Check office door or office phone. Varies every semester.
Areas of Interest
Feminist, Multicultural and Social Justice Education, Feminist Alliance Politics, Antiracist and Cross-class Organizing
Lisa Albrecht, an activist educator and writer, founded the School of Social Work's undergraduate program in Social Justice. Previously, she taught writing in the General College of the University of Minnesota for 19 years. She is the recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Community Service Award, Josie Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award and the Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award.
School of Social Work
Room 193 Peters Hall
1404 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
Lisa Albrecht, an activist educator and writer, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work of the University of Minnesota, where she founded an undergraduate program in Social Justice. Previously, she taught writing in the General College of the University of Minnesota for 19 years. She is the recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Community Service Award and Josie Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award.
She co-edited (with Jacqui Alexander, Sharon Day and Mab Segrest) Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray!: Feminist Visions for a Just World (2003), and co-edited (with Rose Brewer) Bridges of Power: Women's Multicultural Alliances (1990), She co-authored (with Rose Brewer & Walda Katz-Fishman),The Critical Classroom: Education for Liberation and Movement Building (2007). She is currently working on a collection of interviews, Beacons in the Storm: Stories of White People Who Work for Racial Justice.
She served on the Board of Directors of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, a national movement building organization based in Atlanta for ten years. She also worked with the Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps in New Orleans, post-Katrina, where she was a consultant for a service learning summer program for middle school youth, taught by college students. She served on the board of Minneapolis-based Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), one of the oldest feminist anti-militarist non-profits in the U.S. Currently, she serves on the board of Minnesota Minority Education Partnership; its mission is to increase the success of students of color in Minnesota schools, colleges and universities. She has also become a Circle-Keeper, someone who can help facilitate difficult dialogues, using the Circle process. She is currently on the leadership team of SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of white racial justice organizers working to build a larger national presence of white people who fight racism. She recently was a local co-chair of the 12th Annual White Privilege Conference which brought together over 2,300 people to the Twin Cities from April 13-16, 2011. She is also on the leadership team of - SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice (www.usforallofus.org), a national network of white people working for racial justice.
She was a member of the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights for twelve years, and was its Chair from 1997-1999. She writes and speaks about feminist politics, especially linking the fight to end racism with working for economic justice, and ending homophobia, Anti-Arab racism and anti-Jewish oppression. She has developed and facilitated over a hundred university workshops on feminist and multicultural curriculum transformation and pedagogies. She has also facilitated hundreds of discussions and given talks in communities all over the U.S. about human rights and social justice. As an American Jew who identifies as anti-zionist, she has been active in Middle East politics, supporting Palestinian self-determination. She has traveled to Israel and Palestine and worked with grassroots activists, both Arab and Jew.
She lives very happily in South Minneapolis with her partner of twenty years, Patricia Rouse, and their two cats. For links with more information and recent publicity, please see:
University of Minnesota Social Justice Undergraduate Minor:
http://www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/current_students/undergrad/social_justice/ - The mission of the Social Justice Minor is to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to both theorize about the meanings of social justice and to practice "doing" social justice advocacy in community organizations.
http://apeaceofmymind.net/A_Peace_of_my_Mind/Peace_Podcast/Entries/2010/1/24_Lisa_Albrecht.html - A Peace of My Mind podcast with Lisa Albrecht: - In early 2009, photographer John Noltner began interviewing people about their thoughts on peace. The interviews were recorded digitally and combined with a B&W portrait.The goal is to create a collection of thoughts on peace from people with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and to use that collection of interviews to foster a larger public conversation on the subject. Noltner recently published a book of the same name. Lisa is one of 55 people in the book.
http://www.buffalo.edu/UBT/UBT-archives/volume27number2/profiles/lisaAlbrecht.php - Alumni profile of Lisa Albrecht from UB Today
Beacons in the Storm: White Educator Activists Working for Racial Justice - collection of interviews
Board Positions & Community Service
SURJ: Showing Up For Racial Justice - www.usforallofus.or
Katz-Fishman, W., Brewer, R. & Albrecht, L. (2007). The Critical Classroom: Education for Liberation & Movement Building. Atlanta: Project South.
Alexander, J., Albrecht, L., Day, S. & Segrest, M. (Eds.). (2003). Sing, Whisper,Shout,Pray!; Feminist visions for a just world. Menlo Park, CA: Edgework Books.
Albrecht, L. & Brewer, R. M. (Eds.). (1990). Bridges of power: Women's multicultural alliances. New Society Publishers.
Albrecht, L. (2009). Please do not be silent about Israel/Palestine. Emigrant Theatre Program Book for My Name is Rachel Corrie, Minneapolis, Mn., pp. 9-10.
Albrecht, L. (2009, Jan.7). It’s not hateful to criticize the Israeli government. Pioneer Press.
Albrecht, L. (2008). Where is the Color in the Twin Cities?: Looking for reasons why the Great Battle is so white … with thanks to Betita Martinez Twin Cities Indymedia.
Albrecht, L. (2005) Syposium on Whiteness Studies: Actions Speak Louder Than Words. Rhetoric Review. Vol. 24, #4. 399-404
Albrecht, L. (2004). Remembering Wendy, Writing on the Edge, V.14, #2, Spring,18/9
Albrecht, L. (2003). From the 1st Intifada to the 2nd Intifada: Notes from an American Jew. In L. Albrecht, J. Alexander, S. Day & M. Segrest (Eds.),Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray!: Feminist Visions for a Just World. Menlo Park, CA: Edgework Books.
Albrecht, L. & Hugg, N. (2003). For white Allies: How do white people best support people of color? Symposium Proceedings, Keeping our Faculties: Addressing the Recruitment & Retention of Faculty of Color, 79-81.
Albrecht, L. (2003). Is class eclipsed by other considerations of identity? Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship & Pedagogy, Vol. XIV, #2, Fall, 144-46.
Albrecht, L. D. (2002). For the Love of Peace: Feminist Peace Organizing in Israel and Palestine. Kiosk, January/February, 4-5.