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Rainbow Boston Life Long Learning Institute

Spring 2019 Course Instructors

Emmett Schaefer

Emmett Schaefer’s study of migration and his study of race and ethnic relations have often overlapped. His doctoral dissertation (SUNY-Binghamton 1993) on labor migration within the southern Africa regional economy was also a study of ethnic and race relations in this region. His studies of ethnic and race relations in the US and elsewhere have often led him to migration stories, leading to such relations.

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Lori Kenschaft

Lori Kenschaft has a Masters in Theological Studies and a Ph.D. in American Studies, during which she focused on the history of social thought and social change.  For the last five years she has been active in the movement to end mass incarceration and create better alternatives, including restorative justice.  For more than a decade she has offered adult religious education courses related to Islam, with the goal of countering anti-Muslim racism and helping Americans better understand our complicated world.  This will be the fifth class she has offered through the Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute.

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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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David Rooks and Barbara Talkov

David Rooks studied biology, chemistry, and computer science before switching to business. He received a BS in Business Administration from Boston University and an MBA in Information Systems from Bentley University. After spending the last 20 years of his career as a senior project management consultant, he retired in 2013.  David is the treasurer for his condo association and a member of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education's Board of Directors. At Rainbow he has been a student, an instructor (Investing Made Simple - Spring'17) and recently joined Rainbow's Board of Directors. David and his husband of many years live in Cambridge.

Barbara Talkov has extensive experience working on issues and services to improve the lives of children, youth, families, and communities.  She has worked with not-for-profit agencies and coalitions of them, with local government, and with both the legislative and executive branches of state government.  Her background includes public policy advocacy work as well as direct service.
Her community involvement has included serving on a variety of not-for-profit boards of directors, local, state and national government appointed boards, and various advisory committees.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute and is Interim Co-Chair of its Curriculum Committee.

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