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 July 29
Avakian, Arlene Voski
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Arlene Avakian, founder and former Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; women, Black student activism on campus and influence on her ideas of women's studies; women and welfare; difficulties establishing women's studies at UMass; Armenian identity; research and writing on food.
Ruíz Guiñazú, Enrique
Argentina - Robert Potash's notes from a conversation with Dr. Enrique Ruíz Guiñazú. Topics include foreign policy and attitudes towards the U.S., pressure groups during Castillo Government, and the students participation in politics.
2013 Aug. 15 –
Pelham (Mass.) - Interview with Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, civil rights activist, writer, and professor of Afro American Studies at UMass Amherst. Graduating from Howard University, work with SNCC and Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, ending at UMass after getting an invitation in 1965 from Sidney Kaplan and following an FBI interview threatening to deport him back to Jamaica if he w... more
Ingersoll, William T.
New York (N.Y.) - From interviews conducted for the Columbia University Oral History Project May 5-June 6, 1960.
2019 Aug. 26
Southwest Harbor (Me.) - Interview with James Varner, President and CEO of the Maine Human Rights Coalition, and a long-time member of the Orono Monthly Meeting. In this interview, Varner discusses his early life and influences growing up in New Jersey, attending the University of Maine, his interracial marriage; conflict in the Orono Monthly Meeting over racist disrespect; and the significance of the Quaker t... more
2014 Sept. 21
Stroup, Keith, 1943-
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with founder, former Executive Director, Board Member and Legal Counsel for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML). Stroup discusses his upbringing in Southern Illinois; education at University of Illinois and Georgetown Law School, which he attended from 1965-1968; experiences evading the Vietnam War draft; anti-war demonstrations in Washingto... more
2014 Sept. 22
St. Pierre, Allen F.
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Executive Director of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML). St. Pierre discusses his upbringing in Chatham and Amherst, Massachusetts; education at University of Massachusetts, Amherst class of 1989; early experiences smoking marijuana; his early employment at NORML in 1991; conflicts among NORML Board members and employees; Rich... 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
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.