Magazine article Radical Teacher

In Memoriam: Pepi Leistyna

Magazine article Radical Teacher

In Memoriam: Pepi Leistyna

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1963-2015

~ Remembering Pepi Leistyna ~

We mourn our Radical Teacher colleague, beloved educator, admired scholar and friend, Pepi Leistyna. Pepi's work and passionate commitment to progressive politics are our cherished legacy, joined with many others.

Pepi's students' blog comments regarding news of his death are heartfelt in their grief but also in love and admiration for him--for his compassion, wisdom, vast knowledge, and wit. The passion which fed his teaching also nourished his writing, lectures, his film Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class, which won the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism (2007), and his winning the Peace Maker Award for photography in Palestine (2013). Teaching, researching, and activism were all of a piece for Pepi. He was a founding member of the International Institute for Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Leadership, and published widely, including the books Breaking Free: The Transformative Power of Critical Pedagogy, Presence of Mind: Education and the Politics of Deception, Cultural Studies: From Theory to Action. Pepi brought to Radical Teacher the same unflagging energy and commitment to social justice that inspired all he did. …

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