Interview with Dr. Talmadge C. Guy

  • Joni Schwartz City University of New York - LaGuardia Community College


The following is an interview with Dr. Talmadge C. Guy, to his friends and colleagues in adult education; he is Tal. Recently retired from The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia following a 40 year career in adult education, the last 23 of which he spent at the University of Georgia.  He received his doctorate in adult education from Northern Illinois University, a master of arts in social ethics from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Fisk University. At the University of Georgia, Tal worked with masters and doctoral level students in graduate research. Through his career he has conducted research on diversity and inclusion in adult education and learning settings with special expertise in multicultural adult education, history of adult education, and socio-historical analysis of the African American experience in adult education with a focus on the early 20th century. A particular focus has been the representation of race and gender through media and pop culture and the critical educational responses to those representations. Among his awards, Tal was co-recipient of the Ian Fleming Social Justice Award (2011), UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award (2005), Cyril O. Houle Scholar (2001), and Outstanding Service Award (1992) from the Illinois Adult & Continuing Education Association. He has published in the Journal of Lifelong Learning, Adult Education Quarterly, Journal of Educational Telecommunications and his most recent work is as co-editor of volumes 1 & 2 of Swimming Upstream: Black Males in Adult Education, New Directions publications.

Author Biography

Joni Schwartz, City University of New York - LaGuardia Community College
Joni Schwartz is an associate professor and social activist scholar in the Department of Humanities. Her research interests include critical race theory, Black males and learning engagement, mass incarceration, STEM mentoring, and high school equivalency.