I am a mid-forties white woman living in New England for the past 20 years, raised in Pittsburgh, PA, by Jewish immigrant parents -who relocated as a result of World War 2. I’m a sociologist, and I practice Buddhism and also love puppetry, especially toy theater. I’ve taught at the experimental Goddard College in Plainfield, VT, for the past 10 years (with some time off for community organizing from a socially engaged Buddhist angle), and I am a member of the international action-research group, the Community Economies Collective, where my focus has been on ethical forms of money and banking and, more recently, on the lines between economic practices and subjectivity.

I’m currently active with my regional Occupy activities and in a local chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. I am also in the Sundew Affinity Group, which is focused on shutting the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor according to Vermont state mandate, despite opposition from the reactor owners, Entergy Co.

-Karen Werner, Ph.D.


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