Welcome to my blog.  I will try to share what’s on my mind as well as some things I’ve written about learning to help other learners who intersect with the Western Institute for Social Research or WISR (pron. “wiser”).  I hope I can connect these posts as appropriate with other blogs so they will be seen more widely.  This is a learning process, that is, blogging, so I invite you all to get involved in it and find the fun of sharing your thoughts and developing them too, in this way.

MARILYN JACKSONBA, Augustana College, 1981, Religion. M.A., Holy Names       College, Institute in Creation Spirituality and Culture, 1989. PhD, WISR, Higher Education and Social Change, 2004.  In her dissertation, Dr. Jackson contrasted popular spirituality movements in Western society to traditional religion, by relating Creation Spirituality to Lutheranism.  Two of her recent articles were published:  “The Life of the People:  The Legacy of N.F.S. Grundtvig and Nonviolent Social Change Through Popular Education in Denmark” and “Education for Life at Danish Folk Schools and Highlander.”  Marilyn continues to study and work on unlearning racism and building multicultural society through dialogue, education, cultural expression and community based celebrations.  She is also interested in women’s and career development issues, as well as lifestyles, health and environment.  She has organized education activities about indigenous people and has been extensive involved with Scandinavian music and other cultural activities, including translating Swedish songs.  As part of her commitment to egalitarian values, she educates others about socialism and social democratic values.  She is on the Board and staff of the Ecumenical Peace Institute, and organizes monthly forums at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley.  In addition to serving as a member of WISR’s core faculty, she is Executive Assistant to WISR’s President.  Marilyn has a blog on wisrville:  “Social Democracy and Folk School Think Tank.”  marilynejackson@sbcglobal.net

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