During my first year at Teachers College, I was lucky to have taken Maxine Greene's seminar on aesthetics and education. Her pedagogical strategy was simple:
1) She cultivated a life of aesthetic, intellectual, and moral growth with complete integrity; she lived in conversation with great books, welcoming provocative and strange ideas into her life (albeit not uncritically).
2) She shared that life with her students and colleagues. A philosophical conversation with Maxine was an invitation to think, to really think, to think as if for the first time.
After Maxine's passing this May, the managers of her estate gave the Gottesman Libraries the generous gift of a curated selection of books from Maxine's personal library. The books have now their home in room 104b. The selection, I should add, is fantastic. Reading these books would make anyone a deeper thinker, and a more sensitive, wide-awakened person. All that is, provided, if one reads them with the vulnerability, integrity, and passion that Maxine read them.