Barbara-Ann G. Lewis is Associate Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. She holds a BS Chemistry, Phil. from Women’s University (Manila), and an MS, PhD Soil Science, University of California (Berkeley). She was an Environmental Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in the 1970s, and taught at Northwestern University for 27 years. Her main research areas are environmental radioactivity, biogeochemistry of radon and radium, and reclamation of land disturbed by mining of coal and uranium.
Rand Crook, a SFSU cinema alumnus, has over 36 years of extensive film and media production experience, beginning as a child actor, then cinematographer, audio technician, producer and director. He co-founded the Tenderloin Action Group with Rob Nilsson and Ethan Sing, and with it co-produced the acclaimed pool-hustling drama CHALK (www.chalkfilm.org). He is a partner with Pacific Rim Media (SF), an international media company specializing in environmental, cultural and civil rights issues, and has taught at the Free University SF and lectured at SFSU, Western Carolina University, California State Monterey Bay and elsewhere. His work has been internationally exhibited and featured at prominent film festivals.
John Smalley holds an MPhil in Historical Musicology from Columbia University, where he taught for six years. He has performed as a vocal soloist throughout the Bay Area and was awarded a prestigious Shenson Performing Arts Fellowship in 2009. He regularly lectures on music and the arts.
Molly Hankwitzlives is an educator and curator of new media art. She was the principal research architect in the now completed ad hoc design and research collaboration, Archimedia, (with David Cox) from 1998 to 2007 and has held talks, workshops and presentations at numerous festivals including Ars Electronica, Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific and electronfringe-young writers festival in Newcastle, Australia. In 2010, she co-created the open wireless and locative media arts exhibition, citycentered.org and in 2011, completed a Ph.D. in Media and communications from Queensland University of Technology. She is interested in networked political dimensions of social technologies and questions of aesthetics and history in electronic media forms.
Phil Gochenour holds a PhD in comparative literature from Emory University in Atlanta. He has held teaching positions in English and New Media at the University of Virginia and Towson University in Baltimore. He currently works in the online technology industry as a senior technical writer and information architect. His publications in academic and other journals have focused on the novels of Thomas Pynchon, the application of systems theory to online communities, the history and cultural impact of cybernetics, and American and British science fiction.
Stardust is a San Francisco writer, teacher, and musician who has been an activist for 30 years in causes including housing rights, draft registration resistance, waging peace, LGBT rights, women’s rights including the right to an abortion, civil rights, voting rights, free speech and preventing Internet censorship, and universal health care. With an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BS in Writing and Computer Science from MIT, Stardust is a founder of the nonprofit Online Policy Group and in 1986 taught “Politics of Gender and Sexuality” and “Communities and Utopia” in Stanford University’s community teaching program.
Who We Are
University of the Commons is a collective of teachers, artists, activists, scholars, writers, and students dedicated to the idea of education for the sake of education. We invite new faculty, students, and the community to join us in forming a free university.
University of the Commons first met as an informal group in April 2011. We decided on our name in November - December 2011, and we began working on our first catalog of free classes and the Launch in Spring 2012.
University of the Commons is always free of charge.
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