This Special Issue of the PIMA Bulletin is to recognise and honour Chris Duke, who has stepped down as founding PIMA Bulletin Editor, after seven years. Under Chris’ watch 45 Issues of the PIMA Bulletin have been published. An outstanding achievement. They are all archived and easily accessible on the PIMA website www.pimanetwork.com/bulletins. They are an amazing resource for all scholars, activists, practitioners of ALE within lifelong learning perspectives and approaches.
Chris is a well-known, highly influential
scholar-activist-organiser with global reach in education.
In this Bulletin, we will learn more about his extraordinary
contribution to adult education, lifelong learning, higher
education, international networking and organising in the
areas of adult and lifelong learning through a mosaic of
stories, poems, letters and articles. However, this
publication is not only about Chris – through Chris’ story we
capture significant historical and contextual moments in
adult education and lifelong learning.
To honour and thank Chris for his immense contribution to PIMA and the PIMA Bulletin since its inception, we believe the most appropriate way is through a Special Issue of the Bulletin - to do for him what he has done for so many others!
Thank you to PIMA’s editorial team of Dorothy Lucardie, Heribert Hinzen, Maria Slowey, Phuoc Khau, and Shirley Walters, and to the 35 contributors, along with technical assistance by Leslie Cordie. All have worked hard and fast to help produce this special bulletin in record time. This bulletin speaks volumes of Chris’ life’s work towards more egalitarian, democratic education and training across the lifespan and the Planet. We present this to honour and thank you, Chris, our wise elder!