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(en) US, Plainfield, VT., Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (Sept. 23-25): Second-to-last update

Date Thu, 15 Sep 2005 19:12:47 +0300

Hello: For those who have already registered and paid for
RAT, much thanks, and we look forward to seeing you
soon. We have some 35 to 40 presentations and panels,
along with sound, cinematic, and artistic pieces, and
numerous book and information tables lined up for this
year's RAT--and given the participant/presenter list,
it should be a provocative and enjoyable weekend.

We'll be sending out a final RAT update within the
next week, but wanted to let everyone know that the
conference will start mid to late afternoon on Friday,
September 23, run all day and evening on Saturday,
September 24, and end midday on Sunday, September 25.

If you are presenting and have audio/visual equipment
needs or a specific scheduling request, contact Cindy
(cbmilstein@yahoo.com) this week.

If you need child care during RAT, or want to
volunteer to do child care, please get in touch with
Kadd Stephens (kadd @ mutualaid.org).

For those who haven't yet registered but want to
attend RAT, please e-mail Cindy (cbmilstein@yahoo.com)
ASAP. Please note that everyone needs to preregister
and prepay for the conference. Space is limited; we
need to prepay for food/housing/meeting space; and
thus we need for confirm numbers ahead of time.

You'll find the RAT basics (registration information
and so on) below. If you have any further questions,
don't hesitate to contact us.

REGISTER & PAY NOW; Space is Limited!
(We're also still accepting presentation proposals!)

September 23-25, 2005, at Goddard College

The Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference,
sponsored by the Institute for Anarchist Studies, aims
to provide a scholarly space in which to both
reexamine and reinvigorate the social and political
tradition of anarchism. RAT is meant as one
contribution to the project of developing a more
rigorous as well as contemporary theoretical framework
for anarchism, and to assist in nurturing new
generations of anti-authoritarian public
intellectuals. Thus, as opposed to conferences that
attempt to create anarchist organizations, statements
of purpose, or focus on "lifestyle anarchism" or
how-to workshops, RAT brings together anarchist and
libertarian left organizers, scholars, writers,
educators, activists, students, and others to explore
how we make sense of our own tradition; how we
understand anarchism in the context of our lives,
movements, and present-day social conditions; and how
the conceptual tools that the anarchist tradition
provides can and need to be rethought.

For more details on RAT, including past presentations
and a sampler of 2005 talks, see


In particular, we are encouraging people of color,
queer, transgender, and intersex people, women, people
raising children, indigenous people, people with
diverse abilities, working-class people, and others
who are frequently underrepresented as speakers (for a
variety of reasons) to send us a presentation or panel
proposal for this year's RAT conference. Also, if you
feel alienated when you look at the list of
presentations to date on our Web site or think that
important issues that should be considered through an
anarchist lens are being left out, you probably have a
presentation proposal to offer. Please get in touch.

Contact one or both of the co-organizers with your
ideas ASAP. For more information on presentations, or
examples of past RAT presentations/panels, see


You must register and pay in advance, as the
conference space is limited to 200 people—and RAT must
prepay all food, housing, and room rental fees in
advance (the conference has no outside or independent
funding source other than registration fees).

We’re offering a sliding-scale registration for the
following three options:

1. Registration and six meals (for locals and
others not requiring housing): $40-50

2. Registration fee, six meals, and shared dorm
room: $55-75

3. Registration fee, six meals, and single dorm
room: $80-100

Registration includes six meals (Friday dinner;
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday
breakfast and lunch); please specify vegan,
vegetarian, or meat when you register. Rooms are
single or shared dorm space, and include linens and
towels. Singles are on a first-come, first-serve
basis; if you request a shared dorm room, please
indicate any roommate preferences such as a specific
person or gender. If needed, child care is available;
ask for details when registering.

Note: we cannot custom-tailor registration fees to
include, say, only four meals, and we cannot refund
registration fees.

To register, contact Cindy at cbmilstein@yahoo.com for
more information on how to register and where to send
your check.


A limited number of partial scholarships are available
to subsidize RAT conference fees for those with
limited resources. We will do our best to offer
assistance to those who need it.

These scholarships are made possible because of the
generosity of other RAT participants. If you can
afford to pay the higher end of our sliding-scale
registration fee or want to donate more beyond that,
we will pass along the extra funds to those needing
financial aid to attend RAT.


RAT takes place on the Goddard College campus in
Plainfield, Vermont, about nine miles east of the
state capital, Montpelier, and easily accessible by
car off I-89 North or South.

Both Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) and Greyhound
(www.Greyhound.com) or Vermont Transit
(www.vermonttransit.com) offer train and bus service,
respectively, to Montpelier. Limited pick-ups and
drop-offs will be available, or you can call a taxi
(K C Taxi at 802-476-0882 or Payless Taxi at
802-476-4097) during the daytime hours. Please check
with us about your travel arrangements before assuming
that a pick-up or drop-off in Montpelier is possible.

There is an airport in Burlington, Vermont, about an
hour's drive from Plainfield. We will be unable to do
any airport pick-ups or drop-offs, however. If you fly
to Burlington, please arrange your own ground
transportation. There are several car rental agencies
at the airport (www.vermontairports.com/btv.html). In
addition, there is limited bus service between
Burlington and Montpelier on either Vermont Transit
(www.vermonttransit.com) or Chittenden County Transit
Authority and the LINK Express


A number of bookstores and publishers will table at
RAT as part of our annual mini-bookfair. Tables are
available for bookstores, publishers, and infoshops
for $35; you must reserve and pay for a table in
advance. Tables will also be available at no charge
for free literature or other materials (zines,
patches, art, and so forth).


Feel free to contact either of the co-organizers:
Cindy Milstein at cbmilstein@yahoo.com, or John
Petrovato at jpetrovato@hotmail.com.

From: Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference Updates

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