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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows

Maria Karagianis

Award-winning writer; journalist; social entrepreneur
Maria Karagianis is an award-winning journalist, writer, and social entrepreneur who is currently a guest editor on the editorial board of the Boston Globe, where she worked for 13 years before becoming the founding executive director of Discovering Justice, a nationally recognized democracy and justice education organization housed in the U.S. Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts. Karagianis independently created the vision and most of the intellectual capital for Discovering Justice. Its activities include mock trials, plays with professional actors about themes from American constitutional history using courtrooms as theaters, docent-led architectural tours, and a ground-breaking civics curriculum called "Children Discovering Justice,” now taught to thousands of children in the Boston public schools.  Karagianis is also a principal of MK Directions, a Boston-based firm that consults on strategy with entrepreneurial non-profit organizations and socially conscious businesses. Karagianis was part of a large team that covered school desegregation in Boston for the Boston Globe in the mid-1970s, for which the newspaper earned a Pulitzer Prize gold medal. Karagianis also reported in South Africa for the Rand Daily Mail, a crusading national daily eventually shut down by the apartheid government. A recipient of a Pfeiffer Fellowship at Harvard, where she earned a master's degree in world religions, Karagianis was also honored at Harvard with the First Decade Award by the divinity school’s Alumni Association "for exemplifying the values of dialogue, creativity, justice and service" in creating Discovering Justice under the auspices of the federal judiciary and Boston Bar Foundation.
How to create a life worth living; reflections on social justice and education in the United States and South Africa; how to build an entrepreneurial non-profit and become a social entrepreneur; how to learn and teach resilience.

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