Michelle Fine, Ph.D.

March 22-24, 2019

To whom are we accountable? Critical participatory action research in revolting times

Musings on epistemological, ethics, design, collaborative analysis and generating "research of use"
Michelle Fine

About the Session

In this workshop, we will explore epistemological, ethical, and design concerns in community based scholarship. To that end, we will explore a variety of methods including mapping, focus group, creative auto-ethnographic writing, participatory survey design.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

1. Identify the key principles of community-based scholarship through a Critical Participatory Action Research framework.
2. Critique implicit constructs of race, subjectivity and epistemology that underlie research design both within and outside community-based research.
3. Apply a range of research techniques appropriate to community-based research, including mapping, focus groups, participatory survey design, and creative auto-ethnographic writing.
4. Discuss the goals and purpose of research projects currently under development, attending particularly to issues of accountability, solidarity, and witnessing.
5. Develop respectful, collaborative relationships with community partners, grounded in a commitment to honoring the deep wisdom of communities.
6. Plan a research proposal for a community-based research project

Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women's Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and founding co-director of The Public Science Project at the Graduate, a research collective of academics, educators, activists and community members dedicated to participatory action research rooted in social movements, designed to generate progressive policy, feed organizing campaigns, challenge academic notions of expertise, knowledge production and justice, and designed to provoke - often through a blend of science and the arts - what Maxine Greene would call "wide-awakeness." Michelle lives in Montclair and has been actively involved with Montclair Cares About Schools (MCAS).


Participants will be encouraged to read a series of texts and research reports drawn from decolonizing psychology, feminist epistemology and critical race theory as key elements in creating critical participatory research.

Fine, M. (2018) Just research in contentious Times: Expanding the methodological imagination. New York: Teachers College Press.

Smith, L. (2012) Decolonizing methodologies. London: Zed Press

Collins, S. E., Clifasefi, S. L., Stanton, J., Straits, K. J., Gil-Kashiwabara, E., Rodriguez, et al. (2018). Community-based participatory research (CBPR): Towards equitable involvement of community in psychology research. American Psychologist, 73(7), 884.

Who Can Attend?

This Workshop is open to the public and free for those not seeking CE credits. No charge for Duquesne University students with I.D., faculty and adjunct faculty, as well as anyone not wanting continuing educations credits.

Open Lecture March 22, 2019 open to the public, 6:00-9:00 pm, Lecture Hall 2, Rockwell Hall
Saturday 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm, 303 Rockwell Hall
Sunday 9-12 pm, 303 Rockwell Hall

CE Credits for Psychologists

Friday night Lecture only: 2.5 credits
Entire Workshop: 10 credits
Duquesne University Department of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Duquesne's Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Registration and Fees (only for those seeking CE Credits)

Friday night's lecture only: $ 20.00, Entire Course, including Friday: $120.00

Be sure to include name, address, and affiliation. Include email address if you would like your certificate emailed. Mail check to: Marilyn Henline, Duquesne University Department of Psychology, 211 Rockwell Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Your check is your receipt. Refunds are available, minus $10 cancellation fee, until March 20, 2019. Certificates will be sent upon completion of the workshop survey.


Any inquiries about this program should be directed to Marilyn Henline, Department of Psychology Administrative Assistant, at 412-396-6520, henline@duq.edu. The Department of Psychology website can be accessed at: https://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/liberal-arts/academic-programs/psychology.