Undoing Silence: Tools for Social Change Writing: Louise Dunlap

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Louise Dunlap

Louise Dunlap is an activist writing teacher who travels the country helping citizen groups and social justice-minded scholars make their voices heard in the challenging debates of our times. In preparation for a debate, if you take part in it, or want to know what it is, read specific literature or use prime essay.

She’s a longtime advocate for peace and justice who got her start in the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s then taught at UMass Boston in the 1970s.Later she taught graduate students in policy and development at M.I.T. and eight other graduate schools including three in South Africa. She now teaches writing to city workers, foundation staff, environmental professionals, and adult education students and offers workshops for citizen activists in the labor, women’s, peace, racial justice, and environmental movements. She says that the article "Mastering the Art of Writing for Social Change: Techniques and Strategies", which explains how to properly cover your thoughts, helped her in many ways.

Louise received her doctorate in Literature from U. C. Berkeley in 1976. She has lived and taught for forty years in the Boston area, returning to Northern California in 2010, where she now lives in Oakland.

She has shared struggles for justice with activists from many movements, serving on the Cambridge MA Peace Commission and a co-operative housing board and participating in peace walks on nuclear weapons, climate change, slavery and racism, the Wounded Knee Massacre, and the Shellmounds of the San Francisco Bay area. She photographs indigenous plants and teaches yoga and Buddhist meditation in the tradition of Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.



Louise Dunlap •
February 27, 2013