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.
2012 July 20
Grinspoon, Lester, 1928-
Wellesley (Mass.) - Oral history with Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, founding editor of The American Psychiatric Association Annual Review and Harvard Mental Health Letter. Grinspoon was perhaps the first professional to speak out against the prohibition on marijuana use from a medical... more
2013 Sept. 9
Marram, Edward P.
Wellesley (Mass.) - Oral history with Edward P. Marram ('59, MS '61), the founder, president, and CEO of Geo-Centers Inc., which provides services and products for homeland-security preparedness. Marram's career has included being part of the first response to the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979 and training first responders in handling weapons of mass destruction after the ... more
2018 Apr. 20
Sunderland (Mass.) - Ofelia Mata was born in Batac Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Now living in the Sunderland, MA she is a full-fledged U.S. citizen. She lives with her husband and four children. As a well-educated woman, she received her bachelor's degree in law before coming to the U.S. The interview discusses her personal experiences and perspectives on her life in the Philippines, immigration to America and assimilation ... more
2018 Apr. 22
Nguyen, Phong P.
Springfield (Mass.) - When he immigrated from Vietnam in his mid 20's, fully acclimating to life in the United States seemed a nearly insurmountable challenge to our interviewee, Phong Nguyen. As he described in detail, the night and day contrast of American and Vietnamese culture made adjustment exceedingly difficult. Nguyen found himself needing to adjust to facets of everyday life from the automatic doors of grocery sto... more
2019 Aug. 26
Weaver, Harold D.
Southwest Harbor (Me.) - Interview with Harold D. Weaver, scholar of USSR-Black-world relations; African students in the USSR; the Cold War; transnational cultural relations; African Americans in the Soviet Union; and the lives of prominent artist-activists Paul Robeson and Ousmane Semben. Raised in a family of educators affiliated with Historically Black Colleges and educated at the Westtown School, Haverford... more
2015 Mar. 25
Strickland, William, 1937-
Amherst (Mass.) - Conversation with Bill Strickland, Professor of African American Studies at UMass Amherst.
2001 Aug. 15
Avakian, Arlene Voski
Amherst (Mass.) - Discussing Avakian's activist in women's issues and social justice and the founding of the Women's Studies Department at UMass Amherst.
Chamberlin, Judi, 1944-2010
Burlington (Vt.) - Interview with Judi Chamberlain, founder of the Mental Patients Liberation Front and organizer of the ex-patients' and psychiatric survivors' movements. Part of the show Psychiatric Survivors, a show produced entirely by people who had been in psychiatric institutions.