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College of Education's Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Alan Wieder guest lectures at USC!

Dr. Wieder taught Social Foundations of Education, Antiracist Education, and Qualitative Research at the college for over 20 years. He was instrumental to the college's success as the department chair of educational studies, academic affairs committee chair and as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He has also served on the faculties of the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. These teaching positions included appointments in both social foundations of education and sociology departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Wieder lives in Portland, Oregon and currently works as a senior research consultant for the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ). He also writes at

Since 1999, Wieder has worked on oral histories of political resistance in apartheid South Africa and written extensively on education and desegregation in the American South and in South Africa during apartheid. While he has completed numerous studies on race and education in the United States, Wieder has spent the last 10 years publishing numerous books and articles on South Africans who fought against the apartheid regime. In July, Wieder launched his South African book tour of Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid: Past Lives, Present Lessons and began his U.S. book tour on Ruth and Joe in August. He is scheduled to address USC's African Studies Colloquium on October 24 at 4 p.m. in Gambrell 431. This free lecture is open to the public and sponsored by the USC African Studies Program and the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies.

"Though I clearly do not own the truth on Ruth First or Joe Slovo" says Wieder, "this book represents my description and interpretation of their stories in the struggle against apartheid. Ruth First and Joe Slovo were both leaders among leaders. They had different styles. They had different roles in the struggle. Their complex and vital places in the fight for a democratic South Africa need to be portrayed for the people that knew them, and more important for those who have come after them, both in South Africa and throughout the world." Through his ability to weave the documentary record together with personal interviews, Wieder portrays the complexities and contradictions of this extraordinary couple. He explores their efforts to navigate a time of great tension while creating and surviving political upheaval and generating revolutionary hope. On October 16, Dr. Wieder granted IMIXWHATILIKE an interview about his new book.

On November 29, Wieder will extend his book tour overseas to the University of London's Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

Some of Wieder's other books include: Immigration, the Public School, and the 20th Century American Ethos (1985); Race and Education: Narrative Essays, Oral Histories, Documentary Photography (1997); Voices From Cape Town Classrooms: Oral Histories of Teachers Who Fought Apartheid (2003); Teacher and Comrade: Richard Dudley and the Fight for Democracy in South Africa (2008); and Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don't Leave (2013). Dr. Wieder has also authored articles related to the desegregation of public schools in New Orleans, Louisiana and donated a collection of newspaper clippings, correspondence. film and photographs depicting the desegregation of William Frantz and McDonogh 19 elementary schools in New Orleans from 1960-1984 to the Armistad Research Center at Tulane University.

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