In the spirit of sustaining the intellectual community that is a distinguishing feature of each ASA annual meeting, the 2020 Program Committee has organized a series of recorded, public-facing Freedom Courses.  

These facilitated conversations among organizers, activists, scholars, elders, artists, students, teachers, and others will address topics related to the 2020 theme of "Creativity within Revolt," as well as issues related to the unfolding crises, insurgency, movement, and abolitionist struggle. They will be useful for classroom teaching (K-12/college and beyond), community-building, organizing, political education, and kitchen table discussions during this time of profound vulnerability.  We also hope colleagues will use Freedom Courses as tools for remote/distance teaching, if for no other reason than to give themselves brief respite from the unexpected work of lecturing to their virtual classrooms. 

During November 12-15, the Program Committee will feature the select courses listed below. Members who are financially stable and institutionally connected are asked to register for the featured Annual Meeting Freedom Courses, as a means of supporting the ASA during enormous challenges due to the ongoing pandemic.

Thursday, November 12
Friday, November 13
Saturday, November 14
Sunday, November 15

For anyone interested in organizing Freedom Courses of your own, please contact Dylan Rodríguez (

2020 Freedom Course Listing