Thursday, October 17, 2013
175 Allen St
(Between Stanton and Rivington)
New York, NY
A new book tells the story of Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife. They were among the leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up in the growing resistance to apartheid, and together they experienced repression and exile.
Join author and South Africa historian Alan Wieder for a discussion of his new book, Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid. Weider's earlier writings include Voices From Capetown - the oral histories of twenty South African teachers who connected pedagogy and politics to fight against the apartheid regime. Teaching in so-called coloured schools, these teachers with the fighting spirit stressed nonracialism and democracy in their work with students. Although their lives were deeply affected by apartheid, it never stole their hearts, minds or souls. Their work helped lead to the election of Nelson Mandela as the first democratic leader South Africa in 1994.
Wieder is an oral historian who lives in Portland, Oregon. He is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and has also taught at the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In the last ten years he has published two books and numerous articles on South Africans who fought against the apartheid regime.
This book is a gripping social history, a love song to the revolution, and a passionate and enlightening portrait of a partnership, a love-affair, and two extraordinary activists who cast their fates with the dreams of people everywhere for justice and freedom.
—Bill Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn