An award for a ‘political’ scientist

Dr Kitty Kelly Epstein, winner of the 2013 Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Award, apparently “became an academic in order to be a better activist, rather than the other way around.

I thought this link might be of interest to anyone interested in the debate about whether or not academics should be ‘political’ (i.e., activist).

Can ‘truth’ and activist commitment go hand in hand? If ‘yes’, how? If ‘no’, why not?

Professor Epstein’s institution – Holy Names University – certainly knows where it stands on that question: “At the heart of our institution, we believe in striving for social justice through service. We inspire our students to take what they have learned in the classroom out into the world to make it a better place.

That’s not unlike exhorting publicly funded researchers and academics to focus more on generating innovation and economic growth, I guess – so it shouldn’t be that controversial?

Professor Epstein’s work on ‘Organising to Change a City‘ and on ‘A Different View of Urban Schools‘ may also be of interest to some who read this blog, given recent posts.

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