43rd Annual Gathering of the Friends of the Modern School


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Rutgers University Brower Commons, Rooms A and B


The Modern School, located in Piscataway, NJ, was a liberal and progressive school. Influenced by modern educational theorists such as Friedrich Froebel, the founder of Kindergarten and the anarchist Francisco Ferrer, who established a modern school in Barcelona in 1901, the modern school’s pedagogy focused on individual needs and free thinking. As the centerpiece of the alternative Ferrer Colony in Piscataway, the Modern School made a significant contribution to the interpretation and implementation of progressive educational ideals.

Please join us for discussions on the history of anarchism and education in practice in New Jersey.

Luncheon Buffet (with a fee of $20) at Noon*

Program begins at 1pm. Each lecture will be followed by a short q & a session.

Francisco Ferrer: The Anarchist Behind the Modern School. Mark Bray, PhD. Candidate in Modern and European History, Rutgers University.

Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman. Karen Avrich,    writer and editor, daughter of anarchist historian Paul Avrich.

The Stelton Colony: A Personal Appreciation, a film by Robert Rosen, former Dean, UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

*Those who do not wish to pay for lunch may attend the lectures for free, beginning at 12:45.

For more information, contact

Fernanda Perrone: hperrone@rci.rutgers.edu or 848.932.6154.