Eleventh annual Couper Lecture to discuss social injustice


Michelle Fine, a professor in the Social Personality Psychology program at the Graduate School University Center of the City University of New York, will present the eleventh annual Couper Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in Rooms E-F of the Public Service Programs Center on the Binghamton University campus.

Fine, a specialist in community development, with an emphasis on urban youth and young adults, will speak on “Revealing the Opportunity Gap: The Reproduction of Privilege...and Moments of Radical Possibility.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fine’s research revolves around issues of social injustice, specifically as it relates to the contexts in which injustice is most pronounced and the ideological conditions in which unjust arrangements appear fair or deserved. She is the author of a number of books including Charting Urban School Reform: Reflections on Public High Schools in the Midst of Change; Beyond Silenced Voices: Class, Race and Gender in American Schools, and Disruptive Voices: The Transgressive Possibilities of Feminist Research.

Fine has been called upon to provide courtroom expert testimony for a number of cases and she received the Janet Helms Distinguished Scholar Award in 1994 and a Spencer Foundation National Mentoring Award in 1998.

The Couper Lecture is funded by the Couper Endowment for Educational Excellence, created in honor of local businessman Edgar W. Couper, a pioneer in New York public higher education and a member of the New York State Board of Regents from 1951-1968.

For more information, contact Binghamton University’s School of Education and Human Development at 607-777-2727 or 607-777-6723.

Last Updated: 9/17/13