Highlander Pre-Conference Workshop (separate registration is required, as space is limited)

Wednesday, October 18, 10:00am-4:00pm.

Kitteridge Building, Multipurpose Rooms C&D, University of Colorado Boulder campus

Join Highlander Center, the popular education center in Tennessee that trained the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, for a dive into popular education, organizing, movement history and current challenges and opportunities. Highlander Center has been a pivotal gathering place for labor, civil rights, environmental justice, education, immigrant rights, and youth organizing throughout its 85 year history. Started in 1932, in the depths of the Depression in rural Grundy County, Highlander has focused its work in the Southern and Appalachian United States, supporting leaders and groups to come together, share ideas and strategies at the center and return back to their communities to better organize to change their situation. Join Susan Williams and Esmeralda Baltazar from the Highlander Center Education Team for a participatory workshop exploring Highlander’s history and methodologies. Participants will explore historical movements and share more about current organizing efforts in these challenging times for our education institutions, communities, and society.

GETTING THERE: We strongly recommend taking the shuttle bus from the Millennium Hotel, rather than parking on campus.  On Wednesday, the bus schedule to Kitteridge is as follows:

Wednesday, October 18 – Highlander Workshop:

9:00AM                                    Millennium Hotel to Kittredge Central

9:20AM                                                      Millennium Hotel to Kittredge Central

9:40AM                                                      Millennium Hotel to Kittredge Central

10:00AM                                 Millennium Hotel to Kittredge Central


4:10PM                                    Kittredge Central to Millennium Hotel

4:30PM                                                      Kittredge Central to Millennium Hotel



Susan Williams

Susan Williams has worked for over 35 years as a community organizer, a popular educator, a participatory researcher and librarian/archivist in East Tennessee.  She  organized with Save Our Cumberland Mountains and the Tennessee Industrial Renewal Network, and now works on the Education Team at Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee, focusing on a new Economics and Governance curriculum for communities.    She coordinates Highlander’s library, bookstore and archive and is a 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences Masters program.