Maxine Greene

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Maxine Greene
Born December 23, 1917
Brooklyn, New York
Died May 29, 2014(2014-05-29) (aged 96)
Manhattan, New York
Education BA in American History and Philosophy from Barnard College in 1938
Masters of Arts from New York University in 1949
PhD from New York University in Educational Philosophy
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental Philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of Education
Political Philosophy
Social Justice

Dr. Sarah Maxine Greene (née Meyer; December 23, 1917 – May 29, 2014) was an American educational philosopher, author, social activist, and teacher. Described upon her death as "perhaps the most iconic and influential living figure associated with [Columbia's] Teachers College,[1]" she was a pioneer for women in the field of philosophy of education, often being the sole woman presenter at educational philosophy conferences as well as being the first woman president of the Philosophy of Education Society in 1967. Additionally, she was the first woman to preside over the American Educational Research Association in 1984[2].

Personal Life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn on December 23, 1917 to Lily Greenfield and Max Meyer who owned a business making costume jewelry[3], Greene was largely raised in a way which conformed to the cultural expectations of women at that time[4]. From an early age, however, she demonstrated an affinity towards the arts. Describing her family as one who "discouraged intellectual adventure and risk"[5], she disregarded many of her family's ideals early and, from the age of 7 on, regularly wrote stories and attended concerts and plays as a means of escape[6]. In her late teenage years , she encountered individuals in Europe working to fight against fascism in Spain. This greatly impacted her thinking from that point forward and awoke her political consciousness [7].

Shortly after graduating from Barnard College, Greene eloped with a young physician named Joseph Krimsley, whom she had her daughter Linda with[8]. She worked with for him until he was deployed to war, at which point she worked a variety of odd jobs that she was not very fond of to support both her and her daughter. After the war, she divorced and remarried Orville Greene, whom she was married to for 50 years before his death in 1997[9][10].

Upon her death in 2014, she was survived by her son, Timothy Greene, Step-Daughter, Elizabeth Greene, Daughter- in- Law, Constance Gemson, and her grandson, Daniel Greene. Her brother Joseph Meyer died in 2002, her sister, Jeanne Shinefield, died in 1997 and her daughter, Linda Lechter, died of cancer in 1986. [11]

Education[edit]

Greene graduated from Barnard College in 1938 and went on to receive a master's degree in 1949 and a Ph.D in the Philosophy of Education 1955, both from New York University[1].

Career[edit]

American educational philosopher, author, social activist and teacher who valued experiential learning in its "entirety", Maxine Greene influenced thousands of educators to bring the vitality of the arts to teachers and children.[citation needed] For Greene, art provided a conduit to meaning-making, a way of making sense of the world.

Greene graduated from the Berkeley Institute in 1934, earned a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1938, and earned her PhD. (1955) and M.A. (1949) from New York University. She taught at New York University, Montclair State College and Brooklyn College. In 1965, she joined the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University.[12]

In 1973 she was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto II.[13] As Philosopher-in-Residence of Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education from 1976 to 2012, Greene conducted workshops (especially in literature as art) and lectures at LCI's summer sessions.[14]

In 2003, she founded the Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education.[15] The foundation supports the creation and appreciation of works that embody fresh social visions. Its goal is "to generate inquiry, imagination and the creation of art works by diverse people."[16] Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to educators and artists.

In 2005, she inspired the creation for the High School of Arts, Imagination and Inquiry[17] in association with LCI and New Visions for Public Schools.[18][19] The school encourages students to expand their imaginative capacities in the arts and other subject areas.

Greene was past President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philosophy of Education Society, American Educational Studies Association (AESA), and the Middle Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society.

She died in 2014, aged 96.[20][21]

Awards and honors[edit]

She was the recipient of honorary degrees in the Humanities from Lehigh University, Hofstra University, the University of Colorado at Denver, Indiana University, Goddard College, Bank Street College, Nazareth College (Rochester, New York), McGill University, College Misericordia, and Binghamton University.

She was awarded the Medal of Honor from Teachers College and Barnard College; Educator of the Year Award from Phi Delta Kappa; the Scholarly Achievement Award from Barnard College; AERA's Lifetime Achievement Award; and received a Fulbright Program fellowship, which took her to New Zealand.

In 2004, the Teachers College Trustees created the Maxine Greene Chair for Distinguished Contributions to Education.

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

Selected contributions to edited volumes[edit]

  • "Introduction: Teaching for Social Justice", In: William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt, and Therese Quinn. Teaching for Social Justice: A Democracy and Education Reader. New Press (1998)
  • "Forward", In: John Dewey, How We Think. Houghton Mifflin (1998).
  • "Forward", In: Linda Lambert, Deborah Walker, Diane P. Zimmerman, and Joanne E. Cooper. The Constructivist Leader. Teachers College Press (2002).[26]
  • "Feminism, Philosophy, and Education: Imagining Public Spaces", In: Nigel Blake et al. The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Education. Blackwell (2003), p. 73–92.
  • "Foreword", In: Colin Lankshear and Peter L. McLaren. Critical Literacy: Politics, Praxis, and the Postmodern. State University of New York (1993), p. ix–xi.
  • "An Autobiographical Remembrance", In: William F. Pinar. The Passionate Mind of Maxine Greene 'I am ... not yet'. Falmer Press (1998), p. 8–11.

Selected articles[edit]

  • "Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads in Them': The Literary Experience and Educational Philosophy." Philosophy of Education, vol. 19 (1963), p. 170–192.
  • "Toward Wide-Awakeness: An Argument for the Arts and Humanities in Education." Teachers College Record, vol. 79, no. 1 (1977), p. 119–125.
  • "In Search of a Critical Pedagogy." Harvard Educational Review (1986), p. 427–441.
  • "The Spaces of Aesthetic Education." Journal of Aesthetic Education, vol. 20 (1986), p. 56–62.

Talks, lectures and other work[edit]

  • Arts and the Search for Social Justice (Lecture at The Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, The Arts & Education, 2003)
  • Active Learning and Aesthetic Encounters (Talks at the Lincoln Center Institute, National Center for Reconstructing Education, Schools and Teaching, 1994)
  • Education, Freedom and Possibility (Russell Lecture, 1975)
  • Educational Research and National Policy Keynote Address: Jubilee Week, August 3, 1982. The Ohio State University College of Education.
  • Lending the Work your Life: A Celebration with Maxine Greene (Lincoln Center Institute, 2006)[27]
  • Naturalist-humanism in eighteenth century England: An Essay in the Sociology of Knowledge (Thesis, 1956)
  • A Teacher Talks to Teachers: Perspectives on the Lincoln Center Institute (Lincoln Center Institute, 1980)

Work on Maxine Greene[edit]

  • William Ayers & Janet L. Miller. A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation. (Teachers College Press, 1997)[28]
  • William F. Pinar. The Passionate Mind of Maxine Greene 'I am ... not yet'. (Falmer Press, 1998)
  • John Baldacchino. Education beyond Education: Self and the Imaginary in Maxine Greene's Philosophy. (Peter Lang, 2008).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maxine Greene, TC's Great Philosopher, Dies at 96". Teachers College - Columbia University. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  2. ^ Fifty modern thinkers on education : from Piaget to the present. Palmer, Joy., Cooper, David Edward., Bresler, Liora. London: Routledge. 2001. ISBN 0203464699. OCLC 51666669. 
  3. ^ Weber, Bruce (2014-06-04). "Maxine Greene, 96, Dies; Education Theorist Saw Arts as Essential". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  4. ^ Fifty modern thinkers on education : from Piaget to the present. Palmer, Joy., Cooper, David Edward., Bresler, Liora. London: Routledge. 2001. ISBN 0203464699. OCLC 51666669. 
  5. ^ Frank, Laurie S. (December 9, 2010). Sourcebook of Experiential Education: Key Thinkers and Their Contributions: Maxine Greene. Routledge. p. 64-72. ISBN 041588442X. 
  6. ^ Fifty modern thinkers on education : from Piaget to the present day. Palmer-Cooper, Joy A., Cooper, David E. (David Edward), 1942-, Bresler, Liora. London: Routledge. 2001. ISBN 9780415224093. OCLC 45958106. 
  7. ^ "Maxine Greene, TC's Great Philosopher, Dies at 96". Teachers College - Columbia University. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  8. ^ Fifty modern thinkers on education : from Piaget to the present. Palmer, Joy., Cooper, David Edward., Bresler, Liora. London: Routledge. 2001. ISBN 0203464699. OCLC 51666669. 
  9. ^ Fifty modern thinkers on education : from Piaget to the present. Palmer, Joy., Cooper, David Edward., Bresler, Liora. London: Routledge. 2001. ISBN 0203464699. OCLC 51666669. 
  10. ^ Weber, Bruce (2014-06-04). "Maxine Greene, 96, Dies; Education Theorist Saw Arts as Essential". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  11. ^ Weber, Bruce (2014-06-04). "Maxine Greene, 96, Dies; Education Theorist Saw Arts as Essential". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  12. ^ Teachers College, Faculty Profile: Greene, Maxine
  13. ^ "Humanist Manifesto II". American Humanist Association. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ Lincoln Center Institute, News & Ideas: Maxine Greene, Philosopher-in-Residence
  15. ^ MaxineGreene.org
  16. ^ The Maxine Greene Foundation: Greene Grants
  17. ^ NYC.org
  18. ^ NewVisions.org
  19. ^ New Visions for Public Schools: High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry Archived 2009-03-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ "In Memoriam: Maxine Greene, TC's Great Philosopher, Dies at 96" Teachers College Media Center, 29 May 2014.
  21. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/nyregion/maxine-greene-teacher-and-educational-theorist-dies-at-96.html?_r=0
  22. ^ Teachers College Press
  23. ^ College Press
  24. ^ Teachers College Press
  25. ^ Amazon.com
  26. ^ "Teachers College Press". store.tcpress.com. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  27. ^ MaxineGreene.org Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Amazon.com

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