Joan C. Wider

Member since 1967

My Biography

After receiving a PhD from New York University in 1967 in anthropology of Southeast Asia, I moved to Springfield, Pa., near Philadelphia. I have lectured about anthropology at all levels of public and private schools in the area, libraries, senior centers and colleges. I also presented programs about a book written by my Aunt, Ruth Altbeker Cyprys -“A Jump for Life: A Survivor’s Journal From Nazi-Occupied Poland” document at Penn Museum of anthropology and archaeology. I volunteered for over 24 years, with 15 years being spent at the archives of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. For 30 years, I managed my husband’s pediatric office where books on many aspects of anthropology and archaeology were available for families to read together. Our two children are Philip Wider-community organizer-health, social and economic human rights & Eve Wider-librarian at the University of Pittsburgh, active member of Amnesty International since high school. I have used the knowledge gained through scholarships and fellowships that enabled me to achieve a debt free graduate degree. I strive, now, to help this generation and future generations to graduate debt free.