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Wide Awake

Janet Miller, Professor of English Education, Maxine Greene, and John Broughton, Professor of Psychology and Education

Five years ago, when New York City was preparing to open the High School of Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, there were plans to name it after Maxine Greene, TC’s William F. Russell Professor Emeritus in Foundations of Education and Philosopher-In-Residence of the Lincoln Center Institute. When that honor, normally reserved for the deceased, did not come to pass, no one was happier than Greene herself.

“I’m not dead,” she said.

Greene still conducts salons and teaches TC courses from her home, speaks publicly and propounds an outlook of “wide-awakeness” to art and life that continues to inspire many at TC and elsewhere. And in April 2010, more than 170 alumni, faculty and friends gathered at TC’s Cowin Center for the launch of the Maxine Greene Society, which recognizes consecutive donations to TC’s Annual Fund for five or more years. Greene herself headlined the occasion by conducting a discussion, called “Teacher Education and Humanities: Hard Questions in a Spinning World,” with current TC faculty members John Broughton, Professor of Psychology and Education, and Janet Miller, Professor of English Education.

To view video of the event, visit

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