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Renegade University is an alternative to the traditional higher education system that offers a community of people who would rather think and speak and write about ideas than police them.

We don’t “train citizens,” “educate leaders” or “serve society” as most universities pledge to do.

We value intellectual freedom: curiosity, skepticism, creative analysis, and the conflict of ideas.

Renegade University is a place for people to learn, to think, to argue, and to enjoy the life of the mind.

Video COURSES

Streaming course videos taught by our faculty and produced by RU videographers.

Office Hours

One-on-one sessions with instructors online, on the phone, or in person. Ranging from personal consultations to full customized courses.

The Quad

A place to hang out, find out what’s going on, eavesdrop on fascinating conversations or to start a new one.

Live Events

Interactive seminars, workshops, live streams, lectures and performances by our instructors and artists. Online and in cities across the world.

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Level 1

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$ 49
Yearly
  • Unlimited access to all video courses
  • 1 credit, redeemable on
    Courses, Live Events, and Office Hours
  • Discounts on additional credits for Courses, Live Events, and Office Hours​
  • Full access to The Quad and participation in RU Live sessions

Level 2

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$ 249
Yearly
  • Unlimited access to all video courses
  • 6 credits, redeemable on
    Courses, Live Events, and Office Hours
  • Discounts on additional credits for Courses, Live Events, and Office Hours​
  • Full access to The Quad and participation in RU Live sessions

Level 3

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$ 949
Yearly
  • Unlimited access to all video courses
  • 10 credits, redeemable on
    Live Events and Office Hours
  • Discounts on additional credits
    for Live Events and Office Hours​
  • Full access to The Quad and participation in RU Live sessions

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VIDEO Courses

1 credit

Race: The History of an Idea

This course examines the origins of the idea of “races” of human beings in the United States, and traces its deployment over two centuries in efforts to conquer, exterminate, civilize, and assimilate various “races” of people both inside the U.S. and across the world.

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1 credit

The Politics of Sex Work

The history, politics, and cultural norms of sex work, with an argument for why it should be decriminalized.

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1 credit

An Introduction to Nietzsche

Examining Nietzsche's policy and politics of joy, radical life affirmation, and what it means to live outside of morality - with relentless ethics.

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1 credit

What is Postmodernism?

Learn the major arguments of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and other postmodernist philosophers - and new ways of thinking about the questions they raise.

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3 credits

Renegade History of the United States

It was not “good” citizens who established American liberty, but “immoral” and “degraded” people on the fringes of society.

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1 credit

Dangerous Nation:The U.S. & The World, 1776-1898

An argument that globalist, imperialist ideas were embedded in America's founding philosophy.

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1 credit
World War II: The Great Blowback. Lecture Series with Thaddeus Russell

World War II: The Great Blowback

Examine the emergent, revisionist history whether America's "good war" was actually America's greatest blowback.

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1 credit

The War on Terror: A Global Catastrophe

An argument that U.S. military interventions created and sustained what appears to be a self-perpetuating war.

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1 credit

Afghanistan: America’s Longest Foreign War

A history of the origins and consequences of America’s longest war.

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MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Thaddeus Russell has been a professor of history, American Studies, and philosophy at Columbia University, Barnard College, The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College, Occidental College, and Willamette University. He is also the author of A Renegade History of the United States and the host of the Unregistered podcast.
Thaddeus Russell
History
Maggie McNeill is an author, blogger, and sex worker. Her blog, The Honest Courtesan, has been a leading source for news and analysis of the sex worker movement and her scholarly work has been published in Cato Unbound.
Maggie McNeill
Sex Work
Daniel Coffeen holds a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley where he was a lecturer for many years, in addition to teaching graduate seminars in critical theory at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the author of Reading the Way of Things: Towards a New Technology of Making Sense.
Daniel Coffeen
Philosophy
As host of one of the leading foreign-policy radio shows in the country, Scott Horton has conducted more than 5,000 interviews with military and foreign-policy experts. He is the author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan.
Scott Horton
Foreign Affairs

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Tour Accounts grant access to one lesson in each RU Video Course and full access to The Quad. They do not offer access to full Video Courses, Office Hours or RU Live sessions, which are for members at the $49 level or above.