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Spring 2020 Course Instructors

Sarah Pearlman

Sarah Pearlman is a long-time teacher, writer, and lesbian activist—nationally recognized for her pioneering role in establishing a psychology of lesbians. Her doctorate is in clinical psychology and she was selected by the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (American Psychological Association) as the recipient of the 2011 Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution.

Sarah is the author of Mother-Talk: Conversations with Mothers of Lesbian Daughters and FTM Transgender Children (Demeter Press) and The Lesbian Erotic: Bad Gird Persona and Other Poems. She is a founder of Boston OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change).

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Liz Diamond

Liz took piano lessons for a few years as a kid, many years of flute lessons, is self-taught on guitar, and has an undergraduate degree from BU (BA/Concentration in Music), and has a Masters from Lesley College in Education/Integrated Arts. She taught music in the Salem (MA) Public Schools. She used her media skills to create Women’s Educational Media, Inc. and produced lesbian educational outreach materials including the filmstrip “Straight Talk About Lesbians,” wrote “The Lesbian Primer,” and produced the video “And We Are Family,” all used by many educational institutions and non-profits nationally.

Liz was part of a musical group called Diamonds in the Rough that played at local nursing homes. She was the Adult Services Director at the South Area Jewish Community Center in Stoughton. Liz happily represented Steinway Pianos as a piano consultant at M. Steinert & Sons in Boston.

Her passions include working on a Bach fugue, taking photos, talking and being with children, singing with traveling chorus Sharing a New Song, and taking walks in beautiful places. Liz is currently a docent-in-training for WGBH.

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Jyl Lynn Felman

Jyl Lynn Felman, a former Brandeis professor, playwright and performance artist, is the author of Hot Chicken Wings, a collection of short stories; Cravings, a memoir; and Never A Dull Moment:  Teaching and The Art Of Performance.  She’s performed her one-woman shows, “Terri Schiavo, Inc.,” “Burning in Cuba,” “Silicone Valley,” “Girl Kicks Girl,” and “Notes from My Sister’s Suicide, across the USA and in Prague, Czech Republic, and Havana, Cuba.  “If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken” aired on C-SPAN’s performance series. Production of her plays include “Oh Daddy, Poor Daddy,” in The Seven Deadly Sins Festival and SLAM Boston; and “Birdie,” in The Universal Theatre Festival.  For more information see: www.jyllynnfelman.com

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Lori Kenschaft

Lori Kenschaft is a multi-repeat Rainbow instructor.  Last spring, she gave a talk on the global history of slavery, which was so well received that she has given it again several times and is now working on turning it into a book.  Lori has a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard and a doctorate in American studies from Boston University, has offered adult education programs related to Islam for more than a decade, and has been deeply involved in the movement to end mass incarceration. 

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Ellen M. Levy

Ellen grew up with a mother who played Mah Jongg every week, but she never played until long after her mother died. Now she understands her obsession. She has been playing for about a dozen years, and has taught many women how to play. She is a patient teacher, and if you are a patient learner, it will be a wonderful experience.
In addition to teaching Mah Jongg, Ellen is a writer (Her second book of historical fiction published winter, 2020). Her retirement career is to assist folks with downsizing their homes. Her professional career was in Human Service Management.

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