From: Carolyn Ballard <•••@••.•••> To: "Jan Slakov (E-mail)" <•••@••.•••> Subject: ON-LINE COURSES Date: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 01:29:51 -0400 -----Original Message----- From: Robert Weissman [SMTP:•••@••.•••] Sent: Saturday, September 26, 1998 5:39 PM To: Multiple recipients of list CORP-FOCUS Subject: a commercial break Dear Friends: As it has in recent years, Z Magazine is undertaking an interesting experiment in on-line activism through a project is calls The Learning On Line University (LOLU). I'm sending this note out to let you know about the project and my participation in it. LOLU presents a range of progressive "courses" taught by activists and academics on a variety of topics. People can sign up for the courses -- which typically consist of 10 weekly lectures plus lots of follow-up discussion -- for $50 or $30 low income. Beginning October 15, I will be presenting a course, "Corporate Power and Strategies to Develop Countervailing Power," which may be of interest to some Focus on the Corporation readers. Below follows a note from LOLU founder Michael Albert, which provides a bit more information on the project and explains how to learn more and participate. Sorry for this commercial interruption. We try to limit traffic on this list to our once-a-week column postings, but we want to use the forum on rare occasions to convey information related to the column that we think of general interest. Robert Weissman •••@••.••• >From Michael Albert: You can learn about LOLU's courses, faculty, policies, etc. at http://www.lolu.org -- or via ZNet's Ideas Section via http://www.zmag.org. At the LOLU site you can take a course for about a twentieth of what it would cost at, say, NYU's online school -- we charge $50 a course, or $30 low income -- with much better faculty and, of course, far more honest, encompassing, and socially enlightened content. You can register online, as well. Courses are ten lectures, one per week, with a week or two extra for catch-up at the faculty and student's discretion. You read lectures and participate in course assignments and discussions as you choose. The school's web venue is congenial, efficient, and powerful, and you do all the course work from your computer, as you decide, at your discretion and timing. LOLU is a very important piece of an emerging strategy by which progressives can utilize and benefit from internet conectivity. It is hosted by ZNet and People-Link, yes, but it is designed to materially and politically help a wide cross section of the progressive community. Already those who share LOLU's revenue include not only the faculty, but a number of organizations co-sponsoring courses such as Project South, SHARE, Committees of Correspondence, URPE, Multinational Monitor, Z, and People-Link. You can learn more about LOLU's structure, future plans, and specific offerings by browsing the LOLU site at http://www.lolu.org. There also, you can register, and to provide a little incentive to do thatand thereby help us to build this very important new institution, here is a list of the courses available this Fall: MOVEMENT HISTORY, MOVEMENT BUILDING, AND THE ROLE OF POPULAR EDUCATION -- Faculty: Jerome Scott & Walda Katz Fishman Sponsor: Project South ORGANIZING: THE LOST ART -- Faculty: Leslie Cagan Sponsor: Committees of Correspondence SPOOKING THE PUBLIC: RACIAL PROFILING AND THE POLITICS OF MEDIA BLACKFACE --Faculty: Mikal Muharrar Sponsor: FAIR MEDIA ANALYSIS: CHALLENGING ROUTINE PROPAGANDA -- Faculty: Norman Solomon Sponsor: FAIR CONCEPTUALIZING A BETTER ECONOMY -- Faculty: Michael Albert Sponsor: Z Magazine RADICAL THEORY, VISION, AND STRATEGY -- Faculty: Michael Albert Sponsor: Z Magazine CORPORATE POWER AND STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP COUNTERVAILING POWER --Faculty: Robert Weissman Sponsor: Multinational Monitor U.S. CAPITALISM IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY -- Faculty: Peter Bohmer Sponsor: Olympia Political-Cultural Center INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ECONOMY -- Faculty: Robin Hahnel Sponsor: URPE LINE. COLOR, AND SHAPE: A REINTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS -- Faculty: Anita Karasu Sponsor: People-Link PARENTING FOR PROGRESSIVES IN THE LATE 20th CENTURY -- Faculty: Cynthia Peters Sponsor: Z Magazine If you have potential interest in one or more of the above courses, why not browse to http://www.lolu.org. There you will find course desciptions, brief bios of faculty, information about lolu itself, and a regisration form that you can use to easily and efficiently sign up.