SEP 30, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
September 30, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Navigating Freedom with
MICHELLE FINE, YOLANDA JOHNSON-PETERKIN, and VIVIAN NIXON
Michelle Fine is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center. Her primary research interest is the study of social injustice: when injustice is perceived or appears simply fair or deserved, when it is resisted, and how it is negotiated by those who pay the most serious price for social inequities. Fine’s work integrates critical psychological theory with feminist and post-colonial theory, participatory designs, qualitative and quantitative methods and strong commitments to research for social justice. Her publications include Charter Schools and the Corporate Make Over of Public Education (2012), Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion (2008), Working Method: Social justice and social research (2004), Off white: essays on race, power and resistance (2004), as well as numerous others.
Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin is the Director of Operations for Re-Entry Services at the Women's Prison Association, a service and advocacy organization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories realize new possibilities for themselves and their families. Johnson-Peterkin is a certified Women Offender Case Management trainer, providing training in Connecticut, Utah and Maine on gender-responsive approaches to women. She is an active alumna of the College and Community Fellowship where the mission is to help formerly incarcerated people achieve their goals through higher education.
Vivian Nixon is Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship (CCF), an organization committed to removing individual and structural barriers to higher education for women with criminal record histories and their families. She has received multiple honors and awards including the John Jay Medal for Justice, the Ascend Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Soros Justice Fellowship, and the Petra Foundation Fellowship.