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Maurice Stein and Larry Miller with curator Caitlin Julia Rubin at the Rose Art Museum

  • Rose Art Museum 415 South Street Waltham, MA, 02453 United States (map)

Maurice Stein and Larry Miller, in conversation with Assistant Curator Caitlin Julie Rubin, will discuss the concepts and design behind their radical publication "Blueprint for Counter Education." 

In an era marked by social upheaval and engaged advocacy—for civil rights, the women’s movement, and against the Vietnam War—Blueprint for Counter Education encouraged students to shape an educational experience relevant to the world in which they lived. Developed during the late 1960s by Brandeis University Sociology Professor Maurice Stein and student Larry Miller, the project allowed participants to direct their own pathways of discovery in relation to the theories, art, and politics of a turbulent era. Though initially conceived of as a book, Blueprint for Counter Education was released in 1970 as a set of three charts and an accompanying text, designed by Marshall Henrichs and packaged within a box that boldly proclaimed “THE REVOLUTION STARTS HERE.”

As the Stein and Miller write, "... we advise the participant, from the outset, to drop all conceptions about Cartesian space or the space of a two-dimensional graph. The three charts, together with the infinite participative relationships they can generate, might suggest three-dimensional chess, or some other very complicated board game.”

Learn more about the intricacies of Blueprint for Counter Education’s charts in a close look with their creators.