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Robert David Steele Vivas, Public Intelligence Blog

Beautiful Trouble in the Classroom

Beautiful Trouble, praised by Naomi Klein as “elegant and incendiary,” is an essential college-level resource for studying the convergence of art and politics.

The book is already being used in university classrooms across the continent, in courses spanning History, Media & Communications, and Performance Studies. We work hard to get Beautiful Trouble into the hands of the next generation of troublemakers and our academic community ensure that happens responsibly. Join the movement!

Here’s how:

Your students can add to Beautiful Trouble online: Beautiful Trouble is, by design, an evolving project. A great exercise for students is to research and draft their own modules, and then submit them online. To assist, we have templates, as well as samples for inspiration.

We can also come to your classroom in person: While the book offers a self-guided tour of creative protest, the Beautiful Trouble Training Program brings an experienced artist-activist to your campus, or even right into your classroom to guide groups of 15-40 through an in-depth, participatory discussion of the social movements making headlines worldwide. Our presentations are customized to fit your needs, making them the ideal resource for campus events programming, for professors looking to spice up their classroom, or any student group seeking more tools for its toolbox.

Study GuideStudy guide for continued support: Compiled by over a dozen educators, trainers, academics, and pranksters, our new study guide offers thematic guides and hands-on activities for unfolding the various interconnected modules throughout book. Packed with engaging exercises, discussion questions, and further insights, this tool brings the spirit and energy of Beautiful Trouble into the classroom. Request your copy here.

Need a complimentary copy of the book? If you are interested in using Beautiful Trouble in your classroom, please request a complimentary copy by writing to classroom@beautifultrouble.org. The book is available in seven languages and continues to expand online at beautifultrouble.org.

Starting a Beautiful Trouble book club? Here’s some discussion questions to get you started. And our friends over at ActionAid DK have kindly shared their BT bookclub schedule. It’s, ahem, in Danish, but you get the idea.

We’ve got plenty more resources available to help professors integrate the text and lessons of Beautiful Trouble into syllabi — contact us at classroom@beautifultrouble.org with your ideas for more.