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Continuing a Conversation With Maxine Greene in Comics


by Nick Sousanis & Daiyu Suzuki — 2015

Purpose: To illuminate the concepts of aesthetic experience and wide-awakeness in the philosophy of Maxine Greene by using the aesthetic approaches she discussed - in this case, using the comic book form as a means of visually embodying and extending her ideas.

Setting: In Maxine Greene’s living room, the view through the window, and on the sidewalk across the street from her apartment—under the tree that she looked upon each day.

Research Design: Philosophical-aesthetic inquiry.

Conclusions/Recommendations: This philosophical-aesthetic inquiry has left us with more questions than answers as we engaged in an imaginative dialogue with Maxine Greene. Maxine lived her philosophy not just in her work, but in her daily life. Her lived example leaves us with some of the following questions: How do we—as educators, researchers, and philosophers—reconcile the separation between our intellectual lives and personal lives? What does it mean to cultivate our imaginative capacities for social change? How do we see the unseen? How do we see movements in what seems static, and changes in what seems permanent? How do we refuse to accept given “truth” as true and so-called “reality” as real? How do we attend our world anew each day?

Maxine’s method of asking, rather than answering, opened her to seeing greater possibilities in her world. And it is this attitude for seeing and for asking rather than any “ism” that we take into our own work and seek to convey with this piece.



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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 117 Number 10, 2015, p. 1-6
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18103, Date Accessed: 11/17/2017 11:40:20 PM

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About the Author
  • Nick Sousanis
    University of Calgary
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    NICK SOUSANIS is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Comics Studies at the University of Calgary. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning, and was published by Harvard University Press in 2015. He is frequently invited to present on his work and the importance of visual thinking in educational institutions across the United States and internationally, and has taught courses on comics as powerful communication tools at Columbia, Parsons, and now at the University of Calgary
  • Daiyu Suzuki
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    DAIYU SUZUKI is a current doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a co-founder of education activist network. His book on neoliberal dismantling of the U.S. public education will be published by Iwanami Shoten in the fall, 2015.
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