The Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM) is an alternative educational program focused on the study of social movements in Mexico, socialism in Cuba, and community organizing in Chicago. AUSM combines rigorous theoretical study, participatory action research, and experiential learning with powerful social actors struggling for justice, autonomy, and democracy. Find out more »

Walking with Subjects of History

03/28/2016 - 04/09/2016
Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota

"Walking with Subjects of History:
Accompanying Indigenous peoples’ struggle for autonomy and human rights in Chiapas, Mexico
with Irma Ilsy Vásquez Cardenas, attorney with the 
Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center

Study in Cuba or México with the Autonomous University of Social Movements (AUSM)

Fall 2016:

Cuba (16 credits): Sept 4 – Dec 2, Optiional Chicago re-entry program: Dec 5-16
App deadline: May 30

Focus on the history, culture and politics of Cuba, with special emphasis on the Cuban revolution.  Program features home stays in a working class barrio of Havana, plus visits to the Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Pinar del Rio and Varadero beach.

Mexico (16 credits): Sept 3 – Dec 4, Optional Chicago re-entry program: Dec 5-16
App deadline: June 30

Focus on the theory and practice of Mexican social movements.  Six weeks in Chiapas with the Zapatista movement, four weeks in Mexico City with housing movements, and three weeks in Tlaxcala with urban and campesino movements.

Summer 2016:

Cuba (6 credits): May 22 – June 25 (App deadline: March 31)
Focus on the history, culture and politics of Cuba, with a constructively critical look at the Cuban revolution.  Program features home stays in Havana, travel to provinces, and experiential learning.

Mexico (6 credits): July 3-30 (App deadline: April 30)
Focus on the theory, practice and context of the Zapatista movement.  Program features study and living in a Zapatista cultural/political center.

1st Global Festival of Resistances & Rebellions Against Capitalism

From Dec 21st to January 3rd, the Zapatistas invited social actors from all over Mexico and the world to share and celebrate with communities in struggle against capitalism. At the end of the event, the National Indigenous Congress met to discuss the state of Mexico and the world from below and to the left.

Here are a seven brief interviews of different movement participants with subtitles in English.


Spring 2016
Mexico: Jan 23-Apr 23
Cuba: Jan 31-Apr 29 
Application deadline Dec 1st

Summer 2016 (updated!)
Cuba: May 22 - June 25
Mexico: July 3 - 30

Apply now
Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.