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Learning By Doing at the Farm
by Robert J Kett and Anna Kryczka
Published by Soberscove Press
124p, b&w and color, softcover, 6.5"x8.5"
"Beginning in 1968, the University of California, Irvine, was host to
an experiment in intercultural exchange and artistic and social
scientific learning through practice. Located on the edges of William
Pereira’s California Brutalist campus, the Farm was a space for
craftspeople from Guatemala, Mexico, and Samoa to demonstrate their
skills; a laboratory for new methods in education and research; and an
unexpected countercultural gathering site.
Learning by Doing at the Farm reflects upon this unusual
experiment, which brought together Cold War politics, modern
development, and indigenous peoples drawn into the strange intellectual
and cultural circumstances of 1960s California. Through a critical
introduction and previously unpublished archival documentation, this
book offers a glimpse of various actors’ dreams of what the Farm could
become and the collaborations that actually unfolded there."