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.
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Joe Sarna (81), long-term employee of Massachusetts Agricultural College from 1923 on, working with the dairy department and agricultural program.
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.
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.
2012 Dec. 6
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with first African American graduate of Nursing (Class of 1972); native of Antigua, racism in Boston schools. ODWIN program (Open Doors Wider in Nursing); applying to UMass; leaving nursing for the ministry.
2013 Mar. 20
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with nursing faculty member, discussing choice of nursing as profession; education from high school (in Baltimore) through diploma at Mass. General; Columbia Teachers' College. Marriage to Harvey Friedman. Arrival at UMass. Unionization efforts in nursing profession, collective bargaining. Sabbatical in England; nursing in England. International programs.