2013 Dec. 18
Amherst (Mass.) - Oral history interview with Marilyn Patton, Founder of the University Dancers and head of the Dance Program, when part of the Department of Physical Education through its development into a bachelor's program (1965-1980s); student of Erick Hawkins in New York before coming to UMass.
2013 July 9
Berkman, Joyce Avrech
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Joyce Avrech Berkman, UMass Amherst Professor of History and Womens Studies. Came to UMass in 1965, still finishing her doctorate; hired to teach provided she did not get "knocked up" for at least two years -- teaching intro Western Civ course for large numbers during period of expansion -- beginnings of teaching women's history at UMass (1973) and dubiou... more
2013 May 23
Amherst (Mass.) - Professor of History (1989- ) and Department Chair (2010-); undergraduate in history at Wellesley College and grad school at UCLA. Youth in southern Illinois; segregation and racism as a child, civil rights movement; college experience and introduction to history; gender and history at UMass and development of the department in 1990s and 2000s; teaching.
2013 Dec. 12
Gilbert, Michael W.
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Gilbert, Advisor for Technology Initiatives and Services, Office of Information Technology. Background in electronic music, came to perform at Hampshire College and resumed academic career (begun at MIT) and became involved in electronic music scene at UMass; history and background of electrronic music.
United States - Jazz composer and instrumentalist on his arrival in Amherst in 1972 to earn his doctorate in education, his teaching position at Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1987, local performances and his involvement in the Jazz in July program at UMass, his experience as a music educator, and his approach to composition.
2013 Dec. 3
Montague (Mass.) - Oral history interview with Marc Fifield, UMass Amherst police officer from 1974-2001; came during a "wild" period in the university's history when the drinking age was nineteen, also worked on call for town of Leverett.
Falmouth (Me.) - 1940 graduate of Massachusetts State College and founding member of the vocal group the Statesmen. Discussing the formation of the Statesmen; leadership of Doric Alviani, the Mass State Glee Club; and his path to Mass State.
2013 June 25
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Ronald Story (b.1940), Professor of History at UMass Amherst; graduate student at University of Wisconsin and SUNY Stony Brook (PhD, 1972). Nadir of difficulty for landing an academic job in the early 1970s, especially in history; political issues in Massachusetts environment and impact on the department and university; changes in department from the earl... more
2014 Feb. 12
Wolff, Michael, 1927-
Amherst (Mass.) - Oral history interview with Michael Wolff, Professor Emeritus in Department of English at UMass Amherst. Came to the US from London to teach at Indiana University (1955-1969), then recruited by Hayden White to UMass in 1970 while on a fellowship at Wesleyan. Study at Cambridge; military service; work in civil service; career in English.
2013 Aug. 8
Amherst (Mass.) - Soprano and vocal professor in the UMass Dept. of Music from 1985-2005. Role of music in her youth and upbringing; career path to her position at UMass; experience as a faculty member in the Music Dept.; memories of Helen Perry; experience of women in academic departments at UMass and the Music Dept.; influence of administrative leadership and resources on the Dept.