Jan Term 2021

This year’s Jan Term will have the theme Mushrooms and Marx and we’ll be cooking together as we think ecologically about the needs of our cities at this time.

Details and additional events, including a field trip, volunteer opportunities, online cooking gatherings, mycology lectures, and a virtual Soundscapes concert to be added. Keep an eye on this page for updates to our schedule:

Reading Group: Dead Epidemiologists

Mondays at 6PM EST- January 4th, 11th, 25th, February 1st
More information here.

Join University of Orange’s Collective Recovery team as we dig into Rob Wallace’s new book of essays on the origins of COVID-19, Dead Epidemiologists. 

Guest speakers will include the author Rob Wallace, and renowned epidemiologists Rod Wallace and Deborah Wallace, in conversations with Molly Rose Kaufman, Robert Sember, and Lesley Rennis from UofO’s Collective Recovery team. More information here.

Developing Community Through Music – Presentation and Panel Discussion

Sunday January 17th 1:00PM – 2:30PM EST.

UofO’s Music City core team presents their work during the Make Music Alliance Conference. Margaux Simmons, Douglas Farrand, Ray Sykes, and Cesar Presa will share stories, practices, and aspirations for the roles music-making plays in everyday life in Orange, NJ.

Lunch ‘n Learn with Andy Merrifield

Jan 20 + 27, 12:00-1:00PM EST
More information here.

Join Andy Merrifield for UofO’s Jan Term seminar on Mushrooms and Marx. Andy Merrifield is a writer, urbanist and independent scholar with a PhD from the University of Oxford. He is author of a dozen books, including works on urbanism and social theory such as Metromarxism, The New Urban Question and Magical Marxism, intellectual biographies of Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord and John Berger, a popular travelogue, The Wisdom of Donkeys, a manifesto for liberated living, The Amateur, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities (and Love), inspired by the writings of Raymond Carver, about falling in and out of love with cities. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian (UK), The Times (UK), The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, Jacobin, Dissent, and Harvard Design Magazine. His latest book, Marx, Dead and Alive, was published in November with Monthly Review Press. More information here.

Cooking Gatherings

Cooking Mushroom Risotto with Cesar Presa January 23rd at 3PM EST

We’ll make mushroom risotto with Cesar. Feel free to tune in to hang out and watch, or come prepared to cook alongside Cesar. Ingredients list will be shared soon.

Cooking Galette’s with Khari Johnson Ricks and Robert SemberFebruary 6th at 3PM EST

We’ll gather to learn about making a galette with Robert Sember and Khari Johnson Rocks. Feel free to tune in to hang out and watch, or come prepared to cook alongside with a galette filling of your choice and either ingredients to make pastry or come with your pastry remade. Pastry recipe and more information here, register on eventbrite here.

Cooking Mushroom Quiche with Nigel media to be shared soon

Dopefiend’s Redemption Online Book Launch Event

January 24, 2021 at 4 PM.

We will be honoring and celebrating Jim Gilbert’s book launch on January 24th at 4 P.M. If you’d like to join us, and haven’t already received an eventbrite invitation, please send your email address to DopefiendsRedemption@gmail.com. Once we receive your email, we will send you the invite where you may RSVP for the online event. We hope you’re able to join us.

Click here for bios on the speakers at this event.

Field Trip: Stroll n Scroll and Share!

Friday’s January 29th and February 5th starting at 5:30PM EST

Join UofO Urbanism Team members Aditi Nair and Jacqueline Castañeda for a two session of Stroll’n Scroll and Share! Mindy’s Fullilove’s book Main Street introduced to us a way of exploring our own neighborhoods. In the first session, we will discuss a method of stroll (a walk in the neighborhood) and scroll (a way of documenting your thoughts). In the second session participants will reconvene and share insights from the cohorts neighborhood, we will have guests to give feedback and go deeper into the practice of exploring our neighborhoods. More info here, and register for free on eventbrite here.

Friday January 29th, 5:30PM-6:30PM – Introductory call, overview of the Stroll and Scroll methodology, questions.

Friday February 5th, 5:30PM-7:30PM – Presentations and sharing of Scrolls.

Lunch ‘n Learn with Carol Padberg: “A Mushroom walks into a bar…”

Wednesday February 3rd, 12:00-1:30PM EST
More details and registration link here.

What can we learn from mushrooms about undoing toxic individualism and affecting regenerative social change? What would a mycelial revolution look like, with its fungal systems of value and exchange? Are mushrooms nature’s professional revolutionaries, constantly creating upheaval and a change of states? Or are they the ultimate bottom up revolutionaries, creating an end to hierarchies? The entangled world of plants and mycelia is filled with examples of webby mutual benefit, complex system dynamics, unusual alliances, and ever present material transformations. In addition, the more one learns about the relationships between plants and mycelia the more difficult it is to draw the line where one starts and the other ends. This lunchtime gathering will include a presentation, some examples of art, and a somatic activity that will guide the group through a process of engaging with our own biological multiplicity and interspecies economies, using mushrooms as our speculative guides. What lessons can mushrooms teach us about infiltration, decomposition, multiplicity and mutuality?

More details and registration link here.

Introduction to Mycology

Thursday February 4th, 6:30PM EST

Join Earth Arts Center founder, Claudia Nagy for an introductory lecture on Mycology, and the practical applications of mushrooms for a more sustainable future.  More information here, and you can register for free on eventbrite.

This class will be led by Cloud, an environmentalist, activist and artist living in New York. She completed her apprenticeship at Flower Power Herbs and Roots and has collegiate experience in ethnobotany, agro ecology and biodynamic agriculture. She graduated from Barnard College with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Science , and has a Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Policy and Science from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is the founder of the Earth Arts, an ecology, arts and wellness non profit, working across NY state, and now New Orleans. Her work focuses on healing the Earth-Human relationship through compassion, awareness & creativity.

Soundscapes: Mushrooms and Marx edition


Join us for a virtual edition of Soundscapes to close out Jan Term 2021- details TBD.