Journal of Educational Controversy


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Newly Published - "Dear Maxine: Letters from the Unfinished Conversation"

In our winter 2010 issue of the journal dedicated to the life and work of Maxine Greene, we announced that a new book was about to be published in the fall by Teachers College Press. The book, Dear Maxine: Letters from the Unfinished Conversation, is now available. Readers can find information at the Teachers College Press website.

From the website:

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. 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 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.
Foreword, Sonia Nieto
Publisher's Note, Carole Saltz
Prologue, Michelle Fine
Introduction: Maxine Greene and Human Freedom, Nel Noddings

1. The School and Society: Imagining and Reshaping Public Spaces
Imagining the Possible, Mike Rose
Walking the Dialectic of Freedom, Jim Garrison
Imagining Things Being Otherwise, Patty Bode
Stargazing, Wide-Awakening, Cultural Imagining, Ming Fang He
Living Beyond Walls, Robert Lake
The Consciousness of Possibility, Susan Mayer
Imagining Peace, Nonviolence, and the Life of the Mind, Rikki Asher
On Being Wider-Awake in the World, Kathy Hytten
Hiding in the Text: Body and Emotion, Donald Blumenfeld-Jones
We Who Are Not Yet, Jennifer Milam
Confronting Exclusion and Racism, JoAnn Phillion
Daring to Dare: Teaching for Wide-Awakeness, Pamela K. Smith
Not Turning Away, Julie Searle
Free People Need Public Spaces, Deborah Meier

2. “The Self: In a Tune Beyond Us and Yet Ourselves”
On Not Being Directed, Optimism, Nancy Lesko
Teaching Heaven and Earth: Beyond Philosophy, Roslyn Arnold
The Audacity of Eros, Nina Asher
Seeing the Darkness, Louise Berman
Fully and Profoundly Engaged, David Flinders
The Miracle of Authorship as a Moment of Truth, Glenn Hudak
Philosopher, Educator, Author, Friend, Linda Lambert
How Can an Educational Philosophy Withstand the Test of Practice?, Heidi Miller
Breaking Through the Crust, Wendy Kohli
An Anxiety of Influence, William Pinar
Negotiating Freedom, Shaireen Rasheed
Compassion in a Chaotic World, Teresa Rishel
Flunking Retirement, Barbara Thayer-Bacon
Channeling Maxine's Hillbilly Younger Brother, Shirley Steinberg
Lived Imperfection, Lynda Stone
You Are Our Muse, Leonard Waks

3. Strangers, Others, and Friends: Expanding the ConversationDown the Same Roads for Many a Year, Elliot Eisner
Accompanying the Artists as They Choose What to See, Peter Appelbaum
Big Maxine and little maxine, Suzanne de Castell
Burdening Aesthetics, Greg Dimitriadis
The Uncanny Legend of Maxine Greene, Noreen Garman
Learning Quality and Becoming Human, James Giarelli
The Dialectical Diva, Chris Higgins
An Interview that Never Began: An Afterword to Maxine Greene, Clyde Coreil
One of the Conditions of Happiness, Craig Kridel
24/7, William Ayers
The Slow Fuse of the Gradual Instant, Rebecca Luce-Kapler
A Conversation Over Time, Lorraine Kasprisin
A Gifted Teacher, Martha McKenna
An Unabashed Confession of Love, Herb Kohl
Being and Becoming, Maureen Miletta
Academic Courage and Grace: A Case Study from Maxine Greene, Eugene Provenzo
With Relentless Possibility, William Schubert
On the “Verge” of Possibility, Molly Quinn
Eleven Kind Words, William Reynolds
The Day Maxine May Have Bombed, George Willis
Our Imaginarium, Gloria Ladson-Billings

4. Blue Guitar Lessons: The Arts and Keeping Wide-Awake in the WorldWhat If?, Cathryn Williams
Keeping Wide-Awake, Jacqueline Ancess
Agradecida, Gene Diaz
Maxine and the Furry Blue Guitar, Bernadine Dohrn
Attention to Wonder, Kieran Egan
From Critical Awareness to Wide-Awakeness, James Henderson
Summer at the Park with Maxine, Roger Dell
The Point of Release, John Holyoke
Time with You, Madeleine Fuchs Holzer
Living in the Amber: Conversations Between Red and Greene, Pauline Sameshima
Questions, Anyone? Let's Hope So, Julie Teel
Maxine Says, Nick Sousanis
Awakening and Choosing, Sue Stinson
When Teaching Becomes Reaching, Graeme Sullivan
And the Stage Belongs to . . . the Philosopher, Scott Noppe-Brandon
A Performance for Maxine, Jean Taylor, Barbara Ellman, and Hillary Easton
Learning to Learn, John Toth

Epilogue: “Coming Together to Act on the Possibility of Repair”: Conversations with Maxine Greene, Janet Miller
About the Editor and Contributors

Robert Lake is an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

“Robert Lake has brought together the various pieces of Maxine Greene’s life in these pages: Here are teachers, dancers, graphic artists, educational philosophers, and others. No one in these pages is content with things as they are; we have learned from life and from Maxine that there are always unanswered questions.”
—From the Foreword by Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Within the context of letters to a dear and esteemed colleague, the contributors to this book expand their readers' and their own perspectives on the complexity and the promise of teaching, learning, and living a generous life.”
—Karen Gallas, teacher and researcher

“For nearly sixty years, Maxine Greene has inspired us to question, to express ideas and insights, and to see past calcified logic and stunted expectation by valuing the necessary role of art, inquiry, democracy, and dialogue in education. These letters give the reader a renewed appreciation of her passion and energy, and of those who have learned from her.”
—A. G. Rud, Washington State University


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