Michigan State University African Studies Director David Wiley and librarian Peter Limb interview MSU professor William Derman about his effort to combine intellectual engagement with political activism and social change
Dr. William Derman, Michigan State University Professor of Anthropology, talks about his career-long effort to combine intellectual engagement with political activism and social change. Derman is interviewed by Dr. David Wiley, Director of the MSU African Studies Center and Peter Limb, MSU Libraries Area Studies Librarian. Derman recalls his time at the University of Michigan, joining Students for a Democratic Society, teaching African American students in Detroit, his anti-war efforts, and his work as an anti-Apartheid activist. He also talks about his work in South Africa with land use planning, water rights, and education and later shifting his focus to Zimbabwe to assist development and resettlement projects. Derman questions the ability of younger faculty and students to be engaged both as academics and citizens. He sees a low level of activism in the current faculty and student body and is not sure how the community will respond to current and future challenges. Part of the African Studies Interview Series sponsored by the MSU Libraries and the African Studies Center.