Scholar-Activist Michelle Fine Addresses “Thinking About Whiteness” at Montclair Synagogue March 16th

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Michelle Fine, distinguished professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Urban Education at the Graduate Centre, CUNY, and social justice activist, will share her ideas on “Thinking About Whiteness: The Spectacular and the Banal, Our Struggles and Our Obligations in an Era of Rising White Nationalisms” at Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The event begins at 10:30 am in Bnai Keshet’s main sanctuary.

Fine is also co-director of The Public Science Project at the Graduate Centre, a research collective of academics, educators, activists, and community members dedicated to participatory action research rooted in social movements. It is designed to generate progressive policy, feed organizing campaigns, challenge academic notions of expertise, knowledge production and justice, and to provoke – often through a blend of science and the arts – “wide-awakeness.” A Montclair resident, Fine has been actively involved with the Montclair public schools since the 1990s, documenting racially just practices within local schools and communities.

Winner of multiple awards in the US and throughout the world for her pioneering work, Fine recently published JUST Research: Widening the Methodological Imagination in Contentious Times (Teachers College Press 2018). Author or co-author of more than 15 books and 100 articles, Fine is widely known for her research alongside young people for 30 years, “chronicling the wounds of dispossession and also their embodied and collective forms of resistance, willful subjectivities and radical wit.” She has worked in schools, colleges, prisons, and courtrooms, with notable impact on the contemporary college in prison movement.

The Bnai Keshet Kaplan Minyans are named for Reconstructionist Judaism founder Mordecai Kaplan, who sought to create a Jewish framework for discussions of ethics, culture, history and current events. They are designed for people who enjoy a communal Shabbat and want to enrich their understanding of Jewish peoplehood in an alternative, less traditional setting.

Reconstructing Judaism in and around Montclair, Bnai Keshet is located at 99 So. Fullerton Ave., Montclair. For more information, call 973-746-4889 or visit www.bnaikeshet.org/event/kaplanminyans.

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