A conversation with the University of Alberta about Mechanics’ Institutes of course!

I was cordially invited to offer my thoughts about the Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco to the graduate class Foundations of Adult and Higher Education at the University of Alberta. Via Skype I delivered the following lecture last night. The audio file includes the Q& A. Thanks so much! Hi thank you for having me. I’m Taryn Edwards, I’m one of the 8 librarians on staff at the San Francisco Mechanics’ Institute. I’ve worked here 8 years and have spent the last four intensively analyzing our history – searching for themes and practices that we can capitalize upon today in order to chart a path forward. Let me tell you a bit about the circumstances surrounding our founding. The SF MI’s birth is closely tied to the aftermath of the California...