registration for each community classroom for a fee ($10-15). Your financial support allows us to sustain the bookstore as a community space for knowledge exchange and our capacity to provide community-based education like this.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY CLASSROOMS
- Challenging Islamophobia in "Progressive" Spaces with Chelby Marie Daigle (August 28, 2018)
- How technology is changing our life and the future of work with Sylvain Rochon, Futurist, Author, Serial Entrepreneur & High-Impact Speaker (September 18, 2018)
- Contesting Total Institutions with Andrew Crosby and Jeff Monaghan, authors of Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State (September 26, 2018)
- Challenges Facing Violence Against Women Shelters in Canada with Women's Shelter Canada, Interval House of Ottawa, Maison d’amitié, and Minwaashin Lodge (November 13, 2018).
What we offered so far:
- History of Ottawa River Watershed, A Lecture by Peter Di Gangi, Research Director for Algonquin Nations Secretariat (2 sessions) (2015)
- A BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE FOR ALL: THE TIME HAS ARRIVED with Basic Income Canada Network, Robert Rainer (2016)
- Divide and Conquer: Federal Indian Policies with Director of Policy & Research for the Algonquin Nation Secretariat, Peter Di Gangi (2016)
- Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act, Still Needs to be Erased with Investigative Journalist Andrew Mitrovica (2016)
- On Making of Sustainable Cities with Delegates of the EU-Canada Municipal Cooperation on Urban Policy (2016)
- The Campaign against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) with Human Rights Professor Bill Skidmore (2016)
- The State of Palestine with Dr. Philip JM Leech (2016)
- Justice for Indigenous Women Community Classroom with Founder of Project of Heart and J4IW, Sylvia Smith (2016)
- Talking Free in Turkey's Academia, a Lecture by Turkish visiting professor Dr. Simten Cosar (2016)
- Being Muslim, Becoming Black: Navigating the Intersection of Islamophobia and Anti-Black Racism in Canada (2017)
- On Economic Security: The Big Picture (2017)
- Systemic Policing Issues on Handling Sexual Assault Allegations (2017)
- Settler Self-Indigenization in the Age of Reconciliation with Darryl Leroux (2017)
- On International Labour Rights Issues with Canadian Garment Companies (July 2018)
If you have any questions or would like to share your ideas for a community classroom please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Conversation is a source of power" - bell hooks
"Talking kept us trusting. Trusting one another secures our sense of hope in the future." - Lee Maracle in Celia's Song
** This idea is inspired by a similar initiative at McNally Robinson, an independent bookstore in Winnipeg and Saskatoon.