First heard about this on the Rhetoricians for Peace listserv:
Tent State University (TSU) was launched in 2003 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Its purpose was to stop drastic state budget cuts to higher education that were pending in the wake of the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. TSU was more than just a protest. It merged the creation of an alternative “university” system and the most significant cultural festival at RU, all built around the recognition of education as a fundamental human right one that is compromised by war. Repeated in 2004 and now established as an annual event, TSU has been acknowledged as critical in helping to stop budget cuts and curtail tuition increases at Rutgers and throughout New Jersey.
Tent State University