Labor, Power, Love

8 conversations on Zola's "Germinal"

"Germinal" by Emile Zola

Zola’s masterpiece of working life, Germinal, exposes the inhuman conditions of French miners in the 1860s. The central figure, Etienne Lantier, is an outsider who enters the community and eventually leads his fellow miners in a strike against pay cuts, which becomes a losing battle against starvation, repression, and sabotage.

Beginning January 2015, Saturdays at 10:30 AM at The Baltimore Free School

Class sessions will be one hour long and will begin with an open-ended question meant to spark discussion. Participants are encouraged to work together as a group with the goal of developing a shared understanding of the essential theme(s) of the text.

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The Baltimore Free School is a grassroots, collectively run and community-funded project, with a classroom inside Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse at 30 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD.

From the Organizers

Ms. Rockwitz and Mr. VanderWerp are currently pursuing graduate degrees in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College, Annapolis. We believe strongly in discussion as the most effective and liberating approach to teaching and learning. It is our hope that by participating in the course the group will achieve some degree of clarity about the text as well as its relevance to our own lives and communities.