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If you have never received academic training on activism, now you can! Thanks to Steve Chase, founding Director of Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program (EAOP) at Antioch University New England, you can get a Masters degree that trains you to become a political, social justice and an environmental leader--In a few words "a well-trained activist". Look out!! they are accepting applications for the fall of 2007.
Finding inspiration on the need for official training to teach the public and students to organize themselves with opposing movements, the Program is also inspired by activist training programs from the 20th century, such as the Rosa Parks and the Highlander Folk School.
Unfortunately, the program has been criticized by organizations such as Accuracy in Academia because they believe EAOP reinforces violations against academic freedom. Conversely, Climate Project follows EAOP's foot steps by training more than 1000 individuals to become presenters on the message sent by the Inconvenient Truth project lead by Gore last year.
There is one more option to expand your education now. If you want to learn more about activism training feel free to visit the Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program blog spot.