Brown State University is having the second installment of summer classes, open to the public and entirely free.

We believe that education can transform a community and that an in-person, quality education should be accessible to all. Last year’s Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” award-winning classes featured courses taught by UT faculty members, community activists, and local artists. This year’s classes will be taught by local artists, local business owners, cultural archivists and one UT faculty affiliate.

Donations to help offset production costs are welcome! Feel free to donate to our Venmo @brownstateofmind

 

COUNTERCULTURE AMERICA AND THE VIETNAM WAR

Instructed by Minh Ha
Sociology/History
Thursdays, 6:30 -8:00
@ The Commune 

Minh Ha explores the fashion, technology, music and politics of a turbulent 1960’s America as it responds to a deadly and controversial occupation in Vietnam. 

FOLLOWING FOOD*

Instructed by Sakif Khan
Cuisine
Mondays, 6:30 - 8:00
Location TBD

Sakif Khan, a local chef and business owner, leads an interactive cooking course on Asian cuisine. This class will explore food history, culture, and taste ideas in the Eastern world. 

INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC PRODUCTION*

Instructed by Stefon Lewis
Music
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30
@ Austin Visitor Center

Stefon Osae is a local music producer and DJ with extensive knowledge of music and the tools needed to create it. Here, he guides intimate sessions, teaching the craft of sound generation and design.

MIND AND BRAIN*

Instructed by Jason Ikpatt
Psychology/Neuroscience
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30
@ Vesper

Neurobiologist Jason Ikpatt facilitates discussion around the beauty, power and capabilities of the human brain. This course aims to generate discourse around ideas of love, fear, perception, theories on consciousness and more; all through the scope of the human nervous system. 

Poetry in the Middle East*

Instructed by Dahlia Dandashi
Literature
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30
@ Vesper

Dahlia Dandashi leads a mini-course on all time great poets Nizar Qibbani, Rumi, Hafiz, and Kahlil Gibran. The course explores the impact of the Middle East on their works and the impact of their works on the Middle East.

 

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Classes are at capacity. You may still sign up if you’re interested but we can’t guarantee a seat.

 
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