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always be learning. always be longing

Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS) is learning and community for everyday life. We believe in a future of lifelong learning, human connection, and educational equity. Come take a class and join the revolution.


April Courses

Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates

Slavery, the Fear and Control of Black Bodies, and the Racialized Roots of American Wealth

One of America’s leading public intellectuals, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the history and legacy of race relations in America in Between the World and Me. Written as a letter to his young son, the book takes an urgent look at race in America. In 2015, it won National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction.

Image of Woman

Images of Woman: Evolution of the Female Form in Art

This image-based course traces the evolution of the female form from prehistory up to the Renaissance with a focus on how the representations of women emerge, develop, and transition from one era to the next.

End of Life Planning

Make a life and estate plan now

Making a life and estate plan isn’t hard; deciding to make one is. This course will help you be a more informed consumer of legal services, identify common tools that apply to your life, and be better prepared to manage the affairs of a dearly departed loved ones.

Talking Across the Political Chasm

How to Listen + Talk In Divisive Times

For many of us, the election results felt deeply personal. We responded with anger, but we must redirect our attention. This course will give you cathartic doses of direct action and a chance to shift the system, through effective communication across the political divide.

Facebook Marketing

Increase your revenue. Grow your audience. Amplify your message.

Facebook is the most affordable and the most efficient way to advertise online. The best part? Anyone can do it. Never before has such a data-driven, targeted platform been so readily available and accessible. This PUGS class will teach you how to increase your revenue, grow your audience, and amplify your messaging through Facebook advertising.

April Workshops

Good, Clean, Fair Meat

How to eat meat in PDX without factory farming

This half-day workshop explores the local world of meat production, marketing, and consumption. Join the founder of the Portland Meat Collective as we consider the historical, environmental, ethical, economic, and culinary facets of being an omnivore.

Diving into the Yoga Sutras

Going Deeper into Yoga with its Ancient Texts

This class provides the knowledge most yoga classes omit: the power and wisdom of The Yoga Sutras, one of the foundational texts of yoga and meditation.  Have you been practicing yoga awhile and want to begin to understand what you practice?  Perhaps you took one of the overview classes on the heritage of yoga and are curious about more?

How to Train Workshop

Getting Serious about being a Learning Organization

Organizational culture is both passed down and created via learning. Additionally, organizational value and performance rests on the capabilities and performance of its staff. It's time to get serious about proper training. This workshop is about converting knowledge into employee performance. 

Join us for the 2nd annual learning party: PUGSfest

Saturday, April 22 || 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Taborspace || 5441 SE Belmont St.
Regular $49 (ends April 7) || Late $59

A dozen speakers pitch their ideas -- 3 minutes each -- and you (as a participant) choose 4 one-hour sessions that you want to attend throughout the day. Hear some of Portland's smartest people talk about SPACE/SPACES and meet other life-long learners in our community. See what happened in PUGSfest 2016 on the theme of TIME.

Spaces in between, spaces outside. Spaces of resistance. Spaces delineated. Spaces undefined. Outer space. We fight for it and we destroy it. Space's pervasiveness and invisibility make it ripe for investigation.


What's the PUGS course in you?

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