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Imagining Community, Living In Community

Wildseed Community Farm and Healing Village

An exploration of efforts to create intentional communities based on visions of more just and harmonious social relationships. A panel conversation with Ousmane Power-Greene (Clark University), Lior Libman (Binghamton University), Jasmine Burems (Wildseed Community Farm and Healing Village), and Kate Daloz (author of We Are As Gods). An exploration of intentional communities, including abolitionist, socialist-Zionist, anti-racist, queer/trans, and back-to-the-land movements. 5:30 pm, Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Student Union

Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow.

Event Presenters

Jasmine Burems is a core collective co-founder of Wildseed Community Farm and Healing Village

Kate Daloz is the author of We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America. Her work has appeared in print and online at the New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone and The American Scholar, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.

Lior Libman is an Assistant Professor of Israel Studies and an Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York where she teaches Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture. She received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2014. Before joining SUNY Binghamton in 2016, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London (2014-2016). In Spring 2017, she was a Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She specializes in Kibbutz and Socialist-Zionist Cultural and Intellectual History, and Modern Hebrew and Israeli Literatures. Her current book project examines the imagery and the political imagination of the kibbutz in the formative years of Israeli statehood. 

Ousmane Power-Greene is an author, professor, and community educator based in Massachusetts. A specialist in African American social and political movements, Professor Power-Greene teaches at Clark University. He completed his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Power-Greene’s first book, Against Wind and Tide: The African American Struggle against the Colonization Movement  was published by NYU Press 2014. As a community-educator, Professor Power-Greene teaches for the Clemente Course in the Humanities program in Springfield and Worcester. This program is designed to provide adults from under-resourced communities tuition free college-level courses. Dr. Power-Greene also works with K-12 teachers on curriculum about slavery, abolition and African American history. He is the Program Committee at the David Ruggles Center in Florence, MA where he organizes a biannual Teacher Institute.

Sigrid Schmalzer (moderator) is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Event Details

Location Information: The Student Union is located in the central part of campus, nearby the UMass Parking Garage (1 Campus Center Way, $1.75/hr). Free parking is available in many staff parking lots after 5:00 pm. More information: bus schedulecampus map with the Student Union and nearby parking indicated.

Accessibility: The Student Union Cape Cod Lounge is wheelchair accessible. More information: accessible parkingcampus accessibility map.

Young People Welcome: Young people of all ages are welcome at this event and all Feinberg Series events. There will be coloring books and crayons available for children. Stipends are available to support transportation for bringing groups of young adults to the event. Contact for details.

If you need directions or additional assistance to plan your visit, or to request specific accommodations, please contact the History Department's communications assistant, Adeline Broussan, at

About the Feinberg Series

The 2018 Feinberg Series theme is Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present. Series events and initiatives will explore the radical imaginations of intellectuals, artists, political leaders, renegade thinkers, community organizers, and everyday people who have worked to make another world possible. All events are FREE and open to the public. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is offered every other academic year by the Department of History at UMass Amherst and made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.

Visit the Feinberg Series webpage for more information about the series, including a full list of co-sponsors and community partners