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2011-2012 Speaker Series

The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education presents the 2011-2012 Speaker Series: Counternarratives: Hear the Voices of Civic Activism in Urban Education. The 2011-2012 Speaker Series is hosted by the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Pamela "PK" Smith is chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers include:

Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine

Bio

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women's Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Fine's work integrates critical psychological theory with feminist and post-colonial theory, participatory methods and strong commitments to research for social justice. Fine has authored or co-authored numerous "classics" within critical psychology and feminist studies, including books and articles on high school dropouts, women with disabilities, the "missing discourse of desire" in sex ed classrooms, Muslim American youth, participatory action research methods and the impact of college on women in prison. A pioneer in the field of youth Participatory Action Research, Fine has been involved with a series of participatory studies with youth and elders, from across different racial, ethnic and social class backgrounds, within " contact zones" to investigate circuits of dispossession, and circuits of critical resistance.

Who: Michelle Fine
Topic: Critical Science in "Revolting Times"
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time: Doors: 7:00 p.m / Lecture: 7:30 p.m.
Location:

Pease Auditorium


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Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen

Bio

"We are members of the most destructive culture ever to exist. Our assault on the natural world, on indigenous and other cultures, on women, on children, on all of us through the possibility of nuclear suicide and other means—all these are unprecedented in their magnitude and ferocity."

So began Derrick Jensen's first book, Listening to the Land. Asking these questions: "Why do we act as we do? What are sane and effective responses to outrageously destructive behavior? What will it take for us to stop the horrors that characterize our way of being?" Jensen challenges us to rethink the taken for granted assumptions and practices that continue to be reproduced in our institutions, political and economic policies, and day-to-day lives. Educators, policymakers, social workers, activists and business people will be challenged and inspired by his thoughtful and passionate critique.

Considered one of today's most vocal and well respected "deep green" activists, Derrick Jensen is the award winning author of Thought to Exist in the Wild (winner of the prestigious Eric Hoffer award), Endgame, The Culture of Make Believe, A Language Older than Words, Dreams, and many other books and essays. He was named one of Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." He writes for Orion, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine, among many others.

Who: Derrick Jensen
Topic: Civilization and Resistance
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time: Doors: 7:00 p.m / Lecture: 7:30 p.m.
Location:

Pease Auditorium


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Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy is currently Chair of Fine Arts at the Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She has held numerous administrative positions in several institutions dealing with education and public policy while doing her own work with installations, video, and large scale performance on social themes and urban issues. Her work is eclectic, and it includes projects such as "The Crystal Quilt" which drew 340 older woman together and was broadcast on PBS. She has had numerous projects illuminating violence against women, as well as those engaging public policy and its impact upon underserved youth. Also known for her writing, Lacy edited the influential Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, published in 1995 by Bay Press, a book that prefigures current writing on politically relevant performance art. She has published over 60 articles on public art. Her lecture will focus on "The Oakland Projects" which include her work with Oakland, California's police department and the city's youth gangs.

Who: Suzanne Lacy
Topic: Art, Youth, and Activism: Revisiting the Oakland Projects
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Time: Doors: 7:00 p.m / Lecture: 7:30 p.m.
Location:

Pease Auditorium

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