Welcome. In these Conversation Pages, the Maxine Greene Center invites Members to initiate topics for conversation with those from various professions, including: Teaching Artists, Educators, Scholars and Researchers, and those from our wonderful Alliances.
Through inquiries into sociology, history, and especially philosophy and literature, Maxine Greene explores living in awareness and "wide-awakeness" in order to advance social justice. Her thinking about existence and the power of imagination have been brought to life through her study, academic appointments, essays and books. In her teaching, she desires to educate those who speak, write, and resist in their own voices, rather than mimic her ideas and language. We look forward hearing your voices here in these pages.
Please suggest and/or submit posts having to do with concepts and issues that impact and surround one or more relevant subject areas. We welcome all members to visit and engage in all conversations.
memories of maxine
Memories of Maxine
excerpt from Blue Guitar describing aesthetic space works of art as privileged objects
January 27, 2017
"John Berger, the British critic, novelist and screenwriter whose groundbreaking 1972 television series and book, “Ways of Seeing,” declared war on traditional ways of thinking about art, died on Monday at his home in the Paris suburb of Antony. He was 90." NY Times Jan 2, 2017
May 10, 2015
The New School Seminars Spring 2015
The Conversation Article "The New School Seminars" asks us to reflect on our experience at these events, and continue the dialogue between and among us all.
Conversations with affiliates
The Maxine Greene Instituteenjoys a relationship with a wide variety of entities who share an interest in the work of Maxine Greene in the fields of aesthetic education and the social imagination
Conversations with works of art
July 07, 2015
Rethinking Cezanne... through questions.
Why did Cezanne choose to abstract the images in his paintings using geometric shapes?
How does the transformed world that he paints make us think and feel differently about his world and the world in which we live?
How does Cezanne's transformation of color (also a form of abstraction) change our perception of the world?
What cultural influences may have effected his choices?
January 20, 2015
Encounters with works of art
We invite you to join the conversation by adding your comments observations, questions and interpretations of this photo by Gordan Parks entitled "Emma Watson and her Grandchildren" (1934).
August 27, 2014
aesthetic space, aesthetic experience
We are concerned, as members of The Maxine Greene Center, with having aesthetic experiences, inhabiting aesthetic spaces. The excerpt here, from Variations on a Blue Guitar, reminds us how to approach the world aesthetically, and of the value of works of art created for this kind of noticing.
Conversations with teaching artists
Conversations with educators
October 29, 2013