Join Barbara Jensen, author of Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America, for a discussion about class through music, reading and dialogue. Classand Classism are often influential but rarely talked about forces in American culture. Barbara, a long-time neighborhood resident and activist, will reflect on her dual citizenship in the working class and middle class, sharing personal experiences that shaped her understanding and inviting the audience to do the same. As usual, this event will be followed by ping-pong and karaoke. ***
Barbara Jensen has more than 30 years experience training and teaching aboutclass issues. She has led trainings in a wide range of settings, including schools, colleges, prisons, and mental health clinics, as well as for independent groups of therapists and the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services. She has developed and taught a variety of courses at Metropolitan State University, including Community Psychology, Working in America, and Psychology of Women. As a counseling and community psychologist, Barbara has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, homeless shelters, psychiatric residences, and in her private practice. She helped found the Working Class Studies Association, and co-chaired its first annual conference in 2007 at Macalester College. She is currently president of the Working Class Studies Association. She has published articles aboutclass in Women's Studies Quarterly, and wrote the closing chapter for What's ClassGot to Do With It? (Zweig, ed. 2004). Her new book is: Reading Classes: On Culture, and Classism in America by Cornell University Press.