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Author photoTransition Times is written and produced by Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D.

I am a writer, teacher, organizer and public speaker with a passion for social and environmental justice.

I earned my Ph.D in Comparative Literature at New York University in 1994, specializing in the politics of identity in 20th century testimonials and autobiographies by marginalized people from Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.

I am an associate professor of comparative literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where I teach world literature, gender studies, media studies, and environmental and social justice advocacy through writing and digital media strategies.

For more than a decade, I have directed a major annual conference in observance of International Women’s Day, and I am the founding director of the month-long, county-wide Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, now in its fourth season, with 58 events at 36 venues featuring more than 150 women presenting.

I edited two anthologies of world literature by women: Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean (South End Press, 2004), and African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) and have published and presented many papers on college campuses and at major conferences nationwide, on the politics and poetics of social and environmental justice in global women’s literature.

My memoir, What I Forgot…and Why I Remembered: A Purposeful Memoir of Personal and Planetary Transformation, is forthcoming from Green Fire Press.

Read more about me and my work on my website: jenniferbrowdy.com.

The views expressed on this blog are the author’s alone and do not represent her employer or any other third party.

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  1. Hello Jennifer, I read your response today to the NY Times and I found it very interesting. I have been covering OWS since the beginning and since I do the women ‘s show on WMNF 88.5 in Tampa, I was not suprised to see your involvement with gender studies. I think women have more familiarity with closed doors and the feelings of being ignored. With such a new beginning thatI think that OWS is representing-sometimes the most important and necessary event is showing up-perhaps first to yourselff. Could you be avaialble for an interview for my show? The show airs every Thursday from 3-4 pm on WMNF 88.5 n Tampa, Fl. Thanks

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  2. Sharon Coleman, Ph.D.

     /  November 15, 2011

    Dear Jenny:
    I am so glad you are doing this blog. I appreciate the way you articulate the issues concerning us. In today’s blog, the following thought is so well-stated by you and surely expresses my ardent desire:

    “We want a new system, with a radical reorganization of priorities. Let our foreign policy be run by diplomats, not by bombers and drones. Let an age of international cooperation in the service of urgent global needs begin”.

    Keep on inspiring with your words!

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  3. I’m so glad I found your blog — I’m subscribing so I get the daily post, and I’m slowly working my way through the archives. I don’t know how you manage to write about exactly the topics I’ve been concerned with!

    And now that I’ve butchered the grammar in that sentence (shock! ending a sentence with a preposition!), I want to quibble with your use of the word “reigning” as in “reigning in the cost of tuition”. Reigning is for things that rule, reining is for steering a horse. There are any number of common metaphors that come from horse and wagon days: kick over the traces, take the bit between one’s teeth, put the cart before the horse, hold your horses, and others.

    I identified with this latest post both as a horse person and as adjunct faculty.

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    • Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

       /  January 28, 2012

      Thanks for the correction Callie! I’ll go back and change it–good catch!

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  4. Dear Dr. Hernandez,
    Your commentary wrapped around “Kristallnacht” is chilling. I have been writing essays for many years, most of which do not get published. A colleague told me not long ago, “They don’t publish you because you are brutally honest.” Some of my work has been compared as being “between Clemens and Shelley”. Your words sent shock waves through me because you echo many of my concerns. The flip side of the Republican onslaught is the nearly feeble rebuttal from Democrats. I recently wrote to President Obama, suggesting he read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” and learn the art of pugilism. When fighting thugs, one must learn to fight like a thug! I have added you to my email address, having just “discovered” you. I am eager to read more of your thoughts. America may be “down”, but we are not “out” yet. God forbid that we reach the bottom and then join current day bottom feeders!

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  5. Chris Darling

     /  March 24, 2012

    I read your post on Common Dreams, Silent Spring Dawns Hot, Dry and Merciless. Ever since I found out about global warming in detail in 1990 when I read Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature, I have been wondering whether humanity would make the changes needed to stop further changes in climate. So far, as a species, we have failed. And as you must know, even if greenhouse gas emissions stopped miraculously today, warming would continue for a long time.

    I have concluded that the dystopian world of too much heat, drought, floods, tornados, hurricanes, famine, and most likely disease will arrive in full force. Too many of our animal and plant companions on this Earth will disappear as will the overwhelming majority of the current human population of 7+ billion. Fortunately, I am old enough that the worst will most likely happen after I am long dead. The sort of musing about humanity’s downfall that you wrote in this post is not often spelled out so directly. Thank you for doing so.

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  6. REV M VINCENT TURNER

     /  March 26, 2012

    Humans have been destroying Mother Earth for generations, because most humans believe this our earth to spoil and abuse. We have not honored the custodial responsibility that was instructed to humankind, starting with the Book of Genesis. There is a segment within Christian culture that believes God has given earth to us to use / abuse in any way possible. That idea is outrageous, ludicrous and dangerous. Humankind’s assault on Mother Earth has been and continues to be an abomination. So long as people are allowed to profit from earth’s destruction, no real crusade to save the earth will take hold. Ther merchants of doom and destruction will continue to have their say, and their way.

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  7. What is to prevent internet blogs, world wide web, etc., from becoming just as exclusionary as MSM? I have been excluded from countless independent as well as msm sites, because someone, perhaps many? may have labelled me a provocateur, troll whatever! I ma unsur and am unable to find out for sure. All I know is that my older brother told me that I have enemies, but he refuses o tell mewho my enemies are. Maybe he is my (only?) enemy?

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  8. Wanted to edit my mistakes, but zero editing option! Next time I will self edit prior to posting!
    My latest article @ Marx’s BEING instead of, or in addition, to HAVING:

    http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/28-28/11117-bub4ur

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  9. Bob Owen

     /  May 28, 2012

    I read with utter dismay, your piece on taking Memorial Day and bastardizing it. I can only imagine how you must feel about our beloved military members. Shame on you! Shame on you!

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  10. Keith

     /  May 28, 2012

    After reading your story entitled, “Let’s De-Militarize Memorial Day”, I, an Iraq war veteran felt the need to write. First off, there are some things that I will agree with you upon. There is a need to change Memorial Day from being for just veteran’s of the United States of America however, it does not belong as a day to remember all of our ancestors from the past but rather one to remember veterans from all of our allied countries as well. You see, no country had ever won a war by itself. In fact, no war has every truly been won but just ended. Whether it ended with a cease fire like the Korean War, one which was never declared as officially being over, or it ended like World War 2, one which ended with a treaty and an agreement as to what to do about the war ravaged countries. As an American Veteran, I can say I did not fight in Iraq alone beside just Americans. There were Germans, Russians, Israelis, Italians, French and Canadian soldiers all there on the same base that I fought on.

    None of them, to my knowledge were forced to be in their military but rather joined at their own discretion (other than the Israelis). Now, you stated how your ancestors came to America from another country, there by, like everyone who is not a Native American, an immigrant. Now, had my fellow brothers and sisters in arms not been so willing to sacrifice our lives, risk our bodies and leave our families behind us, your family may not have ever come to America. In fact, they may have found America to be a horrible reckless country.

    So you go ahead, and you keep on saying that this day should belong to our ancestors. You’re right, it should, our ancestors who helped fight in a war, not just American veterans. Your lack of support for your writing is a disgrace to writers everywhere.

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  11. Keith

     /  May 28, 2012

    How I feel for our beloved military members? You read my response than with a lack of attention. I AM A VETERAN! I FULLY SUPPORT OUR MILITARY AND OUR ALLIES!!! I’M GRATEFUL TO HAVE SERVED!

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  12. Dr. Hernandez, I just read Seeking solidarity in the environmental justice movement. Great article. Thank you! My only wish is that you post large sized pictures so viewers can be more deeply impacted by the environmental degradation which is happening around the world.

    Thank you very much for writing about our natural environment!

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  13. Dear Jennifer, I am the founder and author of the blog Learning from Dogs. I would love your permission to republish a post of yours shown last year – this one http://bethechange2012.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/dare-to-love/

    If that would be permissable, could you drop me a quick ‘yes’ to paulhandover (at) gmail (dot) com

    Big thanks,

    Paul

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