About the author
Michael Newman is Australian and started his working life as a journalist in Sydney. In the early 1960s he left for the UK where he tried his hand at acting, writing and film-making but found himself teaching adult education classes to stay alive, then setting adult education classes up, and then working for seven years as a community education worker in inner London. Towards the end of the 1970s he was appointed Warden of the Working Men’s College, an elderly (in adult education terms) institution set up in 1854 to provide a liberal education for working people. In 1982 Mike was invited back to Australia to head up the Sydney Workers’ Educational Association. He left the WEA to work for four years as a trainer with the Australian Trade Union Training Authority, and in 1989 took up a post as Senior Lecturer in Adult Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. He retired from UTS in 2001.
Mike is an honorary life member of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education in the UK, and of the National Tertiary Education Union in Australia. In 2009 he was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.
Mike has won the Cyril Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education three times: for The Third Contract in 1993, Defining the Enemy in 1995, and Teaching Defiance in 2007. Mike continues to do occasional jobs for unions, normally in the form of workshops on activism and learning.
Mike is Australian but nonetheless has a short autobiography published in North American Adult Educators: Phyllis M. Cunningham Archive of Quintessential Autobiographies for the 21st Century, Armstrong, K. B., Nabb, L. W. and Czech, A. P. (Eds.), Chicago: Discovery Association Publishing House, 2006.
The text of a keynote address Mike gave to the Commission of Professors of Adult Education at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA in November 2006, can be found in the on-line Encyclopaedia of Informal Education (www.infed.org).