The revolting PARticulars of critical participatory action research
Professor Michelle Fine, Central University of New York
10.30-12.30 am, Tuesday 14th January 2014
Room W007 Geography Department, Durham University

In this workshop, Professor Michelle Fine will present on her critical participatory action research projects, followed by small group work and discussion. Participants with and without experience of PAR are welcome to this session, which will include the chance for discussion and ‘trouble-shooting’ of planned and ongoing PAR. Those planning to attend may like to read some of Prof Fine’s work before the workshopand to email questions ahead (to Rachel Pain, by 9th January). This engagement is not essential – all are welcome.

Professor Fine is an inspiring speaker and internationally known for her work on CPAR. She is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Womens Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and a founding member of the Public Science Project, which produces critical scholarship for use in social policy debates and organizing movements for educational equity and human rights. Her research focuses on the political and social implications of the “spaces” people occupy; with a particular focus on marginalized groups; the relations between these corners of social possibility and larger movements for social change; youth sexuality; action research.

A sample of her most cited books and policy monographs includes The Changing Landscape of Public Education (2013), with Michael Fabricant; Charter Schools and the Corporate Makeover of Public Education (2012), with Michael Fabricant; Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion (2008), with Julio Cammarota; Muslim-American Youth (2008), with Selcuk Sirin; Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School, and Institutional Change (1997), with Lani Guinier and Jane Balin; Working Method: Research and Social Justice (2004), with Lois Weis; and her classic Framing Dropouts: Notes on the Politics of an Urban High School (1991).

Among other awards, Fine has received the 2013 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, the 2012 Henry Murray Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology of the APA, the 2010 Social Justice and Higher Education Award from the College and Community Fellowship for her work in prison, and the 2011 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for her mentoring legacy over the past twenty-five years.

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