A ‘Free People’s University’ in New Jersey Brings Long-Time Residents and Newcomers Together

At the University of Orange, a “free people’s university” in the city of Orange, New Jersey, the city is both the campus and the inspiration. Courses — all free and open to residents — range from music theory to urban placemaking. Each offering, ultimately, is a tool toward building “collective capacity for people to create more equitable cities,” as the website puts it. “We solve the problems of our world by learning to see the richness of our cities, becoming lifelong learners, participating in civic life, and having fun with our neighbors.”

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