Panel Discussion: Community Conversations
with Hebrew College, North Bennet Street School, and UMass Boston
To demonstrate the variety and richness of “essential knowledge” and the ways it can be defined, the cabinet in “Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library” is filled with titles selected by ten community partners.
Join Rabbi Dan Judson, Dean of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College; Lorna Rivera, Director of the Gaston Institute for Latino Public Policy at UMass Boston; and Sarah Turner, President of North Bennet Street School for a panel discussion moderated by Rajini Srikanth, Dean of the Honors College at UMass Boston, centered on the question, "What qualifies as knowledge and how is it transmitted?"
Rabbi Dan Judson, Ph.D. serves as Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Newton, Massachusetts. Rabbi Judson received his doctorate in Jewish history from Brandeis University and his book, Pennies for Heaven: The History of American Synagogues and Money [Brandeis University Press, 2018] was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.
Dr. Lorna Rivera is the Director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development & Public Policy, and Associate Professor of Latino Studies at University of Massachusetts-Boston. Rivera’s research focuses on women’s literacy, health disparities, and Latinx and immigrant student success. Currently, Rivera is leading the Latinx Student Success Initiative with Bunker Hill Community College, and she oversees the Talented & Gifted (TAG)/ALERTA afterschool programs. Rivera is a member of the Board of Directors at Hyde Square Task Force and the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing. In 2019, Mayor Marty Walsh appointed her to the Boston Public Schools Committee.
Rajini Srikanth is Professor of English, Human rights, and Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Selected publications include the monograph Constructing the Enemy: Empathy/Antipathy in US Literature and Law (2012) and the co-edited collections, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights (2019) and the Cambridge History of Asian American Literature (2016). Her research interests and areas of teaching include Human Rights, American literature (including Asian American literature, Native American literature, and literature of the American South); interdisciplinary approaches to literature; literature in the context of critical and comparative race and ethnic studies; pedagogy of literature; and South Africa.
Sarah Turner is the President of North Bennet Street School, which trains students for careers in traditional trades, helping them achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. An educator and artist, Turner has worked at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Born and raised in Ohio, Turner received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Smith College and a certificate in metalsmithing from the Oregon College of Art & Craft. She earned a master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art.