Episode 49: Wayne Au

The Dialectic of Freedom

Wayne Au

Everything’s in motion, everything in flux, nothing and no one stays the same: the young become the old, stories get retold, and the blowtorch of history illuminates the path ahead. That’s the way of time—the center cannot hold, and everything that is solid melts into air. I pause and sit down with my friend and comrade Wayne Au to talk about dialectics, contradiction, and the meaning of freedom. Dr. Au is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, a scholar/activist, and a deeply engaged social justice organizer. Wayne is an editor at my favorite teaching magazine, Rethinking Schoolsand the author of A Marxist Education: Learning to Change the Worldan essential text for understanding the mess we’re in, and the possibilities before us.

Featured Poem:

Ellen Bass, The Thing is

Free write:

When were you close to death? It can be a near death experience, the death of a pet, the death of a friend or something you witnessed.

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