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The Rebellious School: Anarchism and Ferrer’s Modern School

By Firestorm
June 2021

Join author Mark Bray in conversation with Professor of History Jorell A. Meléndez Badillo about Bray’s latest work, “Anarchist Education And The Modern School.”

Francisco Ferrer navigated a tempestuous world of anarchist assassins, radical republican conspirators, anticlerical rioters, and freethinking educators to establish the legendary Escuela Moderna and the Modern School movement that his martyrdom propelled around the globe. This is the first historical reader to gather together his writings on rationalist education, revolutionary violence, and the general strike (most translated into English for the first time) and put them into conversation with the letters, speeches, and articles of his comrades, collaborators, and critics.

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Mark Bray is a political organizer and historian of human rights, terrorism, and politics in Modern Europe. He earned his BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University in 2005 and his PhD in History from Rutgers University in 2016. He is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, and the co-editor of Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Salon, Boston Review, and numerous edited volumes. He is currently a lecturer at Rutgers University.

Jorell A. Meléndez-Badillo is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean with a particular focus on the global circulation of radical ideas from the standpoint of working-class intellectual communities