Dear Maxine: Letters from the Unfinished Conversation

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This Collection Brings Together A Prestigious Group of individuals who have wondered, looked at, revised, acted, questioned, and changed their world because of their connection to American philosopher Maxine Greene. Over 75 teachers, students, colleagues, artists, and others, such as Gloria Ladson-Billings, Herb Kohl, Mike Rose, Deborah Meier, and William Ayers have written edgy, thoughtful letters addressed to Greene about her work, their own, and the spaces in between. Rather than just thanking this master ...

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Overview

This Collection Brings Together A Prestigious Group of individuals who have wondered, looked at, revised, acted, questioned, and changed their world because of their connection to American philosopher Maxine Greene. Over 75 teachers, students, colleagues, artists, and others, such as Gloria Ladson-Billings, Herb Kohl, Mike Rose, Deborah Meier, and William Ayers have written edgy, thoughtful letters addressed to Greene about her work, their own, and the spaces in between. Rather than just thanking this master philosopher/teacher, each sets out to discover some of what they have learned from Maxine Greene and to discuss the continued relevance of her work in aesthetics, education, and social imagination.

Maxine Greene has been referred to as "the most important American philosopher [on education] since John Dewey." This wonderful collection continues the unfinished conversation that is her work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807751374
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 8/27/2010
  • Series: Language & Literacy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Sonia Nieto ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Publisher's Note Carole Saltz xv

Prologue Michelle Fine xvii

Introduction: Maxine Greene and Human Freedom Nel Noddings xxi

1 The School and Society: Imagining and Reshaping Public Spaces 1

Imagining the Possible Mike Rose 1

Walking the Dialectic of Freedom Jim Garrison 3

Imagining Things Being Otherwise Patty Bode 6

Stargazing, Wide-Awakening, Cultural Imagining Ming Fang He 9

Living Beyond Walls Robert Lake 13

The Consciousness of Possibility Susan Mayer 15

Imagining Peace, Nonviolence, and the Life of the Mind Rikki Asher 17

On Being Wider-Awake in the World Kathy Hytten 20

Hiding in the Text: Body and Emotion Donald Blumenfeld-Jones 22

We Who Are Not Yet Jennifer Milam 25

Confronting Exclusion and Racism JoAnn Phillion 27

Daring to Dare: Teaching for Wide-Awakeness Pamela K. Smith 29

Not Turning Away Julie Searle 32

Free People Need Public Spaces Deborah Meier 34

2 "In a Tune Beyond Us and Yet Ourselves" 37

On Not Being Directed by Optimism Nancy Lesko 37

Teaching Heaven and Earth: Beyond Philosophy Roslyn Arnold 40

The Audacity of Eros Nina Asher 42

Seeing the Darkness Louise Berman 44

Fully and Profoundly Engaged David Flinders 47

The Miracle of Authorship as a Moment of Truth Glenn Hudak 48

Philosopher, Educator, Author, Friend Linda Lambert 50

How Can an Educational Philosophy Withstand the Test of Practice? Heidi Miller 53

Breaking Through the Crust Wendy Kohli 54

An Anxiety of Influence William Pinar 56

Negotiating Freedom Shaireen Rasheed 58

Compassion in a Chaotic World Teresa Rishel 59

Flunking Retirement Barbara Thayer-Bacon 62

Channeling Maxine's Hillbilly Younger Brother Shirley Steinberg 64

Lived Imperfection Lynda Stone 66

You Are Our Muse Leonard Waks 68

3 Strangers, Others, and Friends: Expanding the Conversation 71

Down the Same Roads for Many a Year Elliot Eisner 71

Accompanying the Artists as They Choose What to See Peter Appelbaum 73

Big Maxine and little maxine Suzanne de Castell 75

Burdening Aesthetics Greg Dimitriadis 78

The Uncanny Legend of Maxine Greene Noreen Garman 80

Learning Quality and Becoming Human James Giarelli 84

The Dialectical Diva Chris Higgins 86

An Interview That Never Really Began: An Afterword to Maxine Greene Clyde Coreil 89

One of the Conditions of Happiness Craig Kridel 91

24/7 William Ayers 93

The Slow Fuse of the Gradual Instant Rebecca Luce-Kapler 96

A Conversation over Time Lorraine Kasprisin 98

A Gifted Teacher Martha McKenna 102

An Unabashed Confession of Love Herb Kohl 104

Being and Becoming Maureen Miletta 106

Academic Courage and Grace: A Case Study from Maxine Greene Eugene Provenzo 108

With Relentless Possibility William Schubert 110

On the "Verge" of Possibility Molly Quinn 112

Eleven Kind Words William Reynolds 116

The Day Maxine May Have Bombed George Willis 118

Our Imaginarium Gloria Ladson-Billings 121

4 Blue Guitar Lessons: The Arts and Keeping Wide-Awake in the World 124

What If? Cathryn Williams 124

Keeping Wide-Awake Jacqueline Ancess 126

Agradecida Gene Diaz 129

Maxine and the Furry Blue Guitar Bernadine Dohrn 130

Attention to Wonder Kieran Egan 131

From Critical Awareness to Wide-Awakeness James Henderson 132

Summer at the Park with Maxine Roger Dell 134

The Point of Release John Holyoke 136

Time with You Madeleine Fuchs Holzer 139

Living in the Amber: Conversations Between Red and Greene Pauline Sameshima 140

Questions, Anyone? Let's Hope So Julie Teel 143

Maxine Says Nick Sousanis 146

Awakening and Choosing Sue Stinson 148

When Teaching Becomes Reaching Graeme Sullivan 150

And the Stage Belongs to ... the Philosopher Scott Noppe-Brandon 152

A Performance for Maxine Jean Taylor Barbara Ellman Hillary Easton 154

Learning to Learn John Toth 155

Epilogue: "Coming Together to Act on the Possibility of Repair": Conversations with Maxine Greene Janet Miller 158

References 165

About the Editor and Contributors 173

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