My Tour Through the Asylum: a Southern Integrationist's Memoir

Oct 15, 2018

Dr. William Dufford
Credit Courtesy of USC Press

(Originally broadcast 04/06/18) - Immortalized in the writings of his most famous student, best-selling author Pat Conroy, veteran education administrator William E. Dufford has led an the life of a stalwart champion for social justice and equal access for all to the empowerment of a good public education. In My Tour Through the Asylum: A Southern Integrationist's Memoir (USC Press, 2017), Dufford and his collaborators, Aïda Rogers and Salley McInerney, recount the possibilities that unfold when people work through their differences toward a common good.

A quintessential Southern storyteller now in his nineties, Dufford reflects on his own transformation through education, from his upbringing in the segregationist Jim Crow Era–South of the 1930s and 1940s to becoming an accomplished integrationist, respected by his former colleagues and students. He is joined in conversation with Walter Edgar by his co-authors.

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